By Jamie Redman
The digital currency asset manager Valkyrie has applied for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund plans invest at least 80% of its net assets into firms that derive at least 50% of their revenue from the bitcoin mining industry.
Valkyrie’s Proposed ETF Targets the Bitcoin Mining Industry
The crypto asset manager Valkyrie has applied for a new crypto-focused ETF that focuses on the bitcoin mining sector. Valkyrie is well known for launching the second bitcoin futures ETF under the ticker “BTF,” after Proshares launched the first bitcoin futures ETF called “BITO.”
According to a filing with the U.S. SEC on January 26, 2022, Valkyrie is proposing to launch a fund that leverages firms that derive revenue from the bitcoin mining industry. The company wants to list the ETF on Nasdaq, the same market the bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund BTF trades on today.
“The fund is an actively-managed exchange-traded fund that will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus borrowings for investment purposes) in securities of companies that derive at least 50% of their revenue or profits from bitcoin mining operations and/or from providing specialized chips, hardware, and software or other services to companies engaged in bitcoin mining,” Valkyrie’s filing explains.
Cryptocurrency mining has been very profitable over the last 12 months and today, Bitcoin’s hashrate is hovering just above 180 exahash per second (EH/s). Using current BTC exchange rates, the best performing bitcoin miners with 100 terahash per second (TH/s) or more are getting $14 per day with $0.12 per kWh in electricity costs.
Valkyrie’s recent application proposal Form N-1A, also explains the risks involved with bitcoin investments. The application notes that the fund will be “indirectly exposed to the risks of investing in bitcoin” and that bitcoin is a “new and highly speculative investment.”
Valkyrie’s BTF Shed 25% Last Month, Funds and Entities With Exposure to Bitcoin Follow Leading Crypto’s Price Patterns
Meanwhile, Valkyrie’s BTF climbed 3.41% during the last 24 hours and is trading for $14.87 per share at the time of writing. 30-day statistics indicate BTF shed 25.69% after falling from $20.01 per share a month ago.
Five-day metrics show BTF has lost 10.10% after rebounding a few percentages during the course of Wednesday’s trading sessions. Valkyrie’s BTF, Proshares’ BITO, and the Vaneck Bitcoin Strategy ETF (XBTF) have all been following BTC’s market direction closely.
Other types of funds and publicly-listed companies that have exposure to BTC are also following bitcoin’s price patterns.
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