Samsung Asset Management has said it is thinking about launching a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the city’s market if laws allow it, following the success of its Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Hong Kong.
Sam Park, the chief executive of Samsung Asset Management in Hong Kong, said in an interview with a news publishing house that was published on January 13 that “it really depends on how policy is going to be developed,” adding that the Hong Kong authorities are “clearly” interested in turning the city into a hub for the cryptocurrency industry.
Rebecca Sin, an ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, stated that “Hong Kong is well positioned to become Asia’s crypto gateway,” and she anticipates that by year’s end, spot Bitcoin and Ether (ETH) products would be accepted in Asia.
A futures market is a market where participants buy and sell contracts to be settled at a later time, with products that are considered derivatives. A spot market is a market where the exchange of financial instruments is settled immediately.
The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market, which is currently the only exchange in Asia to handle the trading of Bitcoin futures ETFs, welcomed Samsung’s Bitcoin futures ETF on January 13.
There is demand in other Hong Kong futures ETFs as well; two ETFs run by CSOP Asset Management raised $73.6 million in investments prior to their Dec. 16 debut.
In an interview on January 5, Animoca Brands Chairman Yat Sui stated that Hong Kong appeared more appealing as a listing location than the United States. She claimed that at the time, the U.S. market appeared to be the one that was maybe the best. She says, however, that regions like Asia, particularly Hong Kong, are beginning to seem rather alluring due to their rules regarding virtual assets.
Legislators are pushing for crypto rules as quickly as feasible since a lack of legislative certainty is frequently cited as the reason why so much cryptocurrency activity is leaving the United States.