VanEck’s CEO Calls for Bitcoin ETF Approval Amid Intense Customer Demand

Following another delay in the approval of the VanEck Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), the CEO of the investment firm has called for a prompt decision.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Jan van Eck urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve a Bitcoin ETF due to the high customer demand.

SEC Continues Delay In Approving VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF

Last week, the SEC postponed its decision on approving VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF for the second time.

The agency extended the review process till August 2021 while requesting public comments on the proposed rule change and if the ETF would be vulnerable to market manipulation.

During the interview on CNBC’s ETF Edge, van Eck highlighted the growing demand for a Bitcoin ETF, adding that investors are asking for a more efficient means of trading the premier digital asset.

The CEO also took a shot at the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, the largest bitcoin-related fund on the market. He said that the only alternative to a Bitcoin ETF in the US is a closed-end fund that trades it at a 40% premium or 20% discount. VanEck added,

“Bitcoin futures … aren’t any better because of the shape of the futures curve. There’s a futures-based fund that underperformed bitcoin by 22% last year and 8% this year.”

Speaking on the frequent delays, VanEck said the April extension was only an artificial deadline. According to him, the SEC chairman was unwilling to prioritize or make a decision regarding a Bitcoin ETF.

Van Eck’s comments come amid his company’s continual attempt to have an exchange-traded product approved in the US.

The global investment firm currently has two ETF proposals with the SEC awaiting approval, a Bitcoin ETF and an Ethereum ETF.

VanEck filed the Bitcoin ETF last year intending to work alongside Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) on the proposed offering.

The Ethereum ETF, which is the first Ethereum ETF proposal in the US, was filed earlier this month. VanEck’s goal for this ETF is to expose retail and institutional traders to ETH without directly investing.

Meanwhile, the SEC has also delayed in approving ETFs from firms like WisdomTree, Kryptoin, and Fidelity Investments.

VanEck Files New Prospectus For A Bitcoin Futures Mutual Fund

As VanEck waits for the SEC’s final decision on its Bitcoin ETF, the firm decided to also file another draft prospectus for a BTC Futures Mutual Fund.

Dubbed the “Bitcoin Strategy Fund,” the fund is aimed at investing in BTC futures contracts, pooled investment vehicles, and ETPs with exposure to the largest cryptocurrency.

According to the prospectus, the fund will invest in Bitcoin futures through a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, and the portfolio will be managed by Gregory Krenzer.

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Author: Jimmy Aki

Korea’s National Assembly Suggests Delaying Income Tax Rule on Crypto Assets to Jan 2022

South Korean lawmakers have allegedly proposed to delay the upcoming income tax rule on crypto-assets by three months from its scheduled commencement date in October 2021. According to the Dong-a Ilbo, a South Korean media which first reported this news, the law might come into effect later in January 2022.

The report notes that South Korea’s National Assembly, led by its planning and finance committee, recently tabled a report to suggest this law’s delay. This is because local crypto exchanges have asked for more time to develop proper tax infrastructures to meet the reporting requirements.

Through the Ministry of Economic and Finance, South Korea’s government made amendments to its tax code back in July. The new framework, which is yet to be approved by the National Assembly, proposed a 20% capital gains tax on crypto trading activity for income above 2.5 million Won ($2000).

As earlier reported by BEG, the suggested South Korea tax code details how transacting parties will annually report their taxes. It outlines that tax payments associated with crypto assets will be paid in May, per the ‘Taxation on Virtual Asset Transaction Income’ section on the new tax code.

Notably, the proposed tax on virtual assets is applied to both residents and non-residents that leverage South Korea-based crypto exchanges for their digital asset activity. With the commencement dates pushed back, the planning and finance committee is expected to update in the coming days.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Bitmain’s Management Feud Is Affecting Business Operations; AntMiners Shipments Delayed

  • Bitmain’s top-level struggles cause a three-month delay in Antminer hardware.
  • Two mutually exclusive solutions offered to customers.

The constant wrangling within the largest Bitcoin mining hardware producer – Bitmain – is taking a toll on its business and customer operations. According to a recent WeChat note sent on Thursday, the long-awaited hardware miners expected to be released in June and July will need to wait till September and October to be delivered.

Jihan Wu and Micree Zhan, the founding partners of Bitmain, have been in a long-standing battle over control of the multi-billion dollar company. Despite holding on as the largest crypto mining hardware producer since the ASIC-era, the company is finally feeling the pinch of the bull fight at the top.

The note states that the company’s flagship AntMiner products, slated to be shipped in June and July, will be delayed to September and October. Bitcoin mining hardware customers need to pre-order the machines three months before; in this case, the AntMiners will take more than six months before being delivered. The note states the delay is being caused by “external interference over the company’s management”.

Wu is currently in charge of the Antminer WeChat group that sent the note. He successfully ousted Micree Zhan from the position of CEO, but Zhan recently took over. However, the leadership of the company remains shaky as Zhan and Wu control different parts of the manufacturing process for the hardware.

Late last month, Jihan Wu proposed a hard fork of the company in order to split the supply chain and manufacturing processes of Bitmain. Zhan, however, voiced a different opinion, suggesting a share buyback of the company at a $4 billion dollar valuation.

In an effort to fulfill their obligations to customers, the note from Wu’s camp gives customers two mutually exclusive options on the way forward. First, customers can wait for 60 days for the shipping to be completed, which, if not achieved, the customer can write to Bitmain asking for a refund.

The second option dictates that after ten days, customers who have not received their hardware will be paid in theoretical mining rewards coupons. These coupons can be redeemed for future mining hardware purchases.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Poloniex Exchange Resumes Trading After Rolling Back “12 Minutes” Of Trades

Recently Justin Sun’s purchased exchange, Poloniex, announced a maintenance delay on its trading platform as the exchange faced a bug in the system on Monday, 10th February 2020.

The suspicious bug is however reported to have originated from the development team which caused a number of problems on the platform and forcing the Poloniex maintenance team to shut down the system for about 12 minutes.

In a thread of tweets, the cryptocurrency exchange support team wrote,

While the issue may have aggravated Poloniex critics and some of the exchanges traders who were affected (the report did not give details on volumes that were affected or number of users affected), the exchange seemed to have effectively solved the problem without a fuss.

The exchange has since resumed all services, fully opening both deposits and withdrawals of funds from the platform.

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Author: Lujan Odera

SEC Delays The Decision Again For 3 Bitcoin ETFs (Bitwise, VanEck/SolidX and Wilshire Phoenix)

The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided for the delay on the decision about three different Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These were the most recent ETFs, the ones filed by VanEck and SolidX, Bitwise Asset Management and Willshire Phoenix. If approved, they would be launched at CBOE BZX and NYSE Arca.

As the official time for a decision, 240 days, was about to be reached, the decision of the SEC was very unsurprising: they simply decided not to make the decision right now.

According to the SEC rules, the entity will have until October 13 and 18 to decide for the Solid X and Bitwise ETFs and until September 29 for Wilshire’s ETF.

Bitcoin ETFs Are Very Hard To Approve

Unfortunately, it is simply extremely hard to approve an ETF right now. The SEC is very concerned about market manipulation in the crypto market, so it is very unlikely to approve any of it while the issues are not properly addressed.

As the SEC sees the crypto market as still very unregulated and prominent to manipulation, the entity has several concerns about what an ETF might mean. A lot of BTC trading is said to be wash trading and several whales (wealthy investors) have the means to move the market the way they want to.

Because of all these issues, it is considerably hard to believe that the ETF will be out anytime this year, as none of the three companies have provided any guarantee that the market will not suffer from manipulation.

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Author: Bitcoin Exchange Guide News Team