How Invesco, Others are Circumventing SEC’s Crypto ETF Reluctance

What You Need to Know

  • Invesco has filed applications with the SEC for two ETFs that indirectly invest in cryptocurrencies.
  • Bitwise Asset Management and Simplify Asset Management already trade crypto-linked ETFs.
  • On June 17, the SEC will once again decide what to do with VanEck Bitcoin Trust ETF application.

Invesco has joined a small, but growing number of firms sponsoring ETFs which invest indirectly in cryptocurrencies and are therefore more likely to receive approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission than ETFs that invest directly in Bitcoin or their cryptocurrencies.

To date, the SEC has not approved any of the dozen or so Bitcoin ETF applications that it has received and has rejected several.

Invesco has filed an application with the SEC to trade the The Invesco Galaxy Crypto Economy ETF  and the Invesco Galaxy Blockchain Economy ETF.

Both ETFs will generally invest at least 80% of assets in the assets that comprise the Alerian Galaxy Global Cryptocurrency-Focused Blockchain Index, which includes stocks of companies “materially engaged” in cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency mining or buying, and enabling technologies, plus cryptocurrency futures, exchange-trade products and private investment trusts like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust that are linked to cryptocurrencies and trade over the counter.