The highly-anticipated VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal has once again been postponed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — which has previously cited market manipulation as a concern.
Bitcoin exchange-traded funds have struggled to gain SEC approval amid claims that the market is too manipulated — which is strange, considering that a banking cartel was just recently fined $1B for rigging foreign currency markets. Although that was not the explicit reason for postponing the regulator’s decision on the Bitcoin ETF application, it seemed to be implied.
Claims of market manipulation become especially ridiculous when you consider the news that came out just last week. Five multinational banks were fined €1.07B by the European Commission for rigging foreign exchange markets. These include major names like JP Morgan and Citigroup. Yet, these banks are able to roam free despite explicitly manipulating markets.
Therefore, the SEC’s justification for another delay makes little sense. Major banks have been rigging foreign currency markets from 2007 to 2013 — if not longer. The stock market boom of the past two years may as well be considered ‘manipulated’ by the SEC’s definitions because it exceeded expectations.
What the SEC seemingly wants is for Bitcoin (BTC) to have no price movement; it wants it to be a dead, non-volatile asset. Only then will it consider the cryptocurrency to be “safe” — when its price movement is non-existent.
While it is true that an overwhelming majority of trading volume in cryptocurrency markets is fake, the real volume has actually gotten tighter in spread across exchanges. Much of the existing manipulation may also be greatly reduced as cryptocurrency trading moves to decentralized exchanges.
Therefore, the SEC will inevitably have to accept a Bitcoin ETF sooner or later. However, by its own standard, criticizing Bitcoin’s markets for ‘manipulation’ does not make much sense. The SEC should instead take a look around the world of traditional finance. So-called ‘manipulation’ in today’s largest markets is not that hard to come by.
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