Cryptocurrency investment manager ETC Group is expanding its Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded product (ETP) offering in the United Kingdom after harnessing Swiss market rules to bypass more stringent British regulations.
The ETC Group Physical Bitcoin ETP, which trades under the ticker symbol BTCE, will begin trading on Aquis Exchange in London and Paris on June 7, the company announced Tuesday. Once launched, BTCE will become the first cryptocurrency ETP to trade in the United Kingdom.
Bradley Duke, CEO of ETC Group, said the product is already being used by investors as an “effective hedge against inflation.” He explained:
“ETC Group provides exposure to bitcoin, ether, and litecoin through our 100% physically backed cryptocurrency ETPs, and bringing our flagship bitcoin product to Aquis Exchange was a logical step as institutional demand for exposure to crypto grows around the world.”
Alasdair Haynes, CEO of Aquis Exchange, described cryptocurrency as a “bona fide asset class” that gives investors more options for achieving a balanced portfolio. “Aquis has a history of innovation and is responding to client demand for these assets in an agile way allowing traders to access them in a liquid, regulated environment,” he said.
The arrival of so-called smart money investors has catapulted Bitcoin and other digital currencies into the limelight. However, their involvement in the market has added another layer of uncertainty to Bitcoin’s post-halving price targets. As Cointelegraph recently reported, much of the selling going on in BTC markets recently has come at the hands of new entrants.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, fund issuers are lining up to convince the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to finally approve a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. Six high-profile funds are currently under review by the U.S. securities regulator, with the first decision scheduled for later this month.