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Hong Kong’s Bitcoin ETFs Plummet, Cast Doubts on Cryptocurrency Investors

The plan to make Hong Kong a significant hub for cryptocurrencies has faced a major setback due to the underwhelming performance of the city’s Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The Hong Kong ETFs have recently had a poor trading performance amid earlier excitement and high expectations, which raises doubts about Hong Kong’s ability to fulfil its ambition of becoming a premier hub for digital assets.

When the first batch of Bitcoin ETFs was introduced at the beginning of 2024, they included products from well-known financial companies like E Fund Management, CSOP Asset Management, and Huobi Asset Management. These products were heavily promoted, and media attention focused on Hong Kong’s forward-thinking approach to incorporating cryptocurrencies into its financial system.

Since their introduction, the funds have needed help gaining traction, and trading volumes have continuously remained low.  Industry professionals had earlier predicted a total inflow of $25 billion but later dropped it to 1 billion because of some negative feedback from industry investors who focused their excuses more on the ban on cryptocurrency in the mainland area of China

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Currently, there is no more rivalry from other financial centers hence, cities like Singapore and Dubai, which frequently provide more alluring legal frameworks and incentives for both investors and businesses in the digital asset field, are moving to take advantage of the bad Hong Kong experience to become the top hub for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

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Recent market changes have impacted investor sentiment toward Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Hong Kong. This has reduced interest in financial goods tied to cryptocurrencies and caused the market to decline. Institutional investors have adopted the technology at a slower rate than expected.

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One of the main reasons for the poor performance of Hong Kong’s Bitcoin ETFs is the need for significant institutional involvement. Some argue that a more comprehensive education is required to raise people’s knowledge and comprehension of cryptocurrencies and the possible advantages of investing in Bitcoin ETFs in the country.

Bitcoin ETFs AUM for U.S. Skyrockets, BlackRock Emerge Top Performer

Samuel Wan explained in the Crypto Daily platform that the lack of investor interest indicates that more work has to be done to allay potential investors’ fears and boost market confidence. Other industry insiders contend that Hong Kong must improve its regulatory structure and provide more significant incentives to draw in institutional and individual investors.

The accumulated Assets Under Management (AUM) for the United States Bitcoin ETFs rose significantly from $29 billion on January 11 to $54.9 billion on May 15. This amounts to an 89% rise in cumulative valuation over a period of time.

At the moment, iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) by BlackRock has continued to top the list of the best performers in the United States. Huobi Asset Management’s Bitcoin ETF has averaged daily trading volumes of less than $1 million, significantly lower than the hundreds of millions market analysts had predicted.

GBTC Records $10 Billion AUM, Auros Head of Trading Speaks

The latest data from IBIT shows that its AUM increased significantly from its initial $10.6 million and is currently heading towards  $18.1 billion as of April 15. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) from Grayscale has recorded as high as $19.1 billion more in AUM than IBIT. The IBIT report shows that GBTC initially had a difficult start through its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust conversion, launched in 2013.

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However, GBTC recorded about $10 billion in AUM from January 11, 2024. According to Auros head of trading, Le Shi, the reception of Hong Kong’s cryptocurrency ETFs can be linked to its recent performance in the United States market.

In an interview with Daily Coin, Shi said that the continued uncertainty about China’s plan for cryptocurrency increased investors’ intentions to boycott Hong Kong’s cryptocurrency ETF funds. Meanwhile, The successful operation of the cryptocurrency ETF in Hong Kong has been linked to the amount of infrastructural development and competition from other Asian markets.


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