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Hong Kong Launched Crypto ETFs. Check Out The Top 6 Insights!

By April 30, 20243 minute read

Today marks the official commencement of trading for the much-awaited Hong Kong Spot Bitcoin ETF. Approved for launch on April 30th, the highly anticipated BTC offering is live, drawing attention to its potential impact on mainland China’s cryptocurrency sector.

Earlier this month, regulatory approval was secured for the product, coinciding with the inaugural year of the United States’ Spot Bitcoin ETFs. Three Chinese firms—China Asset Management, Bosera Asset Management, and Harvest Global Investment—will initiate trading as they introduce the offering.

This revolutionary event represents a significant leap forward in the development of regulated crypto investment products and ETFs globally, building on the historic launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States in January 2024.

In this blog, let’s check out the top 6 insights of the newly launched spot Crypto ETFs in Hong Kong.

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#1 Crypto ETFs on HKEX: Not a First

Hong Kong’s venture into crypto ETFs isn’t entirely novel. The HKEX already trades Bitcoin futures and other crypto contracts, including the CSOP Bitcoin Futures ETF and the CSOP Ether Futures ETF introduced in late 2022. Samsung Asset Management Hong Kong followed suit with the Samsung Bitcoin Futures Active ETF launch in January 2023. These futures-based crypto ETFs collectively manage 1.3 billion Hong Kong dollars ($170 million) in assets as of April 29, 2024.

#2 Hong Kong ETF Market Size

While the Hong Kong ETF market shows promise, it pales in comparison to its U.S. counterpart. With an estimated size of $50 billion, Hong Kong’s ETF market lags far behind the $8.9 trillion assets listed on U.S. exchanges. By late 2023, HKEX had listed 24 active ETFs with a combined capitalization of 8.6 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1 billion).

#3 In-Kind Crypto ETFs Vs. Cash-Create ETFs

Hong Kong’s spot crypto ETFs will feature a unique redemption method not seen in the United States: in-kind creation. Unlike U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs, Hong Kong’s ETFs will allow intermediaries to create new shares using actual cryptos like Bitcoin, offering a clear differentiation from U.S. counterparts.

#4 Hong Kong’s Spot ETH ETF: A Global First

Hong Kong’s launch of a spot ETH ETF is significant, especially as the United States faces potential delays in approving similar products. While Canadian regulators approved the first Ethereum futures ETFs in April 2021, Hong Kong’s introduction of a spot Ether ETF marks a global milestone.

#5 Mainland China’s Crypto ETF Restrictions

Despite the optimism around the launch of spot crypto ETFs, mainland Chinese investors are unlikely to participate due to China’s strict regulations on crypto-related activities. Even for futures-based crypto ETFs listed in Hong Kong, mainland Chinese citizens face restrictions, hindering their access to these investment products.

#6 Dominance of China AMC

Among the ETF issuers, China AMC stands out as the largest asset management company, managing 15 ETFs in Hong Kong with total assets under management of $3.6 billion. Despite this, its parent company in mainland China manages substantially more assets, highlighting the vast potential for growth in Hong Kong’s spot crypto ETF market.

In a bullish scenario, Hong Kong’s spot crypto ETFs could amass $1 billion in assets under management within one or two years, signaling a promising future for regulated crypto investment products in the region.

Bottom Line: Impact of Crypto ETFs on Crypto Prices

The recent launch of crypto ETFs in Hong Kong is poised to significantly impact crypto prices, as indicated by the analysis of various factors. Establishing a spot crypto ETF market in Hong Kong will enhance liquidity while accelerating industry compliance. Moreover, expanding funding channels and the availability of arbitrage opportunities between ETF and spot prices will likely attract more market participants.

Additionally, with Hong Kong’s clear regulatory framework and its position as an international financial center, the issuance of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETF products is anticipated to provide convenience and attract more investors, particularly from China. Ultimately, this development may increase market liquidity and performance, surpassing similar products in regions such as Europe or Canada.

Disclaimer: Cryptocurrency is not a legal tender and is currently unregulated. Kindly ensure that you undertake sufficient risk assessment when trading cryptocurrencies as they are often subject to high price volatility. The information provided in this section doesn't represent any investment advice or WazirX's official position. WazirX reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or change this blog post at any time and for any reasons without prior notice.
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Harshita Shrivastava

Harshita Shrivastava is an Associate Content Writer with WazirX. She did her graduation in E-Commerce and loved the concept of Digital Marketing. With a brief knowledge of SEO and Content Writing, she knows how to win her content game!

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