ETF Influx Inspires HSBC Crypto ETF Offering in Hong Kong

Banking giant HSBC is the latest major financial institute to join the Crypto ETF trend alongside BlackRock and Fidelity.

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  • TradFi interest in the crypto industry is burgeoning, with major financial institutions eyeing Crypto ETFs. 
  • Banking giant HSBC is the latest major institution to join the Crypto ETF trend. 
  • HSBC’s entry into the Crypto ETF space is a significant milestone and could entice others to follow suit. 

TradFi interest in the crypto market has soared to unprecedented heights, with some of the world’s largest asset managers, including BlackRock and Fidelity, actively looking to launch their own Crypto ETFs. This attention from finance’s most influential players has ignited an exciting rally and sparked a fresh wave of optimism among investors. 

With the snowball taking effect, banking giants from other parts of the world are taking note, as HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking institutions, is joining the bandwagon and is beating its US counterparts to the punch. 

HSBC Joins In

While BlackRock and Fidelity’s ETF applications await approval from the SEC, HSBC has found its way through the crack to offer its customers Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs, beating them at the race but in another continent. 

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According to crypto reporter Colin Wu, HSBC Hong Kong customers, the region’s largest bank, can now quickly gain exposure to crypto assets without directly owning them through its Crypto ETFs, which will be the fourth Crypto ETF listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 

It’s worth noting that users have been able to trade Crypto ETFs through HSBC since December 2022; however, this is the first time the banking giant has offered its own ETF in the region. 

In addition to its ETF, HSBC has launched a Virtual Asset Investor Education Center to educate and protect investors from cryptocurrency-related risks. The program requires investors to understand the risks associated with the asset before investing in them. The education center will be accessible through HSBC’s mobile app, which currently boasts over 1.7 million users. 

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HSBC’s entry into the ETF space is one of the many developments that have followed Hong Kong’s new crypto-friendly approach.

Hong Kong Approves

Hong Kong recently made a concerted effort to transition into a welcoming crypto hub in Asia concerning regulation. The region is rapidly developing a new crypto framework and licensing guideline for retail investors to attract more crypto firms, all while the US has been cracking down on the industry. 

Interestingly, Hong Kong’s banking regulator, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), has been applying pressure on some of the largest banks in the region, including HSBC, Bank of China, and Standard Chartered, to comply with its new crypto laws and accept crypto firms as its clients. 

On the Flipside

  • Over 80 crypto firms, including Coinbase, are now exploring moving to Hong Kong to take advantage of its friendly environment. 
  • HSBC has historically been very supportive of the crypto industry. The bank bought the embattled UK arm of Silicon Valley Bank for £1 to keep the branch afloat.
  • In April 2022, HSBC Holdings launched a fund to capture investment opportunities in the metaverse, exclusively for its billionaire and millionaire clients from Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Why This Matters

HSBC’s entry into the crypto market, as the largest bank in the region, marks a significant milestone for Hong Kong’s crypto drive and could lead to its rivals following suit in listing similar crypto ETFs. 

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Insha Zia

Insha Zia is a senior journalist at DailyCoin covering crypto developments, especially in the Cardano ecosystem. With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering, he delivers high-quality articles with his technical background and expertise in data analysis and programming languages, aiming to educate and inform readers accurately, transparently, and engagingly. Insha believes education can drive mass adoption of the crypto space, and he is committed to giving DailyCoin readers a better understanding of the technology.