10 Apr

On April 15, the securities regulator for Hong Kong plans to approve the first set of Spot Bitcoin ETFs.

On Wednesday their availability is anticipated to start about two weeks after approval. According to financial commentators, the initial Spot Bitcoin ETF in Hong Kong may have a market value of $20 billion. Compared to comparable products that are presently offered in the US, this would be smaller.

It is believed that prior to the original announcement of approval on April 15, the SFC amended the list of authorized fund companies. Harvest Global Investment and China Asset Management, two Chinese asset managers, were listed.

They can now issue fund products relating to cryptocurrencies, such as Spot Bitcoin ETFs, thanks to this. Harvest submitted a Jan. 26 application for the ETF. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the ETF sponsors have already started talking about listing.

Standards Are Set by Hong Kong for the Spot Bitcoin ETF Market

In December, Hong Kong gave a signal that it was willing to allow Spot Bitcoin ETFs, following previous US patterns. The SFC and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) worked together. They also declared that they were prepared to start taking applications for these virtual asset items.

They also created precise standards for the middlemen who handled the disbursement of these cash.

Spot crypto investment products, they stressed, have to meet the same strict guidelines set by Hong Kong regulators for conventional mutual funds and other structured investment products.

The SFC also mandated that product issuers present evidence of a track record of stringent regulatory compliance. They must also have at least one employee who is qualified and has relevant expertise managing virtual assets or comparable products.

Additionally, the regulator declared that leveraged exposure would not be permitted for these products. Furthermore, issuers must work with exchanges that have been pre-approved for all asset trading and acquisition activities.

April 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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