Huobi Asset Management is set to launch a bitcoin (BTC) tracker fund, an Ether (ETH) tracker fund, and a multi-strategy digital asset fund, after successfully gaining the approval of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), according to reports on March 4, 2021.
Huobi Rolling Out Fresh Crypto Funds
With the global cryptocurrency markets now at a massive $1.45 trillion market capitalization, Huobi Technology Holdings, a fully-owned subsidiary of Huobi cryptocurrency exchange, is aiming to make the most of the crypto boom by launching new digital asset funds.
Per sources close to the matter, Huobi Technology Holdings, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, says it’s looking to launch a bitcoin price tracker fund, an ether tracker fund and a multi-strategy digital asset fund. The three investment vehicles will be 100 percent invested in cryptocurrencies.
What’s more, the firm has hinted that it also aims to introduce a multi-asset fund that will consist of 10 percent digital assets and 90 percent equity and fixed income investments, with both funds accepting fiat and crypto subscriptions.
At the time of filing this report, the entire details of the proposed fund are yet to be released and the firm has stated categorically that it’s still holding talks with the relevant stakeholders. Commenting on the project, Mandy Liu, vice president of Investor Relations at Huobi Tech said:
“The size of the funds is under discussion and depends on the development of distribution channels. We aim to become the leading virtual asset management company in Asia in the near future.”
Crypto Funds Gaining Popularity
As reported last August, Huobi Asset Management obtained two important licenses: a Type 4 (advising on securities) and a Type 9 (asset management) from the SFC. However, the country’s existing laws still required the firm to seek formal approval from regulators before rolling out a full-fledged crypto fund.
It’s worth noting that Huobi Asset Management’s journey began in 2018 when its parent firm acquired Pantronics Holdings for $77 million. The acquired firm was then rebranded and renamed Huobi Technology Holdings in 2019.
Cryptocurrency funds give investors exposure to digital currencies and save them the stress of storing the assets themselves and these investment vehicles are increasingly gaining popularity, as the price of bitcoin (BTC) and other digital currencies continue to rise.
In April 2020, Hong Kong regulators gave Venture Smart Asia Ltd the go-ahead to launch a $100 million crypto fund that targets only institutional investors. Two bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) went live in Canada in late February 2021, and the nation’s financial regulator is on the verge of approving a third ETF.