Canada has seen a spate of regulatory applications for Bitcoin ETF issuance, sparked by the launch of the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, the world's first ETF physically settled in the cryptocurrency.
The Purpose ETF had a total asset value of about C$561.3 million ($449.8 million), as of Feb. 24, its manager told Reuters, and held about 9,647 bitcoins.
Purpose's offering has stolen a march on the Evolve Bitcoin ETF, which was first traded just a day later. Evolve's fund managed C$38.2 million, as of Wednesday.
Evolve on Wednesday axed https://evolveetfs.com/2021/02/evolve-reduces-management-fee-on-bitcoin-etf the ETFs management fee by a quarter to 0.75%, saying this made the offering the cheapest "bitcoin ETF currently available in the market."
The ETFs provide advantage over the closed-ended funds that financial markets investors have usually employed as a way to gain Bitcoin exposure, including that the ETFs' traded prices are unlikely to diverge by a considerable margin from the underlying portfolio values.
This gives them a strong edge over U.S.-listed investment vehicle Grayscale Bitcoin Trust and closed-end investment fund CI Galaxy Bitcoin Fund.
The front-runners in the Canadian bitcoin ETF race have been moving ahead with new offerings; exchange operator TMX Group on Tuesday began listing https://www.purposeinvest.com/thoughtful/options-trading-to-begin-for-purpose-bitcoin-etf options on Purpose's ETF on the Montréal Exchange.
CI Financial last week filed for a preliminary prospectus for a Bitcoin ETF, working with diversified asset firm Galaxy Digital, commercial intelligence provider MarketLine reported https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ci-global-asset-management-files-161900526.html.
($1 = 1.2483 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Aaron Saldanha and Patturaja Murugaboopathy, Editing by Vidya Ranganathan and Shinjini Ganguli)
By Aaron Saldanha