Hong Kong To Start Crypto ETF Trading Next Week

In a significant move, Hong Kong is gearing up to introduce spot bitcoin and ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for trading starting April 30, as announced by three asset management firms on Wednesday.

This development positions Hong Kong as a trailblazer in Asia, becoming the first in the region to embrace cryptocurrency products as mainstream investment instruments. Notably, these products have secured official regulatory approval from the Securities and Futures Commission, underscoring the city’s commitment to fostering innovation in the financial sector.

While mainland China maintains strict regulations on cryptocurrency, Hong Kong is actively positioning itself as a global hub for digital assets, part of its broader strategy to enhance its standing as a leading financial center.


Over the past decade, Hong Kong has witnessed the presence of several prominent international crypto exchanges and funds, albeit with fluctuations due to regulatory dynamics. Despite periodic shifts, industry observers note the city’s resilience and ongoing efforts to attract crypto-related businesses.

The green light for these new crypto products comes on the heels of the United States’ launch of its first ETFs tracking spot bitcoin just three months ago. These U.S.-based ETFs have already attracted approximately $12 billion in net inflows, contributing to a notable surge in bitcoin’s value earlier this year.

China Asset Management, Harvest Fund Management, and Bosera Asset Management, along with local cryptocurrency firm Hashkey, are among the key players gearing up for the launch of their respective products by the end of April.

Bitcoin’s remarkable performance this year, with gains exceeding 50% and reaching an all-time high of $73,803 in March, underscores the growing interest in cryptocurrencies among investors. As of Wednesday, bitcoin was trading at approximately $65,000, reflecting sustained investor confidence in the digital asset market.

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