13 Jul '13, 7pm

Schafer: Bitcoin fund doesn't make a bit of sense - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Schafer: Bitcoin fund doesn't make a bit of sense - Minneapolis Star Tribune

It’s now clear who is likely to ruin the appeal of Bitcoins as an emerging electronic form of payment. The Winklevoss brothers. Still best known for their roles in the messy story of how Facebook got its start, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission the week of the 4th of July for the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. Even if they never sell a single share of their proposed fund, the Winklevoss brothers are doing a fabulous job of highlighting just what makes the Bitcoin such a silly financial innovation. Odds seem to favor that the SEC will kill this proposed offering, but it’s worth noting that there are more than 1,200 exchange-traded funds, and some appear to be almost as odd as a Bitcoin fund. And besides, the principal role of securities regulators like the SEC is to make sure there is full and understandable d...

Full article: http://www.startribune.com/business/215284661.html

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