ICE to Spend Over $20M on Bakkt This Year

ICE CEO believes investing in Bakkt is quite an ambitious task for ICE since it is not a typical product for it
11 February 2019   175

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, expects to invest in the development of the Bitcoin futures platform Bakkt up to $ 25 million before the end of the year, CoinDeskr eported.

In the course of the teleconference devoted to the results of the 4th quarter of 2018 last week, ICE Chief Financial Officer Scott Hill said that investments in Bakkt during this fiscal year will be from $ 20 million to $ 25 million.

CEO Jeff Spreker, in turn, said that investing in Bakkt is quite an ambitious task for ICE, since it is not a typical product for it. Nevertheless, he noted, Bakkt was able to attract such large organizations as the venture capital fund Microsoft and Starbucks.

At the same time, Spreker found it difficult to name the exact launch date of Bakkt. Recall, it was originally expected that the platform will begin work on January 24, but these dates were postponed. Bakkt intends to offer bitcoin futures with a physical asset suppl

SEC to Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
20 February 2019   107

For the first time since August of last year, two proposals on the creation of a Bitcoin-ETF are under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The application of VanEck and SolidX, issued in cooperation with the Cboe BZX exchange, as expected, was included in the Federal Register issue this Wednesday, with which the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched. The application of Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca was published last week.

I … hope that our investment in regulatory and market education, hard work and commitment will be honored when the time comes.

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of digital asset strategy, VanEck

The head of Bitwise’s research department, Matt Hogan, believes that not only firms that have submitted bids to create Bitcoin-ETFs are looking for approvals, but and the entire “extremely fast-growing” crypto industry.

A year ago there was maybe one qualified crypto custodian … and now there are half-a-dozen, and that number will go up from here. A little more than year ago, we didn’t have futures. A year ago we didn’t have nearly as many firms making markets. A few months ago, you didn’t have folks like Fidelity announced in the space. It’s evolving really, really quickly.

Matt Hougan

Global head of research, Bitwise

 As reported, ultimately, however, a bitcoin ETF approval will depend on how companies approach their proposals.