Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Sees Over $400m AUM in Two Days

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  • The first Bitcoin ETF available in Canada has attracted over $400 million since its launch on Thursday.

  • The investment comes as the top-cryptocurrency continues to set new highs.

  • As more and more people buy and hold BTC, a shortage in supply is driving traders to ETFs and the future's market.

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Canada’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund has seen its AUM grow to over $400 million in just two days following a successful launch.

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ETFs Are in

The first Canadian Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) now has $421.8 million in assets under management (AUM), just two days since it launched.

This follows an impressive start to trading for the fund, which became the first traded Bitcoin ETF on Thursday.

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The ETF, named the Purpose Bitcoin ETF (ticker: BTCC), is hosted by Canadian investment company Purpose Investments. The fund manager won approval for Canada’s first BTC ETF last week, after filing a detailed prospectus with the country’s regulator.

The Purpose Bitcoin ETF aims to provide Canadian investors with a safe way to invest in the volatile cryptocurrency, without the complications of direct custody.

For this service, Purpose Investments charges investors a 1% management fee, a relative norm within the Bitcoin-ETF world.

The ETF is available to purchase on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

The Maple Effect

In fact, the cryptocurrency ETF space is heating up. A second Bitcoin-ETF won approval from Canadian regulators on Friday to begin trading on the TSX.

The fund, called EBIT, is a product by Toronto-based Evolve ETFs and attracted $1.27 million on its first day of trading. Its offering allows investors to claim the underlying Bitcoin, which it stores in a cold wallet on the top-cryptocurrency’s blockchain.

Moreover, several other Canadian investment firms seem to want to follow suit. CI Financial is also applying for approval to list its own Bitcoin ETF on the TSX.

Despite these successful filings in Canada, across the Southern border, historically, things haven’t been as successful for the crypto-ETF space in the U.S..

Nevertheless, with the launch of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust last year, and its continued success, things are changing for U.S. investors, who may now be able to catch up with their Canadian counterparts.

Supply Shortage

The news comes as BTC hits new highs, reaching a record $57,851.30 on Feb 20. according to data from CoinGecko.

The stellar performance is accordingly causing a supply shortage for the top-cryptocurrency as several large institutions continue to purchase billions of dollars worth of BTC.

Unsurprisingly, these institutions prefer to keep their BTC holdings safe in cold storage. Simply put, this means cryptocurrency exchanges are finding that demand from retail investors and other “big-money” investors outstrips supply.

While the market isn’t seeing a rise in trading alternatives such as derivatives yet, it’s only a matter of time. With leverage of up to and over 100x now common on major exchanges, there’s only one direction BTC will go.

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Emmanuel entered the cryptocurrency space in 2013 as a cryptocurrency broker. He is a crypto-enthusiast, entrepreneur, and investor, who has built and led several projects and communities in the space. He is CEO and co-founder of Provence Intelligence, a boutique crypto-consultancy firm that aims to bridge the gap between the cryptocurrency and DLT space and the traditional world. Interests include DeFi, non-blockchain DLTs, and the synthetic derivatives space.

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