Bitcoin and Ethereum satisfy criteria for launching ETPs in Australia, including exchange-traded funds, local regulator says
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Australia may approve Bitcoin and Ether ETPs soon
Australian securities regulator ASIC stated on Friday that Bitcoin and Ethereum are likely to be legally suitable by all the necessary criteria as a basis for ETPs.
Today, ASIC released a set of guidelines for companies wishing to launch crypto-based ETPs, including ETFs. It was a response to the request filed this summer.
So far, Bitcoin and Ethereum are likely to meet all five criteria voiced by ASIC.
A Bitcoin ETF launched by BetaShares may already start trading in Australia in the near future.
Bitcoin ETFs trading in the U.S.
In the U.S., a Bitcoin futures ETF provided by ProShares launched on the NYSE on Oct. 19. Three days later, another Bitcoin-based futures ETF, launched by Valkyrie, started off on the Nasdaq, pushing the Bitcoin price down.
As reported by U.Today on Thursday, Direxion plans to roll out a Bitcoin ETF that will allow shorting BTC futures.
However, the company warns of high risks for short-sellers, saying that they may lose all of their funds.