Two digital asset exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers in Australia are set to leave the market amid heightened regulator scrutiny and a deepened crypto winter, though some remain bullish about the market’s prospects.
In the last week, Australian crypto ETF providers Holon Investments and Cosmos Asset Management have indicated they are stepping back from the crypto ETF scene.
On Nov. 6, Holon said it might close its three retail crypto funds following a hardline stance from Australia’s financial regulator, which has accused the fund of failing to “describe the risks to investors in its target market determination filings,” according to the Australian Financial Review (AFR).
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission issued an interim stop order on Oct. 17 against Holon’s three funds due to non-compliant “target market determinations,” documents required by Australian law that lay out for whom an investment product is aimed at.
The AFR report notes that Holon has argued that the crypto funds were designed to be part of a diversified portfolio, not the majority of an investment strategy, though it may have fallen on deaf ears.
Another crypto ETF issuer, Cosmos, is also jumping ship, announcing Nov. 2 that it would delist its crypto ETFs from the Cboe Australia exchange.
According to the AFR, sources stated that Cosmos failed to attract sufficient assets under management to remain viable. It also had heavy overheads in crypto custody and professional indemnity insurance costs.
However, some crypto ETF providers appear to remain committed to the market, which is expected to see 1 million new crypto adopters over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey from Australian crypto exchange Swyftx.
Providers currently involved in the Australian crypto ETF market include 3iQ Digital Asset Management, Monochrome Asset Management, and Global X Australia, formerly known as ETF Securities.
Global X Australia chief executive Evan Metcalf told the AFR that the firm continues to have a “strong conviction in digital assets and has no plans to close any crypto ETPs,” adding:
“We are very bullish on the crypto markets in general, digital assets, and decentralized finance — we see enormous potential there.”
Metcalf did, however, note that the funds had experienced a “relatively quiet” reception from investors amid the current market downturn, while there was an “unwillingness” from local stockbrokers to provide clients access to its funds.