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Big Banks Show FOMO and Seek a Slice of the Bitcoin ETF Action

The interest in spot Bitcoin ETFs among financial institutions such as banks and brokerages is surging as they push for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to change the definition of crypto assets.

Under the new definition, they would have a bigger role in crypto, such as being Bitcoin ETF custodians.

Banks Petition SEC for Crypto Revisions

On February 14, a coalition of trade groups, including the Bank Policy Institute, American Bankers Association, Financial Services Forum, and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, sent a letter to SEC Chair Gary Gensler with request. It highlighted the recently approved spot Bitcoin ETFs and noted the absence of American banks as custodians for these products.

The coalition requested that the SEC revisit and consider modifying the Staff Accounting Bulletin 121 (SAB 121), issued in March 2022,…

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