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London Stock Exchange to Launch Bitcoin and Ethereum ETNs in May 2024

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has announced a significant milestone in the integration of cryptocurrency with traditional financial markets through the launch of a market for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded notes (ETNs). This move, set for May 28, 2024, marks a pivotal moment for investors looking to delve into cryptocurrencies within a regulated framework. The LSE had previously indicated plans to open its doors to the trading of Crypto ETNs in the second quarter of 2024, and with this latest update, it confirms the acceptance of applications for such trading starting April 8, 2024, pending the approval of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The introduction of Crypto ETNs on the LSE aims to bring a broader array of issuers to the market from the first day of trading, enhancing the diversity and accessibility of cryptocurrency investments for market participants. Prospective issuers interested in listing their Crypto ETN programs on the main market are required to submit a base prospectus for FCA approval by April 15, 2024, underlining the regulatory framework guiding this initiative.

Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) both offer exposure to cryptocurrencies on a stock exchange, but with a crucial distinction. ETNs, being unsecured debt securities backed by the issuer’s creditworthiness, carry a credit risk, unlike ETFs, which are investment funds holding the assets they track, thus offering direct asset exposure. This difference highlights the importance of understanding the nature of each investment product.

The launch of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETNs by the LSE comes at a time when Bitcoin prices are experiencing a significant rally, attributed to positive sector developments, strong inflows into Bitcoin ETFs, and anticipation of the Bitcoin halving event later this year. Furthermore, a dovish stance by the US Federal Reserve, coupled with expectations of rate cuts in 2024, has fueled bullish sentiment in the cryptocurrency market.

As of 2:20 pm, according to Coindesk, Bitcoin was trading at $70,580.24, marking a 5.48% increase over the past 24 hours, with its market capitalization soaring to $1.39 trillion. The year has seen Bitcoin prices surge by 67.11%, underscoring the growing investor interest and market optimism surrounding cryptocurrencies.

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