Mar 10, 2017

Bitcoin just went from a high of 1327.1926 to 995.9575 in the blink of an eye.

Wow.

Here is the actual SEC ruling.

https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/batsbzx/2017/34-80206.pdf

From the ruling....

> First, the exchange must have surveillance-sharing agreements with significant markets for trading the underlying commodity or derivatives on that commodity. And second, those markets must be regulated. > Based on the record before it, the Commission believes that the significant markets for bitcoin are unregulated.

I'm not sure I entirely understand if they mean that Bitcoin itself must be regulated or just that the SEC needs to see that the major exchanges are regulated.

If its the former, then I think this is game over, if its the later then............hmmm I really don't know.

Can someone more knowledgeable inform me here?

EDIT Having gone through the ruling it looks like they have a few reservations.

1) Most of the bitcoin trading happens on unregulated markets

2) Most of the volume happends in China and not the us and is therefore hard to regulate.

3) The ETF is tied to the Winklevoss own Gemini exchange which has little volume and often inferior pricing to other more liquid exchanges.

4) They bring up the lack of a liquid futures market, though I'm not sure this is really a concern.

EDIT2

Rats, I've somehow confused myself into duplicating this comment across two threads:(