As SEC Thaws, Wall Street Prepares For Crypto Adoption

As SEC Thaws, Wall Street Prepares For Crypto Adoption


Markets fell afterwards the latest setback for crypto Exchange Traded Funds. The SEC rejected a aphorism change proposed by the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, which would acquiesce trading of Bitcoin-based Exchange Traded Products. 

Despite the bazaar reaction, the vote was the best account we’ve had for a while. 

Regulators Starting To Split

Regulators alone the ETF angle by a 3-1 vote—making Thursday the aboriginal time a Commissioner voted in favor of a crypto-based barter product. And the newest Commissioner, Hester Pierce, became a accessory crypto celebrity back her appear bone went viral on Twitter. 

Her bone was a point-by-point acknowledgment of the Commission’s majority position, which begin that the ETF angle had bootless to authenticate that investors would be adequate adjoin bazaar manipulation. 

“[T]he Commission’s access undermines broker aegis by precluding greater institutionalization of the bitcoin market,” Mrs. Pierce warned in her 2,400 word opinion, abacus that she “would rather we err on the ancillary of acknowledging articles so that investors, who are about bigger board about these things than we are.”

Ms. Pierce, who was aboriginal nominated by Obama and after accepted beneath Trump, appears to be article of a bohemian in SEC ranks, accepting several times voted adjoin the consensus. In antecedent dissents, she has additionally argued in favor of blurred the barriers for accepted investors. 

This is bigger account than it looks, if alone because agnostic opinions are so infrequent. Although it takes three out of bristles Commissioners to vote, agnostic opinions are rare; in June, for example, there were alone fifteen agnostic opinions out of over bristles hundred votes cast. Partial agreements are alone hardly added common. 

NASDAQ prepares for Acceptance

Meanwhile, Wall Street ability be accessible to acceptable Cryptocurrency—as anon as it puts on a suit, that is. Nasdaq, Inc., which owns the world’s second-largest banal market, hosted a affair of industry and business leaders to altercate the alley ahead, including how to advance the angel of agenda currencies, Bloomberg reports. 

According to Bloomberg the affair was abounding by assembly of “about bisected a dozen” banking bodies, including Gemini and added cryptocurrency exchanges.

Nasdaq has flirted with cryptocurrency before, and provides trading software to several crypto exchanges including Gemini, DX. Exchange and SBI. Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman has about entertained the achievability of alms crypto trades at some time in the future, although she was accurate to abstain too able a commitment.

If added Commissioners activate to flip, the Nasdaq may accept a adventitious to barter ETFs eventually than it expects.

The columnist holds investments in several cryptocurrencies.