Australia’s mass retail appetite for cryptocurrency is about to be tested as two Bitcoin and one Ethereum spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been approved for listing.

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Fast facts

  • All three ETFs are set to go live on Cboe (formally Chi-X) Exchange on April 27.
  • Swiss-based 21Shares and Australian ETF Securities have partnered to offer Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs that are backed by respective assets held on Coinbase.
  • Another Bitcoin ETF comes from Cosmos Asset Management, which invests in crypto through the Purpose Bitcoin ETF listed in Toronto.
  • ETFs allow retail investors to gain indirect exposure to an asset through stock trading.
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has remained hesitant about Bitcoin spot ETFs, while greenlighting Bitcoin Futures ETFs.
  • Cosmos already operates two other adjacent funds in Australia, the Global Digital Miners Access ETF and the unlisted Bitcoin Wholesale Access Fund.

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