Canada's CI Global Files for What Would Be World's First Ether ETF

If approved, the ETF would trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker “ETHX.”

Feb 25, 2021 at 12:51 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:17 p.m. UTC

The world’s first ether exchange-traded fund (ETF) may be on the way, after CI Global Asset Management filed a preliminary prospectus in Canada on Thursday.

  • In an announcement, the firm said its proposed “CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF” would be the first ETF in the world to invest directly in ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network.
  • If approved, the ETF would trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker “ETHX.”
  • Galaxy Digital Capital Management LP will act as the ether sub-adviser and execute trading on behalf of the ETF. 
  • ETHX will invest directly in ether with its holdings priced using the Bloomberg Galaxy Ethereum Index, owned by Bloomberg Index Services.
  • “Ethereum is the leading candidate to be the base layer of Web 3.0, and ether is a growth asset that provides investors exposure to the explosion of decentralized applications,” said Mike Novogratz, chairman and CEO of Galaxy Digital, in the announcement.
  • The ether ETF may have a reasonable chance of being approved. Last week, two bitcoin ETFs were listed in Canada.
  • CI Global also recently filed a preliminary prospectus for a bitcoin ETF, which would also be in in partnership with Galaxy Digital.
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