SEC Reversal: Bitcoin ETFs Back in Play as Gensler Reconsiders Stance

Due to some court rulings not agreeing with the agency’s opinion, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been compelled to reconsider its viewpoint regarding the spot bitcoin ETF applications. For some time now, The SEC, working under its head, Gary Gensler, has refused to grant its consent for the applications.

A case in point is that of Grayscale Investments. In August 2023, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit passed a ruling that mentioned that the SEC must rethink Grayscale Investments’ application related to spot bitcoin ETF.

The decision was taken following Grayscale suing the SEC following the commission not granting its consent for the company to be able to change its landmark CBTC fund. The court stressed that the SEC’s attitude regarding spot bitcoin ETFs deferred from its viewpoint on future contracts, which they favored. 

In reply, Gensler commented in an interview conducted by CNBC that they had refused many applications. However, the courts in the District of Columbia insisted upon a reconsideration of the issue. All of this may bring about a change regarding the regulations for the cryptocurrency space.

Additionally, Gensler said there were continuing factors related to non-adherence and unlawful activities in the crypto arena. He spoke of his apprehensions regarding complying with the securities and other connected legal structures like anti-money laundering systems. Congress has observed these and the Treasury Department, which suggested better control and tools for preventing unlawful acts in the crypto arena.

The SEC’s relook at the spot Bitcoin ETF applications is being looked upon as a landmark moment related to crypto rules. It speaks of the agency’s respect for judicial rulings. The need of the hour is to realize the regulatory setbacks where the ever-changing scenario of digital assets is concerned. This could lead to further adoption and incorporation of cryptocurrencies within the financial space and revolutionize digital asset investment.

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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