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An extensive guide for cashing out bitcoin and cryptocurrencies into private banks

Hey guys.
Merry Xmas !
I am coming back to you with a follow up post, as I have helped many people cash out this year and I have streamlined the process. After my original post, I received many requests to be more specific and provide more details. I thought that after the amazing rally we have been attending over the last few months, and the volatility of the last few days, it would be interesting to revisit more extensively.
The attitude of banks around crypto is changing slowly, but it is still a tough stance. For the first partial cash out I operated around a year ago for a client, it took me months to find a bank. They wouldn’t want to even consider the case and we had to knock at each and every door. Despite all my contacts it was very difficult back in the days. This has changed now, and banks have started to open their doors, but there is a process, a set of best practices and codes one has to follow.
I often get requests from crypto guys who are very privacy-oriented, and it takes me months to have them understand that I am bound by Swiss law on banking secrecy, and I am their ally in this onboarding process. It’s funny how I have to convince people that banks are legit, while on the other side, banks ask me to show that crypto millionaires are legit. I have a solid background in both banking and in crypto so I manage to make the bridge, but yeah sometimes it is tough to reconcile the two worlds. I am a crypto enthusiast myself and I can say that after years of work in the banking industry I have grown disillusioned towards banks as well, like many of you. Still an account in a Private bank is convenient and powerful. So let’s get started.
There are two different aspects to your onboarding in a Swiss Private bank, compliance-wise.
*The origin of your crypto wealth
*Your background (residence, citizenship and probity)
These two aspects must be documented in-depth.
How to document your crypto wealth. Each new crypto millionaire has a different story. I may detail a few fun stories later in this post, but at the end of the day, most of crypto rich I have met can be categorized within the following profiles: the miner, the early adopter, the trader, the corporate entity, the black market, the libertarian/OTC buyer. The real question is how you prove your wealth is legit.
1. Context around the original amount/investment Generally speaking, your first crypto purchase may not be documented. But the context around this acquisition can be. I have had many cases where the original amount was bought through Mtgox, and no proof of purchase could be provided, nor could be documented any Mtgox claim. That’s perfectly fine. At some point Mtgox amounted 70% of the bitcoin transactions globally, and people who bought there and managed to withdraw and keep hold of their bitcoins do not have any Mtgox claim. This is absolutely fine. However, if you can show me the record of a wire from your bank to Tisbane (Mtgox's parent company) it's a great way to start.
Otherwise, what I am trying to document here is the following: I need context. If you made your first purchase by saving from summer jobs, show me a payroll. Even if it was USD 2k. If you acquired your first bitcoins from mining, show me the bills of your mining equipment from 2012 or if it was through a pool mine, give me your slushpool account ref for instance. If you were given bitcoin against a service you charged, show me an invoice.
2. Tracking your wealth until today and making sense of it. What I have been doing over the last few months was basically educating compliance officers. Thanks God, the blockchain is a global digital ledger! I have been telling my auditors and compliance officers they have the best tool at their disposal to lead a proper investigation. Whether you like it or not, your wealth can be tracked, from address to address. You may have thought all along this was a bad feature, but I am telling you, if you want to cash out, in the context of Private Banking onboarding, tracking your wealth through the block explorer is a boon. We can see the inflows, outflows. We can see the age behind an address. An early adopter who bought 1000 BTC in 2010, and let his bitcoin behind one address and held thus far is legit, whether or not he has a proof of purchase to show. That’s just common sense. My job is to explain that to the banks in a language they understand.
Let’s have a look at a few examples and how to document the few profiles I mentioned earlier.
The trader. I love traders. These are easy cases. I have a ton of respect for them. Being a trader myself in investment banks for a decade earlier in my career has taught me that controlling one’s emotions and having the discipline to impose oneself some proper risk management system is really really hard. Further, being able to avoid the exchange bankruptcy and hacks throughout crypto history is outstanding. It shows real survival instinct, or just plain blissed ignorance. In any cases traders at exchange are easy cases to corroborate since their whole track record is potentially available. Some traders I have met have automated their trading and have shown me more than 500k trades done over the span of 4 years. Obviously in this kind of scenario I don’t show everything to the bank to avoid information overload, and prefer to do some snacking here and there. My strategy is to show the early trades, the most profitable ones, explain the trading strategy and (partially expose) the situation as of now with id pages of the exchanges and current balance. Many traders have become insensitive to the risk of parking their crypto at exchange as they want to be able to trade or to grasp an occasion any minute, so they generally do not secure a substantial portion on the blockchain which tends to make me very nervous.
The early adopter. Provided that he has not mixed his coin, the early adopter or “hodler” is not a difficult case either. Who cares how you bought your first 10k btc if you bought them below 3$ ? Even if you do not have a purchase proof, I would generally manage to find ways. We just have to corroborate the original 30’000 USD investment in this case. I mainly focus on three things here:
*proof of early adoption I have managed to educate some banks on a few evidences specifically related to crypto markets. For instance with me, an old bitcointalk account can serve as a proof of early adoption. Even an old reddit post from a few years ago where you say how much you despise this Ripple premined scam can prove to be a treasure readily available to show you were early.
*story telling Compliance officers like to know when, why and how. They are human being looking for simple answers to simple questions and they don’t want like to be played fool. Telling the truth, even without a proof can do wonders, and even though bluffing might still work because banks don’t fully understand bitcoin yet, it is a risky strategy that is less and less likely to pay off as they are getting more sophisticated by the day.
*micro transaction from an old address you control This is the killer feature. Send a $20 worth transaction from an old address to my company wallet and to one of my partner bank’s wallet and you are all set ! This is gold and considered a very solid piece of evidence. You can also do a microtransaction to your own wallet, but banks generally prefer transfer to their own wallet. Patience with them please. they are still learning.
*signature message Why do a micro transaction when you can sign a message and avoid potentially tainting your coins ?
*ICO millionaire Some clients made their wealth participating in ETH crowdsale or IOTA ICO. They were very easy to deal with obviously and the account opening was very smooth since we could evidence the GENESIS TxHash flow.
The miner Not so easy to proof the wealth is legit in that case. Most early miners never took screenshot of the blocks on bitcoin core, nor did they note down the block number of each block they mined. Until the the Slashdot article from August 2010 anyone could mine on his laptop, let his computer run overnight and wake up to a freshly minted block containing 50 bitcoins back in the days. Not many people were structured enough to store and secure these coins, avoid malwares while syncing the blockchain continuously, let alone document the mined blocks in the process. What was 50 BTC worth really for the early miners ? dust of dollars, games and magic cards… Even miners post 2010 are generally difficult to deal with in terms of compliance onboarding. Many pool mining are long dead. Deepbit is down for instance and the founders are MIA. So my strategy to proof mining activity is as follow:
*Focusing on IT background whenever possible. An IT background does help a lot to bring some substance to the fact you had the technical ability to operate a mining rig.
*Showing mining equipment receipts. If you mined on your own you must have bought the hardware to do so. For instance mining equipment receipts from butterfly lab from 2012-2013 could help document your case. Similarly, high electricity bill from your household on a consistent basis back in the day could help. I have already unlocked a tricky case in the past with such documents when the bank was doubtful.
*Wallet.dat files with block mining transactions from 2011 thereafter This obviously is a fantastic piece of evidence for both you and me if you have an old wallet and if you control an address that received original mined blocks, (even if the wallet is now empty). I will make sure compliance officers understand what it means, and as for the early adopter, you can prove your control over these wallet through a microtransaction. With these kind of addresses, I can show on the block explorer the mined block rewards hitting at regular time interval, and I can even spot when difficulty level increased or when halvening process happened.
*Poolmining account. Here again I have educated my partner bank to understand that a slush account opened in 2013 or an OnionTip presence was enough to corroborate mining activity. The block explorer then helps me to do the bridge with your current wallet.
*Describing your set up and putting it in context In the history of mining we had CPU, GPU, FPG and ASICs mining. I will describe your technical set up and explain why and how your set up was competitive at that time.
The corporate entity Remember 2012 when we were all convinced bitcoin would take over the world, and soon everyone would pay his coffee in bitcoin? How naïve we were to think transaction fees would remain low forever. I don’t blame bitcoin cash supporters; I once shared this dream as well. Remember when we thought global adoption was right around the corner and some brick and mortar would soon accept bitcoin transaction as a common mean of payment? Well, some shop actually did accept payment and held. I had a few cases as such of shops holders, who made it to the multi million mark holding and had invoices or receipts to proof the transactions. If you are organized enough to keep a record for these trades and are willing to cooperate for the documentation, you are making your life easy. The digital advertising business is also a big market for the bitcoin industry, and affiliates partner compensated in btc are common. It is good to show an invoice, it is better to show a contract. If you do not have a contract (which is common since all advertising deals are about ticking a check box on the website to accept terms and conditions), there are ways around that. If you are in that case, pm me.
The black market Sorry guys, I can’t do much for you officially. Not that I am judging you. I am a libertarian myself. It’s just already very difficult to onboard legit btc adopters, so the black market is a market I cannot afford to consider. My company is regulated so KYC and compliance are key for me if I want to stay in business. Behind each case I push forward I am risking the credibility and reputation I have built over the years. So I am sorry guys I am not risking it to make an extra buck. Your best hope is that crypto will eventually take over the world and you won’t need to cash out anyway. Or go find a Lithuanian bank that is light on compliance and cooperative.
The OTC buyer and the libertarian. Generally a very difficult case. If you bought your stack during your journey in Japan 5 years ago to a guy you never met again; or if you accumulated on https://localbitcoins.com/ and kept no record or lost your account, it is going to be difficult. Not impossible but difficult. We will try to build a case with everything else we have, and I may be able to onboard you. However I am risking a lot here so I need to be 100% confident you are legit, before I defend you. Come & see me in Geneva, and we will talk. I will run forensic services like elliptic, chainalysis, or scorechain on an extract of your wallet. If this scan does not raise too many red flags, then maybe we can work together ! If you mixed your coins all along your crypto history, and shredded your seeds because you were paranoid, or if you made your wealth mining professionally monero over the last 3 years but never opened an account at an exchange. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ I am not a magician and don’t get me wrong, I love monero, it’s not the point.
Cashing out ICOs Private companies or foundations who have ran an ICO generally have a very hard time opening a bank account. The few banks that accept such projects would generally look at 4 criteria:
*Seriousness of the project Extensive study of the whitepaper to limit the reputation risk
*AML of the onboarding process ICOs 1.0 have no chance basically if a background check of the investors has not been conducted
*Structure of the moral entity List of signatories, certificate of incumbency, work contract, premises...
*Fiscal conformity Did the company informed the authorities and seek a fiscal ruling.
For the record, I am not into the tax avoidance business, so people come to me with a set up and I see if I can make it work within the legal framework imposed to me.
First, stop thinking Switzerland is a “offshore heaven” Swiss banks have made deals with many governments for the exchange of fiscal information. If you are a French citizen, resident in France and want to open an account in a Private Bank in Switzerland to cash out your bitcoins, you will get slaughtered (>60%). There are ways around that, and I could refer you to good tax specialists for fiscal optimization, but I cannot organize it myself. It would be illegal for me. Swiss private banks makes it easy for you to keep a good your relation with your retail bank and continue paying your bills without headaches. They are integrated to SEPA, provide ebanking and credit cards.
For information, these are the kind of set up some of my clients came up with. It’s all legal; obviously I do not onboard clients that are not tax compliant. Further disclaimer: I did not contribute myself to these set up. Do not ask me to organize it for you. I won’t.
EU tricks
Swiss lump sum taxation Foreign nationals resident in Switzerland can be taxed on a lump-sum basis if they are not gainfully employed in our country. Under the lump-sum tax regime, foreign nationals taking residence in Switzerland may choose to pay an expense-based tax instead of ordinary income and wealth tax. Attractive cantons for the lump sum taxation are Zug, Vaud, Valais, Grisons, Lucerne and Berne. To make it short, you will be paying somewhere between 200 and 400k a year and all expenses will be deductible.
Switzerland has adopted a very friendly attitude towards crypto currency in general. There is a whole crypto valley in Zug now. 30% of ICOs are operated in Switzerland. The reason is that Switzerland has thrived for centuries on banking secrecy, and today with FATCA and exchange of fiscal info with EU, banking secrecy is dead. Regulators in Switzerland have understood that digital ledger technologies were a way to roll over this competitive advantage for the generations to come. Switzerland does not tax capital gains on crypto profits. The Finma has a very pragmatic approach. They have issued guidance- updated guidelines here. They let the business get organized and operate their analysis on a case per case basis. Only after getting a deep understanding of the market will they issue a global fintech license in 2019. This approach is much more realistic than legislations which try to regulate everything beforehand.
Italy new tax exemption. It’s a brand new fiscal exemption. Go to Aoste, get residency and you could be taxed a 100k/year for 10years. Yes, really.
Portugal What’s crazy in Europe is the lack of fiscal harmonization. Even if no one in Brussels dares admit it, every other country is doing fiscal dumping. Portugal is such a country and has proved very friendly fiscally speaking. I personally have a hard time trusting Europe. I have witnessed what happened in Greece over the last few years. Some of our ultra high net worth clients got stuck with capital controls. I mean no way you got out of crypto to have your funds confiscated at the next financial crisis! Anyway. FYI
Malta Generally speaking, if you get a residence somewhere you have to live there for a certain period of time. Being stuck in Italy is no big deal with Schengen Agreement, but in Malta it is a different story. In Malta, the ordinary residence scheme is more attractive than the HNWI residence scheme. Being an individual, you can hold a residence permit under this scheme and pay zero income tax in Malta in a completely legal way.
Monaco Not suitable for French citizens, but for other Ultra High Net worth individual, Monaco is worth considering. You need an account at a local bank as a proof of fortune, and this account generally has to be seeded with at least EUR500k. You also need a proof of residence. I do mean UHNI because if you don’t cash out minimum 30m it’s not interesting. Everything is expensive in Monaco. Real Estate is EUR 50k per square meter. A breakfast at Monte Carlo Bay hotel is 70 EUR. Monaco is sunny but sometimes it feels like a golden jail. Do you really want that for your kids?
Dubaï
  1. Set up a company in Dubaï, get your resident card.
  2. Spend one day every 6 month there
  3. ???
  4. Be tax free
US tricks Some Private banks in Geneva do have the license to manage the assets of US persons and U.S citizens. However, do not think it is a way to avoid paying taxes in the US. Opening an account at an authorized Swiss Private banks is literally the same tax-wise as opening an account at Fidelity or at Bank of America in the US. The only difference is that you will avoid all the horror stories. Horror stories are all real by the way. In Switzerland, if you build a decent case and answer all the questions and corroborate your case in depth, you will manage to convince compliance officers beforehand. When the money eventually hits your account, it is actually available and not frozen.
The IRS and FATCA require to file FBAR if an offshore account is open. However FBAR is a reporting requirement and does not have taxes related to holding an account outside the US. The taxes would be the same if the account was in the US. However penalties for non compliance with FBAR are very large. The tax liability management is actually performed through the management of the assets ( for exemple by maximizing long term capital gains and minimizing short term gains).
The case for Porto Rico. Full disclaimer here. I am not encouraging this. Have not collaborated on such tax avoidance schemes. if you are interested I strongly encourage you to seek a tax advisor and get a legal opinion. I am not responsible for anything written below. I am not going to say much because I am so afraid of uncle Sam that I prefer to humbly pass the hot potato to pwc From here all it takes is a good advisor and some creativity to be tax free on your crypto wealth if you are a US person apparently. Please, please please don’t ask me more. And read the disclaimer again.
Trust tricks Generally speaking I do not accept fringe fiscal situation because it puts me in a difficult situation to the banks I work with, and it is already difficult enough to defend a legit crypto case. Trust might be a way to optimize your fiscal situation. Belize. Bahamas. Seychelles. Panama, You name it. At the end of the day, what matters for Swiss Banks are the beneficial owner and the settlor. Get a legal opinion, get it done, and when you eventually knock at a private bank’s door, don’t say it was for fiscal avoidance you stupid ! You will get the door smashed upon you. Be smarter. It will work. My advice is just to have it done by a great tax specialist lawyer, even if it costs you some money, as the entity itself needs to be structured in a professional way. Remember that with trust you are dispossessing yourself off your wealth. Not something to be taken lightly.
“Anonymous” cash out. Right. I think I am not going into this topic, neither expose the ways to get it done. Pm me for details. I already feel a bit uncomfortable with all the info I have provided. I am just going to mention many people fear that crypto exchange might become reporting entities soon, and rightly so. This might happen anyday. You have been warned. FYI, this only works for non-US and large cash out.
The difference between traders an investors. Danmark, Holland and Germany all make a huge difference if you are a passive investor or if you are a trader. ICO is considered investing for instance and is not taxed, while trading might be considered as income and charged aggressively. I would try my best to protect you and put a focus on your investor profile whenever possible, so you don't have to pay 52% tax if you do not have to :D
Full cash out or partial cash out? People who have been sitting on crypto for long have grown an emotional and irrational link with their coins. They come to me and say, look, I have 50m in crypto but I would like to cash out 500k only. So first let me tell you that as a wealth manager my advice to you is to take some off the table. Doing a partial cash out is absolutely fine. The market is bullish. We are witnessing a redistribution of wealth at a global scale. Bitcoin is the real #occupywallstreet, and every one will discuss crypto at Xmas eve which will make the market even more supportive beginning 2018, especially with all hedge funds entering the scene. If you want to stay exposed to bitcoin and altcoins, and believe these techs will change the world, it’s just natural you want to keep some coins. In the meantime, if you have lived off pizzas over the last years, and have the means to now buy yourself an nice house and have an account at a private bank, then f***ing do it mate ! Buy physical gold with this account, buy real estate, have some cash at hands. Even though US dollar is worthless to your eyes, it’s good and convenient to have some. Also remember your wife deserves it ! And if you have no wife yet and you are socially awkward like the rest of us, then maybe cashing out partially will help your situation ;)
What the Private Banks expect. Joke aside, it is important you understand something. If you come around in Zurich to open a bank account and partially cash out, just don’t expect Private Banks will make an exception for you if you are small. You can’t ask them to facilitate your cash out, buy a 1m apartment with the proceeds of the sale, and not leave anything on your current account. It won’t work. Sadly, under 5m you are considered small in private banking. The bank is ok to let you open an account, provided that your kyc and compliance file are validated, but they will also want you to become a client and leave some money there to invest. This might me despicable, but I am just explaining you their rules. If you want to cash out, you should sell enough to be comfortable and have some left. Also expect the account opening to last at least 3-4 week if everything goes well. You can't just open an account overnight.
The cash out logistics. Cashing out 1m USD a day in bitcoin or more is not so hard.
Let me just tell you this: Even if you get a Tier 4 account with Kraken and ask Alejandro there to raise your limit over $100k per day, Even if you have a bitfinex account and you are willing to expose your wealth there, Even if you have managed to pass all the crazy due diligence at Bitstamp,
The amount should be fractioned to avoid risking your full wealth on exchange and getting slaughtered on the price by trading big quantities. Cashing out involves significant risks at all time. There is a security risk of compromising your keys, a counterparty risk, a fat finger risk. Let it be done by professionals. It is worth every single penny.
Most importantly, there is a major difference between trading on an exchange and trading OTC. Even though it’s not publicly disclosed some exchange like Kraken do have OTC desks. Trading on an exchange for a large amount will weight on the prices. Bitcoin is a thin market. In my opinion over 30% of the coins are lost in translation forever. Selling $10m on an exchange in a day can weight on the prices more than you’d think. And if you trade on a exchange, everything is shown on record, and you might wipe out the prices because on exchanges like bitstamp or kraken ultimately your counterparties are retail investors and the market depth is not huge. It is a bit better on Bitfinex. It is way better to trade OTC. Accessing the institutional OTC market is not easy, and that is also the reason why you should ask a regulated financial intermediary if we are talking about huge amounts.
Last point, always chose EUR as opposed to USD. EU correspondent banks won’t generally block institutional amounts. However we had the cases of USD funds frozen or delayed by weeks.
Most well-known OTC desks are Cumberlandmining (ask for Lucas), Genesis (ask for Martin), Bitcoin Suisse AG (ask for Niklas), circletrade, B2C2, or Altcoinomy (ask for Olivier)
Very very large whales can also set up escrow accounts for massive block trades. This world, where blocks over 30k BTC are exchanged between 2 parties would deserve a reddit thread of its own. Crazyness all around.
Your options: DIY or going through a regulated financial intermediary.
Execution trading is a job in itself. You have to be patient, be careful not to wipe out the order book and place limit orders, monitor the market intraday for spikes or opportunities. At big levels, for a large cash out that may take weeks, these kind of details will save you hundred thousands of dollars. I understand crypto holders are suspicious and may prefer to do it by themselves, but there are regulated entities who now offer the services. Besides, being a crypto millionaire is not a guarantee you will get institutional daily withdrawal limits at exchange. You might, but it will take you another round of KYC with them, and surprisingly this round might be even more aggressive that the ones at Private banks since exchange have gone under intense scrutiny by regulators lately.
The fees for cashing out through a regulated financial intermediary to help you with your cash out should be around 1-2% flat on the nominal, not more. And for this price you should get the full package: execution/monitoring of the trades AND onboarding in a private bank. If you are asked more, you are being abused.
Of course, you also have the option to do it yourself. It is a way more tedious and risky process. Compliance with the exchange, compliance with the private bank, trading BTC/fiat, monitoring the transfers…You will save some money but it will take you some time and stress. Further, if you approach a private bank directly, it will trigger a series of red flag to the banks. As I said in my previous post, they call a direct approach a “walk-in”. They will be more suspicious than if you were introduced by someone and won’t hesitate to show you high fees and load your portfolio with in-house products that earn more money to the banks than to you. Remember also most banks still do not understand crypto so you will have a lot of explanations to provide and you will have to start form scratch with them!
The paradox of crypto millionaires Most of my clients who made their wealth through crypto all took massive amount of risks to end up where they are. However, most of them want their bank account to be managed with a low volatility fixed income capital preservation risk profile. This is a paradox I have a hard time to explain and I think it is mainly due to the fact that most are distrustful towards banks and financial markets in general. Many clients who have sold their crypto also have a cash-out blues in the first few months. This is a classic situation. The emotions involved in hodling for so long, the relief that everything has eventually gone well, the life-changing dynamics, the difficulties to find a new motivation in life…All these elements may trigger a post cash-out depression. It is another paradox of the crypto rich who has every card in his hand to be happy, but often feel a bit sad and lonely. Sometimes, even though it’s not my job, I had to do some psychological support. A lot of clients have also become my friends, because we have the same age and went through the same “ordeal”. First world problem I know… Remember, cashing out is not the end. It’s actually the beginning. Don’t look back, don’t regret. Cash out partially, because it does not make sense to cash out in full, regret it and want back in. relax.
The race to cash out crypto billionaire and the concept of late exiter. The Winklevoss brothers are obviously the first of a series. There will be crypto billionaires. Many of them. At a certain level you can have a whole family office working for you to manage your assets and take care of your needs . However, let me tell you it’s is not because you made it so big that you should think you are a genius and know everything better than anyone. You should hire professionals to help you. Managing assets require some education around the investment vehicles and risk management strategies. Sorry guys but with all the respect I have for wallstreebet, AMD and YOLO stock picking, some discipline is necessary. The investors who have made money through crypto are generally early adopters. However I have started to see another profile popping up. They are not early adopters. They are late exiters. It is another way but just as efficient. Last week I met the first crypto millionaire I know who first bough bitcoin over 1000$. 55k invested at the beginning of this year. Late adopter & late exiter is a route that can lead to the million.
Last remarks. I know banks, bankers, and FIAT currencies are so last century. I know some of you despise them and would like to have them burn to the ground. With compliance officers taking over the business, I would like to start the fire myself sometimes. I hope this extensive guide has helped some of you. I am around if you need more details. I love my job despite all my frustration towards the banking industry because it makes me meet interesting people on a daily basis. I am a crypto enthusiast myself, and I do think this tech is here to stay and will change the world. Banks will have to adapt big time. Things have started to change already; they understand the threat is real. I can feel the generational gap in Geneva, with all these old bankers who don’t get what’s going on. They glaze at the bitcoin chart on CNBC in disbelief and they start to get it. This bitcoin thing is not a joke. Deep inside, as an early adopter who also intends to be a late exiter, as a libertarian myself, it makes me smile with satisfaction.
Cheers. @swisspb on telegram
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SEC rejects ProShares and Direxion Bitcoin ETFs

SEC Announcements:
https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/nysearca/2018/34-83904.pdf (ProShares)
https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/nysearca/2018/34-83912.pdf (Direxion)
Article from https://chainstate.org/2018/08/22/sec-rejects-two-bitcoin-etfs/
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejected two Bitcoin ETF proposals on Wednesday – the ProShares and Direxion Bitcoin ETFs – earlier than their respective deadlines. This comes shortly after the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF denial, which occurred less than a month ago on July 26th.
The SEC’s highly anticipated ruling on ProShares ETF was expected to be finalized Thursday, on the deadline of the decision, but was instead rejected Wednesday along with the Direxion Bitcoin Bear and Bull Shares. According to MarketWatch, the Direxion ETFs were expected to be decided on later this year, on September 21st, but the SEC appears to have decided the same outcome for both Bitcoin investment vehicles. The SEC’s announcement states that the ETFs were not accepted due to concerns about manipulation, lack of regulation and fraud that may surround the ETFs and cryptocurrency markets in general.
Despite the recent trend of ETF rejections, the fight for approval is not over yet – other ETF proposals including the VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF still have a chance at acceptance. The VanEck ETF’s ruling deadline is September 30th.
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Official SEC/Bats docs/feeds/lists

TL;DR: HODL HOLD
These are probably dotted around Bitcoin, but I just thought it might be handy to have them all in one place.
Bats BZX Rule Filings
News Feeds
SEC BatsBZX Rulemaking
SEC docs, FYI
SEC EDGAR Filings for WINKLEVOSS BITCOIN TRUST
Finally...
Don't forget to set a STOPtriggered at STOP, then executed at market price or LIMITtriggered and executed at LIMIT price if you are on an exchange. If you are on Coinbase, it is trivial to migrate to GDAX to accomplish this. Then sit back! Or be geeky if you have the time and create a bot using a combination of exchange API's and RSS feeds...
BTW, have you ever visited COIN's website? Not that it particularly matters, but it's pretty useless... I would have made it the centerpiece of the action... anyway...
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Bitcoin en el 2019
Desarrollos tecnológicos
Escalación de bitcoin
Hay dos enfoques diferentes para abordar los problemas de escalación de Bitcoins, el encadenamiento y el escalamiento fuera de cadena. La escalación en cadena significa aumentar el tamaño del bloque o hacer que los datos de la transacción sean más ágiles. Un aumento en el tamaño del bloque no es una buena idea, ya que favorecerá fuertemente la centralización de los nodos completos. Menos nodos pueden participar en la red porque los requisitos de hardware para ejecutar un nodo completo se dispararían con un mayor tamaño de bloque. Las buenas soluciones de escalamiento en cadena son SegWit (Testigo segregado), que se implementó con éxito el 24 de agosto del 2017.
– Otra buena solución de escalación en cadena es la implementación de las Firmas Schnorr.
Las firmas Schnorr ayudan a Bitcoin a escalar en la cadena y mejoran la privacidad. La reducción del tamaño de las transacciones en la cadena, permite una validación más rápida de las transacciones y mejora la privacidad de las carteras de múltiples firmas. Funciona al agregar varias firmas en una sola firma, lo que lleva a reducir el tamaño de la transacción.
Por ejemplo, nuestro anterior 3 de 4 scriptSig contenía 3 firmas con formato DER diferentes (una para cada participante), si usamos las Firmas Schnorr, el codigo de desbloqueo simplemente tendría 1 firma que representa un agregado de la firma de cada participante.
Esta técnica también aumenta la privacidad porque las firmas en carteras multi-party se verían como cualquier otra, estas transacciones multi-party serán indistinguibles de las transacciones normales. Se espera que las firmas Schnorr reduzcan el uso del almacenamiento y el ancho de banda en al menos un 25%, lo que es un gran aumento en eficiencia.
The Lightning Network es una solución de escalamiento fuera de cadena. Es una aplicación Layer2 que opera sobre la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin.
Las soluciones Layer2 son las soluciones de escalabilidad más prometedoras porque operan en una capa por encima de la cadena de bloques tradicional.
Lightning utiliza contratos inteligentes para formar una red descentralizada que está anclada a la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin. Esto permite pagos instantáneos a través de la red a alto volumen y alta velocidad. El concepto se llama “Canales de pago bidireccionales”. Primero, dos participantes crean una entrada en el libro mayor de la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin, esto requiere que todos los participantes firmen cualquier gasto de fondos.
El siguiente paso es que ambos usuarios creen transacciones que se acreditan a la entrada del libro mayor, pero no se transmiten a la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin. El balance final se establece en la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin cuando se cierra el canal de pago. Así que dos usuarios pueden enviarse pagos de ida y vuelta utilizando Lightning Network, estas transacciones se registran en un saldo separado y el saldo final se adjuntará a la cadena de bloques tan pronto como se cierre el canal.
Con esta tecnología, es posible facilitar transacciones fuera de la cadena sin limitaciones. La seguridad se da porque cualquier participante puede cerrar el canal en cualquier momento y obtener el saldo final registrado en la cadena de bloques.The Lightning Network se lanzó el 15 de marzo del 2018 y está creciendo a un ritmo espectacular.
Esta tecnología permite pagos que se liquidan en segundos y cuestan una fracción de un centavo.
Privacidad de Bitcoin
MimbleWimble es una propuesta blockchain que podría implementarse como una cadena lateral unida a Bitcoin.
Funciona con conceptos como transacciones confidenciales y “firmas agregadas unidireccionales” (OWAS) para permitir transacciones privadas y una mejor escalabilidad. Con Mimblewimble, el receptor genera el factor de privacidad que se utiliza para demostrar la propiedad de BTC. Usan “valor excesivo” para esto, que es la diferencia entre las entradas y las salidas. Es básicamente un conjunto de números aleatorios que garantiza que solo el usuario que generó el factor de privacidad (por ejemplo, el receptor) puede gastar los Bitcoins.
Mimblewimble también altera el aspecto de las transacciones con la técnica de que los bloques solo tendrán listas de nuevas entradas, nuevas salidas y firmas que se crean a partir del valor en exceso. Estos valores están encriptados, pero los nodos pueden verificar que no se están creando o destruyendo Bitcoins. Las firmas de valor en exceso probarán que todas las transacciones son válidas, ya que solo se suman si toda la transacción lo hace.
Esto garantiza que no se conozcan ni los valores ni el destino de las transacciones porque todas las entradas y salidas están contenidas en un bloque y no están separadas. Este protocolo podría incorporarse a Bitcoin en un futuro próximo o ya existe como un Altcoin.
Cadenas laterales de Bitcoin
Las cadenas laterales de Bitcoin se llaman Drivechains y el desarrollo avanza rápidamente. Las cadenas laterales son cadenas de bloques separadas que están conectadas a la cadena madre (Bitcoin). El concepto se introdujo por primera vez en 2014 con el lanzamiento de este documento:[[link]5
El documento habla de “cadenas laterales vinculadas, lo que permite que los bitcoins y otros activos del libro mayor se transfieran entre múltiples cadenas de bloques”. También introdujo el concepto de cadenas laterales vinculadas, definiendo la clavija de dos vías que es la base técnica que apuntala a las cadenas laterales. La clavija de dos vías es un método para transferir BTC desde la cadena principal a la cadena lateral y hacia atrás. Funciona así: cuando los activos se transfieren de mainchain a sidechain, ningún BTC es realmente “transferido” entre blockchains.
Si realizamos transacciones entre la cadena principal y la cadena lateral, la cantidad deseada de BTC se bloquea en la cadena principal y la misma cantidad de BTC se libera en la cadena lateral. Esto funciona en ambas direcciones. Un protocolo de seguridad adicional garantiza que los mismos Bitcoins no se bloqueen en ambas cadenas simultáneamente.
Paul Sztorc, el creador de Bitcoin Hivemind, creó una manera de implementar cadenas laterales. Él es el creador de Drivechain. Drivechain incentiva a los mineros a ser “proxies de consenso”. Las cadenas de transmisión también utilizan el modelo de dos vías (2WP).
Sin embargo, hay pequeñas diferencias. Si alguien transfiere BTC de la cadena principal a la cadena lateral, el BTC se bloquea en una dirección P2SH única. El cliente de la cadena lateral luego observa la cadena principal y observa cuando la transferencia de monedas tiene lugar en las cadenas laterales. El cliente espera hasta que los fondos estén bloqueados en la cadena principal y luego (después de un período de espera de seguridad) libera el BTC en la cadena lateral.
Drivechain utiliza el concepto de „minería combinada“ para este procedimiento. Este es un nuevo método que aprovecha la teoría de juegos para minería Drivechain. Los mineros involucrados trabajan en cadena principal y sidechain en paralelo. El primer bloque que está roto y unido a la cadena madre es la cadena de transmisión. El hash de este bloque se coloca en la transacción de coinbase del bloque de Bitcoin y luego se pasa por alto por la red de Bitcoin.
Si se alcanza la dificultad de Bitcoin, el bloque se acumula y se envía a los nodos de la red. Luego, el bloque Drivechain se pone junto con toda la información del Bloque asociado de Bitcoin. Esto le da a Drivechain una gran cantidad de seguridad porque está anclado en la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin.
La minería fusionada se utiliza para enviar Bitcoin a cadenas laterales, pero el retroceso es diferente. Si los activos se transfieren de Drivechain a la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin, se utiliza el método de verificación de pago simplificado.
Drivechain mejora la escalabilidad al reducir el riesgo de congestiones ya que la cadena principal no está inundada de transacciones. Cualquiera puede crear un nuevo proyecto blockchain con nuevos activos digitales en una cadena lateral. Las cadenas laterales se pueden utilizar como redes de prueba para las nuevas tecnologías de Bitcoin, y en caso de fallo, no afectará a la cadena principal. Se puede crear cualquier tipo de mecanismo de criptomoneda y consenso en una cadena lateral con Drivechain. Esta característica podría hacer que los Altcoins se vuelvan obsoletos e impulsar a Bitcoin a una existencia como una moneda digital verdaderamente global.
Bitcoin Rootstock
Rootstock (RSK) es un proyecto que se integrará en una cadena lateral a BTC. Es una plataforma de contrato inteligente con un enlace de 2 vías a Bitcoin que también utiliza minería de mezcla. RSK permite la funcionalidad completa del contrato inteligente Turing, pagos casi instantáneos y mayor escalabilidad. RSK no acuña o tiene monedas minadas previamente, esto significa que no tiene valor especulativo y no compite con Bitcoin. Y con la minería de mezcla, se puede lograr la misma seguridad que Bitcoin en términos de prevención de doble gasto y finalidad de liquidación. El patrón se puede escalar a 100 transacciones por segundo sin sacrificar la descentralización o la Seguridad.
Bitcoin Financialización y Ecosistema
Bakkt
“Un ecosistema global regulado para activos digitales“
Bakkt es una empresa con el objetivo de permitir a los consumidores e instituciones comprar, vender, almacenar y gastar activos digitales en una red global. El objetivo es proporcionar un mercado regulado por el gobierno federal para Bitcoin y una solución de almacenamiento, junto con aplicaciones para consumidores y comerciantes. El enfoque inicial está en el comercio y la conversión de Bitcoin frente a las monedas fiduciarias. Bakkt fue formado por Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), que es un operador de intercambios globales, cámaras de compensación, servicios de datos y listados. El ICE es un gigante financiero, posee la Bolsa de Valores de Nueva York (NYSE), entre otras. Para la creación de Bakkt, ICE hizo asociaciones con Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Starbucks (por su experiencia con sistemas de pago sin efectivo) y Microsoft (por su experiencia de blockchain con AZURE y sus soluciones en la nube).
Primeros componentes de Bakkt:
-1 día de contrato de futuros Bitcoin entregado físicamente.-Solución de almacenamiento físico que está revisada y aprobada por la CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission).
Pero Bakkt va aún más lejos, cuando esté terminado será un intercambio totalmente regulado donde los activos digitales se pueden comprar, vender, almacenar y gastar. Bakkt apunta a desarrollar tecnología abierta para conectar el mercado existente y la infraestructura comercial a la cadena de bloques. Bakkt cambiara todo porque:
-Las soluciones de almacenamiento eliminan las amenazas de hacking.-Los contratos de futuros están respaldados por BTC físico.-Bakkt no admite el comercio en margen, esto mejora la integridad del mercado y el descubrimiento de precios.
Los planes de Bakkt para 2019 implican aprovechar las soluciones de nube de Microsoft para los mercados conectados, emitir tarjetas de débito cripto y permitir que las cuentas de pensiones y fondos de 401 k inviertan en Bitcoin. Starbucks está a bordo como socio y su objetivo es construir una tecnología que permita a los usuarios convertir sus criptomonedas a monedas fiduciarias sin problemas. El objetivo final es transformar Bitcoin en una moneda global de confianza con amplio uso. Bakkt aporta transparencia y confianza a mercados que anteriormente no estaban regulados. El potencial es absolutamente gigantesco.
En mi opinión, faltan dos cosas para el dinero institucional y la corriente principal para invertir en Bitcoin:
-Negociación en intercambios oficiales y totalmente regulados.-Almacenamiento seguro para activos digitales.
Bakkt resuelve estos dos problemas a la vez y mejora el camino para que Bitcoin llegue al uso comercial y este será el paso final para transformar BTC de “dinero de Internet” a una clase de activos propia. Espero que la demanda de BTC aumente considerablemente en el momento en que Bakkt se lance porque los contratos de futuros se liquidan en BTC. Bakkt realmente comerciará con Bitcoin, no solo especulará sobre los movimientos de sus precios. Esto conducirá a un descubrimiento de precios transparente y eficiente, y mejorará el camino para que se apruebe el primer ETF de Bitcoin. Y esto es solo el comienzo, Bakkt abre las puertas a inversores institucionales, fondos, programas de pensiones, y inversores minoristas. Y con la solución de custodia, por primera vez, permite el almacenamiento seguro y regulado de activos digitales a escala institucional. Todos los activos almacenados están totalmente asegurados.
El lanzamiento previsto es el 24 de enero del 2019.
Biftcoin ETF
ETF significa fondo cotizado en bolsa, que es básicamente una garantía que rastrea algunos activos subyacentes (por ejemplo, acciones, bonos o materias primas). El emisor del ETF toma la custodia de los activos subyacentes que rastrea y luego emite una cantidad de acciones que representan la propiedad. Estas acciones pueden intercambiarse fácilmente (como acciones) y, por lo tanto, elimina muchas barreras para los inversores que estén dispuestos a invertir en este activo en particular.
El beneficio real es que las acciones de un ETF pueden obtenerse y negociarse fácilmente y reduce la barrera de entrada para los inversores. Con Bitcoin, estas barreras son la compra del activos y el almacenamiento seguro del activo. Un ETF de BTC permite a los inversores sin experiencia tecnológica beneficiarse del movimiento de precios del BTC sin pasar por la molestia de asegurar sus claves privadas. Los fondos institucionales, fondos de pensiones y los fondos de inversión pueden invertir fácilmente en este ETF, por lo que esperamos que fluya mucho capital nuevo en Bitcoin. La mayor entrada de capital disminuye la volatilidad y, por lo tanto, hace que BTC sea más estable.
Hay dos tipos de propuestas de Bitcoin ETF:
  1. ETFs que mantienen físicamente Bitcoin (VanEck y SolidX ETF)
  2. ETF que compran derivados de Bitcoin (ProShares, GraniteShares, Direxion)
Es probable que el segundo tipo no se apruebe en el futuro. Intentan imitar el rendimiento de Bitcoin mediante el intercambio de futuros, opciones, swaps e instrumentos del mercado monetario de Bitcoin. Esto es muy riesgoso debido al riesgo de contraparte, el riesgo de llamada de margen y el riesgo de reinversión. Además este tipo requiere una gestión activa. El primer tipo es más interesante y también más seguro. Este tipo de ETF posee el activo subyacente que rastrea. Cada acción está respaldada por el trato real.
Los Pros son: bajos costos de transacción, rastrea el desempeño del activo subyacente directamente, alta liquidez.
La Comisión de Valores y Bolsa de EE. UU. (SEC) tiene ciertos requisitos para que un ETF sea aprobado:
-Soluciones de custodia-inmune a la manipulación-liquidez suficiente-Valoración correcta del valor liquidativo.
Todos los ETF respaldados por derivados fueron rechazados por la SEC el 23 de agosto. Estos ETF fueron presentados por ProShares y Direxion.
La decisión concluyó que habría gran riesgo de manipulación del mercado y fraude. La SEC solo puede aprobar un ETF diseñado para prevenir actos y prácticas fraudulentas y manipulantes. El ETF de Winklevoss (respaldado por el activo subyacente) fue rechazado a principios de este mes. El principal argumento para el rechazo fue el hecho de que la determinación del precio del valor liquidativo solo tendría lugar en el intercambio Gemini (que es propiedad de los gemelos Winklevoss). La única gran propuesta que queda es el ETF de VanEck & SolidX que está respaldado por el CBOE (Chicago Board of Options).
La propuesta de la ETF de VanEck y SolidEck respaldada por el CBOE
Esta propuesta es muy superior a las propuestas anteriores del ETF y aborda la mayoría de las preocupaciones que la SEC ha expresado al rechazar solicitudes anteriores del ETF. Las razones son:
-Tiene físico BTC-Respaldado por el CBOE, que es una institución muy seria.-Las acciones son grandes (25 BTC = 1 acción), esto excluye a los inversores minoristas
Actores involucrados:
Fondo: Acciones Bitcoin SolidX.
Archivo / Intercambio: CBOE BZX Exchange.
Fondo Emisor / BTC Custodio: VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust.
Patrocinador / Gerente de Trust: SolidX Management.
Administrador de confianza y custodio de efectivo: BNY Mellon.
Agente de marketing: Foreside Fund Services.
Marketing: Van Eck Securities Corp.
La SEC puede posponer la decisión final del ETF hasta el 21 de febrero del 2019 y esperamos que lo hagan. El desarrollo de los mercados de Bitcoin hizo grandes avances desde la presentación del ETF de Winklevoss, por ejemplo, ahora tenemos soluciones de custodia muy avanzadas (de Coinbase, por ejemplo) y el aumento de la liquidez conduce a una disminución de la volatilidad.
El único freno y la principal razón negativa de la SEC: la manipulación del mercado. Esto es difícil de refutar en este momento, pero creemos que un lanzamiento exitoso de Bakkt puede mejorar el camino para un ETF de Bitcoin aprobado que proporcionará más liquidez y un entorno comercial regulado.
Bitcoin – Fidelidad
Fidelity Investments está lanzando una compañía conjunta con el objetivo de brindar acceso a las criptomonedas a inversores institucionales. La Compañía se denomina “Activos digitales de fidelidad” y proporcionará soluciones de custodia a nivel empresarial, una plataforma de ejecución de operaciones de criptomoneda y servicios de asesoramiento institucional. Todos los servicios estarán abiertos 24/7.
Fidelity Investments es el quinto gestor de activos más grande del mundo y administra 7.2 billones de dólares en activos de clientes.
El lanzamiento de Fidelity Digital Assets está programado para principios del 2019.
Resumen de Bitcoin en el 2019
Las bases y el progreso tecnológico de Bitcoin son mejores que nunca. Estamos al borde del dinero institucional que ingresará a través de las puertas de Bitcoin. Schnorr, Layer 2, ETF, Bakkt, MimbleWimble, Drivechains, ETF… están diseñados para brindarnos una moneda digital superior en la que se puede confiar, escalar y mejorar su adaptación en el mercado.
A propósito, no entramos en especulación de precios en este artículo. Tenemos las señales de Bitcoin más precisas del mundo en [[link]6 . Y para lograr tal precisión, el análisis detallado como este es importante antes de comenzar con cualquier análisis técnico y negociación. Además, este artículo se comparte aquí para el beneficio de la comunidad, y el mayor valor de Bitcoin no está en el comercio, sino en el público en general, la adopción masiva como una moneda mundial gratuita, independiente de los Grandes Bancos, la impresión de dinero y las instituciones privadas que hicieron que Satoshi Nakamoto creara Bitcoin hace 10 años, sin nombre y sin marca.
Nuestras conclusiones para Bitcoin en el 2019:-Fuerte crecimiento de su implantación en el mercado-Progreso tecnológico en la nueva era de las plataformas de pago digital.
Que Bitcoin sea más fuerte que nunca,
Mr. Y
Principal analista financiero de [BlockchainWhispers.com]3
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Bitcoin en el 2019
Desarrollos tecnológicos
Escalación de bitcoin
Hay dos enfoques diferentes para abordar los problemas de escalación de Bitcoins, el encadenamiento y el escalamiento fuera de cadena. La escalación en cadena significa aumentar el tamaño del bloque o hacer que los datos de la transacción sean más ágiles. Un aumento en el tamaño del bloque no es una buena idea, ya que favorecerá fuertemente la centralización de los nodos completos. Menos nodos pueden participar en la red porque los requisitos de hardware para ejecutar un nodo completo se dispararían con un mayor tamaño de bloque. Las buenas soluciones de escalamiento en cadena son SegWit (Testigo segregado), que se implementó con éxito el 24 de agosto del 2017.
– Otra buena solución de escalación en cadena es la implementación de las Firmas Schnorr.
Las firmas Schnorr ayudan a Bitcoin a escalar en la cadena y mejoran la privacidad. La reducción del tamaño de las transacciones en la cadena, permite una validación más rápida de las transacciones y mejora la privacidad de las carteras de múltiples firmas. Funciona al agregar varias firmas en una sola firma, lo que lleva a reducir el tamaño de la transacción.
Por ejemplo, nuestro anterior 3 de 4 scriptSig contenía 3 firmas con formato DER diferentes (una para cada participante), si usamos las Firmas Schnorr, el codigo de desbloqueo simplemente tendría 1 firma que representa un agregado de la firma de cada participante.
Esta técnica también aumenta la privacidad porque las firmas en carteras multi-party se verían como cualquier otra, estas transacciones multi-party serán indistinguibles de las transacciones normales. Se espera que las firmas Schnorr reduzcan el uso del almacenamiento y el ancho de banda en al menos un 25%, lo que es un gran aumento en eficiencia.
The Lightning Network es una solución de escalamiento fuera de cadena. Es una aplicación Layer2 que opera sobre la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin.
Las soluciones Layer2 son las soluciones de escalabilidad más prometedoras porque operan en una capa por encima de la cadena de bloques tradicional.
Lightning utiliza contratos inteligentes para formar una red descentralizada que está anclada a la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin. Esto permite pagos instantáneos a través de la red a alto volumen y alta velocidad. El concepto se llama “Canales de pago bidireccionales”. Primero, dos participantes crean una entrada en el libro mayor de la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin, esto requiere que todos los participantes firmen cualquier gasto de fondos.
El siguiente paso es que ambos usuarios creen transacciones que se acreditan a la entrada del libro mayor, pero no se transmiten a la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin. El balance final se establece en la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin cuando se cierra el canal de pago. Así que dos usuarios pueden enviarse pagos de ida y vuelta utilizando Lightning Network, estas transacciones se registran en un saldo separado y el saldo final se adjuntará a la cadena de bloques tan pronto como se cierre el canal.
Con esta tecnología, es posible facilitar transacciones fuera de la cadena sin limitaciones. La seguridad se da porque cualquier participante puede cerrar el canal en cualquier momento y obtener el saldo final registrado en la cadena de bloques. The Lightning Network se lanzó el 15 de marzo del 2018 y está creciendo a un ritmo espectacular.
Esta tecnología permite pagos que se liquidan en segundos y cuestan una fracción de un centavo.
Privacidad de Bitcoin
MimbleWimble es una propuesta blockchain que podría implementarse como una cadena lateral unida a Bitcoin.
Funciona con conceptos como transacciones confidenciales y “firmas agregadas unidireccionales” (OWAS) para permitir transacciones privadas y una mejor escalabilidad. Con Mimblewimble, el receptor genera el factor de privacidad que se utiliza para demostrar la propiedad de BTC. Usan “valor excesivo” para esto, que es la diferencia entre las entradas y las salidas. Es básicamente un conjunto de números aleatorios que garantiza que solo el usuario que generó el factor de privacidad (por ejemplo, el receptor) puede gastar los Bitcoins.
Mimblewimble también altera el aspecto de las transacciones con la técnica de que los bloques solo tendrán listas de nuevas entradas, nuevas salidas y firmas que se crean a partir del valor en exceso. Estos valores están encriptados, pero los nodos pueden verificar que no se están creando o destruyendo Bitcoins. Las firmas de valor en exceso probarán que todas las transacciones son válidas, ya que solo se suman si toda la transacción lo hace.
Esto garantiza que no se conozcan ni los valores ni el destino de las transacciones porque todas las entradas y salidas están contenidas en un bloque y no están separadas. Este protocolo podría incorporarse a Bitcoin en un futuro próximo o ya existe como un Altcoin.
Cadenas laterales de Bitcoin
Las cadenas laterales de Bitcoin se llaman Drivechains y el desarrollo avanza rápidamente. Las cadenas laterales son cadenas de bloques separadas que están conectadas a la cadena madre (Bitcoin). El concepto se introdujo por primera vez en 2014 con el lanzamiento de este documento: https://blockstream.com/sidechains.pdf
El documento habla de “cadenas laterales vinculadas, lo que permite que los bitcoins y otros activos del libro mayor se transfieran entre múltiples cadenas de bloques”. También introdujo el concepto de cadenas laterales vinculadas, definiendo la clavija de dos vías que es la base técnica que apuntala a las cadenas laterales. La clavija de dos vías es un método para transferir BTC desde la cadena principal a la cadena lateral y hacia atrás. Funciona así: cuando los activos se transfieren de mainchain a sidechain, ningún BTC es realmente “transferido” entre blockchains.
Si realizamos transacciones entre la cadena principal y la cadena lateral, la cantidad deseada de BTC se bloquea en la cadena principal y la misma cantidad de BTC se libera en la cadena lateral. Esto funciona en ambas direcciones. Un protocolo de seguridad adicional garantiza que los mismos Bitcoins no se bloqueen en ambas cadenas simultáneamente.
Paul Sztorc, el creador de Bitcoin Hivemind, creó una manera de implementar cadenas laterales. Él es el creador de Drivechain. Drivechain incentiva a los mineros a ser “proxies de consenso”. Las cadenas de transmisión también utilizan el modelo de dos vías (2WP).
Sin embargo, hay pequeñas diferencias. Si alguien transfiere BTC de la cadena principal a la cadena lateral, el BTC se bloquea en una dirección P2SH única. El cliente de la cadena lateral luego observa la cadena principal y observa cuando la transferencia de monedas tiene lugar en las cadenas laterales. El cliente espera hasta que los fondos estén bloqueados en la cadena principal y luego (después de un período de espera de seguridad) libera el BTC en la cadena lateral.
Drivechain utiliza el concepto de „minería combinada“ para este procedimiento. Este es un nuevo método que aprovecha la teoría de juegos para minería Drivechain. Los mineros involucrados trabajan en cadena principal y sidechain en paralelo. El primer bloque que está roto y unido a la cadena madre es la cadena de transmisión. El hash de este bloque se coloca en la transacción de coinbase del bloque de Bitcoin y luego se pasa por alto por la red de Bitcoin.
Si se alcanza la dificultad de Bitcoin, el bloque se acumula y se envía a los nodos de la red. Luego, el bloque Drivechain se pone junto con toda la información del Bloque asociado de Bitcoin. Esto le da a Drivechain una gran cantidad de seguridad porque está anclado en la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin.
La minería fusionada se utiliza para enviar Bitcoin a cadenas laterales, pero el retroceso es diferente. Si los activos se transfieren de Drivechain a la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin, se utiliza el método de verificación de pago simplificado.
Drivechain mejora la escalabilidad al reducir el riesgo de congestiones ya que la cadena principal no está inundada de transacciones. Cualquiera puede crear un nuevo proyecto blockchain con nuevos activos digitales en una cadena lateral. Las cadenas laterales se pueden utilizar como redes de prueba para las nuevas tecnologías de Bitcoin, y en caso de fallo, no afectará a la cadena principal. Se puede crear cualquier tipo de mecanismo de criptomoneda y consenso en una cadena lateral con Drivechain. Esta característica podría hacer que los Altcoins se vuelvan obsoletos e impulsar a Bitcoin a una existencia como una moneda digital verdaderamente global.
Bitcoin Rootstock
Rootstock (RSK) es un proyecto que se integrará en una cadena lateral a BTC. Es una plataforma de contrato inteligente con un enlace de 2 vías a Bitcoin que también utiliza minería de mezcla. RSK permite la funcionalidad completa del contrato inteligente Turing, pagos casi instantáneos y mayor escalabilidad. RSK no acuña o tiene monedas minadas previamente, esto significa que no tiene valor especulativo y no compite con Bitcoin. Y con la minería de mezcla, se puede lograr la misma seguridad que Bitcoin en términos de prevención de doble gasto y finalidad de liquidación. El patrón se puede escalar a 100 transacciones por segundo sin sacrificar la descentralización o la Seguridad.
Bitcoin Financialización y Ecosistema
Bakkt
“Un ecosistema global regulado para activos digitales“
Bakkt es una empresa con el objetivo de permitir a los consumidores e instituciones comprar, vender, almacenar y gastar activos digitales en una red global. El objetivo es proporcionar un mercado regulado por el gobierno federal para Bitcoin y una solución de almacenamiento, junto con aplicaciones para consumidores y comerciantes. El enfoque inicial está en el comercio y la conversión de Bitcoin frente a las monedas fiduciarias. Bakkt fue formado por Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), que es un operador de intercambios globales, cámaras de compensación, servicios de datos y listados. El ICE es un gigante financiero, posee la Bolsa de Valores de Nueva York (NYSE), entre otras. Para la creación de Bakkt, ICE hizo asociaciones con Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Starbucks (por su experiencia con sistemas de pago sin efectivo) y Microsoft (por su experiencia de blockchain con AZURE y sus soluciones en la nube).
Primeros componentes de Bakkt:
-1 día de contrato de futuros Bitcoin entregado físicamente. -Solución de almacenamiento físico que está revisada y aprobada por la CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission).
Pero Bakkt va aún más lejos, cuando esté terminado será un intercambio totalmente regulado donde los activos digitales se pueden comprar, vender, almacenar y gastar. Bakkt apunta a desarrollar tecnología abierta para conectar el mercado existente y la infraestructura comercial a la cadena de bloques. Bakkt cambiara todo porque:
-Las soluciones de almacenamiento eliminan las amenazas de hacking. -Los contratos de futuros están respaldados por BTC físico. -Bakkt no admite el comercio en margen, esto mejora la integridad del mercado y el descubrimiento de precios.
Los planes de Bakkt para 2019 implican aprovechar las soluciones de nube de Microsoft para los mercados conectados, emitir tarjetas de débito cripto y permitir que las cuentas de pensiones y fondos de 401 k inviertan en Bitcoin. Starbucks está a bordo como socio y su objetivo es construir una tecnología que permita a los usuarios convertir sus criptomonedas a monedas fiduciarias sin problemas. El objetivo final es transformar Bitcoin en una moneda global de confianza con amplio uso. Bakkt aporta transparencia y confianza a mercados que anteriormente no estaban regulados. El potencial es absolutamente gigantesco.
En mi opinión, faltan dos cosas para el dinero institucional y la corriente principal para invertir en Bitcoin:
-Negociación en intercambios oficiales y totalmente regulados. -Almacenamiento seguro para activos digitales.
Bakkt resuelve estos dos problemas a la vez y mejora el camino para que Bitcoin llegue al uso comercial y este será el paso final para transformar BTC de “dinero de Internet” a una clase de activos propia. Espero que la demanda de BTC aumente considerablemente en el momento en que Bakkt se lance porque los contratos de futuros se liquidan en BTC. Bakkt realmente comerciará con Bitcoin, no solo especulará sobre los movimientos de sus precios. Esto conducirá a un descubrimiento de precios transparente y eficiente, y mejorará el camino para que se apruebe el primer ETF de Bitcoin. Y esto es solo el comienzo, Bakkt abre las puertas a inversores institucionales, fondos, programas de pensiones, y inversores minoristas. Y con la solución de custodia, por primera vez, permite el almacenamiento seguro y regulado de activos digitales a escala institucional. Todos los activos almacenados están totalmente asegurados.
El lanzamiento previsto es el 24 de enero del 2019.
Biftcoin ETF
ETF significa fondo cotizado en bolsa, que es básicamente una garantía que rastrea algunos activos subyacentes (por ejemplo, acciones, bonos o materias primas). El emisor del ETF toma la custodia de los activos subyacentes que rastrea y luego emite una cantidad de acciones que representan la propiedad. Estas acciones pueden intercambiarse fácilmente (como acciones) y, por lo tanto, elimina muchas barreras para los inversores que estén dispuestos a invertir en este activo en particular.
El beneficio real es que las acciones de un ETF pueden obtenerse y negociarse fácilmente y reduce la barrera de entrada para los inversores. Con Bitcoin, estas barreras son la compra del activos y el almacenamiento seguro del activo. Un ETF de BTC permite a los inversores sin experiencia tecnológica beneficiarse del movimiento de precios del BTC sin pasar por la molestia de asegurar sus claves privadas. Los fondos institucionales, fondos de pensiones y los fondos de inversión pueden invertir fácilmente en este ETF, por lo que esperamos que fluya mucho capital nuevo en Bitcoin. La mayor entrada de capital disminuye la volatilidad y, por lo tanto, hace que BTC sea más estable.
Hay dos tipos de propuestas de Bitcoin ETF:
  1. ETFs que mantienen físicamente Bitcoin (VanEck y SolidX ETF)
  2. ETF que compran derivados de Bitcoin (ProShares, GraniteShares, Direxion)
Es probable que el segundo tipo no se apruebe en el futuro. Intentan imitar el rendimiento de Bitcoin mediante el intercambio de futuros, opciones, swaps e instrumentos del mercado monetario de Bitcoin. Esto es muy riesgoso debido al riesgo de contraparte, el riesgo de llamada de margen y el riesgo de reinversión. Además este tipo requiere una gestión activa. El primer tipo es más interesante y también más seguro. Este tipo de ETF posee el activo subyacente que rastrea. Cada acción está respaldada por el trato real.
Los Pros son: bajos costos de transacción, rastrea el desempeño del activo subyacente directamente, alta liquidez.
La Comisión de Valores y Bolsa de EE. UU. (SEC) tiene ciertos requisitos para que un ETF sea aprobado:
-Soluciones de custodia -inmune a la manipulación -liquidez suficiente -Valoración correcta del valor liquidativo.
Todos los ETF respaldados por derivados fueron rechazados por la SEC el 23 de agosto. Estos ETF fueron presentados por ProShares y Direxion.
La decisión concluyó que habría gran riesgo de manipulación del mercado y fraude. La SEC solo puede aprobar un ETF diseñado para prevenir actos y prácticas fraudulentas y manipulantes. El ETF de Winklevoss (respaldado por el activo subyacente) fue rechazado a principios de este mes. El principal argumento para el rechazo fue el hecho de que la determinación del precio del valor liquidativo solo tendría lugar en el intercambio Gemini (que es propiedad de los gemelos Winklevoss). La única gran propuesta que queda es el ETF de VanEck & SolidX que está respaldado por el CBOE (Chicago Board of Options).
La propuesta de la ETF de VanEck y SolidEck respaldada por el CBOE
Esta propuesta es muy superior a las propuestas anteriores del ETF y aborda la mayoría de las preocupaciones que la SEC ha expresado al rechazar solicitudes anteriores del ETF. Las razones son:
-Tiene físico BTC -Respaldado por el CBOE, que es una institución muy seria. -Las acciones son grandes (25 BTC = 1 acción), esto excluye a los inversores minoristas
Actores involucrados:
Fondo: Acciones Bitcoin SolidX.
Archivo / Intercambio: CBOE BZX Exchange.
Fondo Emisor / BTC Custodio: VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust.
Patrocinador / Gerente de Trust: SolidX Management.
Administrador de confianza y custodio de efectivo: BNY Mellon.
Agente de marketing: Foreside Fund Services.
Marketing: Van Eck Securities Corp.
La SEC puede posponer la decisión final del ETF hasta el 21 de febrero del 2019 y esperamos que lo hagan. El desarrollo de los mercados de Bitcoin hizo grandes avances desde la presentación del ETF de Winklevoss, por ejemplo, ahora tenemos soluciones de custodia muy avanzadas (de Coinbase, por ejemplo) y el aumento de la liquidez conduce a una disminución de la volatilidad.
El único freno y la principal razón negativa de la SEC: la manipulación del mercado. Esto es difícil de refutar en este momento, pero creemos que un lanzamiento exitoso de Bakkt puede mejorar el camino para un ETF de Bitcoin aprobado que proporcionará más liquidez y un entorno comercial regulado.
Bitcoin – Fidelidad
Fidelity Investments está lanzando una compañía conjunta con el objetivo de brindar acceso a las criptomonedas a inversores institucionales. La Compañía se denomina “Activos digitales de fidelidad” y proporcionará soluciones de custodia a nivel empresarial, una plataforma de ejecución de operaciones de criptomoneda y servicios de asesoramiento institucional. Todos los servicios estarán abiertos 24/7.
Fidelity Investments es el quinto gestor de activos más grande del mundo y administra 7.2 billones de dólares en activos de clientes.
El lanzamiento de Fidelity Digital Assets está programado para principios del 2019.
Resumen de Bitcoin en el 2019
Las bases y el progreso tecnológico de Bitcoin son mejores que nunca. Estamos al borde del dinero institucional que ingresará a través de las puertas de Bitcoin. Schnorr, Layer 2, ETF, Bakkt, MimbleWimble, Drivechains, ETF… están diseñados para brindarnos una moneda digital superior en la que se puede confiar, escalar y mejorar su adaptación en el mercado.
A propósito, no entramos en especulación de precios en este artículo. Tenemos las señales de Bitcoin más precisas del mundo en BlockchainWhispers.com/about. Y para lograr tal precisión, el análisis detallado como este es importante antes de comenzar con cualquier análisis técnico y negociación. Además, este artículo se comparte aquí para el beneficio de la comunidad, y el mayor valor de Bitcoin no está en el comercio, sino en el público en general, la adopción masiva como una moneda mundial gratuita, independiente de los Grandes Bancos, la impresión de dinero y las instituciones privadas que hicieron que Satoshi Nakamoto creara Bitcoin hace 10 años, sin nombre y sin marca.
Nuestras conclusiones para Bitcoin en el 2019: -Fuerte crecimiento de su implantación en el mercado -Progreso tecnológico en la nueva era de las plataformas de pago digital.
Que Bitcoin sea más fuerte que nunca,
Mr. Y
Principal analista financiero de BlockchainWhispers.com
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Comments due to SEC by February 13 for EtherIndex Ether Trust

SR-NYSEArca-2016-176 34-79792 Jan. 13, 2017 Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Listing and Trading of Shares of the EtherIndex Ether Trust under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.201 Comments due: February 13, 2017
Submit Comments on SR-NYSEArca-2016-176. Scroll done to SR-NYSEArca-2016-176 and click on the comment link.
The prosposed rule change pdf includes this sentence
The Shares will provide shareholders with exposure to the daily change in the U.S. dollar price of ether, before expenses and liabilities of the Trust, as measured by the GDAX Price and not the price of ether classic.
Original & latest submissions
PS. The SEC will also decide whether to approve the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust on March 11. Published comments for this BTC Trust. Not sure how to trade this event as there is also the trapped whale on OKCoin futures holding ฿52K worth of contracts and the Core(SegWit)/Bitcoin Unlimited battle that could eventually result in a bitcoin hard fork.
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ETF developments - new news

People haven't been talking about ETFs much lately, but stuff is still happening that may end up being big.
The Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust "COIN" ETF was denied, of course, but they did appeal back in March.
Since then, however, something big happened: LedgerX got approval from the CFTC to start selling Bitcoin options. They're not alone either, because CBOE is partnering with Gemini to offer Bitcoin futures as well. Based on these US-regulated offerings, in the past few weeks there have been two new ETF filings.
2 weeks ago: VanEck Vectors Bitcoin Strategy ETF
last week: REX Bitcoin Strategy ETF and REX Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF
These new ETFs are substantially different than the COIN ETF because they will hold options and futures instead of directly holding Bitcoin, but they still represent a way for retail investors to gain exposure to the Bitcoin price right in their existing brokerage or retirement accounts. Also, unlike GBTC, demand for these ETFs can actually affect the real Bitcoin price!
The SEC has undoubtedly seen the demand for Bitcoin investments after they suspended trading in some shares that rose 7000% just because they had "Bitcoin" in their name. Will they approve this new style of Bitcoin ETF?
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Piecing together Winklevoss COIN ETF info

I'm trying to figure out the next potentially significant date for the Winklevoss ETF.
On 2016-10-12, the SEC institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change (to the move their application to the BATS exchange): https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/batsbzx/2016/34-79084.pdf
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-03/pdf/2016-26513.pdf says "All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BatsBZX–2016–30 and should be submitted on or before November 25, 2016."
Does anyone know how long the SEC has to react to the phase started on November 25, 2016? According to http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-etf-anticipation-winklevoss-trust-deadline/ the SEC had the option for the 2016-10-12 deadline to extend another 90 days. 90 days would be 2017-01-19. However, I don't know if the 'instituting proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change' is part of the 90 day period or is completely separate.
Can anyone provide clarity on the process (and on whether 2017-01-19 is still a potentially significant date)?
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Bitcoin 2017 a Comprehensive Timeline

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SEC's Request for Comments on Bitcoin

EDIT: It appears that I'm stuck in 2016. These aren't the proper questions as they are from a dated document. Please keep informed about the latest COIN SEC filings here. Public comment is still open for some of the newer documents.
The United States SEC has made a request for comment before making a decision on the Winklevoss COIN ETF. Specifically, the SEC needs your help to answer the following questions:
  1. The proposed fund, if approved, would be the first exchange-traded product available on U.S. markets to hold a digital asset such as bitcoins, which have neither a physical form (unlike commodities) nor an issuer that is currently registered with any regulatory body (unlike securities, futures, or derivatives), and whose fundamental properties and ownership can, by coordination among a majority of its network processing power, be changed (unlike any of the above). Moreover, as the Exchange acknowledges in its proposal, less than three years ago, the bitcoin exchange then responsible for nearly three-quarters of worldwide bitcoin trading lost a substantial amount of its bitcoin holdings through computer hacking or fraud and failed. What are commenters’ views about the current stability, resilience, fairness, and efficiency of the markets on which bitcoins are traded? What are commenters’ views on whether an asset with the novel and unique properties of a bitcoin is an appropriate underlying asset for a product that will be traded on a national securities exchange? What are commenters’ views on the risk of loss via computer hacking posed by such an asset? What are commenters’ views on whether an ETP based on such an asset would be susceptible to manipulation?
  2. According to the Exchange, the Gemini Exchange Spot Price is representative of the accurate price of a bitcoin because of the positive price-discovery attributes of the Gemini Exchange marketplace. What are commenters’ views on the manner in which the Trust proposes to value its holdings?
  3. According to the Exchange, the Gemini Exchange is a Digital Asset exchange owned and operated by the Custodian and is an affiliate of the Sponsor. What are commenters’ views regarding whether any potential conflict of interest or other issue might arise due to the relationship between entities such as the Sponsor, the Custodian, and the Gemini Exchange?
  4. According to several commenters, there is a need for the Exchange to provide additional information regarding “proof of control” auditing, multisig protocols, and insurance with respect to the bitcoins held in custody on behalf of the Trust, in the interest of adequate security and investor confidence in bitcoin control. What are commenters’ views on these recommendations regarding additional security, control, and insurance measures?
  5. A commenter notes that the Gemini Exchange has relatively low liquidity and trading volume in bitcoins and that there is a significant risk that the nominal ETP share price “will be manipulated, by relatively small trades that manipulate the bitcoin price at that exchange.” What are commenters’ views on the concerns expressed by this commenter? What are commenters’ views regarding the susceptibility of the price of the Shares to manipulation, considering that the NAV would be based on the spot price of a single bitcoin exchange? What are commenters’ views generally with respect to the liquidity and transparency of the bitcoin market, and thus the suitability of bitcoins as an underlying asset for an ETP?
  6. The Exchange asserts that the widespread availability of information regarding Bitcoin, the Trust, and the Shares, combined with the ability of Authorized Participants to create and redeem Baskets each Business Day, thereby utilizing the arbitrage mechanism, will be sufficient for market participants to value and trade the Shares in a manner that will not lead to significant deviations between intraday Best Bid/Best Ask and the Intraday Indicative Value or between the Best Bid/Best Ask and the NAV. In addition, the Exchange asserts that the numerous options for buying and selling bitcoins will both provide Authorized Participants with many options for hedging their positions and provide market participants generally with potential arbitrage opportunities, further strengthening the arbitrage mechanism as it relates to the Shares. What are commenters’ views regarding these statements? Do commenters’ agree or disagree with the assertion that Authorized Participants and other market makers will be able to make efficient and liquid markets in the Shares at prices generally in line with the NAV? What are commenters’ views on whether the relationship between the Gemini Exchange and the Trust’s Sponsor and Custodian might affect the arbitrage mechanism?
Please Send Comments and Answer The SEC's Questions:
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Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust: Excerpts from the BATS Rule Change Proposal

Below are excerpts from the BATS rule change proposal which, if approved by the SEC, would allow shares of the Bitcoin Trust to be traded on the BATS exchange (https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/batsbzx/2016/34-78262.pdf)
Edit: To be clear, the approval of this rule change is separate from the SEC approving the Trust itself (i.e., its registration statement, Form S-1). So unfortunately, even if this rule change is approved, it doesn't necessarily mean the Trust itself will be approved anytime soon or at all
These are all direct quotes shown in order, but in the interest of readability I have generally not used ellipses or otherwise indicated where clauses, sentences or sections are omitted. I have put in bold parts that I think are particularly notable:
SR-BatsBZX-2016-30 34-78262 Jul. 8, 2016
Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change to BZX Rule 14.11(e)(4), Commodity-Based Trust Shares, to List and Trade Winklevoss Bitcoin Shares Issued by the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust
Bats BZX Exchange . . . filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change. The Exchange filed a proposal to list and trade Winklevoss Bitcoin Shares (the “Shares”) issued by the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust (the “Trust”) under BZX Rule 14.11(e)(4), Commodity-Based Trust Shares. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s website at www.batstrading.com.
In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements.
The Exchange proposes to list and trade the Shares under BZX Rule 14.11(e)(4), which governs the listing and trading of Commodity Based Trust Shares on the Exchange. The Shares will be offered by the Trust. Digital Asset Services, LLC, formerly MathBased Asset Services, LLC, will be the sponsor of the Trust (the “Sponsor”). Gemini Trust Company, LLC will be the custodian of the Trust (the “Custodian”). The Custodian will hold the bitcoin deposited with the Custodian on behalf of the Trust in a segregated custody account. The Custodian will use its proprietary and patent-pending offline (i.e., air-gapped) Cold Storage System to store the Trust’s bitcoin.
The Trust is expected to issue and redeem Shares from time to time only in one or more whole Baskets. Certain Authorized Participants are the only persons that may place orders to create or redeem Baskets. Authorized Participants or their affiliated market makers are expected to have the facility to participate directly on one or more Bitcoin Exchanges.
The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to track the price of bitcoin, as measured by the spot price at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on the Gemini exchange. The Shares represent units of fractional undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of the Trust and are expected to be traded under the ticker symbol “COIN” on the Exchange. The Trust values its bitcoin as measured at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time using the Gemini Exchange Spot Price on each Business Day.
The Trust has entered into preliminary conversations with a number of potential Authorized Participants as well as market makers, each of which is an experienced participant in the ETP marketplace and is actively engaged in trading ETPs. A number of these potential Authorized Participants, currently trade bitcoin and are already registered participants that trade on the Gemini Exchange. Authorized Participants will not be required to use the Gemini Exchange to trade their bitcoin, and the Gemini Exchange is not the only venue on which Authorized Participants can purchase bitcoin for delivery to the Trust.
The Trust represents the first known ETP in the United States that seeks to track the price of a Digital Asset (a “Digital Asset ETP”). Securitized instruments have been created for other marketplaces, but have encountered limited success due to their lack of transparency and thorough regulatory oversight. Two notable examples are the Grayscale Investment Trust, which trades under the ticker GBTC on OTC Markets (formerly the “Pink Sheets”) and does not qualify as an exchange-listed product, and Bitcoin Tracker One, which trades under the ticker COINXBT on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
The Shares will be listed and trade on BZX . . . [and] will be eligible for margin accounts.
The value of the Trust’s holdings will be reported each day on the Trust’s website.
Using the precious metals exchange-traded trusts currently trading on U.S. exchanges as design paradigms, the Sponsor has structured the Trust to be a similar passive investment vehicle holding a single asset. Like the precious metals exchange traded trusts cited above, the Trust will only own and store bitcoin and will not be permitted to hold cash or any other Digital Asset.
Custodian can use Signers to sign a specific message chosen by the Custodian that references a current event (i.e., to prove recency), thereby proving control of the private keys associated with the public Bitcoin addresses in which the Trust’s bitcoin are held. This allows the Custodian to evidence control of the Trust’s assets periodically during audits on-demand and without necessitating the transfer of any of the Trust’s bitcoin.
Custodian will accept, on behalf of the Trust, delivery of bitcoin from Authorized Participants into the Trust Custody Account in the creation of a Basket. In order for an Authorized Participant to redeem a Basket and receive a distribution of bitcoin from the Trust, the Custodian, upon receiving instructions from the Administrator, will sign transactions necessary to transfer bitcoin out of the Trust Custody Account and distribute to the Bitcoin address specified by the Authorized Participant.
Sponsor must engage an independent audit firm to periodically audit the Custodian’s Cold Storage System protocols and internal controls (“Internal Controls Audit”), and report to the Sponsor at least annually on such matters. Additionally, the Sponsor must engage an independent audit firm to biannually verify that the Custodian can demonstrate “proof of control” of the private keys that control the Trust’s bitcoin (“Proof of Control Audit”). One Proof of Control Audit will be conducted at the end of each calendar year and the other at random.
The Administrator will use the Gemini Exchange Spot Price as measured at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (the “Evaluation Time”) to calculate the Trust’s NAV. The Administrator will calculate the Trust’s NAV by dividing the net assets of the Trust by the number of the Shares outstanding as of the close of trading on the Exchange (which includes the net number of any of the Shares created or redeemed on such Business Day).
The Trust will issue and redeem the Shares in Baskets only to certain Authorized Participants on an ongoing basis. On a creation, Baskets will be distributed to the Authorized Participants by the Trust in exchange for the delivery to the Trust of the appropriate number of bitcoin (i.e., bitcoin equal in value to the value of the Shares being purchased). On a redemption, the Trust will distribute bitcoin equal in value to the value of the Shares being redeemed to the redeeming Authorized Participant in exchange for the delivery to the Trust of one or more Baskets. On each Business Day, the value of each Basket accepted by the Administrator in a creation or redemption transaction will be the same (i.e., each Basket will consist of 50,000 Shares and the value of the Basket will be equal to the value of 50,000 Shares at their net asset value per Share on that day). Authorized Participants must be (i) registered broker-dealers or other securities market participants, such as banks and other financial institutions, which are not required to register as broker-dealers to engage in securities transactions, and (ii) DTC Participants.
The Trust’s website, which will be publicly available prior to the public offering of the Shares, will include a form of the prospectus for the Trust that may be downloaded. The website will include additional quantitative information updated on a daily basis, including, for the Trust: (i) the prior Business Day’s reported NAV, the highest quoted bid price for the Shares (the “Best Bid”) and lowest quoted offer price for the Shares (the “Best Ask”), the mid-point of the spread between the Best Bid and the Best Ask at the time of the NAV calculation(the “Best Bid/Best Ask”), the daily trading volume of the Shares, and the calculation of the premium and discount of the Best Bid/Best Ask against the NAV . . .
The Sponsor will calculate an estimated fair value of the Shares based on the most recent Gemini Exchange Spot Price (the “Intraday Indicative Value”), which will be updated and widely disseminated by one or more major market data vendors at least every fifteen (15) seconds during the Exchange’s regular trading hours.
The Basket creation and redemption process is important for the Trust in providing Authorized Participants with an arbitrage mechanism through which they may keep Share trading prices in line with the NAV. If the market price of the Shares is greater than the NAV, an Authorized Participant can purchase sufficient bitcoin to create a Basket, and then sell the new Shares on the secondary market at a profit. If the NAV is greater than the market price of the Shares, an Authorized Participant can purchase Shares on the secondary market in an amount equal to a Basket and redeem them for bitcoin, and then sell the bitcoin at a profit.
The Shares will be subject to BZX Rule 14.11(e)(4), which sets forth the initial and continued listing criteria applicable to Commodity-Based Trust Shares.
The Trust currently expects that there will be at least 100,000 Shares outstanding at the time of commencement of trading on the Exchange. The Exchange deems the Shares to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Shares subject to the Exchange’s existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. BZX will allow trading in the Shares from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (a) by order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change; or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet website (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml).
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Have an Opinion on Bitcoin ETF? Tell the SEC!!

 
If you want to skip the inspirational call to arms, and just want to know how to easily contact the SEC with your opinion, scroll down.
 
This subReddit's subscribers, and our friends at bitcoinmarkets represent the world's greatest think tank on all matters Bitcoin. We have varied opinions, but our collective research, discussions, and ideals are unparalleled.
 
Almost everyone here has an opinion on the bitcoin ETFs coming up for SEC approval or denial. No one's opinion is correct, but everyone's opinion should be heard.
 
I've worked with state and federal regulators in various agencies. They're real people. Yes, they are hooked. No, public comments don't sway a foregone conclusion the other way. But SEC staff members review and summarize the comments for the Commissioners. Who knows which great idea - already published on Reddit - might slightly change the viewpoint of a Commissioner, if published as an SEC public comment?
 
Submitting a public comment to the SEC is somewhat like voting in a national election. You know full well that your vote is not going to change the outcome, but not voting is apathetic, and makes it pointless to complain about the results if you didn't at least try. We can still complain; we only have a few days (hours) to 'vote.'
 
Public comments are the voice we're given in influencing an SEC decision.*. So use it.
 
The SEC doesn't read Reddit to form its opinions.. At least there's a chance that a staff member on the SEC may read some of the public comments and mention one or two to a Commissoner. If the 200,000 subscribers to this sub constitute the Bitcoin brain trust, let's speak our minds to someone who truly has a say in BTC's future..
 
It takes just a few minutes and you might make a 0.1% difference. Why not? Submit a public comment, rather than limiting your thoughts to this sub.
 
OK, stop ranting already. How do I post a public comment with the SEC?
 
[1] You can post on the SEC website directly: Go to https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/batsbzx/batsbzxarchive/batsbzxarchive2016.shtml, scroll down to the Winklevoss proposal; (22nd item from top, or do word search on page), and click the red Submit Comments link on SR-BatsBZX.... at the bottom of that paragraph... and express yourself.
 
[2] You can also email a comment
You can send text in an email, or an email with a Word/PDF attachment to [email protected]. Make sure your re: line says 'Public Comment on Proposed Rule SR-BatsBZX-2016-30."
Look at some existing submissions to get an idea of how to address the letter, even if it's an online post or email. Maybe start with:

Hon. Michael S. Piwowar, Acting Chairman
Hon. Kara M. Stein, Commissioner
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549

Re: File No. SR-BatsBZX-2016-30
Dear Commissioners Piwowar and Stein,

 
And then, pro or con, speak your mind!
 
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