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Bitcoin ETF receives approval from the Ontario Securities Regulator

Bitcoin ETF receives approval from the Ontario Securities Regulator
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 A Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund) for investment firm Accelerate Financial received approval in Canada. This makes it the first officially approved Bitcoin ETF in North America after the Ontario Securities Commission approved the ETF. The decision document was signed on Thursday, Feb. 11, and comprises the following territories. It involves British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.

However, Accelerate Financial Technologies had filed and received a receipt for a preliminary prospectus with Canadian Securities regulators for ABTC (Accelerate Bitcoin ETF) on Feb. 2. It advocated that the fund would provide units designated in both United States and Canadian dollars with a 0.7% management fee. While calculating that it had appealed to list ABTC units on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Bitcoin ETF will trade on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) employing the ticker symbol BTCC.U.

Intricate details about Bitcoin ETF

Moreover, as per the long-term prospectus, the Bitcoin ETF is an alternative mutual fund that invests in and endures all of its assets in bitcoin’s long-term holdings substantially. Further, according to a fact sheet issued online by Canada-based asset manager Purpose Investments. The fund attempts to replicate the execution of bitcoin’s price minus the ETF’s fees and costs. The ETF will also not contemplate short-term variations in the price of bitcoin. 

According to reports, a subsidiary of Cidel Bank Canada, Cidel Trust Company, serves as the fund’s custodian. Gemini, the crypto company, established by investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, serves as the fund’s sub-custodian. E&Y (Ernst & Young) is the fund’s auditor. This is the primary Bitcoin ETF in North America, Canada, and the U.S. previously have alike, however not identical investment vehicles.

Canadian regulators approved a Bitcoin Fund from 3iQ in 2019 and approved Ether Fund in 2020. The funds enabled investors to purchase shares in Bitcoin or Ether; however, they couldn’t leap in and skip out; there was a limited period in which to buy-in. Furthermore, an $180 million Bitcoin Trust landed on the Toronto Stock Exchange earlier this year. 

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