NYSE had applied for the opening of two bitcoin-ETF

Intercontinental Exchange plans to include to the listing funds which will track the price of bitcoin through futures contracts
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Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) filed an application to the US Securities and Exchange Commission for changing the rules, allowing the launch of two exchange-traded funds (ETF), focused on bitcoin futures. This is reported by CNBC.

As it follows from the application, ICE plans to include to the listing funds ProShares Bitcoin ETF and ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF, which will track the price of bitcoin through futures contracts.

Applications for the launch of ProShares Bitcoin ETF and ProShares Short ETF were filed for the first time in September, but bitcoin futures did not exist yet, and after a while applications were withdrawn. Now, when bitcoin futures appeared on two American exchanges, ProShares expects to receive SEC approval.

By being long Bitcoin Futures Contracts, the Fund seeks to benefit from daily increases in the price of the Bitcoin Futures Contracts. The Fund will not be benchmarked to the current price of bitcoin and will not invest directly in bitcoin. When the price of Bitcoin Futures Contracts held by the Fund declines, the Fund will lose value.

SEC Filing

Since the appearance of futures on the Chicago stock exchanges CBOE and CME, the Securities Commission has refrained from commenting officially on bitcoin-ETF. Analysts and market participants, however, are hoping that the SEC will change its attitude to this instrument, given that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has given permission to launch futures.

SEC Suspends Trading in 3 Companies

On Friday The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily suspended the trading of three companies as they made the purchase of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related assets
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According to the announcement, the trade of  Cherubim Investments, Inc., PDX Partners, Inc., and Victura Construction Group, Inc. will be suspended between 9:30 a.m. EST Friday and March 2. The notice was dated Feb. 15.

SEC stated that its trading suspension orders state that recent press releases issued by CHIT, PDXP, and VICT claimed that the companies acquired AAA-rated assets from a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, among other things.

The release also indicates additional reasons for the suspensions. The agency’s orders also say there are questions regarding the nature of the company's business operations. In case of CHIT, the Commission suspended trading in the securities because of its delinquency in filing annual and quarterly reports.

In August 2017, the SEC  issued a warning for investors about the companies that may publicly announce ICO or coin-related events to affect the price of the company’s common stock.

Fraudsters often try to use the lure of new and emerging technologies to convince potential victims to invest their money in scams. 

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