UBS and Citi to Allow Eligible Customers Trade Bitcoin ETFs
UBS and Citi disclosed their intention to permit select clients trade Bitcoin ETFs, subject to specific conditions.
Swiss bank and financial services company UBS announced that it will allow certain clients to trade Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), subject to specific conditions. The bank stated it can not promote such trades, while accounts with a lower risk tolerance will be restricted from purchasing Bitcoin ETFs.
Likewise, another prominent American bank and financial services corporation Citigroup, stated that it currently offers access to recently approved Bitcoin ETFs for its institutional clients, focusing on execution and asset servicing. Additionally, the bank is in the process of evaluating these products for potential inclusion among individual Wealth clients.
Prior to these updates, customers of investment firms Citi, Merrill Lynch, Edward Jones and UBS had reported encountering difficulties in purchasing spot Bitcoin ETFs on the respective platforms. The recent disclosure led to confusion among customers, particularly in the aftermath of Vanguard’s decision to prohibit the purchase of spot Bitcoin ETFs on its brokerage platform, prompting broader concerns.
Vanguard announced that spot Bitcoin ETFs don’t align with their focus on asset classes such as equities, bonds, and cash, which they consider as the foundational elements of a well-balanced, long-term investment portfolio. The company did not join the 14 issuers who applied for a spot Bitcoin ETF in 2023.
Bitcoin ETFs Garner Interest on Debut Day
Bitcoin ETFs generated significant enthusiasm upon their debut on Thursday, witnessing the the exchange of billions of dollars’ worth on the first day of their availability. Prominent asset management companies including Grayscale, BlackRock, and Fidelity are now among those offering Bitcoin ETFs.
Recently, Charles Schwab, a major US brokerage, stated that it would allow clients to trade these ETFs, reflectinig a growing trend of established financial players entering the Bitcoin ETF market. Optimists believe that Bitcoin ETFs have the potential to significantly expand the investor base for Bitcoin, as acquiring ETFs is considered more accessible than purchasing Bitcoin directly.
Recent announcements from major financial institutions UBS and Citigroup highlight their decisive steps in navigating the new digital asset landscape amidst the evolving dynamics in the Bitcoin ETF market.
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