April 28, 2024
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Chinese Investors Left Out From Hong Kong Spot Crypto ETFs

In recent news, Hong Kong approved the launch of spot Bitcoin and Ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs), marking a significant move in the cryptocurrency market.

However, despite this milestone, Bloomberg data analyst Jack Wang suggests that mainland Chinese investors won’t be able to benefit from these offerings.

Source: Bloomberg

Chinese Regulations Restrict Access

Despite the close ties between the ETF issuers and mainland China, Wang highlighted that Chinese regulations pose a significant barrier. He referred to a statement from the Chinese State Council in September 2021, prohibiting financial institutions from facilitating crypto-related transactions.

“Mainland Chinese citizens will not be able to participate in this,” Wang stated during a Bloomberg webinar.

He also noted that attempts to trade futures-based crypto ETFs listed in Hong Kong have been rejected by brokers, indicating limited access for Chinese investors in the short term.

Regulatory Environment Unlikely to Shift

Wang expressed skepticism about any positive impact on the regulatory environment in mainland China, asserting a 100% certainty that Chinese investors won’t be able to access these products in the near future.

Similarly, Thomas Zhu from China Asset Management stated that the eligibility of mainland Chinese investors depends on forthcoming regulatory modifications.

“As for other products, Mainland and Hong Kong regulators made a concerted effort to establish Mainland-Hong Kong Stock Connect, allowing Mainland investors to trade eligible Hong Kong stocks and ETFs,”

Statement from Thomas Zhu

Global Disparity in Crypto ETF Markets

While optimism surrounds the launch of spot crypto ETFs in Hong Kong, Bloomberg analyst James Seyffart highlighted the vast difference in the scale of ETF markets between the United States, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

“The U.S. ETF market is almost $9 trillion in assets — that’s trillion with a ‘T’. The entire Hong Kong ETF market is around $50 billion. Mainland China ETFs are around $325 billion.”

Bloomberg analyst James Seyffart

In conclusion, while the approval of spot Bitcoin and Ether ETFs in Hong Kong marks a significant milestone, regulatory barriers and global market disparities pose challenges for mainland Chinese investors seeking exposure to these assets.

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