Cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin is offering retail investors fractional ownership of top non-fungible tokens (NFTs) such as Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) in the form of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) available to its customers.
Claiming to be the first large exchange to offer such a product, KuCoin’s USDT stablecoin-denominated suite of ETFs are being offered in partnership with Fracton Protocol, a service dedicated to fractionalizing valuable NFTs into fungible Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens, the companies said on Friday.
The ERC-20 tokens contained within KuCoin’s NFT funds represent 1/1,000,000 ownership of the BAYC collection, for example, denoted by a hiBAYC token. To start, KuCoin’s “NFT ETF Trading Zone” will first list 5 NFT ETFs covering hiBAYC, hiPUNKS, hiSAND33, hiKODA, and hiENS4 as underlying assets as a beginning, the company said in a press release.
As well as lowering the bar for retail investors, using the fund removes the need to manage NFT infrastructure elements, such as wallets and smart contracts, KuCoin added.
“We are very excited to become the first centralized crypto exchange to support NFT ETFs that allow users to conveniently invest and trade top NFTs directly with USDT. In the future, KuCoin will keep exploring more NFT-related products for our users,” said KuCoin CEO Johnny Lyu in a statement.
KuCoin currently provides spot trading, margin trading, P2P fiat trading, futures trading, staking, and lending to its 20 million users in 207 countries and regions.
Back in May of this year, KuCoin raised $150 million in a Series B funding round led by Jump Crypto, which valued the exchange at $10 billion.
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