New York-headquartered fund manager Global X Digital Assets has filed an application for a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Global X Digital Assets, which is the sponsor of the proposed trust, is affiliated with Global X Management Company, also known as Global X, and Mirae Asset Global Investments.
Filed on July 21, the application indicates that the proposed Global X Bitcoin Trust would trade on the Cboe BZX exchange. As per the filing:
“The Trust’s investment objective is to reflect the performance of the price of bitcoin less the expenses of the Trust’s operations. The Trust will not seek to reflect the performance of any benchmark or index.”
Investors in the fund, or their authorized financial agents, would receive Bitcoin from the trust through an unnamed BTC custodian. The filing stipulates that the trust itself “will not purchase or, barring a liquidation or extraordinary circumstances described herein, sell bitcoin directly.”
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Earlier this week, Greg King — CEO of Osprey Funds — argued that the high number of Bitcoin ETF applications in the U.S. earlier this year contributed to Bitcoin’s extraordinary 2021 bull run. The SEC’s persistent reluctance to approve a crypto ETF, alongside hawkish regulatory remarks in the U.S. regarding various crypto assets like stablecoins, has, for King, played a role in the coin’s subsequent price downturn. King has suggested that 2022 would be the earliest the U.S. regulator would approve a BTC ETF application.