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Hong Kong Authorities Leverage Cryptocurrency ETF, Approves ETH, BTC ETFs

Hong Kong has approved introducing Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) for Ethereum and Bitcoin, a historic move representing a critical turning point for the cryptocurrency industry, especially in the Asian market. This action is the most recent in the city’s continuous attempts to create a thorough regulatory framework for digital assets.

Hong Kong has been aggressively pursuing a cryptocurrency regulatory framework to encourage innovation while maintaining investor protection and market integrity, a project that kicked off last year. Among the most critical steps taken in this respect has been the creation of city-based, authorized retail cryptocurrency trading platforms.

The latest approval by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is the first phase in the spot Bitcoin ETFs approval process. Thus, there may be more in subsequent times. It is reported that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) will need about two weeks to complete its listing process after SFC approval.

Pessimism Thrills the United States Ethereum ETF Approval

The approval of Ethereum and Bitcoin ETFs will significantly impact Hong Kong and other cryptocurrency markets. With this development, investors reluctant to make direct investments in digital assets can now expose themselves to Bitcoin and Ethereum through conventional financial channels with the introduction of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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Institutional investors holding off for regulatory certainty and credibility are also expected to be drawn in by introducing ETFs for Ethereum and Bitcoin. At the moment, the United States financial authorities are yet to approve an Ethereum ETF. Analysis from different asset managers says they may never do so.

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The move by Hong Kong is believed to propel some indigenous investors to acquire cryptocurrency-induced assets linked to the cryptocurrency value directly. This is designed in such a way that it would bring about huge technical measures like creating and managing digital wallets.

CEO OSL Board Speaks, Explains Strategy for Increasing Market Liquidity 

Helen Partz, a market analyst with Cointelegraph, says introducing Ethereum and Bitcoin ETFs is a step in the right direction for the cryptocurrency market. The said development has further emphasized the need for strict regulation and investor protection.

Partz added that Hong Kong’s decision to approve Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs represents a critical turning point for the cryptocurrency sector and evidence of the city’s dedication to promoting financial inclusion and innovation. 

Comments from Patrick Pan, the CEO and chairman of the OSL board, while talking to Cointelegraph, said that the available subscription model for the spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in Hong Kong represents a major innovation in the industry. Patrick stated that this model augments liquidity in the market by letting investors exchange directly for some ETF shares. 

Pan has explained that by getting an approval from the Hong Kong authorities at this time means that the companies have pasted through the most important vetting procedures hence, bringing them closer to their official launch.

SFC Approves New  ETF Providers; Companies Make Public Statement

The proposed Ethereum ETF funds are expected to open up new awareness in the cryptocurrency industry to other more prominent investors. Hong Kong has been constantly pushing for the approval of a working cryptocurrency regulation era from 2023. They have also currently included the establishment of a city-based cryptocurrency retail exchange.

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Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has approved three new  ETF providers: Bosera International, ChinaAMC, and Harvest Global. Regarding approval, ChinaAMC management has confirmed that SFC has approved it in the virtual asset management category. SFC is currently putting modalities together that will enable it to effectively deploy necessary resources in developing the proposed Ethereum and Bitcoin ETF.

Bosera International, also the overseas division of the China Mainland Bosera Asset Management, declared that they have officially gotten conditional approval. The said approval will enable them to collectively launch a spot cryptocurrency ETF with HashKey Capital, a Hong Kong-based virtual asset company. Meanwhile, the SFC has made history as the first Asian regulator to publish a guide for spot cryptocurrency ETFs in December 2023. 


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