CBOE Withdraws VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF Proposal


Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) BZX Exchange withdrew its VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF Proposal on Tuesday.

The article was updated on 02 February, 2020 by Amicus.

18 September, 2019 | AtoZ MarketsA Bitcoin ETF was already on its halfway as the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) BZX Equity Exchange had proposed for the approval from the US SEC. However, US SEC published a notice yesterday which claims that CBOE had withdrawn the Bitcoin ETF application for VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal.

US SEC Delayed Bitcoin ETF Decisions 

The firm had just started offering services to institutions for a limited Bitcoin ETF. However, the SEC had already delayed judgment on this case. It was given a final deadline of 18 October 2019 to finalize a decision on the future of Bitcoin ETF. Moreover, Jan Van Eck had recently started offering a limited financial product which allowed exposure to Bitcoin.

Read more: Why does SEC delay Bitcoin ETF approval? Chairman speaks

This new product offered by VanEck Associates is a broker-traded fund which was not made available to the public. The institutional investors used it. They further highlighted that they would trade over-the-counter (OTC). Moreover, they won’t involve any national securities exchange. VanEck with the new trust issued only 4 Bitcoins making the total net assets of the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust 144A were valued at $41,000.

Future of Bitcoin ETF Is Positive

Van Eck decided to withdraw the application from the US SEC. They also noticed that the only other application present there was from Bitwise. However, they believed that it’d be highly unlikely to see a ‘publicly-traded- Bitcoin ETF in 2019. The volatility and manipulation in the crypto markets along with the impact of an ETF on the retail investors is amongst the biggest concerns of the SEC.

VanEck took this decision presuming that the SEC is going to reject the proposal next month anyway. They see the future of a Bitcoin ETF is positive. However, VanEck’s Digital Asset strategist and director, Gabor Gurbacs, was still positive about the decision. He also said that they would continue to work in the direction of providing an insured ETF.

Gurbacs is pro-Bitcoin. He also believes that in future SEC will make the life of Bitcoiners a little easy by toning down a little with the regulations. However, this news can have a huge impact on the Bitcoin market. People were expecting the approval of ETF to bring a bullish trend.

With the future of Bitcoin ETF’s in the dark right now, we should not have high hopes for a Bitcoin ETF to roll out this year.

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