Under the Radar: Australia’s Spot Bitcoin ETF Launch Precedes US

By Aaron Feuerstein January 15, 2024 In Australia, Bitcoin, ETF
  • Australia previously offered Spot Bitcoin ETFs, traded not on the ASX but on Cboe Australia, with modest assets under management compared to US equivalents.
  • It remains to be seen if growing interest in crypto ETFs will revive these products.
  • In the Spot Bitcoin ETF market, the US offers low fees due to intense competition, while Australia, with potential new market entrants, anticipates lower fees, increasing options for investors.

Australia Has Had a Spot Bitcoin ETF for a While

While Australian investors had previous exposure to Spot Bitcoin ETFs, they had so far not been traded on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) but on Cboe Australia (Chicago Board Options Exchange) – Cboe was formerly known as Chi-X Australia. Both exchanges are under regulatory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and are a good option for investors. However, the ASX has a larger market share and can often provide investors with more options.  

Among the hype in the US around the Spot Bitcoin ETF approvals some may have missed that the Cboe had already listed such products for the local market. Global X lists its 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (Cboe: EBTC) and Global X 21Shares Ethereum ETF (Cboe: EETH) on the exchange, while Cosmos Asset Management, delisted its fund in late 2022 after a chilly reception.

Over in the United States, the first trading day saw several billion dollars being traded in the US ETFs. In Australia, EBTC meanwhile – physically backed 100% by BTC – has only AUD $36.5 million assets under management and the EETH AUD $9.8 million. Interestingly, the fees for both products are at 1.25% – a far cry from the discounted products US consumers now have access to.

Fee’s Biggest Differentiator for Spot Bitcoin ETF

US ETFs, fuelled by competition, have low fees ranging between zero and 0.9% initially for a period of several months, and then between 0.2% and 0.9%, with Grayscale’s GBTC having the highest fees, at 1.5%.


It will be interesting to see if the increased interest in Bitcoin ETFs and the talks about upcoming Spot Ethereum ETFs will help revive interest in the Cboe ETFs, as they were introduced during a time of market turmoil.

Source: SEC.gov/ Bloomberg Intelligence

Meanwhile, Australian investors likely welcome a bit of competition which may bring fees down a little. As The Australian Financial Review reports there could be two more entrants in the local market, with the ASX likely to give the green light to Monochrome Assets Management, a Sydney-based firm for a Spot Bitcoin ETF and also Betashares preparing an ASX listing. At the same time CommSec is apparently looking into enabling Australians to trade US ETFs. CommSec did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Updated 3 June 2024, to reflect that Monochrome has its headquarter in Sydney.

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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