ProShares Bitcoin Futures ETF to Start NYSE Trading on Tuesday

The SEC has given the go-ahead for bitcoin futures ETFs.

Oct 18, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. UTC
Updated Oct 18, 2021 at 8:23 p.m. UTC

ProShares will launch a bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange tomorrow, the company confirmed in an SEC filing on Monday. CoinDesk first reported on Friday that the ETF was scheduled to launch this week.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved bitcoin futures ETFs on Friday.
  • ProShares filed for its Bitcoin Strategy ETF this past summer. The fund is linked to bitcoin futures that are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
  • With the SEC mulling dozens of bitcoin ETFs, Chairman Gary Gensler has made it clear that funds linked to the futures market rather than the underlying asset were more likely to win regulatory approval.
  • “This is an exciting step but not the last,” Douglas Yones, head of exchange-traded products at the NYSE, told the New York Times’ DealBook,
  • News of long-awaited approval for a bitcoin-related ETF sent the world’s largest crypto by market value to levels not seen since April. Bitcoin climbed above $60,000 for the first time in nearly six months on Friday.
  • There will be hopes that the debut of a bitcoin ETF on the NYSE will open the floodgates to a stream of similar products winning regulatory approval and accelerating the flow of investments into crypto.

UPDATE (OCT. 18, 11:51 UTC): Adds bitcoin futures to headline, quote in sixth bullet point, background starting in third.

UPDATE (OCT. 18, 12:57 UTC): Adds information about SEC filing in lead paragraph.

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