Purpose Investments Launches World’s First Ethereum ETF

Last Friday, Canadian asset manager Purpose Investments revealed that its Ethereum exchange traded fund (ETF) was approved by Canadian securities regulators. 

Purpose Ether ETF Begins Trading Early Tuesday on TSX

As the first Ethereum-based ETF in the world, the fund began trading under the ticker ETHH on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) earlier today. 

The asset manager’s move comes after its Purpose Bitcoin ETF (BTCC) saw massive success, hitting over $1 billion assets under management within weeks of its launch. According to analytics site Glassnode, its holdings peaked at 18,522 BTC on April 19. 

Dubbed “Purpose Ether ETF”, the fund will invest directly into physically settled Ethereum — a welcome change from derivative-based funds like Grayscale’s Ethereum Trust. This allows the ETF to accurately reflect the price of Ether without premiums to its net asset value (NAV). 

“The Ether in the ETF is held in secure, offline storage, which is also known as “cold” storage because it is not actively connected to the internet. We do use an online or “hot” wallet, but only for transitory purchases when the ETF is buying and selling Ether. The ETF only invests in and holds 100% physically settled Ether.”

The fund’s AUM currently sits at $26.46 million CAD with a NAV of $10.61 — which is priced based on TradeBlock ETX’ Ether spot price. Each share of ETHH represents 0.00355048 Ether and the management fee is fixed at 1.00%.

In a press release, Purpose CEO Som Seif remained confident that Purpose’s latest Ether fund would be as successful as its Bitcoin counterpart:

“We believe Ether, a leading digital asset with perhaps the most potential among all the blockchain technologies, is poised to continue its growth trajectory and as both an important utility technology and broader adoption as an investment asset.”

“When we launched the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, we knew we wanted to be the leader in the cryptocurrency investment space. By following up the world’s first Bitcoin ETF with the world’s first Ether ETF, I feel like we’re there,” he added. 

Ethereum prices rebounded from the weekend selloff — just in time for Purpose Ether ETF’s debut. Source: Tradingview.com
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