Hashdex Files For One-Of-A-Kind Joint Spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETF In The US

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We already have spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) trading on United States exchanges, while ETFs that give investors exposure to the industry’s second-largest crypto, Ether (ETH), have been partly greenlighted and should start trading soon. What’s next? Brazil-based digital asset management firm Hashdex has proposed a new ETF that directly owns BTC and ETH.

Hashdex’s Hybrid Spot Bitcoin And Ethereum ETF

In a move that marks another huge step forward for cryptocurrency investment in the United States, Hashdex wants to launch a combined spot Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Nasdaq exchange. 

The asset manager filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index US ETF, according to a June 18 form 19b-4. The filing notes that the product would balance the two largest cryptocurrencies as per their market caps, highlighted as 70.54% Bitcoin and 29.46% Ether.

“A dual Ethereum and Bitcoin ETF filing from @hashdex just dropped.” Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart said on Twitter (aka X). “Will be market cap weighted. Shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone — makes a lot of sense.”

Update: A dual Ethereum and #Bitcoin ETF filing from @hashdex just dropped. Will be market cap weighted. Shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone — makes a lot of sense.

Final deadline for SEC approval should be sometime around the first week of March 2025

— James Seyffart (@JSeyff) June 18, 2024

If the SEC gives its regulatory blessing, Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index US ETF would be the first-ever exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the American market to directly hold both spot Bitcoin and Ether.

While the Hashdex ETF intends to focus only on BTC and ETH for now, the filing clarifies that the company would not invest in “crypto securities, tokenized assets or stablecoins.”

However, Hashdex’s filing added:

“In the event that any other crypto asset is included (other than bitcoin or ether), or is eligible for inclusion as an Index Constituent […], the Sponsor will transition the Trust’s investment strategy […], with only bitcoin and ether in the same proportions determined by the Index.”

Hashdex Names Coinbase, BitGo As ETF Custodians

The joint ETF will also include cash holdings, with Coinbase Custody and BitGo designated as custodians should the fund win approval. Moreover, Hashdex stressed a passive investment strategy for the ETF, meaning it would track the daily market movement on the Nasdaq Crypto US Settlement Price Index rather than attempting to outperform it.

The proposed combined ETF comes in the wake of historic milestones for crypto funds in the States. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally OK’d nearly a dozen spot Bitcoin ETFs in mid-January, and spot Ether ETFs won initial key approvals last month. SEC Chair Gary Gensler recently said he expects them to start trading this summer.

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