First NFTs focused ETF products established in the US


NFTs artworks sale has already shown that Non-Fungible Tokens craze are authentic. The demand for crypto collectibles is notable in the digital ecosystem. Besides, the United States has this year for the first time ever witnessed a crypto-based exchange-traded fund (ETF). After the ProShares BTC future-based ETF has been established, firms are also filing with the regulators to launch spot-based products. Although the regulators are not allowed to establish a spot-based crypto product in the nation, on Thursday, the United States witnessed the first ever NFT-focused ETF.

NFTs focused ETF trades on NYSE

On Thursday, it was announced that Defiance, a registered investment advisor, has established the first Non-Fungible Token focused ETF. The ETF product has been listed on the platform of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Arca. The latest fund has been launched with the ticker symbol NFTZ, with a yearly management fee of 0.65%.

It is worth noting that the ETF product does not buy and holds Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to store in wallets. Rather the fund only tracks the index of several firms operating or intending to venture into the NFT sector and the NFTs and gaming Metaverse.

Which firms will the ETF focus on?

The NFTs focused ETF intends to mirror the BITA NFT and Blockchain Select Index. Notably, the index is managed by Germany-based FinTech firm BITA. Moreover, notable holdings in the financial instrument include Coinbase, Cloudflare, Play Group (Playboy), Marathon Digital, and Hut 8 Mining. 

It has been revealed that the fund’s biggest holding is Silvergate Capital, which tracks 6.74% of the net assets. Indeed, Silvergate is one of the largest gateway for cryptocurrency to fiat transactions among centralized digital assets exchange and financial institutions. Notably, during Q3 2021, the firm has alone facilitated more than $162 billion worth of such transactions.

However, ultimately, the NFTs ETF is holding a total of 34 firms in its portfolio.

NFT revolution would be bigger than internet

Following the announcement of the ETF, Sylvia Jablonski, the co-founder and CIO of Defiance cited that the NFTs revolution could be bigger than the internet. Simultaneously, she also underscored that the revolution has the potential to change the economic model for artists, athletes, creators, and several other industries which is unconvinced of today.

Additionally, the NFTs ETF also has plans to launch a basket of ETFs that will track the latest information technology and biotech developments. Such developments include 5G, psychedelic, and quantum computing ETFs.

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