Australian Asset Manager ‘Holon’ Launches Multiple Low-Cost Crypto Funds

August 02, 2022, 10:03 AM AEST - 1 week ago

Following recently approved Australian crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Sydney-based Holon Global Investments (Holon) has just launched three crypto funds of its own, partnering with Gemini as its custodian:

Low-Cost Alternative for Retail Investors

Holon, an asset manager which identifies itself as a Web3 investor, has launched three unlisted funds that provide access to bitcoin, ethereum and filecoin respectively.

According to the investment firm, the funds are currently the only managed investment schemes for digital assets available to retail investors that are registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

We are huge believers in the potential for blockchain and cryptocurrency to revolutionise key areas of the global and Australian economy, including finance and data storage. But Australian investors, financial investors, and financial advisers have struggled to find regulated ways to invest.

Heath Behncke, managing director, Holon

The funds have a A$5,000 minimum investment, or A$2,000 with a A$200 per month savings plan. Furthermore, Holon has suggested that all three funds hold long positions only, as there is no gearing or trading.

Notably, the funds will incur a management fee of 0.4 percent, significantly less than the 1.25 percent fee charges by the initial group of approved Australian crypto ETFs.

Holon’s head of asset management highlighted the thought process behind this decision in a recent interview with the Australian Financial Review:

We don’t think we’re adding an enormous amount of value here, and so we shouldn’t be charging an enormous fee.

Rory Scott, head of asset management, Holon

Holon Strengthens Ties with Gemini

According to a statement by Gemini, it will act as custodian for all three funds, given its credentials and experience in operating within challenging regulatory environments. But this isn’t the first time Holon has teamed up with Gemini. Last year, it partnered with the Winklevoss-led outfit after launching its Filecoin wholesale fund.

Holon’s managing director Heath Behncke was excited about the launch, commenting:

The Holon funds have been carefully structured to include Gemini’s institutional grade custody to provide investors and financial advisors with attractive exposure to some of the most credible and exciting cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum and Filecoin.

Heath Behncke, managing director, Holon

It’s interesting to note that when Commonwealth Bank of Australia announced its foray into crypto, which has since been postponed, it too leaned on Gemini for custodial services. At present, it isn’t clear whether there is simply a lack of credible local institutional-grade custodians, or whether other factors, such as regulations, are at play.

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