The U.S. Securities and Change Commision (SEC) has warned traders concerning the dangers of Bitcoin futures buying and selling — citing market volatility, an absence of regulation and fraud to call a number of points.
In a June 10 Investor Alerts bulletin, the SEC outlines key factors that traders ought to “rigorously contemplate” earlier than investing in a fund that buys or sells Bitcoin futures.
“Buyers ought to perceive that Bitcoin, together with gaining publicity by the Bitcoin futures market, is a extremely speculative funding,” the bulletin learn.
This newest Bitcoin-related danger warning from the SEC follows up on a observe it despatched out final month, warning traders “taken with investing in a mutual fund with publicity to the Bitcoin futures market” to assume twice as a result of dangers.
The newest warning notes that whereas investments in all kinds of funds contain danger, funds that “purchase or promote Bitcoin futures might have distinctive traits and heightened dangers in contrast” to others:
“Buyers ought to contemplate the volatility of Bitcoin and the Bitcoin futures market, in addition to the shortage of regulation and potential for fraud or manipulation within the underlying Bitcoin market.”
The SEC additionally highlighted that Bitcoin’s value doesn’t essentially correlate with the worth of the fund that holds Bitcoin futures positions. Based on the SEC, that is partly as a result of funds probably not having a direct publicity to the “underlying property.”
“Futures contract costs can fluctuate by supply months and differ from the underlying commodity’s spot value,” the bulletin learn.
The bulletin additionally emphasised warnings reminiscent of “traders ought to give attention to the extent of danger they’re taking in comparison with the extent of danger they’re comfy taking,” which sparked a humorous response on Twitter, with finance and danger researcher and creator Nassim Taleb, stating “I’m very grateful that now we have the SEC, thank God!”
I’m very grateful that now we have the SEC, thank God!
— Nassim Nifraudolas Taleb (@nnfraudtaleb) June 10, 2021
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The warning is the second time this week U.S. regulatory our bodies have come out publicly in opposition to cryptocurrency derivatives. On June 8, Dan M. Berkovitz, the commissioner of the Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee (CFTC) mentioned he believed that DeFi markets for derivatives are a “unhealthy thought” and that he doesn’t see “how they’re authorized beneath the CEA.”
Caitlin Lengthy, the founder and CEO of Avanti Monetary, has been keeping track of narrative from public statements put out by U.S. governing our bodies amid what she calls a “crypto regulatory crackdown”. She pointed out earlier at present the SEC was probably much more alarmed about abroad platforms:
“SEC is issuing this investor warning re onshore exchanges, which supply solely about 2.5x leverage–just think about the way it views offshore exchanges providing >100x leverage.”