SEC Bitcoin ETF Approval Decision Delay Causes Bitcoin Outflow

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A new report from CoinShares suggests that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) delay in making a decision on the approval of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF) has led to a significant Bitcoin sell-off.

“Disappointment from SEC ETF decisions has impacted sentiment,” the report declares.

SEC Uncertainty Leads To Sell-Off

Over the last week, the market has been impacted by the SEC’s delayed decision on the approval of a Bitcoin ETF, according to an Aug. 21 CoinShares report:

“We believe this is in reaction to recent media highlighting that a decision by the US Securities & Exchange Commission in allowing a US spot-based ETF is not imminent.”

Bitcoin Price Chart 7 Days. Source: BeInCryptoBitcoin Price Chart 7 Days. Source: BeInCrypto

The previous report for the week ending Aug. 11 highlights Bitcoin inflows amounting to $27 million, after three weeks of outflows. During the past week, Bitcoin has once again experienced a net negative sell-off:

“Bitcoin saw outflows totalling US$42m, reversing the inflows seen the prior week, while short-bitcoin saw outflows for almost the 17th consecutive week” the report states.

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Ethereum Also Faces A Setback

It wasn’t just Bitcoin that took a turn. Ethereum, which in the previous week had inflows of $2.5 million, also returned to outflows:

“Ethereum saw US$9m outflows,” it states, despite recent reports that the SEC is looking to approve Ethereum Futures ETFs by as early as October.

There was a notable variation in overall digital asset trends between this week and the previous one. In the preceding week, an influx of $29 million occurred, attributed to US inflation data falling slightly below projections. However, in the current week, there was a substantial outflow of $55 million.

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Flows by Digital Assets as at 18 Aug. Source: CoinSharesFlows by Digital Assets for the week ending 18 Aug. Source: CoinShares

Three more of the top 20 crypto’s by market capitalization saw outflows for the week ending Aug. 18:

“Polygon, Litecoin and Polkadot also saw outflows of US$0.9m, US$0.6m and US$0.5m respectively” the report notes. On the other hand, XRP, ranked 5th by market cap, experienced inflows week-on-week.

This follows the recent conclusion of a 2.5-year lawsuit between Ripple, the company behind XRP, and the SEC, where XRP was deemed not a security when sold to individual investors. On Aug. 17, the same judge who issued the ruling, has granted the SEC permission to file an appeal.