Bitcoin Back Near Record Highs As SEC Reviews ETF-Blocking Decision

Bitcoin is up 8 days in a row, pushing back above gold, shaking off its 'fork' concerns and testing towards $1300 today as the SEC announces that it intends to review its decision to reject a bitcoin ETF proposed by the Winklevoss twins.

 

 

As previously reported by CoinDesk, the SEC shot down a bid by the Winklevoss brothers to get the ETF listed on the Bats BZX exchange in March. Specifically, the agency declined a rule change proposed by Bats that would have cleared the path for the ETF, citing a lack of market surveillance and regulation. Less than two weeks after the decision was handed down, Bats petitioned for a review – a move that the agency has now approved.

The SEC said yesterday that it had approved the petition, opening the door to further comment between now and 15th May. The agency said:

"Pursuant to Rule 431 of the Rules of Practice,11 BZX's petition for review of the Disapproval Order is granted. Further, the Commission hereby establishes that any party to the action or other person may file a written statement in support of or in opposition to the Disapproval Order on or before May 15, 2017."

The move comes weeks after the SEC rejected another bitcoin-tied ETF, proposed by SolidX, that would have listed on the NYSE Arca exchange if approved.

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