April 19, 2024
BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Now Trading in Brazil
Bitcoin ETF

BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF Now Trading in Brazil

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust ETF (IBIT), the most successful among the 10 spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds, has commenced trading on the Brazilian stock exchange B3. The asset manager’s expansion announcement reflects the increasing interest in the cryptocurrency market among global investors, prompting a search for options in the Brazilian capital market.

Felipe Gonçalves, B3’s Superintendent of Interest and Currency Products, remarked, “This is another opportunity for investors to include exposure to Bitcoin in their portfolios. The growing interest in the crypto market by investors from all over the world has sparked a search for options in the Brazilian capital market as well.”

IBIT has demonstrated remarkable success, attracting over $7 billion in net investment since its launch alongside the other nine spot bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. on January 11. This achievement represents the highest inflow within this group of funds.

The Brazilian iteration of the fund, known as the iShares Bitcoin Trust BDR ETF, mirrors its U.S. counterpart with a 0.25% management fee. Notably, this fee will be reduced to 0.12% for the initial year or until the fund’s assets reach $5 billion.

BlackRock’s move to extend its bitcoin ETF to the Brazilian market aligns with the global trend of increasing institutional interest in cryptocurrency. The success of IBIT in the U.S. underscores the appetite among investors for bitcoin exposure through regulated financial instruments. As the cryptocurrency market continues to evolve, the entry of established financial institutions into different regions contributes to the mainstream acceptance and integration of digital assets into traditional investment portfolios.

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