SEC to Extend the BTC-ETF Decision Period to September 30

The price of VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust shares was set at $ 200,000, which means that the new ETF will be primarily targeted at institutional investors
08 August 2018   208

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended the decision-making period for the application for the launch of Bitcoin-ETF, filed jointly by New York companies VanEck and SolidX. This is stated in a document published on Tuesday, August 7, on the Commission's website.

Initially, it was assumed that the meeting of the Commission, at which officials will decide on changes in the rules of trade at the Chicago Stock Exchange (CBOE), where the fund should be traded, will be held on August 10. However, this date has now been postponed to September 30.

The application VanEck and SolidX was filed on June 6. If approved, VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust will be immune from theft and loss of access to funds. It will also be tied to a new index from Van Eck, which instead of exchanges will collect the price of bitcoin from US-based over-the-counter (OTC) platforms.

The price of VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust shares was set at $ 200,000, which means that the new ETF will be primarily targeted at institutional investors.

Earlier, a source in the SEC, who wished to remain anonymous, made it clear that the agency was interested in approving this application.

Crypto Billionaire to Lost 5.5k BTC Due to Fraud

Thai scammers convinced 22 yo Finnish crypto billionaire to invest in their 'investment' scheme
13 August 2018   290

The 22-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire lost more than 5,500 bitcoins after taking part in the investment scheme in Thailand. The case attracted public attention because of the possible participation of a Thai actor. This is reported by Bangkok Post.

A group of scammers in June 2017 persuaded Finnish businessman Aarni Otawa Saarimaa to invest in several Thai securities, a casino in Macau and a crypto currency called Dragon Coin.

Scammers claimed that Dragon Coin could be used in Macau casinos. In addition, they brought Saarimaa to this casino to demonstrate the legitimacy of their project. Saarimaa transferred 5 564 BTC to fraudsters.

In January, without receiving any income for his investments, Saarimaa filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's (CSD), along with his local business partner, who believed that this investment scheme was fraudulent.

CSD began to investigate the case and stated that the group made no investment for Saarimaa, instead transferring all the bitcoins to Thai baht and placing these funds on seven bank accounts.

Although it is not clear when exactly the scammers sold the bitcoins, CSD announced that they raised about 800 million baht or about 24 million dollars.

Then followed a months-long investigation, according to which CSD began to suspect that the Thai film actor Jiratkisit "Boom" Jaravijit also took part in the fraudulent scheme - he was arrested last Wednesday.

In addition, the CSD stated that it suspects the actor's brother, Princess Jaravijit, as the "instigator" of this entire scheme. He left Thailand, traveling to South Korea, and then to the United States. According to the Bangkok Post, CSD is currently working with the US to track him down.