Lawyer to Share His Thoughts on ETF Approval

According to the number of his observations, Jake Chervinsky assesses the probability of postponement at 75%, failure - at 24.9% and 0.1% for approval 
20 May 2019   280

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week extended the deadline for consideration of an application to launch Bitcoin-ETF of Bitwise. This week, the regulator will have to make another decision on Bitcoin-ETF - by VanEck / SolidX. According to lawyer Jake Chervinsky, the future decision will be made in “unusual” circumstances.

SEC had to say its word in connection with the application of Bitwise by last Thursday, and the deadline for VanEck falls on this Tuesday. As noted by Chervinsky, in previous similar cases, the SEC combined solutions for different ETFs and published them on the same day. For example, in March, a delay for ETF Bitwise and VanEck was announced on the same day. Last year, the SEC simultaneously issued three waivers for different ETFs, although their deadlines were separated by weeks, while the Bitwise and VanEck deadlines only 5 days apart.

Based on these observations, Chervinsky concludes that this week’s ETF VanEck decision may be different from the next extension. However, according to the lawyer, community members should not hope too much for a positive outcome.

First, I'd be shocked if the SEC approved the first ever bitcoin ETF after six years of denials without taking all the time allowed by law. Moving slowly makes the SEC appear thoughtful & thorough.

Jake Chervinsky


In addition, the current market situation is not conducive to ETF approval. Bitcoin has been volatile lately, and investigations related to fraud and manipulation, for example against Bitfinex, are only gaining momentum. Finding factors that would push the SEC to a positive decision in such conditions is not easy.

The third and most important thing: in the last decision on ETF Bitwise, the reasons are mentioned in excess, because of which it is impossible to count on approval in the near future. These are questions about the nature of the Bitcoin market, and its vulnerability to manipulation, and about fake trading volumes.

If the SEC thinks all of these topics are grounds for denying Bitwise, then it certainly must view them as grounds for denying VanEck too. As a result, if VanEck were to have any chance of approval, the SEC would need to delay & ask all these same questions to them as well.

Jake Chervinsky


He also does not exclude the possibility that SEC employees might simply not have time to prepare a solution for ETF VanEck last week. Thus, Chervinsky assesses the probability of postponement at 75%, failure - at 24.9%, approval - at 0.1%. 

Lightning Network Wallet by Breez to be Out For iOs

Solution is based on the lightweight client called Neutrino and it wallet supports Submarine Swaps technology
18 June 2019   148

The Breez payment platform introduced a non-custodial wallet for iPhone that supports the Lightning Network protocol.

The basis of the new product is a lightweight client Neutrino. It is also known that the wallet supports Submarine Swaps technology, which makes it possible to conduct transactions between online addresses and the Lightning Network.

The company's blog says that immediately after installation, the application automatically connects the channel to the so-called Breez hub connected to other Lightning nodes, which allows the user to conduct transactions with any participants in the second-level network. In addition, according to the founder of the company, Ron Scheinfeld, the possibility of a refund is provided in the event of challenging purchases.

In a Lightning economy, people trade money for goods and services. Intermediaries — banks, credit cards, online payment processors, and custodians of any kind — are obsolete. All that remains are the people, trading with each other anywhere, anytime, free to do what each of them thinks is best with their own money. Scale is no longer a concern. Transactions are virtually instantaneous and practically free. The people are free too. Finally.

Roy Sheinfeld
Co-Founder and CEO, Breez

The company also noted that within only two months after the release of the version for Android, Breez benefited from "hundreds of users." Currently, the wallet is in beta.

On the eve of the release of the iOS application, the startup managed to attract $ 500,000 from Recruit Strategic Partners and Fulgur Ventures. The funds will be used to develop an application for merchants, allowing them to accept Lightning-payments.