Third US bitcoin futures ETF launches after weeks-long delay

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VanEck’s Bitcoin futures ETF finally launched Tuesday after a multiweek wait and a rejection from U.S. regulators for a physically-backed product.

The VanEck Bitcoin Strategy ETF (ticker XBTF) began trading with a management fee of 0.65%, the lowest expense ratio among the three such funds available, according to a press release. VanEck’s ETF had been expected to debut in October, but heavy demand for the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) — one of the most successful debuts of all time — stretched capacity among futures commission merchants, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The launch comes days after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the firm’s proposal for an ETF that would directly hold Bitcoin. Up to this point, SEC Chair Gary Gensler has said he’s comfortable with futures-based ETFs because Bitcoin futures trade on highly regulated exchanges.

XBTF began trading on a rocky day for the world’s largest cryptocurrency. Bitcoin dropped as much as 8.2% to break below $60,000, before trimming losses to about 5%. 

 

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