Proshares to launch Bitcoin ETF after SEC approval
ProShares will be offering the first bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.50% exchangetraded fund. The fund provider submitted an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for a bitcoin futures ETF, which carried all the hallmarks of a regulatory filing that sets the table for a launch soon, said Todd Rosenbluth, head of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, in a phone interview.
The filing for the Bitcoin Strategy ETF seems to point to a rollout of the fund on October 18th 2021 or 19th. Rosenbluth speculated. The new ETF would end a yearslong push for a approval of a bitcoin ETF that started back in 2013 and has seen scores of applications rejected by the SEC.
SEC Chairman Gary Gensler earlier in 2021 said he supported such a structure, which he argues offers more investor protections than an ETF that is tied directly to physical bitcoin. Bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.50% has seen its price surge in anticipation of the ETF, with the value of the world’s No. 1 crypto above $61,000 up 7.1%, in anticipation of a bitcoin ETF.
Some bitcoin professionals have made the case that using futures contracts for an ETF, rather than using bitcoin directly, confers additional costs to the end user, which could be mitigated by using the spot market. Futures are derivatives that are designed to allow investors to gain exposure to a commodity without owning it outright. However, futures contracts roll monthly, or expire, and must be repurchased, which can add to costs in administering the fund, which, in turn, are passed on to end users.
The ticker symbol for the ProShares offering is set to be “BITO” and the fund carries and expense ratio of 0.95%, which means that it will cost $9.50 annually for every $1,000 invested.