A Bitcoin-thematic ETF lists on the Borsa Italiana providing savers, institutions and pensions planners with exposure to Bitcoin.
The Italian Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, this morning listed a “Bitcoin (BTC)-thematic” exchange-traded fund (ETF) by Melanion Capital, bringing Bitcoin exposure to Italian institutions and retirement plans.
Cyril Sabbagh, managing director at Melanion Capital told Cointelegraph, “the Melanion BTC Equities Universe UCITS ETF is an equity ETF around stocks in the crypto ecosystem.” Sabbagh explained that the ETF would be “accessible to as many people as possible.”
Following the successful launch of a Bitcoin-thematic ETF in October 2021 on Euronext Paris, a Pan-European stock exchange, Melanion Capital targeted Italy for its ETF. Sabbagh explains:
The Bitcoin ETF also allows savers to gain exposure to Bitcoin in their retirement plans due to the UCTIS specification:
Nicolas Bertrand, advisor and ambassador of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and a former board member of Borsa Italiana, told Cointelegraph that “Italian investors and traders showed early interest in trading Bitcoin and other digital assets.”
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Despite sluggish price action and calls for a sub $20,000 Bitcoin, Bertrand highlights the interest in digital assets:
Plus in Italy, Bertrand shares that investor appetite for Bitcoin is robust, particularly prior to 2021, “Italy was in the top 10 globally in terms of volume of activity on Bitcoin and a number of trading venues have emerged offering direct access to these markets.”
Across the road from the Borsa Italiana, the world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance, will soon open an office, while th European Central Bank shared that cryptocurrency ownership in European households is thriving.