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Would-be bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuer Invesco is pulling out of the race to issue a bitcoin futures product.
The company said Monday that it would no longer attempt to launch an ETF linked to bitcoin futures, a day before a competing product by fellow issuer ProShares begins trading.
The company could not immediately be reached for comment. However, a spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement that it would continue efforts to launch a physical bitcoin ETF.
“We have determined not to pursue the launch of a Bitcoin futures ETF in the immediate near-term; however we will continue to work in partnership with Galaxy Digital to offer investors full shelf of products with exposure to this transformative asset class, including pursuing a physically backed, digital asset ETF,” the statement said in full.
A bitcoin futures ETF, such as the one that will begin trading on Tuesday, tracks the price of CME’s bitcoin futures, rather than the price of bitcoin directly. A physical bitcoin ETF would track the underlying cryptocurrency’s price.
While there may not be a huge difference in returns in the short-term, the returns might diverge by a few percentage points over the course of a year. Still bitcoin futures ETFs are likely the only crypto ETF products to launch in the U.S. at the moment. SEC Chair Gary Gensler has expressed a preference for futures ETFs due to the investor protections outlined by the law that governs these ETFs.
Invesco has yet to file a notice with the SEC formally withdrawing the ETF filing. A filing Monday announced that it was delaying the effective date of its Bitcoin Strategy ETF, the name of its futures fund, to the end of October. These filings are typically filed by issuers if they have yet to secure all of the necessary permissions to launch an ETF.
Daniel Nelson contributed reporting.