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Former SEC Chair Jay Clayton Optimistic About Bitcoin ETF Approval Despite Delays

Jay Clayton, the former Chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has shared his optimism about the eventual approval of Bitcoin (BTC) spot Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) by the SEC. Despite the regulatory body’s repeated delays and cautious approach, Clayton believes that the approval of a Bitcoin ETF is on the horizon.

In a recent CNBC interview, Clayton highlighted the demand from retail investors and the eagerness of reputable asset managers like BlackRock, WisdomTree, and Ark Invest to offer a Bitcoin ETF to the public. While the SEC has been concerned about market manipulation, investor protection, and custody of digital assets, Clayton’s confidence in the certainty of approval underscores the significance of Bitcoin’s unique decentralized nature.

Clayton made a noteworthy distinction by stating, “It is clear that Bitcoin is not a security.” This recognition is crucial as securities fall under the regulatory purview of the SEC. The former SEC Chair emphasized that Bitcoin’s popularity among retail investors seeking regulated exposure to this emerging asset class, coupled with the willingness of credible financial institutions to provide regulated investment products, makes the approval of a Bitcoin ETF a matter of time.

However, the approval process has experienced delays. WisdomTree’s application for a Bitcoin spot ETF, among others, has been subject to postponements. These delays have raised speculation about the timeline for approval. James Seyffart, an ETF specialist at Bloomberg, suggested extending the review process by 45 days, potentially pushing the approval timeline beyond October.

Seyffart’s cautionary perspective aligns with the complexities of the regulatory landscape. The anticipation of updates from the SEC has led industry experts and market participants to monitor the situation closely. The decision by the SEC regarding Bitcoin ETFs will have a far-reaching impact on the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem and investor sentiment.

As the crypto community awaits further communication from the SEC, Clayton’s optimism and the regulatory hurdles remind market participants of the potentially transformative effect a Bitcoin ETF approval could have on mainstream adoption and broader acceptance of cryptocurrencies.

 

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