CBOE Keeps Bitcoin ETF Push Alive

CBOE, which was one of the first exchange operators in the U.S. to offer bitcoin futures, is moving forward with plans to list an ETF linked to the largest digital currency even as regulators have to yet approve such a fund.

In June, ETF sponsors VanEck and SolidX, a fintech company engaged in the bitcoin ecosystem, revealed plans for the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust ETF (XBTC). That fund is targeted at institutional investors as it would debut with a share price of $200,000. That product would track an index linked to a group of bitcoin trading desks, possibly allaying some of the SEC’s prior concerns about funds linked to physical bitcoin.

“The SEC published the application to invite comments from the public . The Cboe plans to offer clients to buy shares in SolidX, which are currently worth approximately 25 bitcoin. Meanwhile, the fund itself will acquire bitcoin in over-the-counter fashion,” reports Bitcoinist.

To this point, the SEC has not approved any of issuers’ efforts to launch bitcoin ETFs. Recently, the Winklevoss brothers, the brothers that are looking to introduce the first U.S. bitcoin exchange traded fund, the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, were awarded a patent that some believe could help that ETF finally come to life.

Not The First Time for Bitcoin ETF

“It’s not the first time the Cboe, one of the world’s largest holding companies, has attempted to get approval for a Bitcoin ETF. The last rejection occured in March despite Cboe Global Markets president, Chris Concannon, writing a direct letter to the SEC, to alleviate some of the concerns about investing in cryptocurrencies such as low liquidity,” according to Bitcoinist.

Last week, the SEC approved plans for public comments on bitcoin ETFs, which could pave the way for the funds to finally come to life. However, some market observers believe that if the SEC does not approve bitcoin ETFs in the coming months, the effort could be pushed off until 2019 and beyond.

Bitcoin’s market capitalization resides around $109.5 billion at this writing at a price of $6,388.

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