In the fast-paced world of cryptocurrency, today’s downturn, marked by over $160 million in long liquidations, has sent shockwaves through the market. This article delves into the primary cause for concern—the looming possibility of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delaying decisions on pending spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications.
SEC’s Role in the Market Decline
The market decline has triggered a sell-off, particularly affecting XRP and altcoins, spurred by a fake ETF filing. The SEC is set to review several pending spot Bitcoin ETF applications, including decisions on Hashdex and Global X ETFs due by Nov. 17 and Franklin Templeton’s application by Nov. 21, potentially extending to 2024 if not decided.
James Edwards, a crypto analyst from Australian fintech firm Finder, anticipates another delay by the SEC. He highlights a recent fake BlackRock XRP trust filing that caused significant price swings in the XRP markets, leading to an investigation request to the United States Department of Justice. This incident reinforces the SEC’s concerns about price manipulation in the crypto industry.
Ripple Effects on Bitcoin and Altcoins
Bitcoin, which experienced a surge in sentiment earlier in November, reaching 18-month highs above $38,000, has seen a 4% drop in price on Nov. 16. The SEC’s delay of Hashdex’s spot Bitcoin ETF application on Nov. 15 adds uncertainty to the market, despite BlackRock’s confidence in the legitimacy of cryptocurrency spot ETFs.
This market decline has triggered a cascade of liquidations across the derivative market, totaling over $160 million in the past 24 hours. Notably, $144.3 million was wiped out in the previous 12 hours alone. Such liquidations, occurring without corresponding buying pressure from trading volume, exert negative pressure on crypto market prices.
Regulatory Hurdles and Market Dynamics
The SEC’s decision to delay Grayscale’s Ether futures ETF on Nov. 15 has raised concerns. Some analysts view Grayscale’s 19b-4 form submission as a potential “trojan horse” for the agency. In the face of multifaceted challenges, it is evident that various economic and regulatory factors will continue to shape the crypto market’s trajectory in the short term.
Navigating Through Volatility
In the midst of these challenges, the cryptocurrency market is navigating through a period of volatility. The outcome of pending spot Bitcoin ETF applications, coupled with regulatory developments and market dynamics, will significantly influence the market’s direction in the foreseeable future.
Traders, in response to potential delays and uncertainties in the regulatory landscape, are securing profits at multi-month high prices. As the crypto community braces itself for the impact of SEC decisions, it remains to be seen how these events will shape the future of the cryptocurrency market.