GMO asks customers to loan it their Bitcoins

GMO has launched a program to ask customers to lend the company BTC, promises to return the loans with interest
16 April 2018   1547

After the hacking of Coincheck, Japanese regulators have stepped up and started security checks all around the country's exchanges. One of the exchanges affected by this crack down was GMO, who, while not halted outright by FSA, was ordered to increase customer security to acceptable levels. And now GMO asks its clients to loan it their Bitcoins.

On paper, the program works flawlessly. GMO will be able to enter loan agreement with its customers with the starting sum of 10 BTC all the way up to 100 BTC. Once the agreement is reached, the customer's balance will be deducted. The loan period is 90 days, but the customers will be able to return their funds before the 90 days are over, with a cancellation fee, of course. The loans held for a full three-month period will be repaid with interest. The downside of the program, according to the reports, is that customers won't be able to sell or transfer their Bitcoins during the loan period.

As of now, GMO hasn't revealed, how it plans to use the Bitcoins acquired in the program. And it's quite worrying for the community, who can't help drawing parallels with Coincheck, who has been dabbling in the similar venture before they got hacked and lost all their money.

Bitwise to Withdraw Bitcoin ETF Application

The application was filled a year ago, company met with regulator 8 times and prepared more than 500 pages of documents
15 January 2020   126

Bitwise Asset Management, a digital asset management company, has withdrawn an application to launch a Bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund (ETF).

On Tuesday, Bitwise sent a notice to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where it announced that it had made such a decision "in the public interest and investor protection."

We did indeed withdraw the application. This is a procedural step, and we intend to refile our application at an appropriate time.

 

Matt Hougan

Global head of research at Bitwise

He also noted that his firm is currently “working hard” to answer the SEC questions in the 112-page commentary on the initial application.

We remain fully committed to the development of a bitcoin ETF.

 

Matt Hougan

Global head of research at Bitwise

Bitwise has applied for the launch of the Bitcoin ETF in January 2019. Since then, the company met with the regulator eight times and prepared 500 pages of documentation with arguments in favor of approving its proposal.