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Asset values of listed crypto ETPs soaring in expectation of ETF approvals


Despite the massive settlement levied on Binance by the SEC in the US last week, it seems that the market for crypto ETPs – exchange-listed products with digital assets as their underlying collateral – is booming. In fact, it seems to be outstripping the growth in the digital assets market itself.

Fineqia International, a Canadian-listed digital asset and fintech investment business, said this month that its analysis of global ETPs with digital assets as underlying collateral, revealed a 91% growth in total Assets Under Management in the year-to-date period, outpacing the growth of underlying digital assets by 30%.

The underlying assets had comparatively slower growth of 70% during the Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 period. The differential is attributed to Bitcoin’s larger proportion within digital asset ETPs compared with its share in the overall market.

BTC makes up about three quarters of the ETPs AUM though it’s only half of the digital asset market. BTC’s more than doubling in value this year has, therefore, had a magnified effect on ETP’s AUM. ETPs include both Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange-Traded Notes (ETNs).

“Smoke signals” indicate likely approval of Bitcoin ETFs in US

October’s $38 billion AUM figure marked the peak value recorded this year, a monthly increase of 25% from $30.5 billion. It was the highest figure since May 2022. During October, the market value of crypto assets rose 17%, to about $1.35 trillion from $1.15 trillion. Similarly, this represented the highest market cap since June 2022.

“The smoke signals are out for the very likely and a near imminent approval of Bitcoin Spot ETFs”, said Fineqia CEO Bundeep Singh Rangar. “The market’s simply responding to this positive signalling.”

There are 12 pending BTC spot ETF applications with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Investors seem to be increasing their allocations based on their expectations of SEC approvals in the weeks ahead. BlackRock also recently confirmed its plans for a spot ETH ETF through a filing with the SEC.

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price increased 28% in October, to $34,600 from $27,000 recorded on September 30. The AUM of ETPs holding BTC increased by 29.6%, to $28.1 billion from $21.7 billion. Year-to-date, the AUM of ETPs holding BTC rose 107%. The price of BTC closely mirrored, signaling a 108% growth year-to-date.

During October, Ethereum (ETH) rose 8.2% in value to $1,812 from $1,675 recorded at the end of September. ETH-denominated ETPs AUM increased 7.8% to $7.2 billion on October 31, compared with $6.7 billion a month earlier. Year-to-date, ETH prices rose 51%, while ETPs holding ETH increased 46% in the same period.

ETPs representing a diversified basket of cryptocurrencies increased 27% in AUM during October, marking a 68% increase in AUM year-to-date.

ETPs representing an index of alternative coins increased by 26% in October. The recent altcoins index growth was largely propelled by Solana (SOL). ETPs holding SOL increased 172% in AUM during October, to $279m from $102m recorded on September 30. Year-to-date, ETPs holding individual altcoins showed the weakest growth, in comparison to other digital assets categories, indicating a 38% increase in AUM.

Fineqia Research’s AUM calculation factors in the launch or closure of ETPs during any stated period. The number of tracked ETPs stood at 168 as of the end of October. All references to price are quoted in USD, and the cryptocurrency prices are sourced from CoinMarketCap and CoinGecko.

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