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The US Securities and Alternate Fee continues to delay choices on Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETF), issuing two recent deadline extension notices.

On Wednesday, the SEC postponed two main Bitcoin exchange-traded providing proposals, together with NYSE Arca’s “precise” Bitcoin ETF, named Bitwise Bitcoin ETP Belief, and Grayscale Bitcoin Belief’s Bitcoin ETF.

The SEC now expects to resolve whether or not to approve or disapprove, or “institute proceedings to find out whether or not to disapprove” Bitwise’s BTC ETF and Grayscale’s BTC ETF on Feb. 1 and Feb. 6, respectively.

“The Fee finds that it’s acceptable to designate an extended interval inside which to take motion on the proposed rule change in order that it has ample time to contemplate the proposed rule change and any feedback acquired,” the SEC wrote in each notices.

As beforehand reported, Bitwise Asset Administration filed for a physical-backed Bitcoin ETF on Oct. 14, planning to offer publicity to “precise BTC” reasonably than derivatives like Bitcoin futures or different oblique publicity. The agency subsequently dropped its personal Bitcoin futures-based ETF software in November, as lots of such merchandise had been launching in the USA.

Grayscale is the world’s largest Bitcoin fund with whole property beneath administration amounting to $45.6 billion. The corporate utilized to transform its flagship Bitcoin product to an ETF on Oct. 19.

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The newest information comes amid the SEC persevering with to keep up its powerful stance on bodily crypto ETFs whereas approving various business ETF with oblique publicity to crypto, together with the BTC futures ETF by funding agency ProShares. In early December, the SEC rejected a sport Bitcoin ETF by asset supervisor WisdomTree after beforehand delaying a call in June.

In November, the SEC rejected a bodily Bitcoin ETF by VanEck, one of many world’s first firms to ever file for a Bitcoin ETF. The corporate nonetheless opted to launch a Bitcoin futures ETF buying and selling on the Chicago Board Choices Alternate.