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- Fidelity, the $4 trillion funds giant, applied to list a bitcoin ETF called the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust.
- The ETF would track the price of bitcoin using data from exchanges including Bitstamp and Coinbase.
- The race for the first US bitcoin ETF is heating up, with VanEck, WisdomTree, and NYDIG also in the game.
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A major player just joined the race to launch the first bitcoin ETF in the US: Fidelity Investments, which has around $4 trillion under management.
Fidelity applied on Wednesday to list a bitcoin exchange-traded fund in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
It would be called the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust and provide investors direct exposure to the bitcoin price by tracking Fidelity's bitcoin index. The index itself takes prices from markets such as Bitstamp, Coinbase, Gemini, itBit, and Kraken.
Fidelity's SEC filing said the ETF is "designed to provide investors with a cost-effective and convenient way to invest in bitcoin without purchasing, holding and trading bitcoin directly."
The funds giant is only the latest player to apply to list a bitcoin ETF, a product that would likely prove popular given the growing institutional interest in bitcoin, which hit a high of close to $62,000 earlier this month.
The regulators are currently weighing an application from ETF provider VanEck. Anthony Scaramucci's SkyBridge Capital has teamed up with First Trust Advisors to apply for regulatory approval. WisdomTree Investments, NYDIG and Valkyrie Digital Assets have also applied.
US regulators have repeatedly denied numerous applications, however, including from Gemini exchange founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.
Exchange-traded funds are securities that track certain assets, indexes or sectors, in which investors can buy or sell shares on the stock market. They are a hugely popular method of investing, as they provide an easy and regulated way to gain exposure to certain assets.
Cryptocurrency enthusiasts hope a US bitcoin ETF will gain approval and provide major institutions a way of investing safely in the world's biggest cryptocurrency, boosting the price.
Grayscale Investments, which currently runs the biggest bitcoin fund, told Insider in March it is interested in filing for a bitcoin ETF.
Michael Sonnenshein, the firm's chief executive, said Grayscale was "of the belief that a bitcoin ETF would be something that would be well received by the investment community."
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