Cathie Wood: SEC Rejecting ARK Invest Spot Bitcoin ETF 'Makes No Sense'

Cathie Wood, founder and CIO of ARK Investment Management, thinks the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) decision to reject a spot Bitcoin BTC/USD exchange-traded fund (ETF) “makes no sense.”

What Happened: Wood made an appearance at the FTX/SALT Crypto Bahamas conference on Wednesday, Decrypt reported, where she addressed the regulator’s decision to reject ARK’s bid for a Bitcoin ETF earlier this month.

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If approved, the ARK Invest 21 Shares Bitcoin ETF would have been the first spot BTC ETF to trade on a U.S. exchange. ARK partnered with 21 Shares to sponsor the fund and named Coinbase Global Inc COIN as its custodian.

"We will reapply," said Wood, adding: "I find it fascinating they have approved the Bitcoin futures and not the underlying. It just doesn't make sense to me, especially considering the fees associated with that kind of ETF."

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In October, the SEC approved the first Bitcoin futures ETF – the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF BITO. Many industry watchers speculated that a spot Bitcoin ETF approval would soon follow, but so far, the regulator has rejected every application in the pipeline.

Price Action: According to data from Benzinga Pro, BTC was trading at $39,400, up 2.71% over 24 hours.

Photo courtesy: Ark Investment

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