House of Cards? US House Chair Sounds Alarm Over SEC’s Spot Bitcoin ETF Rejection

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently sparked controversy by deeming spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) filings by financial giants such as BlackRock and Fidelity as “inadequate.” This decision led Patrick McHenry, Chairman of the US House Financial Services Committee, to voice his concerns publicly, warning SEC Chair Gary Gensler of the potential negative repercussions for the crypto sector.

The SEC had informed Nasdaq and CBOE that they need to refile applications with respect to the “surveillance-sharing agreements” and the spot Bitcoin exchange that would be used by BlackRock, Fidelity, and other asset managers. In response, Fidelity and other asset managers named Coinbase as their market for surveillance. Interestingly, the SEC had approved a leveraged Bitcoin ETF just last month, a move that drew some mockery from the crypto community given its refusal to approve spot Bitcoin ETFs. Several crypto influencers have noted that the community may have overreacted to the SEC’s recent report.

Applications for spot Bitcoin ETFs from companies like BlackRock and Fidelity have been seen as instrumental in helping to stabilize the broader crypto market. Despite the controversy surrounding the SEC’s decision, the Bitcoin price fell by only 1% in the last 24 hours, trading at $30,532 at the time of writing. Popular analyst Michael van de Poppe suggested that the crypto market may have overreacted to the SEC’s report, predicting a further upside in the BTC price to the range of $35k-$40k.

McHenry has been clear in his views, stating that if the SEC’s reports are accurate, Gensler has a lot to explain regarding the action. He also emphasized that a spot Bitcoin ETF would provide investors with a regulated product and suggested that the only reason for the SEC to reject it could be a desire to stifle crypto innovation in the US.

This incident continues to fuel the ongoing debate about the role of regulatory agencies in the rapidly evolving crypto landscape. The SEC’s decision and the subsequent response from the US House FSC Republican Chairman underscore the importance of clear and balanced regulation in promoting innovation while protecting investors.


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