Spot Bitcoin ETF Fees War Escalates to Europe-based Fund Managers

Spot Bitcoin ETF Fees War Escalates to Europe-based Fund Managers

UTC by Steve Muchoki · 3 min read
Spot Bitcoin ETF Fees War Escalates to Europe-based Fund Managers
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The approval of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States has given investors around the world more diversity to tap into the Bitcoin market, thus heightening underlying fee wars.

The entrance of well-funded fund managers from the United States into the Bitcoin (BTC) industry through the spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has significantly changed the underlying dynamics. As a globally accepted asset class with deep liquidity, Europe-based fund managers have been compelled to review their management terms to ensure a competitive advantage. According to WisdomTree Investments Inc (NYSE: WT) European head Alexis Marinof, the launch of several spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States has significantly captured the attention of European products.

“The launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US is helping the crypto market to evolve as the asset class continues to stake a claim for a place in client portfolios,” Marinof noted.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Martijn Rozemuller, the Chief Executive Officer at VanEck, who added that the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States has largely boosted cryptocurrency interest around the world. Moreover, the United States is the leading global economy but continues to struggle with a high national debt of more than $34 trillion.

Ideally, the fact that US-based spot Bitcoin ETFs are more liquid, experts argue that investors may be more attracted to them in the coming months. As a result, Europe-based spot Bitcoin ETF issuers have been compelled to lower their operating fees to ensure a competitive advantage.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs Wars Spills Over to Europe

Before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs earlier this month, the respective fund managers – led by BlackRock Inc (NYSE: BLK) and Fidelity Investments – filed with the US SEC to lower their respective operating fees to ensure competitiveness. On average most of the fund managers capped their operating fees at 0.30 percent coupled with different waivers apart from Grayscale’s GBTC that set its operating fees at around 1.5 percent. Consequently, Grayscale’s GBTC has recorded a total cash outflow of more than $2.2 billion compared to others that have gained more than 66k Bitcoins in the same period.

In Europe, multiple spot Bitcoin ETF providers have lowered their operating fees led by WisdomTree and Invesco. Notably, WisdomTree has reacted to the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States by slashing its operating fees on its $325 million physical Bitcoin ETP by 60 percent from 0.95 percent to 0.35 percent. On the other hand, the operating fees on the $137 million Invesco Physical Bitcoin ETP were reduced from 0.99 percent to 0.39 percent, with the respective changes expected to take effect by the end of this month.

Market Picture

The entrance of institutional funds through spot ETFs has improved cryptocurrency liquidity despite the short-term market volatility that has seen Bitcoin price drop below $40k for the first time this year. With the upcoming Bitcoin halving in April, the Bitcoin and altcoin bullish outlook will significantly improve.

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