SEC Pushes VanEck Bitcoin ETF Decision to At Least June

SEC Pushes VanEck Bitcoin ETF Decision to At Least June

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pushed a decision on VanEck’s proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) to at least June.

The securities regulator announced Wednesday it was designating a longer deliberative period for the bitcoin ETF application, saying it needed to ensure it has “sufficient time” to evaluate the proposal. VanEck has filed one of nearly 10 active bitcoin ETF applications, and the agency is currently looking at three.

A bitcoin ETF could be key for mainstream adoption, as it is widely seen as a regulated product that would allow financial institutions and retail traders to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency without having to invest in it directly.

“The Commission designates June 17, 2021, as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change,” said the filing, signed by Assistant Secretary J. Matthew DeLesDernier.

The SEC can take a total of up to 240 days to determine whether it will approve or disapprove the ETF application. The agency has to date taken the full 240 days for most of the bitcoin ETF applications it’s considered, and rejected every application so far.

Proponents believe 2021 may finally be the year a bitcoin ETF is approved in the U.S., citing the launch of several such products in Canada and the recent confirmation of apparently crypto-friendly regulator Gary Gensler as the chair of the SEC.

VanEck filed its ETF proposal at the end of 2020, with Cboe BZX filing a 19b-4 form formally announcing its intention to act as VanEck’s exchange partner earlier this year.

The SEC is also looking at Kryptoin and WisdomTree’s bitcoin ETF applications. Other applicants, ranging from financial services giant Fidelity to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s new firm, await their own evaluations.