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HashKey finalizes testing phase for upcoming Bitcoin ETFs

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  • HashKey is finalizing infrastructure for launching spot Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong regulators may approve the first batch of Bitcoin ETFs as early as next week.
  • Four asset managers from Hong Kong and mainland China have submitted applications for the ETFs.

HashKey, a Hong Kong-based licensed cryptocurrency exchange, is putting the final touches to spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) infrastructure for launching. As per Livio Weng, the chief executive of HashKey Exchange, they are now in the “integration and functional testing” stage. The company has collaborated with unnamed asset managers to create these ETFs. This is as Hong Kong regulators are expected to give the first lot of these financial products their stamp of approval as soon as next week.

The waiting for approval has gone up with at least four asset managers, including players from Hong Kong as well as mainland China, making their submissions. HashKey is positioned to provide critical infrastructure support, which involves the trading, custody, and SSA aspects of the ETFs. This signifies a major move in development of the financial products within the Hong Kong crypto market.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs could transform Hong Kong

Hong Kong has refused to follow the strict attitude of the Chinese mainland towards the cryptocurrency and invited crypto companies, in addition, the jurisdiction has also developed a licensing regime for crypto trading platforms. This regime was formalized in June 2023 and licenses issued to exchanges including HashKey and OSL. With this, the platforms are now allowed to provide retail trading services, further boosting the region’s attractiveness as a crypto hub.

This regulatory progress is somewhat consistent with the larger financial services framework of the region, promoting innovation but also ensuring investor protection. If spot Bitcoin ETFs got approved, the latter fact might consolidate Hong Kong as the main center of cryptocurrency trading and investment in Asia.

HashKey eyes expansion with new ETF offerings

Going forward, the leadership of HashKey is positive on the expansion of their ETF offerings. Weng has suggested that the possibility of the introduction of spot ether ETFs is in the dark, subject to the solution of on-chain staking issues. These developments might attract investors that are interested in higher yield-bearing assets, which might be a better investment alternative compared to the usual spot Bitcoin ETFs.

HashKey’s willingness to back these new products demonstrates their respect for, and desire to benefit from, Hong Kong’s progressive regulatory environment. The development of the cryptocurrency market is likely to result in bringing new market participants who will see the regulated products such as ETFs as good investment opportunities for stability and growth of the crypto market in the region.

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