We have written often about how the US SEC has, to date, refused to authorize a spot Bitcoin exchange traded fund (click here), while other countries such as Canada have done so (click here). Australia’s main market, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), has now given the green light for its first Bitcoin ETF, as reported by the Australian Financial Review.
Cosmos Asset Management could launch its bitcoin ETF as early as April 27. Interestingly, however, this ETF will not be making direct purchases in Bitcoin. Rather, it will be purchasing crypto though the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, which was Canada’s first spot Bitcoin ETF. According to the report, ASX Clear (the clearing house for all Australian shares) has four market participants ready to front the 42% margin requirement for settlement risks that ASX Clear was requiring, including one retail and three institutional clearing participants.