U.S. SEC Sets 29 December 2018 As New Deadline for Decision on VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF

On Thursday (20 September 2018), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it needed more time to make a decision regarding the VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF, and it set 29 December 2018 as the new deadline.

Via a notice published on its website, the SEC said that on 20 June 2018, Cboe BZX Exchange (BZX) had filed with the SEC "a proposed rule change to list and trade shares of SolidX Bitcoin Shares issued by the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust", which got published in the Federal Register on 2 July 2018.

Since the SEC had 45 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register to make a decision, it could have wait till 16 August 2018 to make an announcement. However, as covered by CryptoGlobe, the SEC decided on 7 August 2018 to exercise its right to extend this deadline by another 45 days to 30 September 2018 so that (in the words used by the SEC in this latest notice) it would have "a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change."

This is the language used by the SEC to announce today's extension of the deadline for making a decision:

This order institutes proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.

According to the Section 19(b)(2)(B of the Exchange Act, the new deadline is 180 days after the date of publication of the proposal in the Federal Register, which means 2 July 2018 + 180 days, or 29 December 2018.

Jake Chervinsky, who is an American lawyer (an associate at the law firm of Kobre & Kim), once again, brought his excellent analysis and commentary skills to Twitter:

According to Chervinsky, the SEC must make another announcement by 29 December 2018. It could then delay for another 60 days until 27 February 2019, and "that would be the absolute final deadline."

Gabor Gurbacs, the Digital Asset Strategist/ (and Director) at VanEck/MVIS, had this to say about today's announcement:

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Binance ‘Unknowingly’ Earns $775K via Staking, Set to Launch Huge XLM Giveaway

On Thursday (July 18), Binance, the world's largest cryptoasset exchange (by adjusted trading volume), made a rather interesting announcement: it had "unknowingly" earned 9.5 million Stellar Lumen (XLM) tokens through staking rewards, and it is going to give all of it away to all Binance users who maintain XLM balances between July 20 and September 1.

Binance explained via a blog post that in August 2018 the Binance team followed the advice of the Stellar Development Foundation "to change some parameters on both cold and hot wallets," which resulted in the exchange "unknowingly" earning staking rewards for its XLM holdings since 31 August 2018.

Then, this week, while the Binance team was considering the idea of adding support for XLM staking, it found out that Binance had earned around 9.5 million XLM tokens (each of which was worth approximately $0.08157 at the time). Binance notes that all "weekly staking rewards between then and now are documented on the blockchain." 

So, the team made two decisions:

  • add support for XLM staking to Binance.com; and
  • give away the aforementioned staking rewards to the Binance community (i.e. Binance users).

This is not the first time that Binance has added staking support to Binance.com. The exchange already "distributes NeoGas for NEO holders, Ontology Gas for Ontology holders, VTHO for VeChain holders, and BitTorrent tokens for TRON tokens."

Here is how this 9.5 million XLM giveaway is going to happen.

From July 20, Binance will support XLM staking. Between this date and September 1, Binance will take "daily snapshots" of XLM balances in Binance user accounts.

Then, on September 1, Binance will "tally average user XLM balances based on these snapshots," and process the distribution of staking rewards to these user accounts (that maintained XLM balances during the staking period). Furthermore, the roughly 9.5 million XLM tokens that Binance has unknowingly earned to date will be distributed as a bonus payment to all Binance users who jave maintained non-zero XLM balances since July 20. 

Binance says in its blog post that it estimates this "one-time distribution of 9,500,000 XLM shared proportionately among Binance users" to be worth "10 to 12 months of typical monthly rewards."

According to a support article published on July 18, here are the details of Binance's "Monthly XLM Staking Airdrop Program":

  • Binance will start these daily XLM balance snapshots at 00:00 (UTC) on 20 July 2019.
  • This is how Binance will calculate the XLM staking distribution:

XLM generated by each user = Total XLM staking rewards received by Binance * User XLM holdings ratio. User XLM holdings ratio = User XLM holdings / Total XLM staked by Binance.

  •  In order to qualify for XLM staking rewards, Binance users must have a balance of at least 10 XLM.
  • This initial distribution of XLM staking rewards will be calculated until 1 September 2019, "with the total amount distributed equal to the staking rewards accrued on holdings during the 43 day period."
  • These XLM staking rewards are calculated on a daily basis and are distributed monthly. 
  • XLM distrubutions will be "completed before the 5th of each month."

In other Binance news, another support article explained that Binance's Margin Trading platform has added support for two margin assets (EOS and LINK), three borrowable assets (BNB, EOS, and LINK), and three margin pairs (EOS/USDT, EOS/BTC, LINK/USDT, LINKBTC).

Binance's announcement about its 9.5 million XLM giveaway may have helped the XLM price. According to CryptoCompare, XLM is currently trading at $0.08914, up 7.96% in the past 24-hour period:

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