Hong Kong Greenlights First Batch of Spot Bitcoin and Ether ETFs: What's Next?

by BSC News

April 15, 2024


Money managers, including Harvest Fund Management, Bosera Asset Management, and China Asset Management, have received regulatory nods.

Hong Kong has taken a momentous step in cryptocurrency investment, with the conditional approval of its first spot Bitcoin and Ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on Monday. This move not only marks a significant milestone for the city but also positions it as a leader in embracing cryptocurrencies as mainstream investment instruments within Asia.


Money managers, including the Hong Kong units of Harvest Fund Management, Bosera Asset Management, and China Asset Management, have confirmed receiving conditional approvals from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to launch these pioneering ETFs. 


The regulatory landscape for such endeavors involves satisfying various conditions, including fee payments, document filings, and approval from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).

Collaborative Efforts and Innovative Partnerships

China Asset Management, in collaboration with OSL and BOCI International, plans to issue spot Bitcoin and Ether ETFs, with OSL acting as the primary virtual asset trading and sub-custodian partner. 


Furthermore, Harvest Global Investments and Bosera Asset Management are in the process of launching spot crypto ETFs in partnership with OSL and HashKey Capital, respectively.


Hong Kong's proactive stance towards cryptocurrencies stands in stark contrast to mainland China's stringent regulations. Last year, Hong Kong initiated a licensing regime for crypto trading platforms, welcoming licensed exchanges to offer retail trading services. This regulatory environment has positioned the city as a growing global digital asset hub, further cementing its reputation as a prominent financial center.

Unlocking Potential Demand

The approval of Bitcoin spot ETFs in Hong Kong holds significant potential, particularly in tapping into the demand from mainland Chinese investors through the Southbound Stock Connect program. 


Estimates suggest that up to $25 billion in demand could be unlocked, with qualified mainland investors gaining access to eligible shares listed in Hong Kong, according to Matrixport.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of BSCNews. The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. BSCNews assumes no responsibility for any investment decisions made based on the information provided in this article

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