The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has come out swinging against Gary Gensler’s “legendary” resistance to approving a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).
The hard-hitting opinion piece, published on Wednesday, July 6 called out the Gensler-led Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for overt inconsistencies in how the commission handles applications for Bitcoin-related exchange-traded products (ETPs) compared to more traditional assets and other commodities.
So far, Gensler’s SEC has rejected every proposal for a spot Bitcoin ETP, including two in the last week from Grayscale and Bitwise, which resulted in Grayscale launching legal action against the SEC.
These consistent rejections led SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce to declare Gensler’s resistance to spot crypto ETPs as “becoming legendary”, as the commission has already approved several ETPs for Bitcoin futures, which come at much higher costs and include much greater risk for investors than the proposed spot ETPs.
Peirce also questioned why ETPs haven’t been approved in the United States despite the products having done so elsewhere.
“At what point, if any, does the increasing maturity of the Bitcoin spot markets and the success of similar products elsewhere tip the scale in favor of approval?”
The editorial board has also drawn attention to a two-pronged approach employed by Gensler which makes it practically impossible to get a spot Bitcoin product approved.
This includes requiring ETP sponsors to demonstrate that a significant amount of Bitcoin trading occurs on a regulated market, or…