Will A Spot Bitcoin ETF Launch In Hong Kong?

This month’s spot Bitcoin ETF (Change Traded Fund) approval by the US Securities and Change Fee (SEC) marked a big and historic second for BTC and crypto adoption.

The occasion opened new funding prospects for corporations and conventional traders, main a number of asset managers worldwide to evaluate their prospects for launching Bitcoin ETFs of their particular regulatory landscapes.

Hong Kong Agency Goals For Spot Bitcoin ETF Approval

Following the approval of those funding merchandise within the US, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) published guidelines for spot crypto fund approvals for the primary time, doubtlessly advancing their efforts to develop a “digital-asset hub” extra accessible.

Because the launch of the SFC’s round in December 2023, Hong Kong monetary providers corporations have been weighing their choices for the launch of a spot Bitcoin ETF.

Amongst them, Enterprise Sensible Monetary Holdings Ltd., also referred to as VSFG, has expressed its plan to current an utility with the SFC to launch its ETF this quarter, as reported by Bloomberg.

Group Head of Funding and Merchandise at VSFG, Brian Chan, expressed his opinion and VSFG 2024 targets relating to spot ETFs: “It’s a market that has huge potential,” he acknowledged to the information web site, “our goal is $500 million in assets under management by the end of the year.”

Because the SFC introduced that future-based crypto ETFs have been allowed in October 2022, Hong Kong has listed three ETFs: Samsung Bitcoin Futures, CSOP Bitcoin Futures, and CSOP Ether Futures. They’ve a mixed belongings estimate of $50 million.

In response to the report, Samsung Asset Administration wouldn’t “eliminate the possibility of exploring to launch a spot ETF.”

Equally, Aegis Custody’s CEO Serra Wei acknowledged that the digital asset custodian is in talks with 4 asset managers relating to itemizing spot crypto merchandise in Hong Kong. Wei famous that, resulting from Hong Kong’s regulatory necessities, spot ETF issuers are prone to cost larger administration charges in comparison with their US counterparts.

Though CSOP Asset Administration didn’t reply to Bloomberg’s request for remark, Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst Rebecca Sin believes that CSOP “could lead the race in the Asia Pacific” for spot digital-asset ETFs, as the corporate’s merchandise “account for the bulk of the funds under management in the current futures-based digital-asset ETFs in Hong Kong.”

Crypto Regulatory Panorama in Hong Kong

Just lately, Hong Kong has been implementing a method to realize a stronger foothold within the worldwide monetary sector. It has adopted a extra crypto-friendly regulatory strategy than China’s central authorities by reviewing and updating present regulatory insurance policies to higher match the present monetary panorama.

The SFC additional delved into its new strategy in its recent joint circular with the Hong Kong Financial Authority (HKMA), stating:

When the SFC formulated its regulatory strategy for digital belongings in 2018, it imposed an overarching “professional investors only” restriction on numerous sorts of actions, together with the distribution of funds investing in digital belongings. Since then, the digital asset panorama has developed quickly and begun to broaden into mainstream finance. A broader vary and a bigger variety of funding merchandise at the moment are accessible, and supply each retail {and professional} traders with publicity to digital belongings.

A number of the SFC adjustments now enable licensed virtual-asset buying and selling platforms to serve retail traders and have approved virtual-asset futures exchange-traded funds for public providing in Hong Kong, with the newest revision presenting the guideless that would enable the launch of spot crypto ETFs. 


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