UPDATE: The Markets, Ruja Ignatova, and the Grayscale ETF Bitcoin SEC Challenge

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By Staff Reporters

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Markets: The S&P’s drop of more than 21% was its biggest H1 plunge since 1970. Its second quarter was the worst since Q1 of 2020. And while the S&P is floundering in the bear market, the NASDAQ, which is loaded with tech stocks, has taken an even bigger licking: It’s plunged more than 30% since its peak last November. For example:

Netflix: down 71% YTD (the worst performer in the S&P)

Coinbase: down 81%

Even megacaps like Meta (-52%), Amazon (-38%), and Apple (-25%) haven’t been spared.

Ruja Ignatova promised her cryptocurrency, OneCoin, would become the next Bitcoin. The only problem: It didn’t exist. The FBI today added the Bulgarian-born Ignatova—accused of defrauding investors out of approximately $4.1 billion in a fake cryptocurrency scheme—to its most-wanted list. The 41-year-old has been on outstanding since October 2017, just days after a warrant was issued for her arrest in the U.S. In a press release, the FBI called OneCoin a “massive fraud scheme” and offered up to $100,000 for information leading to Ignatova’s arrest.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejected a proposal from Grayscale to list a spot Bitcoin ETF on the NYSE Arca exchange, setting up a potential legal battle with the country’s biggest digital asset manager. The SEC said Grayscale’s request for an ETF listing, which it proposed as a conversion of its popular Grayscale Bitcoin Trust GBTC, didn’t meet the regulator’s standard of being “designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices” and “to protect investors and the public interest.” Grayscale said it would challenge the SEC’s decision in court, arguing that its approval of ETF’s that hold Bitcoin futures should “logically (make it) comfortable with ETFs that hold that same asset.”

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