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‘Bitcoin Now a Regulated Market of Significant Size’

Crypto index fund provider, Bitwise Asset Management, has given another presentation to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its bid for regulatory approval of its proposed Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

In a memorandum, issued Sept. 17, the SEC published Bitwise’s presentation outlining why it believes the SEC’s concerns have been largely met.

The presentation started by recapping how the market has evolved and improved over the past two years.

Firstly, the spot market has become more efficient, with the average deviation of Bitcoin price across the top ten exchanges falling. Although this was just under 1% back in December 2017, it has now dropped to under 0.1%.

In addition, many new institutional-grade Bitcoin custody services are springing up and receiving licenses from local jurisdictions to manage and store Bitcoin for clients.

Meanwhile, this year has seen record Bitcoin futures volumes on the CME suggesting that the regulated futures market has now become “a regulated market of “significant size,” Bitwise notes in its presentation.

Bitwise also notes that following research published earlier in the year that 95% of trading volume is fake, there have been several developments.

Data providers responded by addressing the concerns and implementing measures to ensure reported data was more accurate. Nine exchanges reported a 90%+ drop in volume, and three of the 73 named exchanges responded either publicly or privately.

Data patterns on certain other exchanges shifted to match the real-world patterns witnessed by Bitwise. But overall, there is now a greater awareness of the existence of fake volume and more exchanges are taking steps to address these concerns.

Overall, the efficiency of the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency market continues to increase, along with volumes at the top ten exchanges.

Bitwise hopes that this will allay the SEC’s concerns over its Bitcoin ETF application, and finally give it a green light next month. However, SEC chairman, Jay Clayton recently reaffirmed his assertion that more regulation is needed before Bitcoin is traded on major traditional exchanges.

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