BITW shares traded more than $67m in first 3 days on OTCQX Best Market®, becoming the most highly traded crypto fund launch in history.
Bitwise Asset Management, a leading crypto fund manager, announced that the Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund (ticker: BITW) saw record initial trading volumes of its shares in the secondary market following its debut on OTCQX Best Market® on Wednesday, December 9. More than $67 million of shares traded in the first three days, making it the highest volume debut of a publicly-traded crypto fund in U.S. history.
The prior record holder, the Grayscale Ethereum Trust, saw just over $9M in trading volume during the first three days following its debut on OTCQX on June 25, 2019. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, the largest crypto fund, with more than $10 billion in assets under management today, joined OTCQX on May 5, 2015, and had under $1 million in trading volume in its first three days on the market.
“We are thrilled to see the market’s reception of BITW as the first publicly traded crypto index fund,” said Bitwise cofounder and CEO Hunter Horsley. “As more and more financial advisors and investment professionals look to establish an allocation to crypto in their portfolios, a professionally managed index fund is a familiar and important tool.”
BITW ended last week as the fourth most highly traded security on OTCQX Friday, behind GBTC, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Air Canada.
“We are pleased that a market developed so quickly in BITW last week, with multiple market makers and a wide variety of participants involved,” said Bitwise COO Teddy Fusaro. “All investors should carefully consider the risks associated with the Fund, including the fact that we anticipate BITW shares will trade at either significant premiums to or significant discounts to their underlying value. We encourage individuals to talk to their financial advisor prior to making any investment decision.”
The Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund had over $135 million in assets under management as of December 13, 2020. The fund tracks an index of the 10 largest cryptocurrencies, screened for certain risks and weighted by market capitalization. The index and the fund are rebalanced on a monthly basis. As of Nov. 30, 2020, the fund held approximately 75% Bitcoin and 13% Ethereum, with the remaining 12% allocated across XRP, Litecoin, Chainlink, Tezos, and other cryptocurrencies.
Data on ETHE and market activity of other securities on OTCQX is sourced from OTCIQ, a market intelligence and data portal for OTC Markets. GBTC data was sourced from Nasdaq. The inception date for trading on OTCQX is sourced from OTC Markets Group Inc. The most active securities on OTCQX can be found at www.otcmarkets.com/market-activity/current-market/QX.
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The Shares of Funds that are publicly quoted on the OTCQX Best Market are Shares that have become “unrestricted” under Rule 144 of the Securities Act one year and a day subsequent to the date that the Shares were originally issued (although Shares held by affiliates and insiders will be subject to additional restrictions on resales, including restrictions on the number of Shares that may be resold within any three-month period). Shares that have become unrestricted may be quoted on the OTCQX Best Market and may be purchased and sold throughout the trading day through any brokerage account with access to such markets.
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Based in San Francisco, Bitwise is one of the largest and fastest-growing crypto asset managers. As of year-end 2021, Bitwise managed $1.3 billion across an expanding suite of investment solutions. The firm is known for managing the world’s largest crypto index fund (OTCQX: BITW) and pioneering products spanning Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, and crypto-focused equity indexes. Bitwise focuses on partnering with financial advisors and investment professionals to provide quality education and research. The team at Bitwise combines expertise in technology with decades of experience in traditional asset management and indexing, coming from firms including BlackRock, Blackstone, Meta, and Google, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bitwise is backed by leading institutional investors and asset management executives, and has been profiled in Institutional Investor, CNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal.
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