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 Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFS to Make Debut on Hong Kong Bourse on Tuesday


Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFS to Make Debut on Hong Kong Bourse on Tuesday

Bitcoin and Ethereum Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) will be making their debut on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Exchange (HKEX) on Tuesday (April 30) to offer investors a secure and regulated investment options.

China Asset Management Company (ChinaAMC) will be among the first to offer Bitcoin and Ether-based ETFs in Hong Kong, with their products set to hit the market on Tuesday. This rapid turnaround from approval to trading, a mere 15 days, underscores the growing demand for regulated crypto investment options in Hong Kong.

The ChinaAMC Bitcoin ETF and ChinaAMC Ether ETF seek to track the spot prices of Bitcoin and Ethereum (before fees and expenses), respectively, and are the first such products to be brought to market in Asia.

Besides ChinaAMC, Harvest Fund Management and Bosera Asset Management, the latter in partnership with local cryptocurrency firm Hashkey, are also planning to launch their products tomorrow.

A decision to this regard was taken by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Hong Kong’s securities regulatory body, after months of deliberation and they are expected by experts to bring in over $25 billion if its offers are opened to investors in mainland China.

“SFC recently greenlit the trading of the country’s first wave of spot Bitcoin and Ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with trading scheduled to commence on April 30. This approval marks a significant step in the adoption of cryptocurrencies within Hong Kong’s financial landscape,” the regulator said.

Accordingly, the approval of these ETFs provides both retail and institutional investors with a safer and more convenient avenue to invest in cryptocurrencies within a regulated framework.

Different from US ETFs

It may be recalled that the US Securities and Exchange Commission when it approved 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs in January 2024. However, it is yet make up its mind to approve Spot Ethereum ETFs.

Compared with the US ETFs, the Hong Kong ETFs slightly differ from that of the US by being an in-kind creation model, unlike the cash-only creation model in the US. This model allows the creation of new ETF shares using Bitcoin and Ethereum, potentially driving up Assets under Management (AuM) and trading volume for these products.

Thomas Zhu, Head of Digital Assets and Head of Family Office Business, ChinaAMC, said that the spot Bitcoin and Ether ETFs offer retail and institutional investors a safe, efficient, and convenient means to invest in virtual assets in a regulated framework.

“The in-kind feature also attracts coin holders by offering the ease of converting coins to fully regulated ETFs managed by professional fund managers and regulated custodians. With the growing adoption of ETFs in institutional asset allocation and retail trading in Hong Kong, we expect robust demand for our offerings,” he added.

Hong Kong launching its Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs means growing competition in the ETFs space. As more ETFs enter the market there is likely to be competition in offering the lowest fees for other investment products. This competition could ultimately benefit investors, leading to more competitive pricing and improved product offerings.

Following the footsteps of the US and Hong Kong, Australia is also planning to ETFs with companies such as Van Eck Associates and BetaShares looking forward.

Global Business Magazine

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