ProShares, a leading provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), is set to expand its cryptocurrency offerings by introducing five new leveraged and inverse Bitcoin ETFs. This development follows closely on the heels of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs. ProShares’ move into this domain underscores the growing institutional interest in cryptocurrency investment vehicles.
The new ETFs include the ProShares Plus Bitcoin ETF, ProShares Ultra Bitcoin ETF, ProShares UltraShort Bitcoin ETF, ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF, and ProShares ShortPlus Bitcoin ETF. These funds are designed to offer investors varied exposure to Bitcoin’s price movements. Notably, one of these aims to deliver twice the daily performance of the Bloomberg Galaxy Bitcoin Index.
Unlike several spot bitcoin ETFs, two proposed ProShares funds will not invest directly in Bitcoin. Instead, they may employ financial derivatives to achieve their investment goals. Similarly, three funds will not take direct short positions in Bitcoin. This approach offers investors alternatives to direct investment in the cryptocurrency, potentially appealing to a broader range of investment strategies.
The introduction of these funds is timely, as the market has witnessed a significant surge in interest in cryptocurrency ETFs. Recently approved Bitcoin exchange-traded funds have amassed almost $10 billion in trading volume in just over three days. This volume is substantial compared to the combined volume of 500 ETFs launched in 2023, which amounted to $450 million on a given day, with the highest-performing ETF reaching $45 million.
Expanding the Bitcoin ETF market
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has also contributed to the expanding Bitcoin ETF market by filing a 19b-4 form. This filing is a step towards gaining approval for the listing and trading options based on Commodity-Based Trust Shares, particularly for spot bitcoin ETFs. Approval of such options trading would mark another milestone in integrating cryptocurrencies into mainstream financial markets.
Additionally, Grayscale Investments is entering the Bitcoin ETF arena with a covered call ETF. This fund seeks to generate income from a position in its converted GBTC (Grayscale Bitcoin Trust), adding yet another dimension to the rapidly diversifying range of Bitcoin-related investment products.
ProShares’ foray into leveraged and inverse Bitcoin ETFs is a significant indicator of the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency investments. As the market continues to mature, these new financial instruments provide investors with more diverse options to gain exposure to Bitcoin, whether they are bullish, bearish, or seeking to hedge their digital asset portfolios. As regulatory frameworks continue to develop, the growth and innovation in Bitcoin ETFs are likely to persist, reflecting the increasing mainstream acceptance of cryptocurrencies as a legitimate asset class.