SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce hints that the regulator should have approved a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the U.S. a long time ago. She emphasized that it is not the SEC’s job to approve or reject dedications based on the merits of the underlying investment itself. “People should make their own decisions” whether to buy bitcoin, voiced the commissioner.
SEC Commissioner Wants Bitcoin ETF Approved
A commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Hester Peirce, talked everywhere the prospects of the SEC approving a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. Peirce is also known in the crypto tour as “crypto mom.”
The SEC has yet to approve a bitcoin ETF. However, the industry is hopeful that things will change this year since the SEC has a new chairman, Gary Gensler, who trained crypto and blockchain courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Commissioner Peirce described:
I thought that if we had applied our pedestals as we have applied them to other products, we would already have approved one or more of them. With each mania day, the rationale that we have used in the past for not approving seems to grow weaker.
The commissioner has previously stated that she keep company withs a double standard at the SEC when it comes to bitcoin products. She explained that the SEC is asking exchanges and would-be bitcoin ETF subsidizes for more assurances than what it asks for traditional, equity-based products.
“People of a regulatory mindset, when they run into something new like this, say, ‘Oh, wait a minute: The market for bitcoin looks a bit different than the markets we’re used to,’” Peirce opined. She bickered with the SEC’s decision to reject a bitcoin ETF application by the Winklevoss twins back in 2018.
Noting that the bitcoin market now looks numberless like an established market that has more participation from institutional and mainstream retail investors, Peirce look ated:
I think the markets have matured quite a bit.
In May, Peirce said, “We’re seeing more interest coming from institutional divisions than we have in the past. I think that will continue … as people are looking to diversify their portfolios, I muse over people are also likely to look more to the crypto space.”
Peirce is not alone. Investment banks and fund overseers are seeing the same trend and a growing number of them have begun investing in bitcoin or offering crypto services to patrons, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup.
The commissioner emphasized that it is not the SEC’s job to approve or reject applications supported on the merits of the underlying investment itself, especially if exchanges are meeting statutory requirements for protecting investors from swindling.
Pointing out that “Bitcoin now is so decentralized. The number of nodes that are involved in Bitcoin is large, and the number of people who receive an interest in keeping that work decentralized is very large,” Commissioner Peirce concluded:
People should cut their own decisions: If people don’t want to buy bitcoin because they think it’s manipulated, they shouldn’t buy bitcoin.
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