The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended the time period for ruling on NYDIG’s proposal for a spot bitcoin ETF by 60 days in order to have “sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and any comments received.”
- The SEC’s original deadline was Jan. 15, so now it has until March 15 to make a decision.
- In recent months, the SEC has rejected spot bitcoin ETF proposal from a number of investment companies, including Van Eck, WisdomTree and Kryptoin.
- It also recently delayed its decisions on spot bitcoin ETFs from Valkryie, Grayscale and Bitwise (Grayscale is owned by Digital Currency Group, which is the parent company of CoinDesk).
- In the past, the SEC has typically postponed its decisions on approving bitcoin ETFs as long as possible.
- SEC Chair Gary Gensler has indicated multiple times in the past that he prefers to see a bitcoin futures ETF over one that holds bitcoin directly. As of now, three bitcoin futures ETFs have begun trading in the U.S.