SEC Again Rejects Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF ETF.com

Paper Bitcoins Have The Potential To Ruin The Bitcoin Market

Paper Bitcoins Have The Potential To Ruin The Bitcoin Market

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http://genesisblocknews.com/paper-bitcoins-have-the-potential-to-ruin-the-bitcoin-market/
Paper Bitcoins are becoming increasingly popular among institutional investors, and they have the potential to ruin the Bitcoin market. Paper Bitcoins are equivalent to printing Bitcoin, and perhaps the best example of paper Bitcoins are the Bitcoin futures on CME and CBoE in Chicago. Billions of USD is flowing through the Chicago Bitcoin futures markets, and these are all backed by cash and settled for cash, with no actual Bitcoins backing them. Therefore, any money invested into these Bitcoin futures is diverted away from the spot market, and therefore reduces Bitcoin’s spot demand and price long term. Further, paper Bitcoins inflate Bitcoin’s supply above 21 million coins, which is obviously quite bad for Bitcoin’s price.
The entire crypto space has been avid that a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF) would have been an incredible thing for the market, and this was true for physically backed Bitcoin ETFs like VanEck SolidX and the Winklevoss Trust. However, a further 5-10 Bitcoin ETFs were proposed to the SEC that were cash settled and not backed by Bitcoins, and many of the crypto news sites failed to make the distinction between cash settled ETFs and physical ETFs, and acted as if the rejection of cash settled ETFs was bad news, when it was actually good news. If the first Bitcoin ETF that comes into existence is cash settled it would be a catastrophe. All of that money from institutional investors that the crypto markets have been waiting for would end up in the coffers of the company running the ETF, and theoretically would not increase Bitcoin’s price at all, no matter the volume of the ETF. Further, the paper Bitcoins printed for such an ETF would drastically increase Bitcoin’s supply and trash its price.
The point is, Bitcoiners need to investigate any sort of Bitcoin futures, ETF, or index fund thoroughly before getting excited about it. Financial instruments that are directly backed with Bitcoin are a good thing, but financial instruments backed with cash can do long term damage to the market.
The crypto space was rightfully excited about the launch of physical Bitcoin futures on Bakkt on 12 December 2018, but it was delayed until 24 January 2019 at the earliest. Something in the government is stopping physical Bitcoin futures, only leaving the cash settled futures in Chicago for the foreseeable future. Essentially, the government has approved the paper Bitcoins in Chicago, which reduce Bitcoin’s price long term by diverting demand and increasing supply, but are simultaneously disapproving of futures backed by actual Bitcoins.
GenesisBlockNews believes the government is not going to allow any sort of Bitcoin-backed financial instrument to be approved, since that would cause Bitcoin to gain too much value and threaten the USD’s dominance. The government will be happy to approve more paper Bitcoins though, since that undermines Bitcoin’s value. Therefore, crypto enthusiasts need to be very careful to do research before getting excited about any newly approved Bitcoin financial instrument in the future, since it will very likely be paper Bitcoins.
One does not have to look further than the gold market to see the end result of printing paper assets. Gold is one of the few things in the world that can be used as a currency and gain value long term relative to inflationary fiats, IF there were not tremendous paper markets. The price of gold has been falling since the middle of 2011, from USD 1,900 to near USD 1,200 currently. This is due to the saturation of the gold market with paper gold on the COMEX futures exchange; note this is CME, the same exchange issuing unlimited amounts of paper Bitcoin! There is 360 times more paper gold printed than the physical gold backing the contracts.
Massive amounts of gold can be printed at will by COMEX, as if it was paper money, and this has prevented the gold industry from being a serious threat to the USD. This is why the government allows this, even though it is tantamount to stealing from all the people who hold gold in the world.
CME, once again the same people that have ruined the gold market via COMEX, now has permission to print as much Bitcoin as it wants. Bitcoin Futures on CME launched on 17 December 2017, the very same day Bitcoin’s price began to crash from its peak near USD 20,000. It is quite obvious that the launch of Bitcoin futures on CME was a coordinated attempt to ruin the price of Bitcoin. CME has been printing Bitcoin at will, and stealing from everyone else in the world that holds Bitcoin.
One more note, do not be surprised if when Bakkt’s Bitcoin futures finally come, that they are cash settled futures. Bitcoiners will need to read the fine print.
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r/Bitcoin recap - September 2018

Hi Bitcoiners!
I’m back with the 21st monthly Bitcoin news recap.
For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com
A recap of Bitcoin in September 2018
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Hopium Time and My Bitcoin Bet

 
Take me directly to the official BITCOIN BET FOR THE VETS pledge page
 
Hello! Some of you may know me from the Daily Discussion thread here. I am an enthusiastic supporter of Bitcoin and also the author of Hopium Time (formerly Daily Hopium). Hopium Time is my effort to improve morale of the Bitcoin community during the dark times of current bear market we've been enduring. In my posts I make an effort to post good news and show parallels to previous Bitcoin bear markets to provide perspective when things look bleak.
 
I also like to make predictions. My core prediction is as follows:
 
The price of ONE BITCOIN will surpass $100,000 USD before May 1, 2021.
 
To illustrate my conviction on this prediction and to help my favorite charity, The Independence Fund, I have made it into a Bet. I’m calling it my Bitcoin Bet for the Vets (BBV). Please take a look at my post on this. I would really like this to grow into a nice donation to the charity which is very helpful to Veterans and their families. Hopefully some of you guys will pledge to match my Bet.
 
7/21/18 Revision to bet matching:
 
I will allow someone who pledges to match my bet to decide what percentage of my donation they will match (minimum of 5%). Please reply directly to the bet thread to make your honor bound irrevocable commitment to donate with me on May 1, 2021. I will include you on my public list of donors. Also, while I have pledged to donate enough to buy one track chair for the Vets even if I win the bet, you as a bet matcher, will be encouraged to do the same, but it is not required.
 
I will attempt to contact some of the leading Bitcoin bulls in the media (John McAfee, Tom Lee, Tim Draper etc.) and let you know in this thread if they plan to participate in my Bet or not. So you may want to check back on this thread from time to time for a status update.
 
Imagine the good we could do together if more people got involved. We can show the world how generous the crypto community can be. Good for the Vets and good for bitcoin. Everybody wins!
 
Follow me on my new Twitter @ThePhysicistBTC
 
I will maintain an archive of all my Hopium Time posts here, in case you are feeling a little down and need a quick reality check or pick-me-up. See below.
 
Hopium Time (Archive):
 
Bonus Feature #4: Learn Bitcoin/Blockchain for beginners series
Part 1 - Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a0sghdaily_discussion_november_27_2018/eakmmpw
Part 2 - 4 TED Talks you should watch immediately if you want to understand bitcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a13uru/daily_discussion_november_28_2018/ean3m8j
Part 3 - Blockchain expert, Bettina Warburg, explains blockchain in five levels of difficulty
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a1f2om/daily_discussion_november_29_2018/eapxc53
Part 4 - Bitcoin: What It Is And How It Works & Understand Bitcoin in 30 Minutes
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a1q5qb/daily_discussion_november_30_2018/easfqbj
S02E26: Bitcoin in Venezuela
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/aa803q/daily_discussion_december_28_2018/ecrmdv1
Bonus Feature #5 - Wall Street Could Change The Game For Bitcoin Again
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a8iryx/daily_discussion_december_22_2018/eccj73s
S02E25: The Road To Recovery - Part 2
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a1f2om/daily_discussion_november_29_2018/ear7pc5
S02E24: The Untrue Hodler
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9wxrh9/daily_discussion_november_14_2018/e9ongao
S02E23: VanEck-SolidX ETF (backed by physical bitcoin) has a good chance of SEC approval by March 2019
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9ts5lx/daily_discussion_november_03_2018/e90bj3d
S02E22: Bakkt is really coming this December
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9qbco3/daily_discussion_october_22_2018/e89qfo4
S02E21: The Flattening
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9lkm1s/daily_discussion_october_05_2018/e77wzl3
Bonus Feature #3: Tim Draper Still Bullish!
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9fqez2/daily_discussion_september_14_2018/e603fou
Bonus Feature #2: Overstock.com Will Sell Bitcoin in Q1 2019.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9fqez2/daily_discussion_september_14_2018/e5zujva
S02E20: The One, the Only, The Legend: u/americanpegasus
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9f61w6/daily_discussion_september_12_2018/e5vvcxi
S02E19: The Foundation for Institutional Investment is Being Built Right Now
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9evuxt/daily_discussion_september_11_2018/e5spu3t
S02E18: Universities are offering classes in crypto
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9b7l22/daily_discussion_august_29_2018/e52jzn7
S02E17: Brexit Nightmare - Could be Bullish for Bitcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/99vtlo/daily_discussion_august_24_2018/e4rlfwe
S02E16: Road to Recovery - Part 1
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/98ad0e/daily_discussion_august_18_2018/e4f8qim
S02E15: Conflicted Feelings and “The Bitcoin Face”
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/96wqvd/daily_discussion_august_13_2018/e458tdm
S02E14: The Perils of Human Emotions
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/965anc/daily_discussion_august_10_2018/e3z0z9e
S02E13: The Bitcoin Whisperer Has Spoken - Just Believe
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/95us72/daily_discussion_august_09_2018/e3x7i6o
S02E12: Don’t be scurred ;-)
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/959zjn/daily_discussion_august_07_2018/e3sn83a
S02E11: The Pain Will Come to an End
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/94qljj/daily_discussion_august_05_2018/e3nxab2
S02E10: Bakkt aims to allow you pay for your coffee at Starbucks with bitcoin (and more)
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/947zr6/daily_discussion_august_03_2018/e3jzxmb
S02E09: JUST HODL
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/93nbn7/daily_discussion_august_01_2018/e3g1b47
S02E08: Glenn Beck and Teeka Tiwari discuss whether the Bitcoin Bear Market is finally over
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/932hei/daily_discussion_july_30_2018/e3a9umr
S02E07: Mati Greenspan, Senior Analyst at eTore speaks
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/92tj24/daily_discussion_july_29_2018/e3g4jui
Bonus Feature #1: Possibility of CBOE ETF being approved by March 2019 or sooner
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/92awvq/daily_discussion_july_27_2018/e366316 - See this article also
S02E06: Bitcoin Comeback Could be for Real https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/91fqkdaily_discussion_july_24_2018/e2y2xqn
S02E05: Different Take on Bitcoin Bubbles
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/90eemn/daily_discussion_july_20_2018/e2qzxcu
S02E04: Has Bitcoin bottomed?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9047lk/comment/e2ozyqc
S02E03: The Bet
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8z9cx2/daily_discussion_july_16_2018/e2iiems
S02E02: ETFs
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8ys014/daily_discussion_july_14_2018/e2ekotq
S02E01: Bitcoin Regret
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8yie5daily_discussion_july_13_2018/e2cqeej
S01E34: I Accidentally Bought 11 BTC
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8xn6s0/daily_discussion_july_10_2018/e24ee6h
S01E33: Crystal Balls
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8x9um1/daily_discussion_july_09_2018/e22thya
S01E32: The Unthinkable
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8x097x/daily_discussion_july_08_2018/e20h64v
S01E31: The Winklevoss Twins are Keepin Calm and HODLing On
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8wrwpx/daily_discussion_july_07_2018/e1yjstw
S01E30: The Power of the Lightning Network
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8wiku7/daily_discussion_july_06_2018/e1wi9am
S01E29: Will you make the right decision?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8w8zni/daily_discussion_july_05_2018/e1udryq
S01E28: Lets get it over 7k for some fireworks.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8w07u9/daily_discussion_july_04_2018/e1sggs5
S01E27: Major Bitcoin Crashes
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8vqpjy/daily_discussion_july_03_2018/e1qumdi
S01E26: Bitcoin Bubbles
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8vh6vf/daily_discussion_july_02_2018/e1ngux2
S01E25: What? Bitcoin died?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8v8qf8/daily_discussion_july_01_2018/e1m238s
S01E24: Parallels in time
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8v0n1c/daily_discussion_june_30_2018/e1k33ur
S01E23: I have no choice but to sell off 8000 BTC
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8urof2/daily_discussion_june_29_2018/e1hrk55
S01E22: CNBC Africa - Crypto Trader
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8uhkxw/daily_discussion_june_28_2018/e1fm41w
S01E21: The Tide is Turning?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8u82mv/daily_discussion_june_27_2018/e1dfqqx
S01E20: The Panic Sellers Edition
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8tyijb/daily_discussion_june_26_2018/e1bni1k
S01E19: Crash Troll
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8tp0mc/daily_discussion_june_25_2018/e198ujy
S01E18: No hope for bitcoin?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8tgn5v/daily_discussion_june_24_2018/e17n6dt
S01E17: Optimism for 2nd half 2018
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8t8qlq/daily_discussion_june_23_2018/e16g1lg
S01E16: People who bought at the ath of 266 then sold at 50
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8szuvc/daily_discussion_june_22_2018/e155pr3
S01E15: The Truth
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8sqc99/daily_discussion_june_21_2018/e12y46x
S01E14: Millionaire interest
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8sgt75/daily_discussion_june_20_2018/e10q4d0
S01E13: Pep Talk time
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8s7dvd/daily_discussion_june_19_2018/e0ypdrd
S01E12: HODLERS are people too
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8s7dvd/daily_discussion_june_19_2018/e0ykk2v
S01E11: Square Cash App
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8ry1gb/daily_discussion_june_18_2018/e0wdlxi
S01E10: Predictions, predictions
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8rpvtt/daily_discussion_june_17_2018/e0tte6t
S01E09: Too expensive?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8ri7zp/daily_discussion_june_16_2018/e0rvb0z
S01E08: Aarrrrrrnoooooooold
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8r9if9/daily_discussion_june_15_2018/e0qqezr
S01E07: Sinking Ship
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8r9if9/daily_discussion_june_15_2018/e0pn5mc
S01E06: Delusional
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8r0clm/daily_discussion_june_14_2018/e0otg3x
S01E05: Bitcoin Immortality and Log Chart
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8qqy0i/daily_discussion_june_13_2018/e0mofn0
S01E04: Hal Finney
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8qhgbl/daily_discussion_june_12_2018/e0kn24t
S01E03: You can make a difference.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8q822daily_discussion_june_11_2018/e0igv6m
S01E02: Being a Fudster - an Ageless Past-time
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8pznhe/daily_discussion_june_10_2018/e0gngdz
S01E01: Are you ready for the drops?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8pznhe/daily_discussion_june_10_2018/e0fp7m6
The Pilot: 770 bitcoins
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8k2sl0/daily_discussion_may_17_2018/dz4iawv
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Keep an eye out for August 10th! That'll be a big day for Bitcoin

TLDR; CBOE may have a good chance of getting the BTC ETF approved by the SEC. The SEC has until August 10th 16th to approve or Deny the application. If approved, Q1 of 2019 is when the ETF is expected to launch.
As most of you probably know the CBOE has filed to list BTC as an ETF with the SEC. What this means is that BTC will end up accessible to traditional investors and can be purchased on traditional investment platforms. It is very likely, in my opinion, that they will get the a-okay from the SEC to list BTC as an ETF.
Why do I say this? Well let's look at the history.
- In 2014 the Winklevoss Twins tried to file a BTC ETF with the SEC
- In 2016 we had SolidX that tried to file a BTC ETF with the SEC
- In 2017 we had the NYSE file for a BTC ETF with the SEC
- Also in 2017 we had the CBOE launch BTC futures
- Lastly, in June of this year we had the CBOE file for a BTC ETF with the SEC where the ETF is "being offered through the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust - a joint venture between financial firms VanEck and SolidX"
So why haven't any of these ETF's seen the light of day? The answer can be explained by this refreshing piece of journalism "In March 2017, the US SEC claimed that the Winklevoss ETF proposal was rejected because Bitcoin, as a digital asset, was not regulated properly overseas without proper regulatory frameworks in place. The agency also noted that there lacks insurance around cryptocurrencies.".
So regulatory frameworks and insurance have been the two biggest obstacles in the way of the SEC approving the ETF. Luckily for us, cryptocurrency is a global affair and we're noticing more Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies and standards of security. Additionally, overseas markets like Japan and South Korea arguably have better regulatory frameworks than the US, with Japan leading the G20 in creating an international standard for crypto regulation.". Unfortunately for the SEC, crypto is global and I have no doub that they are fully aware that slacking on crypto regulation and acceptance = losing out on billions of dollars - but more importantly losing global economic leverage. I have no doubt in my mind all countries which are late to the crypto game will find themselves becoming a 2nd world country, in a relative sense.
Anyhow, back to the CBOE and SEC. The CBOE is a company with a market cap of $11b. If, obviously rich and well connected, people of an $11b company, which has existed since 1973, decides that spending the time and energy to investigate, create, modify, and go through all legal and regulatory frameworks to file a BTC ETF with the SEC - where rejections have been hot since 2014 - They know what they're in for. This isn't some team of plebs working on some sort of maybe. This is a team of who knows how many professionals, for sure getting paid big bucks (and maybe even having their jobs on the line), cumulatively deciding that even though the SEC has rejected BTC ETF's in the past, their application may have a shot.
Why is the CBOE application different? Well, aside from the increased regulatory processes crypto has gone through, on a global dimension ; the CBOE has stated that their BTC ETF will be INSURED. That right there is a big deal! This means if the CBOE gets hacked, it isn't some Mt.Gox or bitgrail situation where people are out millions... That simply won't matter to ETF investors. I would also argue that running BTC futures without much of a hitch, will make things easier for the SEC to pass this CBOE BTC ETF (but that's just my opinion).
If/when this happens the ETF is expected to go live in the first quarter of 2019. I don't expect much to happen until then (at least in the Western Crypto space in which I am most familiar with). Lastly, the whole reason for this post is that August 10th of this year is the rumored date for the SEC to approve or deny the application August 16th is the date rumored for the SEC to make their decision , so that'll be a big day for BTC. The SEC states that they make a decision 45 days after a request.
What I am very curious about is that if the crypto market keeps moving upwards towards that date, the challenge will be trying to figure out if its us retail investors buying the rumors or if well connected individuals are buying the future news.
**If I am talking bs or made mistakes in this post please call me out on it. That's how we all learn. Thanks! **
Edit : I am wrong about August 10th. The date to look out for is August 16, according to this post
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What is an ETF?

What is an ETF?
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Simon says, no minimum investment or additional paperwork, and children go “weeee”. Seriously, are ETFs that great? Let’s knock it off before someone else earns a pile of money on it.
There is a lot of buzz in the crypto world about Bitcoin ETFs. Winklevoss twins are trying to get it approved.
And the SEC has been very energetic in the department of cryptocurrencies lately, now reviewing two Bitcoin ETF proposals.
So, what is an ETF? How does it differ from mutual funds and individual shares?
Let’s take a closer look!
Just like there are a variety of different mutual funds, there are many different ETFs, each with different objectives.
But before we move forward, let’s define an ETF in the most classic manner.
An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks.
OK, if you’re an ultimate beginner, you probably have left the page in the middle of the previous sentence.
Not yet?
As a thank you for this miracle, let’s connect some dots.
An exchange-traded fund (ETF) means that there is some fund you can trade on an exchange.
Moreover, they call this fund an investment fund, so let’s look into that, too.
An investment fund is a supply of capital belonging to numerous investors used to collectively purchase securities while each investor retains ownership and control of his own shares. Types of investment funds include mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and hedge funds.
Bingo! An ETF share is a fraction of a capital or a fund numerous investors trade on the exchange.
But the fund itself consists of stocks, bonds, real estate and other types of investment assets that are selected and managed by an experienced manager.
Those investments are then sliced up into millions of pieces and sold to individual investors on exchanges in the form of ETFs.
Hedge funds sound familiar to this concept and are an interesting topic in the context of competition with ETFs, but we will not talk it here for one simple reason.
The typical minimum hedge fund investment is between $500,000 and $1 million. Meaning, only sophisticated investors can take part in such a fund!
As for ETFs and mutual funds… let us put it this way, do you have $100? Then, read on!
Read more: https://blogs.airdropalert.com/what-is-etf/
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SEC Commissioner supported Bitcoin-ETF

SEC Commissioner supported Bitcoin-ETF
Commissioner for the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States (SEC) Hester Pierce said that her office was too cautious about the approval of exchange-traded funds (ETF) based on cryptocurrency and called for speeding up the process. Oinvest reports referring to Financial Times.
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Last month, Pierce has already said that the SEC "stifles the ETF with its personal attention, as if talking about babies."
She said: “We need to keep an open mind about Fintech which might mean that we need to reconsider technologically outdated assumptions that underline currency laws. Fintech can mean many things to many people and its effect on how investors communicate with each other and transmit activities are important.”
At the moment, asset managers who intend to launch an ETF must apply in accordance with the Investment Company Act (1940), which, according to many experts, is quite strict regarding cryptocurrency funds.
It should be noted, that Pierce reiterated her support for the Bitcoin-ETF by Winklevoss brothers, whom the SEC refused last summer.
In May, the agency once again postponed consideration of applications for the launch of Bitcoin-ETF by Bitwise Asset Management and VanEck / SolidX.
Despite this, the NYSE Arca recently submitted to the SEC a request to change the rules for listing securities from an investment bitcoin trust managed by Wilshire Phoenix Funds.
This is not the only company that intends to launch Bitcoin-ETF on the NYSE Arca. On May 9, the SEC received an application from Crescent Crypto Index Services LLC to create an index fund that should track not only the quotes of the first cryptocurrency, but also Ethereum.
You can find more information about the cryptocurrency market on the Oinvest site.
The information above cannot be considered as an investment advice and past results do not indicate future performance.
\*Investors should have experience and understand the risks of losing all the initial investment)
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Bitcoin ETF- the holy grail?

Bitcoin ETF- the holy grail?

What is an ETF?

ETF stands for exchange traded fund, which is basically a security that tracks some underlying assets (for example equities, bonds or commodities). The issuer of the ETF takes custody of the underlying assets it tracks and then issues a number of shares that represent ownership. These shares can be easily traded (like stocks) and therefore remove a lot of barriers for investors who are willing to invest in this particular asset.

If an ETF-issuer wants to create new shares, they turn to an authorized participant (AP). An AP is someone who is responsible for purchasing the underlying assets an ETF wants to hold. APs require a license from the ETF provider and then buys the underlying asset on behalf of the ETF-issuer. Subsequently, the AP sends these freshly purchased assets to the ETF-issuer and then ETF provider sends shares of the fund back to the AP. The value of these shares is equal to the assets the ETF provider just received.
The redeeming process works in the opposite direction: AP sends ETF shares it wants to redeem to the ETF provider, which then
returns the underlying assets back to the AP.

There are times when the price of the ETC can become higher than the price of its underlying assets, or net asset value (NAV). Then the ETF is said to be trading at a premium. If the ETF is trading below NAV it is called trading at a discount. The AP arbitrages premiums and discounts to keep the market price tightly coupled to the NAV.

What is the benefit of an BTC ETF?

The shares of an ETF can easily be obtained and traded and lowers the barrier of entry for investors. With Bitcoin, these barriers are buying the asset and, most of all, safe storage of the asset. A BTC ETF enables technologically inexperienced investors to profit from BTC price movement without going through the hassle of securing their private keys. Hedge funds, pension funds, and 401ks can easily invest in this ETF, so we expect a lot of new capital to flow in Bitcoin. Increased capital inflow decreases volatility and therefore making BTC more stable.

What types of Bitcoin ETFs are proposed?

There are two types of Bitcoin ETF proposals:
ETFs that Physically Hold Bitcoin (VanEck & SolidX ETF)
ETFs that Purchase Bitcoin Derivatives (ProShares, GraniteShares, Direxion)
ETFs that physically hold Bitcoin

This type of ETF owns the underlying asset it tracks. Every share is backed by the real deal.

Pros:
low transaction costs
tracks the performance of the underlying asset directly
high liquidity

Contras:
counterparty risk (custody of the asset)
ETFs can only be traded through specific daytimes where the BTC market is open 24 hours

ETFs that purchase Bitcoin derivatives
The second kind of ETF does not actually hold any Bitcoin. Instead, the ETF tries to mimic the performance of Bitcoin by trading Bitcoin futures, options, swaps, money market instruments.

Pros:
no worrying of custody of BTC, since these types of ETF don't hold BTC directly

Contras:
approximating the performance of Bitcoin
active management risk
active management cost
margin call risk
leveraged trading risk
rollover risk
ETFs that are holding physically Bitcoin are far superior to the derivatives-based one. And I expect the first type to havesignificant higher chances of approval. BTC-futures are only a few months old and I cannot imagine that the SEC will approve an
ETF that tracks these highly speculative and brand new derivatives as underlying.

Requirements of the SEC

The U.S.- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has certain requirements for an ETF to be approved:
Custody solutions
immune to manipulation
sufficient liquidity
coorect valuation of the NAV

Current situation

All derivatives-backed ETFs were rejected by the SEC on August 23. These ETFs were filed by ProShares and Direxion.
The decision came down to the risk of market manipulation & fraud. The SEC can only approve an ETF that is designed to
prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices. The Winklevoss ETF (backed by the underlying asset) was rejected
earlier this month. The main argument for rejection was the fact that the price determination of the NAV would only happen
on the Gemini exchange (which is owned by the Winklevoss twins). The only remaining big proposal is the ETF from
VanEck & SolidX which backed by the CBOE (Chicago Board of Options).

The VanEck & SolidEck ETF proposal backed by the CBOE

This proposal is vastly superior to prior ETF proposals and addresses most of the concerns the SEC has expressed when rejecting prior ETF applications. Reasons are:
holds physical BTC
backed by the CBOE, which is a very serious institution
shares are big (25 BTC = 1 share), this excludes retail investors
Involved parties:
Fund: SolidX Bitcoin Shares.
FileExchange: CBOE BZX Exchange.
Trust/Fund IssueBTC Custodian: VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust.
Trust’s SponsoManager: SolidX Management.
Trust’s Administrator & Cash Custodian: BNY Mellon.
Marketing Agent: Foreside Fund Services.
Marketing: Van Eck Securities Corp.

Comparison with a Gold ETF

The SEC approved the streetTRACKS Gold Shares ETP even though the spot gold market were largely unregulated.
On March 28, 2003, the first gold-backed ETF, developed by ETF Securities, was launched. It trades on the Australian stock exchange as the ETFS Physical GoldGOLD, +0.06% with assets under management at about $602 million.
“We can certainly track the growth of gold ETFs since their invention, and see how investor interest in gold has growth significantly,” said Will Rhind, managing director of U.S. operations for ETF Securities. Globally, there are now 143 gold ETFs available, with the latest data showing assets under management at roughly $132 billion, he said.
In the first few years after the first Gold ETF was introduced, the Gold price rose by over 600%. The ETF lowered the barrier
of entry for many investors.

Final deadline

The Sec can postpone the final decision until 21. February 2019 and we expect them to do so. The developement of Bitcoin markets made big leaps forward since the filing for the Winklevoss ETF, for example we have now very advanced custody solutions
(from Coinbase for example) and with increasing liquidtiy volatility decrease.


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As a Bitcoin startup that endured all the ridicule since 2014, it feels absolutely fantastic to still be here today, growing and thriving.

I was looking for something in my old Reddit posts when I came across some posts from 2014 when we were just a 7-month old Bitcoin startup, and had a good laugh at some of the comments, mostly from Buttcoiners, which ranged from honest questions like how will you make money? to straight up accusations of being scammers in a ponzi scheme just waiting to pounce on our customers once we grow big enough. Things like:
"Once the margins evaporate, they will take all the money and run just like every other exchange."
I totally understood all the skepticism back then, since this was when Mt. Gox was a fresh memory and Bitcoin just crashed from $1200 to $300. People dismissed Bitcoin as dead, as they have done over a hundred times as of today. Hell, even my own family did not believe me, and my own mother thought I could go to jail for what I was doing!
So we built our business model from scratch, had no real experience with startups (my co-founders and I had success in traditional businesses, but that was it), was bootstrapping for more than a year, and was working in an industry seemingly on the brink of collapse. The uncertainty was palpable at that time (2014-2015) with Bitcoin going below $200 at its lowest point, and the doubt was trying its best to creep into our minds.
But we stuck with it and didn't listen to those who said we were crazy.
It makes this recent rally back to new all-time highs a whole lot sweeter, as well as seeing all the amazingly positive developments in the industry as a whole. What a great time to be a bitcoin startup.
So here are some of the things that have happened to us since then:
A year ago, I posted an update on our progress here. It's a pretty long post but it shows some details on what we had done at that point in our growth and development. We've had some solid growth since then, with the Philippine Central Bank publishing numbers on the industry that I would say is on the low end of what we are actually doing today in the terms of transaction volumes.
“Volume is growing. We conducted a survey last year among just the top two players. The volume grew $5 to $6 million a month compared to $2 to $3 million the previous year. It doubled. There was an acceleration. Based on that, we decided to put this on a formal regulatory framework."
We closed our seed round with a major investment from Kakao, a $10 Billion company that basically owns the South Korean mobile chat app market with over 100 million regular users. South Korea is now a hotspot in the region for Bitcoin-remittance startups, with several players getting in on the action. We are leading the pack in this race.
Our business model has spawned several other competitors, which we believe is a really healthy indication that the industry is thriving.
Last week, the Philippine Central Bank released Circular No.944, a piece of regulation on how to do business as a "Virtual Currency exchange". This one is extra special for us, since I and my co-founders personally presented ourselves to the Central Bank and worked closely with them for the last two years in developing the framework for these regulations.
When I say work closely, it means that we were meeting with them regularly, answering all their questions about the local and global Bitcoin industry, presented our business model and used ourselves as the guinea pigs to show them that Bitcoin is a viable technology and business. Imagine the joy we felt when we read these words written right in the guidelines they published:
Section 4512N Guidelines for Virtual Currency Exchanges; Statement of Policy. "...Thus, the Bangko Sentral recognizes that Virtual Currency (VC) systems have the potential to revolutionize delivery of financial services, particularly for payments and remittance, in view of their ability to provide faster and more economical transfer of funds, both domestic and international, and may further support financial inclusion."
So here we are, at the start of 2017, with Bitcoin hitting new all-time highs and holding, the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF looming on the horizon, Chinese BTC exchanges having less influence on the price, and our industry in this little corner of the world given a green light to pursue our bigger targets.
If you’re new to Bitcoin, I hope you read this and realize that even though the price of Bitcoin acts like a crazy rollercoaster, the work being done by countless developers, entrepreneurs, and professionals on the technology and its applications is for real.
As much as the price of Bitcoin is exciting, it is really the least interesting thing about it once you understand the true potential of the technology.
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Hangout w/ Winklevoss Brothers of Gemini Exchange

At 1PM EST (5:00PM UTC) on Tuesday October 25th we will being doing a panel hangout with the Winklevoss Brothers of Gemini about their exchange and product offering, Benjamin Small, PhD, Head of Market Structure will also join in on the discussion. I have included below some of the questions that will be asked and will update as I complete the Google document. Feel free to comment or add anything in particular you want me to ask them
Link to Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGPFaaMXiOU
Gemini Hangout (Questions Outline)
Let’s Talk about the ETF filing a bit
Any reason for the change from NASDAQ to BATS? As far as the filings go where are we in the process. I know you can’t talk timing but can we talk about some of the comments from the response and the S1. What is State Streets role in this overall process ?
Opening remarks to include that due to SEC regulations the Winklevoss are unable to comment on anything related to the ETF
Company BackGround
Mission statement, target customers, organizational structure, # of employees, VC capital, explain the reasoning to go the banking charter route versus individual state MSBs -- pros and cons of choosing this route
Daily Auction
What purpose does it serve ? What is your response to these comments from Phil Potter CSO of Bitfinex regarding the volume on the auction and structure
Audio Clip #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2XSJlccLPc&feature=youtu.be&t=15m52s
Audio Clip #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2XSJlccLPc&feature=youtu.be&t=20m18s
Currently Gemini is sitting at roughly 1/5th of the other USD exchanges including Coinbase another domestic exchange -- this excludes the daily auction number
http://imgur.com/a/Adsn0 -- exchange rankings
Why have you chosen to include that auction volume in your overall exchange traded volume ? Does that in someway distort the amount of actual volume that occurs on exchange?
http://imgur.com/a/acFoT -- Gemini volume pre and post auction introduction
you could ask them about the fee structure on the auction. They say they give all auction trades maker fees, but that means that if you have worked your way down to rebates, you can self trade or collude to earn rebates.
Also curious who is using the auction. They obvs can't give specific names, but just a customer profile would be nice. E.g. the otc desks, hnw individuals, etc
Gemini UI UX
Why do I have to full KYC to even see the trading UI ? Already deters me from signing up
Leverage/Margin
In order to compete in the global marketplace for bitcoin traders you are going to need margin/leverage -- what are the current hurdles for acquiring margin ?
Kraken and Polo offer leverage why can’t Gemini ?
Do you believe an exchange can be highly profitable without leverage ?
Reversing of Trades
What criteria is grounds for reversing a trade? Not to long ago there was a fat finger trade that moved the price to $2200 and you chose to reverse these trades how did this happen in the first place and why did you choose to reverse these trades
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3ss945/just_got_this_email_from_gemini_about_the_2200/
API
a question i would ask are " 1.) why did they decide to limit FIX access to only that datacenter or approved vendors ? " cite btcchina as someone who has fix end points all over the world.
they basically priced out your "smaller guys" who actually a high percentage of the volume on the other exchanges in doing so
maybe they are only chasing those institutional traders.. and weve seen how that works in bitcoin.. the bodies of the rekt exchanges are piled high
died from starvation
oh.. they are also in NY4 equinix.. space is hugely expensive there because nyse,cboe,cme ,phlx and nasdaq are also in there
tl;dr not for small shop or bitcoin traders.
only insititional that willing to pay 20k a year in hosting
ETH
Ask them about their feelings on ETH post-DAO, post fork and in light of the recent hard fork to avoid the DDOS issue - do they still see it as being a major player in the crypto scene in the long term? Did they invest in the DAO?
Future Products ?
Expansion to Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK -- what makes you think you can compete in Asia with the chinese exchanges that have more development fire power and strong hold ?
Do you think this is a worthwhile expenditure of resources based on realistic returns ?
Will these markets allow you to offer margin or more exotic products ?
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r/Bitcoin recap - September 2018 - V2

Hi Bitcoiners!
This is a reworked repost of the 21st monthly Bitcoin news recap. I'm testing out a new format where I list items by topic instead of date so they are easier to digest for the reader. I would love to hear your feedback! (on the categories, the new format vs. the old,...)
For those unfamiliar with these recaps, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in Bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com
A recap of Bitcoin in September 2018
Adoption * The Lightning Network surpasses 100 bitcoin in network capacity * Someone paying with bitcoin in Rovereto, Italy at a 20% discount * Someone pays for a car wash in Brisbane with bitcoin * The biggest block yet is mined at 2.26MB * Someone gets a speaker fee in bitcoin after speaking for developers at a bank * A Butcher shop in Venezuela accepting bitcoin * Someone’s story of travelling across 18 countries using 1 btc * Swissquote advertises Cryptocurrency trading on some office windows * People discuss how expensive bitcoin ATMs are
Development * Someone working on a 3D cryptocurrency trading interface * Someone set up their Bitcoin full node + Lightning Network node following a Github tutorial * A new Lightning desktop app by Lightning Labs * The release of the lnd v0.5-beta and C-lightning v0.6.1 * The future of Lightning by Elizabeth Stark * Someone created their own Lightning Network-powered Cola machine
Security * A Chrome extension got hacked and tried to steal private keys to cryptocurrency wallets * Someone tried to attack Slush’s Lightning Network node with a 12 bitcoin capacity * Google Play takes down misleading bitcoin wallets * Japanese exchange Zaif gets hacked for $37M worth of bitcoin * An important bug is discovered and gets patched in Bitcoin Core 0.16.3
Mining * A look into an illegal bitcoin mining operation in an abandoned power plant in Russia * Slush Pool introduces an open-source operating system for some of Bitmain’s mining machines * Samsung is planning to build 10nm Asic mining chips
Business * The Goldman Sachs CFO on speculation about the bank’s bitcoin trading activities * Coinbase is exploring a bitcoin ETF * Bitmain is now planning an IPO at 16% of their original size * Canada approves a bitcoin trust fund * Morgan Stanley offers bitcoin derivates to its clients * The Robinhood investing app is making millions by selling user data to HFT firms * Google ends its cryptocurrency advertising ban * Bakkt on its first Bitcoin futures contracts
Research * An analysis of $1B Bitcoins on the move * As the Lightning Network grows it will become more difficult to track its growth * A $193M bitcoin transaction for a $0.19 fee * A collection of articles and research on PoW’s efficiency * Bitcoin’s energy consumption in comparison to gold mining, paper money printing, the banking system and governments * Europol research shows that bitcoin has not been used to fund any terrorist attacks
Education * A Bitcoin explainer someone spent a year on * An infographic on merkle trees * A discussion on why it is unwise to use bitcoin for crime
Regulation & Politics * The legal status of Bitcoin globally * How Roman coins took hundreds of years to lose their value * US regulators approve Winklevoss Twins’ fiat-backed stablecoin * Hayek on taking money out of the hands of the government in 1984 * Some cryptocurrency businesses in the US have asked US congress to hurry up with regulation * The Prime Minister of Malta on blockchains and cryptocurrencies
Financial incumbents * The US and EU cut Iran off the SWIFT system through threatening SWIFT executives with criminal charges * Visa and Mastercard forced to pay $6.2B for over-charging on credit cards * The Danske Bank CEO quits over a $234B money laundering scandal
Price & Trading * The bitcoin price is at an all-time high in Iran * People discuss the bitcoin price
Fun & Other * A reminder that bitcoin can’t be eaten by the family pet * There is a Bitcoin ‘glyph’ in iOS 12 * Bitcoin posters in Brighton * Bitcoin from a teenager’s point of view * Bitcoin on who wants to be a milllionaire * Scrabble adds Bitcoin to its dictionary
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DAO Fork "Fiasco" Makes ETF Unlikely - Same Thing Could Happen To BTC Within 12 Months, Risks To Investors Incalculable

So while I was initially leaning towards approval I was asking myself what would I do if I was working for the SEC. Step 1, I obviously would immerse myself in the Bitcoin market. Step 2, I would specifically look for risks to investors.
In one of the SEC comments on the ETF submitted by 3rd parties they specifically mention the possibility of a fork. The Winklevoss brothers have filed an amendment to clarify how they would handle such a scenario - this will bring additional scrutiny. The SEC will ask themselves: "What is this fork business all about?"
The SEC has one job: To protect investors. Even if such a scenario seems unlikely, it certainly isnt considering that the fork will be highly contentious, it could bankrupt the ETF and the investors due to the Winklevoss policy to invest into the longer chain after just 48 hours which could shift just a month later
So in a sense the DAO could contribute a significant deal to a denial because it is a prime example of the risks inherent to such an investment vehicle. I expect this ruling to happen in early March.
Placed my bets accordingly, good luck all. Still refusing to trade the ratio but ETHUSD makes sense either way.
This is a potential win-win situation. The real risky position is BTC and ETH/BTC
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What Will Be Bitcoin's Next Big Price Event?

For the price of bitcoin, the summer was anything but smooth.
Markets boomed on news of 'the Brexit', tapered off through the long-awaited halving and tumbled on the news yet another exchange had been hacked. Since then, the price has fluctuated between $550 and $600, returning to the "relative" calm observed earlier in the year.
But given bitcoin's historical volatility, analysts are already beginning to question what may trigger bitcoin's next big price swing.
As we head into the fall and winter months, a diverse set of theories are beginning to emerge about conditions that could either boost the price, or see it return to its 2015 lows.
Institutional approval
Among the potential triggers cited by analysts, the emergence of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), an investment vehicle that generally tracks a basket of stocks or commodities, was perhaps the most often discussed.
Many market observers have been watching the status of two proposed ETFs with great interest, but for a while, there wasn't any reason to hope for developments. However, excitement for a potential market first has grown in recent weeks following the July announcement of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust and amid new filings by the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust.
The approval of either could represent a milestone for the bitcoin community, analysts say, as the ETFs would enable authorized participants to issues shares tied to real bitcoin holdings, which could be a catalyst for new liquidity.
Daniel Masters, director of Global Advisors Bitcoin Investment Fund (GABI), noted recently that many commodities have enjoyed sharp increases in price and more robust trading activity once ETFs based on the underlying assets hit the market.
He wrote in an August blog post:
"From the early 2000s onward, there was a proliferation of ETFs covering all manner of commodity interests. In each and every case – for gold, silver, oil, natural gas, platinum, copper and even indices – the advent of the ETFs led to higher prices, more trading volume of futures and cash exchanges and higher levels of commodity futures open interest."
Should either ETF receive approval, bitcoin could enjoy a notable increase in liquidity. It was this variable that Du Jun, co-founder of Chinese exchange Huobi, singled out as potentially driving the digital currency's price higher.
"Bitcoin's liquidity depends on the future of bitcoin's value and investors' expectation to a large extent," Du said.
Technical improvements
Yet another potential boost for the bitcoin price could come in the form of a long-awaited resolution to the "scaling" debate.
Currently, blocks of transactions on the bitcoin blockchain have a storage size of just 1MB. As this puts a limitation on the number of transactions the network can process (and therefore, some argue, adoption), there has been a sometimes messy and contentious drive in the community to change it.
But due to the tricky specifics of how a change to this hard-coded limit would need to be enacted, no consensus has yet been reached. Still, that doesn't mean solutions aren't on the way, the most notable of which is Segregated Witness (SegWit), an upgrade that recently saw a preliminary code release.
While promising for the network, though, analysts seemed less enthusiastic about SegWit’s potential impact on bitcoin prices.
Cryptocurrency investment fund manager Jacob Eliosoff, for example, said investors have likely already priced in the coming change as it was announced in December and originally expected to be deployed in April.
"SegWit's release seems too gradual and widely expected (not to say overdue) to really bump the price," Eliosoff said.
Tim Enneking, chairman of investment manager EAM, struck a similar tone, adding:
"I don’t think SegWit will have anything more than an incremental and marginal impact on BTC prices, at least in the short term."
Post-Halving pressures
In one of the more unique claims, investor and entrepreneur Vinny Lingham singled out the halving of rewards on the bitcoin network as a potential influence.
The prediction may be surprising given that a planned technical change the reduced the mining reward from 25 BTC to 12.5 BTC took place earlier this summer, largely without fanfare.
But while bitcoin prices experienced little change this July, Lingham asserts its true impact has not yet been felt. In the next two-to-four weeks, forces resulting from the shift could cause the digital currency to surge, he said.
As detailed in a recent post, miners who aren't turning enough profit, he contends, may soon be forced to buy bitcoin from exchanges, an event he said was likely to trigger a "short squeeze", or a sharp increase in the price based on the lack of available supply.
He wrote in May:
"It’s the same as selling crops in the futures market and then being hit by a storm that wipes out half of your fields. The only way, technically, that this doesn’t happen, is if the price doubles on halving day (it won’t)."
Financial (in)stability
Finally, some predicted bitcoin's next major price event would be dependent on the stability of the global financial system.
Traders have repeatedly flocked to the digital currency in times of crisis, leading many market observers to label it a risk-off asset or even a "digital gold" that appeals during times of economic stress.
In the past, bitcoin has benefitted from situations such as the 'Brexit', as well as during periods of economic volatility in Greece and Cyprus.
It remains debatable how much of these increases is based on real capital flight, but there is still widespread belief that such events could come to be a powerful influencer going forward.
Huobi's Du spoke to this matter, telling CoinDesk that when the global financial system experiences volatility, investors will "look for more safe-haven investments" like bitcoin.
Another variable remains government responses to the digital currency. If major countries accept bitcoin, analysts said, it will affect both the currency's trading activity and value.
Source: coindesk.com
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The Future Of Blockchain: Fintech 50 2019

The Future Of Blockchain: Fintech 50 2019
As the price of bitcoin collapsed last year from a high of $19,000 to less than $4,000, skepticism fell over many other applications of blockchain, the technology that powers most cryptocurrencies by recording transactions without a central authority.
Much of the hype surrounding promises that sounded too good to be true is dissipating as reality and regulations set in. What remains however, are proven teams, flush with cash from mainstream investors, and increasingly, actual revenue.
Going forward, the blockchain selections from this year’s Forbes Fintech 50 2019 picks will undoubtedly form some unusual alliances as they evolve past competing against other blockchain startups, to competing in mainstream finance against long-established players.
Axoni co-fonders Greg and Jeff Schvey.AXONI
Axoni
New York City
Using blockchain-based smart contracts to overhaul the back office of the world’s biggest derivative markets. Its distributed ledger will allow counterparties to see payments, calculations and other vital trade information in real time, improving efficiency and lowering risk. Already partnering with world’s biggest banks and financial intermediaries.
Funding: $59 million from Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and others
Bona fides: It is currently putting the $10 trillion credit derivative market onto smart contracts working with DTCC and a steering committee of 15 of world’s biggest banks. It’s already settling foreign exchange trades using the blockchain.
Cofounders: CEO Greg Schvey, 32 and CTO Jeff Schvey, 33. The brothers also cofounded TradeBlock, which provides institutional trading tools for cryptocurrency

Bitfury CEO Valery VavilovBITFURY
Bitfury
Amsterdam
This full-service blockchain firm expanded from its roots providing bitcoin mining hardware to launch its own blockchain, plus software designed to help U.S. law-enforcement and others investigate illicit activity using bitcoin.
Funding: More than $150 million from Korelya Capital, Macquarie Capital, Dentsu & others.
Latest valuation: $1 billion plus
Bona fides: $500 million in revenue in 2018
Cofounder & CEO: Valery Vavilov, 39, a Latvian-trained computer scientist.

Circle co-founders Sean Neville and Jeremy AllaireCIRCLE INTERNET FINANCIAL
Circle
Boston
Crypto finance giant Circle last year entered the exchange business with the purchase of Poloniex and now offers services for cryptocurrency trading, investing and payments. Last October partnered with Coinbase to launch USDC stablecoin — a crypto asset using the Ethereum blockchain and backed by U.S. dollars.
Funding: $246 million from IDG Capital, Bitmain, Breyer Capital, Goldman Sachs and others.
Latest valuation: $3 billion
Bona fides: 8 million customers from more than 100 countries; USDC has a $335 million in recent market value, making it recently among the 20 most valuable cryptos..
Cofounder & CEO: Jeremy Allaire, 47, previously founded publicly traded Brightcove online video platform

Coinbase CEO Brian ArmstrongCOINBASE
Coinbase
San Francisco
Expanding beyond its roots as a bitcoin wallet and retail exchange, Coinbase now offers cryptocurrency custody, professional and institutional trading platforms, and an institutional trading platform. Last year bought Earn.com, a service where users pay in bitcoin to contact experts via email, for a reported $100 million.
Funding: $525 million from Tiger Global Management, Andreessen Horowitz, YC Continuity & others. Latest valuation: $8 billion
Bona fides: The most heavily funded startup in crypto; has opened 25 million wallets for customers.
Cofounder & CEO: Brian Armstrong, 36, whose Coinbase holdings make him a billionaire.

Tyler Winklevoss, chief financial officer and co-founder of Gemini Trust Company LLC, right, and Cameron Winklevoss, chief executive officer and co-founder.© 2016 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP
Gemini
New York City
Founded by twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange is licensed as a New York trust company, making it a qualified custodian and a fiduciary under New York Law. Now licensed to do business in 49 states, Gemini is leading the fight for an SEC approved bitcoin ETF, and launched the Virtual Commodities Association to promote cryptocurrency industry self-regulation.
Funding: Winklevoss Capital Management, wholly owned by Tyler and Cameron
Bona fides: Employs 200 people and just moved to a new 50,000 square foot office
Cofounder & CEO: Tyler Winklevoss, 37, a former Olympic rower

Brad Garlinghouse, chief executive officer of Ripple Labs Inc.© 2018 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP
Ripple
San Francisco
Its blockchain based global settlements network aims to replace SWIFT, the interbank messaging platform that has long connected nearly every bank in the world. Ripple has also launched a service that lets companies make cross-border payments in XRP, the cryptocurrency created by its founders, which was recently second to Bitcoin in value.
Funding: $94 million from IDG Capital, SBI Investment, Santander InnoVentures & others.
Latest valuation: $5 billion
Bona fides: 200 RippleNet customers, including Bank of America and American Express
Cofounders: Jed McCaleb, Chris Larsen and Arthur Britto
CEO: Brad Garlinghouse, 48, former president of AOL
For full Forbes Fintech 50 2019 coverage, see:
Full list of the Fintech 50 2019
The Future Of Personal Finance: Fintech 50 2019
The Future Of Lending: Fintech 50 2019
The Future Of Real Estate: Fintech 50 2019
The Future Of Investing: Fintech 50 2019
The Future Of Payments: Fintech 50 2019
The Future Of Wall Street: Fintech 50 2019
Fintech 50 2019: The Newcomers
The 10 Biggest Fintech Companies In America 2019
Ryan Williams, 30, Started A Revolutionary $800M Fintech. But Can He Escape His Kushner-Trump Connection?
A 29-Year-Old Dominican Immigrant Is Teaching Fintech Startups How Real People Relate To Money
This Startup Is Creating A Real-Time Data Map Of The Global Economy. BlackRock And PayPal Are Buying It
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Which crypto do you think will "moon" next?

I've never been into bitcoin or any other crypto in the past.
I've heard about it for years, how some people had bitcoins many years ago and suddenly found themselves rich, but I thought that ship had already sailed and I was late to the party.
Then mid-February, I heard about the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF. Billions if not trillions of Wall Street money was supposed to pour into bitcoin if it was approved, and bitcoin's market cap skyrocketing was supposed to boost it from 900 to 2500-3000, even supposedly up to 10,000.
Some backstory: I have a windfall. But it is only 10 years of annual expenses worth, not enough to retire on.
But I thought this was a golden opportunity. I threw in around a hundred thousand dollars into bitcoin, hoping that the ETF would get approved and it would push me into financial independence (FIRE status with 4% SWR), and I could retire.
During that time, I also read about Ethereum. It sounded promising... "programmable bitcoin", and Microsoft and some other big names were forming an alliance based on it. I thought it definitely had potential.
But I saw the price ($13) and looked at the charts, it seemed to have been at that price point for quite a long time, seems there was no need to rush. I'll join that party AFTER the ETF decision comes out. It couldn't change a lot within a week or two, right?
And March 11 came around, and the ETF was rejected. Annoying, but I was surprised how bitcoin's price didn't tank straight down to 800 like some were predicting. It actually kept rising. And I was being indoctrinated to the "HODL" mentality of /bitcoin, so I HODL'd.
Then I remembered about ETH, a few days later. Why not check on it, how is the price doing?
And... WTF! It had ballooned to 28. I could have more than DOUBLED my money D:
But I thought, this is TOO FAST, this has got to be a bubble... it's gotta pop soon, and waited.
And it rose straight to 45! More that TRIPLED! If I had invested in ETH instead a few weeks ago, I'd be RETIRED now! It seriously hurts.
And I jumped in ETH at 45... and now it's barely moving, looks like it's even dipping....
So now I'm looking at other crypto, what do you think has the potential to moon like ETH did recently?
Monero? Dash?
I was even looking at Golem... it seemed really cheap, but then 820 million in circulation? o_O And apparently, anyone can create these "Ethereum-based tokens"?
Learning a lot of cryptocoins is hard, I can only take in so much information... so I'd like to know, what coins do you think have REAL potential?
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Bitcoin 2017 a Comprehensive Timeline

Some of the most notable news and events over the past year:
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Hopium Time and my Bitcoin Bet for the Vets (to support The Independence Fund charity for our wounded heroes).

 
Take me directly to the official BITCOIN BET FOR THE VETS pledge page - (Bet thread is Now Archived - scroll down - you can make your pledge in this this thread instead).
 
Hello! Some of you may know me from the Daily Discussion thread here. I am an enthusiastic supporter of Bitcoin and also the author of Hopium Time (formerly Daily Hopium). Hopium Time is my effort to improve morale of the Bitcoin community during the dark times of current bear market we've been enduring. In my posts I make an effort to post good news and show parallels to previous Bitcoin bear markets to provide perspective when things look bleak (Edit 5/11/19: Not looking bleak anymore. Time for a bull market! ).
 
I also like to make predictions. My core prediction is as follows:
 
The price of ONE BITCOIN will surpass $100,000 USD before May 1, 2021.
 
To illustrate my conviction on this prediction and to help my favorite charity, The Independence Fund, on July 16, 2018, I made it into a Bet. I call it my Bitcoin Bet for the Vets (BBV). Please take a look at my post (Now archived) on this. I would really like this to grow into a nice donation to the charity which is very helpful to Veterans and their families. Hopefully some of you guys will pledge to match my Bet. You can respond with your official bet pledge right in this thread (since my old thread has been archived).
 
7/21/18 Revision to bet matching:
 
I will allow someone who pledges to match my bet to decide what percentage of my donation they will match (minimum of 5%). Please reply directly to the bet thread to make your honor bound irrevocable commitment to donate with me on May 1, 2021. I will include you on my public list of donors. Also, while I have pledged to donate enough to buy one track chair for the Vets even if I win the bet, you as a bet matcher, will be encouraged to do the same, but it is not required.
 
Unfortunately, so far my efforts to contact some of the leading Bitcoin bulls in the media (John McAfee, Tom Lee, Tim Draper etc.) have mostly failed. Only Tom Lee responded that “If this is for the Vets, I’m in”.
 
Imagine the good we could do together if more people got involved. We can show the world how generous the crypto community can be. Good for the Vets and good for bitcoin. Everybody wins! Thanks for reading this.
 
Follow me on my new Twitter @ThePhysicistBTC
 
I will maintain an archive of all my Hopium Time posts here, in case you are feeling a little down and need a quick reality check or pick-me-up. See below.
 
Hopium Time (Archive):
   
S03E06: BITCOIN HAS SURPASSED $12,000!!! BULL MARKET IS CONFIRMED! https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/c547um/daily_discussion_june_25_2019/es2e8ds?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
S03E05: Analyst: Facebook’s Libra Could Introduce Billions of People to Bitcoin; Will It Help Fuel the Next Rally? https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/c1z0kt/daily_discussion_june_18_2019/eriiofy?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
S03E04: Pay your AT&T bill with bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/brzscj/daily_discussion_may_23_2019/eokb2rk?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
S03E03: Bitcoin Comes to Whole Foods, Major Retailers in Coup for Digital Currency https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/bo05s6/daily_discussion_may_13_2019/ene364f?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
S03E02: The Bitcoin is back over $7,000! Edition https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/bn99py/daily_discussion_may_11_2019/en64kme?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
S03E01: Road to Recovery - Part 3 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/bjrxzi/daily_discussion_may_02_2019/emd80um?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
Bonus Feature #6 - Tim Draper Predicts Crypto Will Rule, Only Criminals Will Use Cash in Five Years https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/asl92s/daily_discussion_february_20_2019/egxl7qz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
S02E29: SEC Commissioner Says Bitcoin ETF Will Be Approved ‘Eventually’ https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/aodzzp/daily_discussion_february_08_2019/eg225eo
S02E28: Buy Bitcoin at the Grocery Store - Coinstar rollout coming soon https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/ah7vp2/daily_discussion_january_18_2019/eeea84o
S02E27: Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Trust
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/aeglci/daily_discussion_january_10_2019/edqvhl4
S02E26: Bitcoin in Venezuela
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/aa803q/daily_discussion_december_28_2018/ecrmdv1
Bonus Feature #5 - Wall Street Could Change The Game For Bitcoin Again
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a8iryx/daily_discussion_december_22_2018/eccj73s
Bonus Feature #4: Learn Bitcoin/Blockchain for beginners series
Part 1 - Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a0sghdaily_discussion_november_27_2018/eakmmpw
Part 2 - 4 TED Talks you should watch immediately if you want to understand bitcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a13uru/daily_discussion_november_28_2018/ean3m8j
Part 3 - Blockchain expert, Bettina Warburg, explains blockchain in five levels of difficulty
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a1f2om/daily_discussion_november_29_2018/eapxc53
Part 4 - Bitcoin: What It Is And How It Works
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a1q5qb/comment/edu5bn6/
S02E25: The Road To Recovery - Part 2
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/a1f2om/daily_discussion_november_29_2018/ear7pc5
S02E24: The Untrue Hodler
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9wxrh9/daily_discussion_november_14_2018/e9ongao
S02E23: VanEck-SolidX ETF (backed by physical bitcoin) has a good chance of SEC approval by March 2019
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9ts5lx/daily_discussion_november_03_2018/e90bj3d
S02E22: Bakkt is really coming this December [Update: This has been delayed until sometime in 1st Q 2019 due to government shutdown]
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9qbco3/daily_discussion_october_22_2018/e89qfo4
S02E21: The Flattening
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9lkm1s/daily_discussion_october_05_2018/e77wzl3
Bonus Feature #3: Tim Draper Still Bullish!
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9fqez2/daily_discussion_september_14_2018/e603fou
Bonus Feature #2: Overstock.com Will Sell Bitcoin in Q1 2019.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9fqez2/daily_discussion_september_14_2018/e5zujva
S02E20: The One, the Only, The Legend: u/americanpegasus
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9f61w6/daily_discussion_september_12_2018/e5vvcxi
S02E19: The Foundation for Institutional Investment is Being Built Right Now
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9evuxt/daily_discussion_september_11_2018/e5spu3t
S02E18: Universities are offering classes in crypto
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9b7l22/daily_discussion_august_29_2018/e52jzn7
S02E17: Brexit Nightmare - Could be Bullish for Bitcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/99vtlo/daily_discussion_august_24_2018/e4rlfwe
S02E16: Road to Recovery - Part 1
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/98ad0e/daily_discussion_august_18_2018/e4f8qim
S02E15: Conflicted Feelings and “The Bitcoin Face”
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/96wqvd/daily_discussion_august_13_2018/e458tdm
S02E14: The Perils of Human Emotions
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/965anc/daily_discussion_august_10_2018/e3z0z9e
S02E13: The Bitcoin Whisperer Has Spoken - Just Believe
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/95us72/daily_discussion_august_09_2018/e3x7i6o
S02E12: Don’t be scurred ;-)
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/959zjn/daily_discussion_august_07_2018/e3sn83a
S02E11: The Pain Will Come to an End
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/94qljj/daily_discussion_august_05_2018/e3nxab2
S02E10: Bakkt aims to allow you pay for your coffee at Starbucks with bitcoin (and more)
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/947zr6/daily_discussion_august_03_2018/e3jzxmb
S02E09: JUST HODL
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/93nbn7/daily_discussion_august_01_2018/e3g1b47
S02E08: Glenn Beck and Teeka Tiwari discuss whether the Bitcoin Bear Market is finally over
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/932hei/daily_discussion_july_30_2018/e3a9umr
S02E07: Mati Greenspan, Senior Analyst at eTore speaks
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/92tj24/daily_discussion_july_29_2018/e3g4jui
Bonus Feature #1: Possibility of CBOE ETF being approved by March 2019 or sooner
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/92awvq/daily_discussion_july_27_2018/e366316 - See this article also
S02E06: Bitcoin Comeback Could be for Real https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/91fqkdaily_discussion_july_24_2018/e2y2xqn
S02E05: Different Take on Bitcoin Bubbles
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/90eemn/daily_discussion_july_20_2018/e2qzxcu
S02E04: Has Bitcoin bottomed?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/9047lk/comment/e2ozyqc
S02E03: The Bet
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8z9cx2/daily_discussion_july_16_2018/e2iiems
S02E02: ETFs
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8ys014/daily_discussion_july_14_2018/e2ekotq
S02E01: Bitcoin Regret
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8yie5daily_discussion_july_13_2018/e2cqeej
S01E34: I Accidentally Bought 11 BTC
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8xn6s0/daily_discussion_july_10_2018/e24ee6h
S01E33: Crystal Balls
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8x9um1/daily_discussion_july_09_2018/e22thya
S01E32: The Unthinkable
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8x097x/daily_discussion_july_08_2018/e20h64v
S01E31: The Winklevoss Twins are Keepin Calm and HODLing On
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8wrwpx/daily_discussion_july_07_2018/e1yjstw
S01E30: The Power of the Lightning Network
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8wiku7/daily_discussion_july_06_2018/e1wi9am
S01E29: Will you make the right decision?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8w8zni/daily_discussion_july_05_2018/e1udryq
S01E28: Lets get it over 7k for some fireworks.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8w07u9/daily_discussion_july_04_2018/e1sggs5
S01E27: Major Bitcoin Crashes
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8vqpjy/daily_discussion_july_03_2018/e1qumdi
S01E26: Bitcoin Bubbles
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8vh6vf/daily_discussion_july_02_2018/e1ngux2
S01E25: What? Bitcoin died?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8v8qf8/daily_discussion_july_01_2018/e1m238s
S01E24: Parallels in time
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8v0n1c/daily_discussion_june_30_2018/e1k33ur
S01E23: I have no choice but to sell off 8000 BTC
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8urof2/daily_discussion_june_29_2018/e1hrk55
S01E22: CNBC Africa - Crypto Trader
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8uhkxw/daily_discussion_june_28_2018/e1fm41w
S01E21: The Tide is Turning?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8u82mv/daily_discussion_june_27_2018/e1dfqqx
S01E20: The Panic Sellers Edition
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8tyijb/daily_discussion_june_26_2018/e1bni1k
S01E19: Crash Troll
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8tp0mc/daily_discussion_june_25_2018/e198ujy
S01E18: No hope for bitcoin?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8tgn5v/daily_discussion_june_24_2018/e17n6dt
S01E17: Optimism for 2nd half 2018
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8t8qlq/daily_discussion_june_23_2018/e16g1lg
S01E16: People who bought at the ath of 266 then sold at 50
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8szuvc/daily_discussion_june_22_2018/e155pr3
S01E15: The Truth
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8sqc99/daily_discussion_june_21_2018/e12y46x
S01E14: Millionaire interest
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8sgt75/daily_discussion_june_20_2018/e10q4d0
S01E13: Pep Talk time
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8s7dvd/daily_discussion_june_19_2018/e0ypdrd
S01E12: HODLERS are people too
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8s7dvd/daily_discussion_june_19_2018/e0ykk2v
S01E11: Square Cash App
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8ry1gb/daily_discussion_june_18_2018/e0wdlxi
S01E10: Predictions, predictions
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8rpvtt/daily_discussion_june_17_2018/e0tte6t
S01E09: Too expensive?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8ri7zp/daily_discussion_june_16_2018/e0rvb0z
S01E08: Aarrrrrrnoooooooold
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8r9if9/daily_discussion_june_15_2018/e0qqezr
S01E07: Sinking Ship
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8r9if9/daily_discussion_june_15_2018/e0pn5mc
S01E06: Delusional
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8r0clm/daily_discussion_june_14_2018/e0otg3x
S01E05: Bitcoin Immortality and Log Chart
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8qqy0i/daily_discussion_june_13_2018/e0mofn0
S01E04: Hal Finney
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8qhgbl/daily_discussion_june_12_2018/e0kn24t
S01E03: You can make a difference.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8q822daily_discussion_june_11_2018/e0igv6m
S01E02: Being a Fudster - an Ageless Past-time
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8pznhe/daily_discussion_june_10_2018/e0gngdz
S01E01: Are you ready for the drops?
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8pznhe/daily_discussion_june_10_2018/e0fp7m6
The Pilot: 770 bitcoins
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8k2sl0/daily_discussion_may_17_2018/dz4iawv
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SEC Continues to Review, And Delay, Crypto Funds

On January 18, 2018, the SEC issued a letter to the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) explaining why the SEC could not approve a cryptocurrency-related exchange traded fund (ETF) or mutual fund. The letter, authored by SEC Division of Investment Management director Dalia Blass, explains the SEC’s reservations and concerns about approving a crypto-related mutual fund or ETF. The letter advised against seeking registration of funds that invest heavily in cryptocurrency-related products until the raised questions and concerns can be properly addressed.
The SEC letter comes a year after the SEC rejected a proposal by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, famously linked to the founding of Facebook, to create a bitcoin-tracking ETF. Since that time the SEC has privately rejected several similar requests. Many in the industry appreciate the SEC letter as it offers specific guidance and concrete issues to be addressed as the march towards the eventual approval of a crypto-related fund continues.
Since the January 18 letter, the SEC has been reviewing and conducting proceedings on a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) proposal to list and trade five bitcoin-related ETFs. The proceedings are expected to go on for a few months. This blog will begin with an explanation of what exactly is an ETF and then address the SEC’s concerns related to the clearance of crypto-related ETFs.
What is an ETF?
Exchange traded funds or ETFs are funds that track indexes. Historically, exchange traded funds have tracked big-board indexes such as the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 or Dow Jones; however, as ETFs have risen in popularity, there are now funds that track lesser-known indexes or specially created indexes to feed the ETF market. There are indexes based on market sectors, such as tech, healthcare, financial; foreign markets; market cap (micro-, small-, mid-, large-, and mega-cap); asset type (small-growth, large-growth, etc.); and commodities. The primary difference between an ETF and other index funds is that an ETF does not try to outperform the corresponding index, but rather tries to track and replicate the performance.
An ETF allows an investor the advantage of copying an index with a single stock trade, without the risk associated with a fund manager trying to outperform the market. Since the fund manager is simply copying and mirroring the particular index, the management style is referred to as “passive management.”
Passive management reduces the administrative costs from an actively managed portfolio, and that savings can be passed down to the investors. A typical private hedge fund charges 2% per annum for administrative fees. That fee is reduced to 1% for mutual or registered funds. The typical fee for an ETF is less than .20% per year. Moreover, since an ETF does not trade as actively as typical funds, it has fewer capital gain events and therefore lower taxes.
An ETF trades just like a stock, with continuous trading throughout a day. ETFs are generally margin-eligible and accordingly can be sold short. Conversely, mutual funds are generally only priced once a day after market closings and are not margin-eligible.
ETFs have become increasingly popular over the years, especially with investors that are interested in market sectors, regions or asset types. It is not surprising that investors are interested in crypto-related ETFs and that fund creators are likewise trying to meet this investor demand.
SEC Position on Crypto-related Mutual Funds and ETFs
As mentioned, On January 18, 2018, the SEC Division of Investment Management issued a letter to the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) explaining why the SEC could not approve a cryptocurrency-related exchange traded fund (ETF) or similar investment product such as a mutual fund.
The SEC begins with its commitment to fostering innovation and the development of new types of investment products, ETFs being a primary example, but quickly continues with the assertion that multiple investor protection issues need to be resolved before a crypto-related fund could be offered. The primary issues are valuation, liquidity, custody, arbitrage, potential manipulation and other risks.
The concerns and questions raised by the SEC will also impact future changes to exchange listing standards by the Division of Corporation Finance, the Division of Trading and Markets and the Office of the Chief Accountant. The SEC foresees needed changes to accounting, auditing and reporting requirements for crypto-related funds and ETFs.
Valuation
Mutual funds and ETFs must value their assets on each business day in order to reach a net asset value (“NAV”). NAV is used to determine fund performance, what investors pay for mutual funds and what authorized participants pay for ETFs as well as what they receive when they redeem or sell. The SEC is concerned that a fund or ETF would not have the necessary information to value a cryptocurrency as a result of their volatility, fragmentation, lack of regulation, nascent state and current trading volume (or lack thereof) in the cryptocurrency futures markets.
The SEC has requested that the industry evaluate and provide information as to how valuations would be conducted. Furthermore, the SEC has asked how funds would develop and implement policies and procedures related to crypto-related valuations to ensure that the requirements as to fair value are met. Likewise, the SEC would need satisfaction that a fund or ETF could adequately address the accounting and valuation impacts of “forks” such as when a cryptocurrency diverges into two separate currencies with different prices.
The SEC questions the policies a fund would implement to identify and determine eligibility and acceptability for newly created cryptocurrencies. The SEC has concern as to how a fund would consider the impact of market information and manipulation in the underlying cryptocurrency markets as related to the determination of the settlement price of cryptocurrency futures.
Liquidity
Investments in open-ended funds such as mutual funds and ETFs are redeemable on a daily basis and as such, the funds must maintain sufficient liquid assets to satisfy redemptions. Rule 22e-4 promulgated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) requires funds to implement liquidity risk management programs. Under the rule, funds must classify their investments into one of four liquidity categories and limit their investments in illiquid securities to 15% of the fund’s assets.
The SEC is concerned with the steps a fund or ETF that invests in cryptocurrencies or crypto-related products would take to ensure that it would have sufficient liquidity to meet daily redemptions. Moreover, the SEC raises questions as to how such funds would satisfy Rule 22e-4 and in particular, how could any crypto-related investment be classified as anything other than illiquid under the rule.
The SEC specifically asks how such funds would take into account the trading history, price volatility and trading volume of cryptocurrency futures contracts, and would funds be able to conduct a meaningful market-depth analysis in light of these factors. Similarly, given the fragmentation and volatility in the cryptocurrency markets, would these funds need to assume an unusually sizable potential daily redemption amount in light of the potential for steep market declines in the value of underlying assets.
Custody
The 1940 Act provides for certain requirements related to the custody of securities held by funds, including who may act as a custodian and when funds must verify holdings. The SEC questions how a fund or ETF could satisfy the custody requirements for cryptocurrency-related products. The SEC notes that there are currently no custodians providing fund custodial services for cryptocurrencies. Likewise, although currently all bitcoin future contracts are cash-settled, if physical settlement contracts develop, the SEC questions how a fund will custody the bitcoin to make delivery.
The SEC further questions how a fund will validate existence, exclusive ownership and software functionality of private cryptocurrency keys and other ownership records. Another issue for cryptocurrencies is cybersecurity and the threat of hacking. The SEC has concerns about how custodians can satisfy their requirements for the safekeeping of crypto assets.
Arbitrage for ETFs
ETFs obtain SEC orders that enable them to operate in a specialized structure that provides for both exchange trading of their shares throughout the day at market-based prices, and “creation unit” purchases and redemptions transacted at NAV by authorized participants. In order to promote fair treatment of investors, an ETF is required to have a market price that would not deviate materially from the ETF’s NAV. The SEC questions how an ETF could comply with the terms of an order considering the fragmentation, volatility and trading volume in the cryptocurrency marketplace.
The SEC would like funds to engage with market makers and authorized participants to understand the feasibility of the arbitrage for ETFs investing substantially in cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency-related products. The SEC also questions how trading halts or the shutdown of a cryptocurrency exchange would affect the market price or arbitrage.
Potential Manipulation and Other Risks
The SEC believes that the current cryptocurrency markets have substantially fewer investor protections than traditional securities markets. Moreover, the SEC, other federal regulators, and state regulators have found considerable fraud in the cryptocurrency marketplace. The SEC is concerned about how a fund would address fraud concerns in the underlying markets when offering investments in the fund to retail investors. Similarly, the SEC is concerned about the disclosure of, and ability for a retail investor to understand, the risks of an investment in a crypto-related fund.
Likewise, the SEC would like funds to engage in discussions with broker-dealers who may distribute the funds, as to how the broker-dealer will satisfy their suitability requirements. The SEC is also concerned with how an investment advisor will satisfy their fiduciary obligations when recommending a crypto-related fund.
Further Reading on DLT/Blockchain and ICOs
For an introduction on distributed ledger technology, including a summary of FINRA’s Report on Distributed Ledger Technology and Implication of Blockchain for the Securities Industry, see HERE.
For a discussion on the Section 21(a) Report on the DAO investigation, statements by the Divisions of Corporation Finance and Enforcement related to the investigative report and the SEC’s Investor Bulletin on ICOs, see HERE.
For a summary of SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker’s statements on ICOs and accounting implications, see HERE.
For an update on state-distributed ledger technology and blockchain regulations, see HERE.
For a summary of the SEC and NASAA statements on ICOs and updates on enforcement proceedings as of January 2018, see HERE.
For a summary of the SEC and CFTC joint statements on cryptocurrencies, including The Wall Street Journalop-ed article and information on the International Organization of Securities Commissions statement and warning on ICOs, see HERE.
For a review of the CFTC role and position on cryptocurrencies, see HERE.
For a summary of the SEC and CFTC testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on “Virtual Currencies: The Oversight Role of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission,” see HERE.
To learn about SAFTs and the issues with the SAFT investment structure, see HERE.
The Author
Laura Anthony, Esq. Founding Partner Legal & Compliance, LLC Corporate, Securities and Going Public Attorneys 330 Clematis Street, Suite 217 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Phone: 800-341-2684 – 561-514-0936 Fax: 561-514-0832 [email protected] www.LegalAndCompliance.com www.LawCast.com
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I work at a major bank, proposed making a bitcoin trading desk, and was told "too dangerous."

Throwaway for obvious reasons.
Background: I work at a major US bank on their forex desk in New York. I've been doing forex for 10 or so years, so I've been following bitcoin with avid interest ever since I heard of it (and I've bought my fair share as well).
Several big-name institutional clients of mine have been clamoring for ways to invest in bitcoin without having to actually own BTC. I brought this up in a meeting with my boss, trying to create a BTC ETF like the Winklevoss twins, or at least an OTC product we could sell to interested clients. And there are many, many interested clients.
I brought this up to my boss and he said almost verbatim "No, you can't do that, it's too dangerous. If our clients start investigating bitcoin, or start investing in it through us, they'll realize that they can buy and hold BTC without using the banking system as their financial intermediary, and we would be out of business."
I'm a longtime bitcoin holder, I bought throughout 2010 and 2011, and have been holding ever since. I was floored at how honest my boss was. To me, this just proves that banks are afraid of bitcoin, they know how much of a threat it is, and they are truly powerless to stop it.
Our banking system is weaker than people think. Remember 2008? Once information about bitcoin gets in the hands of the people, the system will crumble again. And the best hedge against financial system meltdown, obviously, is bitcoin.
Needless to say, after that meeting I bought a couple more BTC. As an expert in forex, I recommend you do the same. Although my boss said I couldn't help my institutional clients invest in bitcoin, I did the next best thing: from my personal email account, I sent them several introductory links to learn about bitcoin and recommended they come here and /bitcoinmarkets as well. More banks pay attention to this sub than you'd think ...
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Great Bitcoin day in Tampa

Just had a great day in Tampa.
Signed up at LibertyX (name, address, email and cell phone number), bought a $100 PIN from a shop 5 minutes away and nabbed the trailblazer bonus. Had a great chat started by the proprietor asking, "Okayyyy, what did you just buy?" He knew about the Winklevoss ETF but didn't quite grasp BTC being a global currency. Kept asking, "Okay, but what can you buy with it?" I told him about the Airbitz app, but didn't get around to Gyft. The transfer was already getting started!
I think it clicked for him when Mycelium showed $100.01 incoming within about 6 seconds of my submitting the PIN. He asked, "So are they sending you the $100 you just paid me?" / "They are sending me $100 worth of Bitcoin based on what you just sold me. Directly to the Bitcoin wallet on my phone." / "Ohhhhhh. Wow! I had no idea you could do that here!" / "Now that you know, you can put up a 'Bitcoin sold here' sign!"
Then we located the site of tonight's Tampa Bitcoiners meeting before heading down to the Edge district for a cup of coffee on "Bitcoin Blvd" in the shadows of the stadium where the Bitcoin Bowl was played. Paying via BitPay was incredibly easy and smooth, and we had a nice little chat with the shop owner. Then we took a stroll up and down the strip, seeing a wide variety of shops with "Bitcoin Accepted Here" stickers all over the place.
Very cool to experience it all in one day. Now we're chilling out and we'll see if we make it to the Tampa Bitcoin meetup tonight after dinner. All in all, a really great day running around Tampa. Thanks to LibertyX, BitPay and Genaros for still serving us 45 minutes after closing time!
Update: 2 out of 3 ain't bad. Never found the Bitcoin Meetup gang. Didn't reply to a comment on the page or a tweet. Tried to pay for dinner with Bitcoin, and crashed the BitPay app on their tablet. It was a super cheap tablet that tried to process false touches everywhere until an error popped up. Hit the back arrow and the app crashed. Restarted and no one knew the login credentials. Got the restaurant owner on the phone and he had no idea how to login.
Definitely some rough edges there. Hitting the back arrow after an error should not shut down your cash register for the night. Someone - anyone - should know how to relogin at all times after a crash. Invest more than $20 in a tablet for a better experience. As much as I don't own any Apple devices, the iPad at the coffee shop worked perfectly earlier in the day.
So if the Bitcoin Meetup actually happened and you had to pay in fiat, sorry! They really tried to make it work, but they were just not prepared.
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Bitcoin ETF News - Winklevoss Twins & Japan [Bitcoin Technical Analysis] Winklevoss Brothers To Create Bitcoin ETF - YouTube Bitcoin Price Will Surge to $1645 in March /winklevoss bitcoin ETF approval Bitcoin: Winklevoss ETF Files in New York Bitcoin Futures Explained - CME - NASDAQ - Winklevoss

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Bitcoin ETF News - Winklevoss Twins & Japan [Bitcoin Technical Analysis]

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