Crypto asset management company Hashdex has joined the competition for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States. The firm has submitted an application to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a Bitcoin futures ETF that will hold spot Bitcoin.
ETFs are investment funds that trade on a stock market, with their value derived from an underlying basket of assets such as stocks, bonds, commodities and other financial instruments. Similarly, Bitcoin ETFs track BTC’s value and trade on traditional stock exchanges rather than crypto exchanges.
Hashdex’s approach differs from recent filings as it won’t depend on the Coinbase surveillance sharing agreement, opting to acquire spot Bitcoin from physical exchanges within the CME market. According to a 19b-4 filing by NYSE Arca with the US SEC, Hashdex intends to include spot Bitcoin in its Bitcoin futures ETF and modify the name, replacing the DeFi ticker with “Hashdex Bitcoin ETF.”
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Their application is unique in that it will not use Coinbase, they will use prices and acquire spot BTC via CME.
It will hold a mixture of spot & futures positions
Hard to reject imo pic.twitter.com/K1ABKKZX5o
— Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne) August 25, 2023
Some analysts and experts have responded to Hashdex’s unique Bitcoin ETF filing. James Seyffart, an analyst at Bloomberg, observed that the strategy involves exclusively conducting Exchange for Related Positions (EFRP) transactions. This entails swapping futures contracts for an equivalent spot exposure, as opposed to direct cash purchases from exchanges.
James Seyffart anticipates a higher likelihood of SEC approval, considering the pressure on Gary Gensler stemming from the Grayscale lawsuit, Ethereum futures submission, and BlackRock’s incorporation of the Coinbase surveillance sharing agreement.
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Other specialists, including Nate Geraci, President of The ETF Store, investor Alistair Milne and finance attorney Scott Johnsson, have responded to Hashdex’s distinctive Bitcoin ETF submission. They believe it could alleviate certain worries of the SEC regarding Bitcoin market manipulation and liquidity.
Currently, the SEC and Gary Gensler have not provided their feedback regarding spot Bitcoin ETF applications, the influx of Ethereum ETFs and the potential approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF within this year.
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