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ARK’s amended spot Bitcoin ETF filing is a ‘good sign’ of future approval

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A recent amendment to ARK Invest and 21Shares’ joint spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) application could be seen as a “good sign” of progress and impending approvals.

An amended Oct. 11 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission for approval adds additional information about the proposed spot Bitcoin ETF, including practices for how the fund will custody assets and determine asset values.

Bloomberg senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas said the changes could be in direct response to concerns the SEC has asked ETF issuers to address.

“It means ARK got the SEC's comments and has dealt with them all, and now put [the] ball back in [the] SEC's court,” Balchunas said. “[In my opinion] good sign, solid progress.”

There's 5 extra pages in new S-1 but the new stuff is sprinkled throughout like the two above egs. So what does this mean? It means ARK got the SEC's comments and has dealt with them all, and now put ball back in SEC's court. IMO good sign, solid progress.

— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) October 11, 2023

Balchunas said the changes are “sprinkled throughout,” making the new filing five pages longer, adding in a separate post that “none of the comments were that new or insurmountable.”

Changes included ARK noting the fund’s net asset value (NAV) calculations are not in line with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) — an accounting standard used by the SEC, said Balchunas.

The new filing also clarifies the ETFs assets, held by Coinbase Custody, are in “segregated accounts […] And are therefore not commingled with corporate or other customer assets."

This is also new (and again something we heard SEC asked about): "The Trust’s assets with the Custodian are held in segregated accounts on the bitcoin blockchain, commonly referred to as “wallets,” and are therefore not commingled with corporate or other customer assets." pic.twitter.com/57TmnNi1lE

— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) October 11, 2023

Fellow Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart added in and X post the latter change signals that ARK and others are communicationg with the SEC about what the regulator wants cleared up.

“Good sign for future approval IMO,” he added.

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Van Buren Capital general partner Scott Johnsson noted another new addition was a comment that if BTC is increasingly used for illegal purposes and if Bitcoin mining’s environmental impact causes it to be restricted then the ETF’s value could fall.

Still chuckling a bit at this “electricity usage” risk factor. Ark couldn’t even be bothered to put in a coherent header summary or more than a couple short sentences. You know the convo w/ the SEC was like “oh yea, good call Mr. SEC attorney, this is definitely material /s” https://t.co/unIArFDKl8

— Scott Johnsson (@SGJohnsson) October 12, 2023

Johnsson said based on ARK’s amendments it “doesn't look like the agency is putting up any unnecessary roadblocks via disclosure review.”

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