The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday said it is instituting additional proceedings to determine whether proposed spot bitcoin ETFs from BlackRock, Invesco, Valkyrie and Bitwise should be approved or disapproved, in apparent additional delays to the ongoing review processes underway.
"Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved," it continued.
Valkyrie Funds, which already offers a Bitcoin Strategy ETF and a Bitcoin Miners ETF, first filed for the spot fund in June. The proposed ETF will hold bitcoin to reflect the performance of the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate, New York Variant, and intends to list shares on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker BRRR.
Additional comment period
In the Thursday Valkyrie filing, the SEC asked for input from commentators.
"What are commenters’ views generally on whether the Exchange’s proposal is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices?" it wrote. "What are commenters’ views generally with respect to the liquidity and transparency of the bitcoin markets and the bitcoin markets’ susceptibility to manipulation?"
It also wants to know if a proposed a surveillance-sharing agreement with crypto exchange Coinbase would be helpful in "in detecting, investigating, and deterring fraud and manipulation."
Commentators have 21 days to submit written data, views and arguments, and then there's another 35-day period for rebuttals, which suggests the approval process will drag on for at least a few more months.
The regulator first delayed the proposed spot bitcoin funds in late August, when it also announced delays for Fidelity's Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust, the VanEck Bitcoin Trust and the WisdomTree Bitcoin Trust.
Ahead of a possible government shutdown, the SEC earlier this week delayed a decision on the proposed ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF into next year, with a new deadline of Jan. 10.
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