Australia’s first cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are set to go live on Thursday May 12 on the country’s Cboe exchange after delays kept the financial products off the market for two weeks.

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Fast facts

  • Three funds were initially announced for listing in late April before last-minute brokerage delays suspended the launch indefinitely.
  • ETFs grant investors exposure to an underlying asset by tracking that asset’s price as a share on a stock market.
  • Australian ETFS Management (AUS) Ltd. and Swiss 21Shares AG are launching two spot-traded ETFs, ETFS 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (EBTC) and ETFS 21Shares Ethereum ETF (EETH).
  • All assets for the two products will be held in cold storage and will allow investors to trade in the ETFs for crypto.
  • The third fund, Cosmos Purpose Bitcoin Access ETF (CBTC) by Cosmos Asset Management CBTC, will invest in Bitcoin via the Canadian Purpose Bitcoin ETF.
  • Bitcoin’s price has fallen roughly 20% in value since the ETFs were initially launched, trading at US$30,801 at press time.

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