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BlackRock’s Stand Against SEC Bias Amid Bitcoin and Ethereum Spot ETF Review

BlackRock’s Stand Against SEC Bias Amid Bitcoin and Ethereum Spot ETF Review

An investment giant is taking on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), asserting that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) in the spot market are essentially the same as futures ETFs.

In a recent filing, popular asset management firm BlackRock, overseeing assets exceeding $8 trillion, argues that the regulatory body should grant approval for spot market crypto ETFs, given its previous approval of futures ETFs.

BlackRock points out that the SEC’s approval of ETFs offering exposure to ETH futures, which are priced based on the underlying spot ETH market, should logically extend to approving ETPs providing exposure to spot ETH, like the Trust.

The firm accuses the SEC of misapplying the Investment Company Act of 1940 to spot ETFs, asserting that the Act’s investor protections do not specifically address potential harms from underlying assets or markets, such as fraud or manipulation.

BlackRock contends that the SEC’s justifications for denying other spot digital asset ETPs do not align with the 1940 Act’s explicit goals, which primarily focus on accounting, borrowing, custody, fees, and independent boards, without addressing the underlying assets or markets.

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Ultimately, BlackRock argues that the SEC’s differentiation between futures ETFs and spot market ETFs is arbitrary, emphasizing that the regulatory treatment should be consistent for ETH-based ETP proposals.

Notably, BlackRock recently registered its iShares Ethereum trust in Delaware, mirroring its earlier registration of the Bitcoin trust.

Alexander Stefanov

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