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Fidelity pushed for its bitcoin ETF in a private meeting with the SEC as the regulator stalls on making its 1st approval

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  • Fidelity officials met the SEC privately to push for its bitcoin ETF as the regulator still hasn’t approved one.
  • The investment firm argued that the bitcoin market has matured and can support such funds.
  • They also pointed to the existence of these products in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden.
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Fidelity Digital Assets met with SEC officials privately to push for the approval of their proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund and argued the cryptocurrency market is now big enough to support it.

The investment firm’s president, Tom Jessop, and other executives attended a virtual meeting with the regulator on September 8, according to a presentation that lays out the investor demand for the product.

They cited an in-house survey that found bitcoin exchange-traded products hold massive appeal, US institutions have a strong interest in digital assets, and a significant number of institutional investors currently hold cryptocurrencies.

Fidelity also said market regulators have already approved bitcoin ETPs in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. The firm held the meeting with the SEC as the US continues to delay approval of these investment products.

Although no similar product has been approved in the US yet, the securities regulator is considering applications from more than 20 companies, including Galaxy Digital, VanEck, Valkyrie Investments, and FirstTrust/SkyBridge. It has extended the decision to approve VanEck’s ETF by 60 days to November 14.

SEC Chair Gary Gensler has been somewhat open to bitcoin ETFs, suggesting those that comply with the strictest rules for mutual funds could provide investor protection. He has also seemed to lean towards approving a futures-based ETF, over a physical one.

But Fidelity’s argument didn’t seem to line up so well with Gensler’s preferences.

“We believe bitcoin futures-based products are not a necessary interim step before a bitcoin ETP; firms should be able to meet investor demand for direct exposure to bitcoin through 1933 Securities Act,” Fidelity said in its presentation, adding that the bitcoin market has matured and can support them.

The firm submitted paperwork in March to launch a bitcoin ETF called Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust that would track the digital currency’s price performance. If approved, it would trade on Cboe Global Markets.

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