South Korea’s financial supervisory service (FSS) plans to seek insights from the SEC on spot Bitcoin ETFs


  • South Korea’s FSS will learn from the SEC’s experience with spot Bitcoin ETFs.
  • FSS Chief Lee Bok-Hyun plans to discuss digital assets with SEC Chair Gary Gensler in 2024.
  • The talks aim to grasp ETF implications, regulate properly, and assess the impact of global financial policy.

South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) has announced its intention to seek insights from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

This move comes after the SEC’s recent approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States. FSS Chief Lee Bok-Hyun revealed this plan as part of the agency’s 2024 business agenda, which includes visits to major financial markets, including New York, to discuss various aspects of South Korean financial markets, particularly the spot Bitcoin ETFs.

Lee also intends to meet with SEC Chair Gary Gensler later in 2024 to discuss digital assets and related issues.

SEC approval impacts global financial policies

The SEC’s historic decision on January 10th, 2024, to approve 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States marked a significant milestone for the cryptocurrency industry. Previously, the SEC had denied spot Bitcoin ETF applications, citing concerns about the relatively small size of the crypto market and its susceptibility to market manipulation. 

However, the recent approval has sent ripples across the global financial landscape, prompting South Korea’s FSS to explore the implications and potential regulatory adjustments necessary to accommodate such financial instruments.

Shortly after the SEC approved spot Bitcoin ETFs, South Korea’s securities regulator warned local firms against brokering these ETFs from the United States. The cautious approach aimed to prevent potential risks associated with the new financial products. 

Still, the FSS acknowledged the need to review and update its regulations surrounding spot Bitcoin ETF trade approval in the United States.

South Korea’s role in the crypto regulatory landscape

South Korea has emerged as one of the leading regulators of cryptocurrency markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The nation has often taken cues from the United States regarding crypto regulations, implementing measures such as banning the use of credit cards for crypto purchases and outlawing crypto mixing services. 

Given South Korea’s significant role in the global cryptocurrency market, its engagement with the SEC reflects the interconnected nature of the crypto industry and the importance of international cooperation in shaping its future.

Seeking regulatory clarity and collaboration

Regulatory clarity becomes paramount as the crypto industry continues to evolve and gain mainstream acceptance. The FSS’s initiative to consult with the SEC demonstrates a commitment to understanding the nuances of spot Bitcoin ETFs and their implications for both South Korean and global financial markets. 

This approach reflects a broader trend of regulatory authorities worldwide seeking to collaborate and harmonize their approaches to cryptocurrencies and related financial products.

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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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