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Europe’s First Bitcoin Spot ETF Launches On Amsterdam’s Euronext

Launched on Amsterdam’s Euronext and named the Bitcoin Spot Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF), the London-based Jacobi Asset Management has introduced a groundbreaking development in the European digital asset landscape. Representing a significant stride in institutional Bitcoin investment within Europe, the project will trade under the “BCOIN” ticker.

According to the fund’s manager, the ETF would include an innovative decarbonization strategy. Regulated by the GFSC, Guernsey Financial Services Commission, this ETF stands out not only as Europe’s pioneering entrant but also for its adherence to Article 8 of the SFDR.

One of the ways the fund adheres to regulatory policies is by incorporating a verifiable REC solution (Renewable Energy Certificate), enabling a trailblazing decarbonization strategy. According to the official statement, the fund will enlist the services of the Zumo platform to address BTC’s electricity consumption issues.

Meanwhile, this decarbonization strategy reflects a forward-thinking approach, where investors can trade Bitcoin without sacrificing environmental principles.

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Europe Surpasses The US In Bitcoin Spot ETF Launch

While speaking about the launch, Jacobi Asset Management’s CEO, Martin Bednall, stated that the approval of this BCOIN ETF means that Europe has surpassed the United States in granting institutional investors secure access to digital asset benefits under a regulated structure.

Unlike other European market offerings functioning as debt instruments, Jacobi Wilshire’s Bitcoin ETF directly owns the underlying asset, making it a secure investment for interested participants. Mark Makepeace, CEO of Wilshire Indexes, underscores the ETF’s transformative impact on the global finance industry and the digital asset sector, adding that many investors have been yearning for such a fund for a long time.

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The collaboration with Jacobi Asset Management has created an ESG-aligned, forward-looking crypto offering, addressing the critical challenge of decarbonizing cryptocurrency. Also, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recurrent rejection of Bitcoin Spot ETF applications further magnifies the significance of this ETF launch.

Many industry observers opined that Europe’s proactive stance in digital asset regulation and investment is underscored by this launch, highlighting the region’s commitment to fostering innovation.

Overcoming Challenges

It is worth noting that Jacobi’s ETF journey faced multiple challenges, leading to the postponement of its launch despite securing approval in 2021. The Terra ecosystem’s collapse and crypto exchange FTX’s insolvency prompted the delay, but the firm remained committed to seeing that the appropriate authorities approved the fund.

Jacobi’s ETF differs from commonplace exchange-traded notes (ETNs) in Europe in several ways. For instance, ETF shareholders hold a direct stake in the underlying shares, which differs from ETNs, where investors own debt security.

In addition, Jacobi ensures that its ETF remains free from leverage and derivatives. With innovation, compliance, environmental consciousness, and forward-looking regulation at its core, the Jacobi FT Wilshire’s Bitcoin ETF marks a transformative step towards a more secure and progressive future for the digital asset industry.

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As institutional investors gain access to secure and regulated avenues for engaging with digital assets, they set the stage for increased participation in the market. The ETF’s emphasis on environmental responsibility reflects a broader trend toward sustainable investment practices, further aligning digital asset investment with evolving global priorities.

Time will tell whether this approval will encourage the US SEC to approve the ETF proposals at its desk.


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Bradley Nelson

Bradley Nelson is a US based cryptocurrency news writer for Tokenhell, he helps readers stay up to date with the latest trends and news from the blockchain and crypto world. Bradley has been a crypto enthusiast since 2018.

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