Bitcoin ETF Rejected! Now what?

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Most of you who have been following up with the Winklevoss ETF story I published a few weeks ago and also from the many news pieces on the Internet, may already know the fate of the famous proposal for COIN Etf was shot down (rejected) by the SEC last week. The question is, how has this affected the confidence level of investors, the overall price performance of Bitcoin and what can we expect from all this?

According to an article published by Coindesk…

When the US Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF (COIN) proposal, it prompted many mixed reactions from various counters.

Markets, having hit a new all-time high of roughly $1,325 prior to the decision, fell sharply before recovering above $1,100. Some observers deemed it a setback for bitcoin, while others, by comparison, said that it wouldn’t have any long-term impact.

When reached for comment, Tyler Winklevoss struck an optimistic note, telling the news agency, more engagement with SEC will follow.

They’re not going to give up their effort. Not now after all they’ve been through especially when last 3 attempts to list the ETF had failed.

Here’s what Tyler said…

“We remain optimistic and committed to bringing COIN to market, and look forward to continuing to work with the SEC staff. We began this journey almost four years ago, and are determined to see it through. We agree with the SEC that regulation and oversight are important to the health of any marketplace and the safety of all investors.”

Also striking a positive note was Spencer Bogart, head of research for Blockchain Capital. Bogart told CoinDesk that he thinks the rejection to the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF will have no impact on bitcoin’s “compelling fundamental growth story”.

However, he argued that the decision dampens the chances that the SEC will approve other bitcoin-tied financial products, deeming their likelihood “extremely low”.

Bogart said:

“The ground for disapproval of COIN appear to be driven by concerns with bitcoin’s underlying markets as opposed to something specific to the COIN filing.”

Industry takes

Others took a more critical position in light of the exchange’s reasoning behind its decision. In a 38-page document, the agency pointed to a lack of surveillance in the global bitcoin market, as well as an overall lack of regulation that it posited could spur investor fraud.

Yet Jerry Brito, executive director of the non-profit Coin Center, argued that the decision “creates a chicken and egg problem” in which roadblocks to new financial products hinder the kind of development needed to address those concerns.

Brito explained:

“How do we develop well-capitalized and regulated markets in the U.S. and Europe if financial innovators aren’t allowed to bring products to market that grow domestic demand for digital currencies like Bitcoin?”

Charles Hayter, CEO and founder of cryptocurrency data site CryptoCompare, told CoinDesk that the rejected bitcoin ETF application, had “dashed” the “hopes that bitcoin would move towards mainstream finance”.

At the same time, Hayter went on to say that the SEC’s decision doesn’t preclude the launch of other bitcoin exchange-traded products. Sweden, for example, is home to the Bitcoin Tracker One exchange product.

“Whether other jurisdictions will allow a Bitcoin ETF remains to be seen,” said Hayter. “But for the time being all is not well – and it seems as if the other ETFs in the pipeline for the SEC are facing the same stone wall.”

Looking ahead

But will the decision slow bitcoin down itself? Adam Back, CEO of bitcoin startup Blockstream, said he thinks today’s turn of events has only delayed the inevitable.

Adam Back said:

“I believe this decision by the SEC today is a temporary detour on bitcoin’s inevitable path that will sooner or later lead to every Wall Street and Main Street investor being able to participate in this promising technology of the future, and in parallel, adoption will continue apace for the disruptive, internet native, digital gold and electronic cash properties from which bitcoin derives its value.”

Others, too, reflect on the decision in light of the digital currency’s future. Dave Nadig, CEO of industry news site, said he wasn’t surprised by the SEC’s move. In fact, he posited that bitcoin’s unregulated nature is an inherent part of the digital currency.

“The decision isn’t that surprising. Ultimately this is less about what bitcoin is or isn’t, and is about the underlying market structure for bitcoin itself. If the SEC doesn’t know where the buck stops on a security, it’s hard for them to get behind it,” he said, concluding:

“Honestly, the whole point of bitcoin is the buck never stops. It’s unregulated by design.”


For me, I think the world is not ready to have its own Bitcoin ETF yet. There are many issues which needs to be dealt with (security, transaction speed, hard fork, Segwit etc). Honestly, I feel Bitcoin wasn’t designed to replace regular fiat currency either. It’s more of a privilege way of storing value and transacting anonymously.

Bitcoin is supposed to be unregulated and decentralized. Or else the whole idea behind Satoshi’s bitcoin blockchain would make no sense. Whatever said, I respect the Winklevoss brothers for their continued determination and confidence to list the world’s first bitcoin ETF.

If COIN does get get listed on the exchange as an approved Etf, well and good. But if it doesn’t, I don’t think the confidence of the marketplace who love Bitcoin and other cryptos is going to be dampened or disrupted.

As of today, the bitcoin market cap stands at close to $20-billion! But then, prioir to the decision, I even read some researches and traders saying Bitcoin would crash and fail all together. Nothing close has happened or will happen.

As of this article, being writen, Bitcoin is priced at $1,247.43. So, trust me when I say, Bitcoin is here to stay. Go out, get involved, buy some bitcoins for yourself and for your kids and keep ’em. Better still, mine your own Bitcoins, if you know how.

What is your take on the ETF decision? Pls share.

content curated from coindesk

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  1. Great insight. Does this mean Bitcoin’s price can go higher if the Securities Commission approved COIN?

    1. Hello Parbath. Thank you for your feedback. To answer your question, yes! bitcoin’s price would have inched higher maybe breaking the 1300 resistance and maybe even trying for the 1500 mark. Why I say this is because, by having a bitcoin ETF, this opens up doors for institutional investors to buy bitcoin shares without taking possession of the actual bitcoin itself. Obviously, this will limit the risk ratio for investors which is seen as healthy in the investment world. With this, more and more people will end up pumping in money into the ecosystem and strengthen the overall price of bitcoin. The higher the market cap, the higher the price, but then now that’s not going to happen. So will hv to see what happens next time “IF” the SEC approves COIN in the future. 🙂

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