Australia Prepares for Crypto Boom with Spot Bitcoin ETFs on the Horizon

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Australia’s financial landscape is set for a significant shift as the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) prepares to list its first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by the end of 2024. This move comes after similar approvals in the U.S. and Hong Kong, marking a growing global trend towards mainstream crypto investment.

ASX Poised to Embrace Spot Bitcoin ETFs

The ASX, established in 1987, boasts an average daily turnover of AUD 4.685 billion (approximately USD 3 billion) and a market capitalization of around AUD 2.6 trillion (approximately USD 1.7 trillion). As one of the world’s top 20 listed exchange groups and the largest in the southern hemisphere, the ASX’s embrace of spot Bitcoin ETFs signifies a major step forward for cryptocurrency adoption in Australia.

Multiple Issuers Vie for Listing

According to a Bloomberg report, several issuers, including BetaShares, VanEck, and DigitalX, are already working on launching their spot Bitcoin ETF products on the ASX. While a specific approval timeline remains unclear, an ASX spokesperson confirmed ongoing discussions with multiple issuers.

Potential Surge in Crypto Investment

Analysts believe this development could unlock significant investment opportunities in the Australian market. A commentary by Jamie Hannah, deputy head of investments and capital markets for VanEck Australia, suggests self-managed superannuation programs, holding a quarter of the country’s $2.3 trillion pension market, could become major players in the spot-crypto ETF space.

Following Global Trends

Australia’s move towards spotting Bitcoin ETFs mirrors recent decisions by other major financial hubs. In early 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally greenlit multiple spot Bitcoin ETFs for listing on major exchanges like Nasdaq, NYSE, and CBOE. Similarly, Hong Kong conditionally approved its first spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in mid-April, positioning itself as an Asian leader in mainstream crypto adoption.

The Future of Crypto in Australia

With the ASX on the cusp of listing spot Bitcoin ETFs, Australia is poised to experience a significant surge in crypto investment activity. This development aligns with the global trend of recognizing cryptocurrencies as viable investment instruments and paves the way for broader acceptance within the Australian financial landscape.

 


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