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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed its decision on the high-profile spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund application from ARK 21Shares.
In a Friday filing, Wall Street’s top regulator said it needed more time before approving or scrapping the application.
ARK Invest, the investment firm led by Cathie Wood, first filed its application for the Ark21Shares ETF in June 2021.
The firm has partnered with Swiss-based ETF provider 21Shares AG to offer its product. If it’s approved, shares would trade on Cboe’s BZX Exchange under the ticker symbol ARKB.
A spot Bitcoin ETF is a hot topic right now as one does not yet exist in the States but investors are seemingly hungry for one.
The SEC has been reluctant to approve such a product because—among other things—it claims that the price of Bitcoin can be manipulated.
This is because prestigious firms such as BlackRock—the world’s biggest asset manager—have applied to release such a product.
Other investment firms hoping to get the green light include VanEck, Fidelity, and Valkyrie Investments.