Wilshire Phoenix to start offering BTC via a new Bitcoin Trust according to their latest SEC filing. The Trust will be offered to a select clientele with a max average of $2 million or 80000 shares. They haven’t experienced a smooth sailing with SEC as their proposed BTC ETF’s were rejected by SEC on several occasions
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has now revealed that Wilshire Phoenix intends to launch a new BTC Commodity Trust. This was according to a filing they made to the SEC's pending approval.
The Wilshire Phoenix are in the process of applying for rights to offer Bitcoin to a select group of clients. The trust will accept a max proposed average of 80000 shares equivalent to $2 Million. The trust would enable clients who own Bitcoin a cost-efficient mode by mitigating some policies deemed too harsh in place for digital asset markets.
This will pit them against industry heavy weights, Grayscale Investments armed with a $3.6 billion warchest. Affiliates of the Digital Currency Group, have been in operation since 2013 but have since filed an application to convert the trust into an SEC reporting company.
The application further discloses that the primary custodian of the Bitcoin will be the Fidelity Digital Asset Services with cash deposits being held at the UMB Bank. The cash deposits will be FDIC insured with BTC holdings being insured against theft for up to $100million.
The Administrator of the trust will then be tasked with determining the exact value of the trust on daily basis at 4.00 pm Eastern time. This will be worked out by multiplying the amount of Bitcoin held in the reserve against the current BTC price
Their Latest ETF Bid Rejected by The SEC
Notably, Wilshire Phoenix had their latest Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) bid rejected by the SEC in February. In a 76-page dossier the SEC highlights that the main objection to the ETF bid was that they needed to protect the investors from risky markets and potential market manipulation.
However, Commissioner Hester dubbed crypto mom differed with the ruling. She was especially worried that the SEC was sending the wrong message to potential investors opting for friendlier jurisdictions, as it had rejected Wilshire Phoenix’s ETF bids on multiple occasions. They have rejected over 12 Bitcoin ETF applications over the past 2 years.