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SEC’s in-kind redemption rules raise concerns for crypto ETFs

TL;DR

  • SEC’s cash-only rule for crypto ETFs raises cost and efficiency concerns.
  • Bitcoin Spot ETF approval is awaited, but experts worry about the SEC’s caution on redemptions.
  • Industry giants await the SEC decision, impacting crypto ETF’s future.

In a significant development within the cryptocurrency market, concerns are mounting over the potential impact of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rules regarding in-kind redemptions on the burgeoning crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

Prominent figures in finance and crypto have voiced their apprehensions, highlighting the potential consequences of the SEC’s decision to insist on in-cash creations and redemptions for authorized participants (APs) instead of the traditional in-kind redemptions. 

These concerns have overshadowed the highly anticipated approval of a Bitcoin Spot ETF, with experts warning of potential risks and increased costs.

Bitcoin spot ETF approval sparks excitement, but SEC cautious

The recent buzz surrounding the approval of the Bitcoin Spot ETF has fueled optimism in the market, with global investors eagerly awaiting the influx of capital into the crypto sphere following regulatory approval. 

Many experts speculate that the SEC may grant approval for a Bitcoin Spot ETF as early as January. However, concerns raised by market experts such as financial lawyer Scott Johnsson and venture capitalist Nic Carter have surfaced, focusing on the SEC’s cautious approach.

Scott Johnsson, a U.S. financial lawyer, emphasized the SEC’s refusal to approve amendments allowing for in-kind creation or redemption of digital assets, citing doubts regarding compliance. While the SEC’s mandate is to protect investors, Johnsson argued that the regulatory approach might introduce a potentially less secure product, exposing investors to additional risks.

Venture capitalist Nic Carter echoed similar sentiments, suggesting that the SEC’s position could decrease efficiency in crypto ETFs. He noted that the shift towards cash transactions exclusively may result in higher costs associated with creating and redeeming shares. 

While the exact impact on tracking errors or expense ratios remains uncertain, the overall outcome is expected to increase investor costs.

BitMEX expresses concerns over ETF operations

BitMEX, a prominent crypto exchange co-founded by Arthur Hayes, also voiced apprehensions about the SEC’s influence on the fundamental operations of crypto ETFs. BitMEX highlighted the traditional mechanism in which authorized participants play a pivotal role in maintaining ETF efficiency through in-kind creations and redemptions.

The shift towards cash transactions, according to BitMEX, could potentially lead to the loss of essential advantages, restrict competition, and diminish the effectiveness of the ETF structure.

Industry giants await SEC decision

Several industry giants, including BlackRock, Grayscale, Bitwise, WisdomTree, Invesco, Galaxy, Fidelity, ARK Invest, Valkyrie, Franklin, Hashdex, Global X ETFs, and Pando Asset, are eagerly awaiting the SEC’s decision on their spot Bitcoin ETF applications. The outcome of the SEC’s ruling will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for the cryptocurrency market and the future of crypto ETFs.

As the industry awaits the SEC’s decision, it remains to be seen how the regulatory body will balance investor protection with the evolving landscape of digital assets. The concerns raised by experts and industry players underscore the challenges and uncertainties surrounding integrating cryptocurrencies into traditional financial markets.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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