Globally main trade holding firm, Chicago Board Choices Trade, or CBOE, has filed to record the Bitcoin exchange-traded fund proposed by asset supervisor, Van Eck.
CBOE filed a Kind 19b-4 requesting permission to record the ETF from the U.S. Securities and Trade Fee on Jan. 3. Within the kind, CBOE emphasizes the advantages an ETF would supply to retail traders over the spot Bitcoin markets, together with custody:
“Publicity to bitcoin via an ETP additionally presents sure benefits for retail traders in comparison with shopping for spot bitcoin immediately. Essentially the most notable benefit is the usage of the Custodian to custody the Belief’s bitcoin property.”
Whereas CBOE didn’t reveal who its custodian is, the doc notes its custodian is “a belief firm chartered and controlled by [the New York Department of Financial Services].”
As soon as the SEC has formally acknowledged it’s reviewing the applying, the regulator has 45 days to ship its verdict or prolong the evaluation deadline. The SEC can prolong its deliberation interval for as much as 240 days earlier than finalizing its choice.
If accepted, the ETF could be the primary crypto product supplied by CBOE since February 2019, with CBOE having then ceased providing Bitcoin futures contracts. In December 2017, CBOE grew to become the primary regulated monetary establishment in america to supply Bitcoin futures contracts, beating out the Chicago Mercantile Trade by simply a few weeks.
In January, Van Eck filed for SEC approval of a Bitcoin ETF. Whereas Van Eck had beforehand filed for a BItcoin ETF in 2017, the agency additionally teamed up with SolidX — a blockchain agency that had been trying to deliver a Bitcoin ETF to market since 2015 — to file for a collectively issued ETF in 2018. The joint software was withdrawn in September 2019, with the 2 corporations parting methods shortly after.
Nevertheless, Van Eck’s newest submitting has change into the topic of a lawsuit from SolidX, who alleges Van Eck plagiarized their product.
Van Eck additionally filed for an ETF monitoring the efficiency of distinguished crypto corporations on Jan. 21. The product would search the worth and efficiency of the World Digital Asset Fairness Index — which is run by its subsidiary MV Index Options.
As of this writing, the SEC is but to approve any crypto ETF product.