SEC Delays Decision On Bitcoin And Carbon Credit Futures ETF

Zinger Key Points
  • The proposed ETF aims to allocate 80% of its assets in Bitcoin and 20% in carbon credit futures.
  • SEC needs more time to evaluate the proposed ETF that blends cryptocurrency investment with environmental sustainability.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced it will require additional time to determine the fate of a proposed exchange-traded fund (ETF) focused on carbon credit futures contracts and Bitcoin BTC/USD.

What Happened: In a filing made on Thursday, the agency stated that it will decide to “approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings” for the 7RCC Spot Bitcoin and Carbon Credit Futures ETF by June 24, 2024.

This delay indicates the SEC’s desire for a more thorough review of the proposed fund, which aims to invest 80% of its assets in Bitcoin and 20% in instruments providing exposure to carbon credit futures.

The filing cites the need for “sufficient time to consider” the unique structure and potential implications of this ETF.

The proposal, initially submitted in December 2023, predates the approval of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs by the SEC.

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It highlights the fund’s potential to offer investors a novel diversification strategy, “balancing the innovative nature of Bitcoin with the progressive realm of Carbon Credit Futures,” as stated by crypto exchange Gemini, the designated custodian.

This development underscores the SEC’s cautious approach towards innovative ETFs within the digital asset space.

While the agency has greenlit several Bitcoin ETFs in recent months, the inclusion of carbon credit futures adds an additional layer of complexity that necessitates a more comprehensive evaluation.

What’s Next: For those seeking further insights into the regulatory landscape surrounding digital assets and the potential evolution of such investment products, Benzinga’s Future of Digital Assets event on Nov. 19 offers a valuable platform for engagement with industry experts and policymakers.

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