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Bitcoin Spot ETFs to Hit Hong Kong Market on April 30, Expert Warns of Imminent Rate War

In a significant development for the Bitcoin (BTC) market, Hong Kong will witness the start of trading of several spot Bitcoin ETFs on April 30.

This milestone follows the successful approval and subsequent commercialization of Bitcoin ETFs in the United States earlier this year under the regulatory oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

With institutional adoption on the rise and Bitcoin reaching its all-time high of $73,700 in March, the upcoming launch of these ETFs in Hong Kong holds great promise for the cryptocurrency market.

Rate battle looms

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) made a notable announcement on April 15, approving the trading of several Bitcoin and Ethereum spot ETFs. This regulatory approval paved the way for Bitcoin ETF trading in Hong Kong.

Industry experts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart of Bloomberg anticipate a rate war will ensue as ETF issuers strive to attract the largest number of customers.

Balchunas and Seyffart predict possible rate war in Hong Kong as Bitcoin ETFs prepare to launch. The Harvest Fund, for example, plans to enter the market with full fee waivers and the lowest rate of 0.3% after the waiver period.

Revised Bitcoin ETF Projections

The competitive fee structures of these Bitcoin ETFs are expected to generate greater interest among investors, which could attract greater assets under management.

Balchunas acknowledges the relatively low rate levels and describes them as a positive sign for the market. Lower fees are likely to increase the attractiveness of these index funds and increase their assets under management (AuM).

While optimism surrounds the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong, Eric Balchunas offers a cautious analysis of potential capital inflows into this new market.

Blachunas suggests that these ETFs could lag behind their US counterparts, which have already achieved trading volumes of more than $200 billion since their launch in January.

Balchunas revised his initial forecast, estimating that these Hong Kong ETFs could attract up to $1 billion in assets under management in the first two years of operation, doubling his previous projection of $500 million.

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