In previously turning back the bitcoin ETF applications, the SEC stated, “Among other things, the Exchange has offered no record evidence to demonstrate that bitcoin futures markets are ‘markets of significant size.’ That failure is critical because, as explained below, the Exchange has failed to establish that other means to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices will be sufficient, and therefore surveillance-sharing with a regulated market of significant size related to bitcoin is necessary.”

“As the proposed rule change was first published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2018, the maximum period of consideration falls 240 days later, on Feb. 27, 2019,” according to CoinTelegraph. “Both VanEck and SolidX firms filed with the SEC to list a Bitcoin-based ETF on June 6. Subsequently in August, the commission delayed its decision on listing the ETF until Sept. 30.”

Previously, the SEC argued that commodities exchange traded products were backed by robust futures markets, a point VanEck and SolidX cite in their favor because bitcoin futures currently trade on two well-known domestic exchanges (CBOE and CME) and more exchanges are mulling launching futures tied to digital currencies.

For more information on the cryptocurrency market, visit our Bitcoin category.

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