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While an ETF related to bitcoin or any other digital currency still does not exist in the U.S., a recent survey by Bitwise Asset Management indicates plenty of U.S. investors would use such a vehicle to access the world's largest cryptocurrency.
“58% of American investors would prefer to invest in Bitcoin via an exchange-traded fund (ETF), a formal survey found,” according to NewsBTC.
Earlier this month, San Francisco-based Bitwise Asset Management, a leading provider of cryptoasset index and beta funds, announced that it filed an initial registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to bring a physically held bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) market.
The proposed ETF would track the Bitwise Bitcoin Total Return Index, produced by Bitwise Index Services, LLC, which seeks to capture the full value of an investment in bitcoin, inclusive of meaningful hard forks.
Some digital currency market observers have long viewed U.S. approval of a bitcoin ETF as pivotal to increased adoption of the cryptocurrency.
According to NewsBTC: “The answer is that ETFs are a well-understood construct that is plug-and-play with the existing software platforms, paperwork, processes, and workflows that professional investors and firms use,” wrote Bitwise in Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano’s Off the Chain newsletter.”
SEC & Bitcoin-related ETFs
In 2018, bitcoin shed almost 80% of its value. Among the issues plaguing bitcoin; last year were the ongoing unwillingness of U.S. regulators to approve bitcoin-related exchange traded funds as well as data indicating that mainstream acceptance and adoption of the digital currency are declining.
Related: Here’s Where Bitcoin Use is Surging
Bitwise launched the first cryptoasset index fund, the Bitwise 10 Private Index Fund, in 2017, and today offers five private funds focused on the crypto space to institutions, family offices, financial advisors and high-net worth individuals in the U.S. and abroad.
Currently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF and a bitcoin ETF with an institutional focus from VanEck and fintech company SolidX, but decisions on those products could be delayed because nearly all of the SEC's staff has been furloughed because of the government shutdown.
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