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New Bitcoin ETF Offers Shorting Bitcoin Futures, Creators Warn of Multiple Risks

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Wed, 10/27/2021 - 10:42
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Yuri Molchan
Direxion has filed for a Bitcoin ETF that allows traders to short BTC futures contracts
New Bitcoin ETF Offers Shorting Bitcoin Futures, Creators Warn of Multiple Risks
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According to an article by Bloomberg, a new Bitcoin ETF, if approved, will enable traders to short Bitcoin futures. The filing was submitted on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Direxion wants to launch Bitcoin futures ETF for short-sellers

Bloomberg has written that, on Oct. 26, Direxion submitted documentation to launch the Direxion Bitcoin Strategy Bear ETF. Last week, two ETFs that track the performance of Bitcoin futures were launched by ProShares and Valkyrie.

Now, the BTC futures ETF industry in the U.S. may reach a new milestone—if the launch of the ETF for bears is approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The debut of Bitcoin futures products last week prompted Bitcoin growth to almost $67,000 and a new all-time high.

However, today, the flagship cryptocurrency retreated below the $60,000 level as a mind-blowing half-a-million worth of liquidations were conducted across major exchanges: Binance, Bitfinex, OKEx, Huobi and so on.

Slightly over $500 million worth of those crypto liquidations were long positions.

BITO ETF gains $1 billion in just two days

ProShares Bitcoin ETF last week became the second-most-traded asset on the NYSE on its first day of trading. Buy orders to the tune of 10,100 were placed on BITO (the ticker the ETF goes by), and seven times more orders were placed to sell it.

After trading for two days, BITO reached $1 billion in net asset value. That is the equivalent of the net asset value of several Canadian Bitcoin ETFs that have been trading for a while already.

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Direxion fund bears lots of risks

The new Bitcoin ETF filed for by Direxion bears numerous financial risks for short-sellers, the company warns. Trading this ETF may lead to shorters getting wiped out, Bloomberg writes, and Bitcoin's massive price swings would be a problem here, too.

The SEC filing states that if you are not prepared to lose all your funds by investing in this ETF, you should not bet on it.

This week, some in the crypto community also expect another Bitcoin futures ETF to kick off—the one filed for by the VanEck asset manager.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.