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A U.S. BTC ETF & More Cryptocurrency Regulation Nears Certainty

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  • VanEck Associates lodges a fresh application for an Ether ETF, as Canada approves three Ether ETFs 
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the leadership of crypto-savvy Gary Gensler shows an increasing appetite for cryptocurrency regulation, the easiest means would be via a BTC ETF

Even as a U.S. BTC ETF waits in the wings, VanEck Associates has upped the ante with a push for an Ether ETF.

If approved, the VanEck ETH Trust would hold Ether and value its shares daily based off the MVIS CryptoCompare ETH benchmark rate, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The application comes after the SEC delayed its first decision on whether or not to approve VanEck’s BTC ETF to June 13, and as growing pressure mounts on the U.S. to approve at least one cryptocurrency ETF, as neighbor Canada has already approved no less than two BTC ETFs as well as three Ether ETFs.

U.S. regulators have yet to approve a single cryptocurrency ETF, but the field is already crowded with companies looking to launch one – no less than 11 companies are already vying to be the first to launch a cryptocurrency ETF.

But in growing signs that the U.S. crypto-faithful will get what they want, newly appointed U.S. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, himself no stranger to cryptocurrencies, has expressed that U.S. investors lack protections when they trade BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

At a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee last Thursday, Gensler, who was previously teaching blockchain technology at the MIT Sloan School of Management, told members of Congress that while his agency has the authority to regulate cryptocurrencies that are considered securities, trading in BTC represents an oversight gap.

Part of the problem is that lawmakers have struggled to find a neat classification for cryptocurrencies, making issues of jurisdiction contentious.

Cryptocurrencies like BTC and Ether are often more closely associated with being “non securities,” whereas asset-backed tokens tend to fall more closely within the ambit of the SEC’s jurisdiction.

The SEC has signaled that BTC is a commodity under U.S. law and therefore not subject the agency’s toughest rules and according to Gensler,

“There’s a lot of authority that the SEC currently has in the securities space and there are a number of cryptocurrencies that fall within that jurisdiction.”

“But there are some areas, particularly BTC trading on large exchanges, that the public is not currently really protected.”

That could change of course with an SEC-approved BTC ETF and may possibly be what Gensler is hinting at.

A U.S. BTC ETF & More Cryptocurrency Regulation Nears Certainty

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