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Hong Kong Set to Approve Four Spot Bitcoin ETFs on April 15

Hong Kong Set to Approve Four Spot Bitcoin ETFs on April 15

Apr 11, 2024

Hong Kong Set to Approve Four Spot Bitcoin ETFs on April 15

The Securities Regulatory Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) is fast-tracking the approval of four spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), signaling a significant shift in the region's approach to Bitcoin investment. According to Tencent News, these approvals are expected by April 15, 2023.

This development positions Hong Kong as a potential leader in the mainstream adoption of Bitcoin-based financial products. The inclusion of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the market is poised to open new investment avenues for both institutional and retail investors.

The four ETFs, which are reportedly the first batch to receive regulatory green light, will be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange following a two-week period required to finalize listing procedures. While Boshi Fund and Value Partners Financial are among those awaiting approval, Harvest International and China Asset Management are making considerable strides in this new investment realm.

The SFC's anticipated move comes on the heels of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs earlier this year. The leading spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. currently manage substantial assets, with the top three firms accounting for the majority of the market share.

Julia Leung, the CEO of the SFC, emphasized the importance of leveraging new technologies during her address at the HSBC Global Investment Summit. She stated:

“In late 2023, we also set out clear regulatory expectations to allow authorized funds to gain exposure to spot virtual assets, with additional requirements on investor protection such as avoiding fund-level leveraged virtual asset exposure.”

Adrian Wang, CEO of Metalpha, commented on the potential impact of the new ETFs:

“The significance of Hong Kong ETFs is far-reaching as it could bring in fresh global investment as well as pushing crypto adoption to a new height.”

The expedited approval process underlines Hong Kong's ambition to maintain and enhance its status as a global financial center, especially in the face of recent economic and geopolitical challenges.

Bitcoin News Article

Tencent News Article

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