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Fidelity seeks approval for 2 more crypto-metaverse ETFs

Fidelity Investments appeared undeterred by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s, or SEC’s, rejection of its Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) on Thursday. Following the setback, the company filed two more prospectuses involving crypto-metaverse ETFs for regulatory approval. The proposals are for the Fidelity Crypto Industry and Digital Payments ETF and the Fidelity Metaverse ETF, respectively. In rejecting the Wise Origin Bitcoin ETF, the SEC cited the exchange listing the ETF, the Cboe BZX, for not having a proper “surveillance-sharing agreement with markets trading” to prevent fraud and protect investor interests.However, neither of the two new ETF applications will have any exposure to digital assets. Instead, they seek to gain exposure to stocks of cryptocurrency and metaverse companies operating in the space. Additionally, the constituent companies must generate substantial revenue for their shares to be added to the fund.For the Fidelity Metaverse ETF, sectors under consideration are computing hardware and components, digital infrastructure, design, engineering software, gaming technology, web/content developers and smartphone and wearable technology. As for the Crypto Industry and Digital Payments ETF, it will invest in companies operating in cryptocurrency mining, cryptocurrency trading, crypto exchanges, blockchain tech firms, and digital payments processors. In total, there are over 40 digital currency ETFs from a variety of financial entities awaiting a decision from the SEC. The prior month, Fidelity officially gained regulatory approval in Canada to launch a Bitcoin ETF and a Bitcoin Mutual Fund.

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SEC rejects application for Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust spot ETF

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has disapproved asset manager Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust spot exchange-traded fund application.According to a Thursday filing, the SEC rejected a proposed rule change from the Cboe BZX Exchange to list and trade shares of Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin (BTC) Trust. The regulatory body said any rule change in favor of approving the ETF would not be aimed at preventing “fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices” nor would it necessarily “protect investors and the public interest.”The SEC extended its deliberation window to approve or deny the offering in July and November following Fidelity’s original application in March 2021 — but published in the Federal Register on June 1. The SEC added that the BZX exchange “has not met its burden under the Exchange Act and the Commission’s Rules of Practice to demonstrate that its proposal is consistent with the requirements of Exchange Act Section.”“It is essential for an exchange listing a derivative securities product to enter into a surveillance-sharing agreement with markets trading the underlying assets for the listing exchange to have the ability to obtain information necessary to detect, investigate, and deter fraud and market manipulation, as well as violations of exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws and rules,” stated the SEC ruling.The decision followed separate filings from the SEC on Tuesday extending its window on a proposed rule change to allow shares from agricultural fund provider Teucrium tracking Bitcoin futures to be listed on NYSE Arca and ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF to be listed on the Cboe BZX Exchange. The final extension from the regulator will likely result in a decision by April 8 and April 3, respectively. While the SEC has yet to approve ETFs with direct exposure to BTC, the regulator gave the green light to investment vehicles linked to BTC derivatives for the first time in October 2021. At the time of publication, shares of Bitcoin futures-linked funds from Valkyrie and ProShares are currently listed on Nasdaq, with VanEck’s Bitcoin Strategy ETF trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.Related: Valkyrie aims for ETF linked to Bitcoin mining firms on NasdaqMany analysts do not expect SEC officials to approve Bitcoin-linked ETFs anytime soon. The regulatory body is expected to reach a decision on NYDIG’s spot Bitcoin ETF and ​​asset manager Stone Ridge Holdings Group’s BTC ETF on March 16.

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5 ways derivatives could change the cryptocurrency sector in 2022

We‘ve all heard stories of billion-dollar future contracts liquidations being the cause of 25% intraday price crashes in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) but the truth is, the industry has been plagued by 100x leverage instruments since BitMEX launched its perpetual futures contract in May 2016.The derivatives industry goes far beyond these retail-driven instruments, as institutional clients, mutual funds, market makers and professional traders can benefit from using the instrument‘s hedging capabilities. In April 2020, Renaissance Technologies, a $130 billion hedge fund, received the green light to invest in Bitcoin futures markets using instruments listed at the CME. These trading mammoths are nothing like retail crypto traders, instead they focus on arbitrage and non-directional risk exposure.The short-term correlation to traditional markets could riseAs an asset class, cryptocurrencies are becoming a proxy for global macroeconomic risks, regardless of whether crypto investors like it or not. That is not exclusive to Bitcoin because most commodities instruments suffered from this correlation in 2021. Even if Bitcoin price decouples on a monthly basis, this short-term risk-on and risk-off strategy heavily impacts Bitcoin‘s price.Bitcoin/USD on FTX (blue, right) vs. U.S. 10-year yield (orange, left). Source: TradingViewNotice how Bitcoin‘s price has been steadily correlated with the United States 10 year Treasury Bill. Whenever investors are demanding higher returns to hold these fixed income instruments, there are additional demands for crypto exposure.Derivatives are essential in this case because most mutual funds cannot invest directly in cryptocurrencies, so using a regulated futures contract, such as the CME Bitcoin futures, provides them with access to the market.Miners will use longer-term contracts as a hedgeCryptocurrency traders fail to realize that a short-term price fluctuation is not meaningful to their investment, from a miners‘ perspective. As miners become more professional, their need to constantly sell those coins is significantly reduced. This is precisely why derivatives instruments were created in the first place.For instance, a miner could sell a quarterly futures contract expiring in three months, effectively locking in the price for the period. Then, regardless of the price movements, the miner knows their returns beforehand from this moment on.A similar outcome can be achieved by trading Bitcoin options contracts. For example, a miner can sell a $40,000 March 2022 call option, which will be enough to compensate if the BTC price drops to $43,000, or 16% below the current $51,100. In exchange, the miner‘s profits above the $43,000 threshold are cut by 42%, so the options instrument acts as insurance.Bitcoin‘s use as collateral for traditional finance will expandFidelity Digital Assets and crypto borrowing and exchange platform Nexo recently announced a partnership that offers crypto lending services for institutional investors. The joint venture will allow Bitcoin-backed cash loans that can t be used in traditional finance markets.That movement will likely ease the pressure of companies like Tesla and Block (previously Square) to keep adding Bitcoin to their balance sheets. Using it as collateral for their day-to-day operations vastly increases their exposure limits for this asset class.At the same time, even companies that are not seeking directional exposure to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies might benefit from the industry‘s higher yields when compared to the traditional fixed income. Borrowing and lending are perfect use cases for institutional clients unwilling to have direct exposure to Bitcoin‘s volatility but, at the same time, seek higher returns on their assets.Investors will use options markets to produce “fixed income”Deribit derivatives exchange currently holds an 80% market share of the Bitcoin and Ether options markets. However, U.S. regulated options markets like the CME and FTX US Derivatives (previously LedgerX) will eventually gain traction. Institutional traders dig these instruments because they offer the possibility to create semi “fixed income” strategies like covered calls, iron condors, bull call spread and others. In addition, by combining call (buy) and put (sell) options, traders can set an options trade with predefined max losses without the risk of being liquidated.It‘s likely that central banks across the globe will worldwide keep interest rates near zero and below inflation levels. This means investors are forced to seek markets that offer higher returns, even if that means carrying some risk. This is precisely why institutional investors will be entering crypto derivatives markets in 2022 and changing the industry as we currently know.Reduced volatility is comingAs previously discussed, crypto derivatives are presently known for adding volatility whenever unexpected price swings happen. These forced liquidation orders reflect the futures instruments used for accessing excessive leverage, a situation typically caused by retail investors.Yet, institutional investors will gain a broader representation in Bitcoin and Ether derivatives markets and, therefore, increase the bid and ask size for these instruments. Consequently, retail traders‘ $1 billion liquidations will have a smaller impact on the price.In short, a growing number of professional players taking part in crypto derivatives will reduce the impact of extreme price fluctuations by absorbing that order flow. In time, this effect will be reflected in reduced volatility or, at least, avoid problems such as the March 2020 crash when BitMEX servers “went down” for 15 minutes.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Argo Blockchain among most traded stocks by Fidelity customers

Financial services company Fidelity Investments’ U.K. arm reported that over the last 12 months, customers were most interested in trading shares of crypto mining firm Argo Blockchain. In a Thursday report, Fidelity said Argo Blockchain ranked third among the top five stocks most actively traded by its customers in 2021 — the others were Rolls-Royce, British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines, oil giant BP and Lloyds Banking Group. Argo, which Fidelity described as a “trending” stock, also ranked third among stocks traded by Self-Invested Personal Pension, or SIPP, investors. However, the financial services company hinted that Argo may not make the top five next year. According to Fidelity, “new arrivals” knocked the mining firm off the list of most actively traded stocks in December, including COVID-19 test manufacturer Genedrive, fast-fashion retailer Boohoo Group and engineering firm Smiths Group.One of the first crypto mining firms to be listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2018, Argo Blockchain has steadily expanded its operations. Argo became more accessible to U.S. investors through a public listing on the Nasdaq in September. In addition, the firm is currently constructing a facility on a 320-acre land plot in West Texas, aiming for “access to up to 800 [megawatts] of electrical power” to mine Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies. Helios Update! Our Head of Design & Construction, Matt Nackino, walks us through an update of where things are at with our Helios facility build. #ARB $ARBK pic.twitter.com/cdzzcd9v4b— Argo (@ArgoBlockchain) December 20, 2021According to data from its website, Argo’s facilities in North America are currently using 45 MW of electricity to generate more than 1.6 exahashes per second of Bitcoin. As of the end of November, the company reported it had generated 1,831 BTC and held 2,317 Bitcoin or “Bitcoin Equivalent” — roughly $93 million and $118 million at the time of publication, respectively.Related: Argo Blockchain mines record 597 BTC during Q3 2021Shares of Argo are currently trading on the London Stock Exchange at a price of $130.10, having fallen more than 65% since reaching an all-time high of $380.96 in February.

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Crypto Santa: Trader nets $34K shorting AVAX and LUNA, buy toys for kids

A popular cryptocurrency trader under the Twitter pseudonym “Sicarious” donated a portion of its crypto profits to buy Christmas presents and other utilities for underprivileged children.The donations included $7,250 worth of livestock, clean water, Bibles, emergency food for Compassion International, a child sponsorship nonprofit, and another $1,500 to purchase and donate toys for kids — who would otherwise do without at Christmas — via Toys for Tots Foundation.Shorting the crypto price declinesSicarious also shared the screenshot of its profits and loss statements that showed that it had made nearly $6,500 and $27,500 in gains by shorting Terra (LUNA) and Avalanche (AVAX) recent price drops, respectively. That left the trader with enough leftover profits to continue its donation spree until the end of this year.Walmart is going to need more LEGOs… pic.twitter.com/k5X19VxOZo— Sicarious (@Sicarious_) December 13, 2021In detail, Sicarious announced on Dec. 5 that it would donate any profits made until the end of 2021 for children-related causes as a part of a so-called “Christmas challenge.” In announcing so, the anonymous trader put $100,000 into its FTX account, adding that if it nukes the amount, it would still donate whatever it can afford.A screenshot taken on Dec. 5 from Sicarious’s account. Source: TwitterOn Dec. 15, Sicarious closed another AVAX short in profits and used about $2,000 worth of proceeds to benefit a local food pantry.The trader’s initiative also inspired others to commit their realized crypto profits to causes. For instance, another Twitter user “Aeroplaine” claims to have deposited $50,000 into a dYdX perpetual exchange account, stating that it would donate all the gains to charitable causes in Malaysia.A good-hearted crypto tax strategy, meanwhileWhile Sicarious’s citizenship remains unclear, the copies of the traders’ bills and mention of the retail store Walmart in its tweets indicate that it lives in the U.S., a country with one of the most stringent crypto tax laws.The U.S. Internal Revenue Services (IRS) classifies cryptocurrencies as property. Meaning, if one’s crypto investments increase in value, s/he would need to pay a capital gain tax when they spend it. That also means keeping a tax record in check on a $2 coffee bill if paid via crypto.But donating crypto to charity somewhat allows taxpayers to brush off IRS’s tax-filing process. And since donations, on the whole, are not taxable events, one can offload their crypto profits as donations and deduct the same amount from their net tax liabilities in the financial year.But there remains a big takeaway: whether to first secure the crypto profits in cash and then donate or to pledge the money in crypto. The Giving Block, a crypto donation service, provided an answer back in 2020. The firm noted that cashing out crypto first would leave traders with a higher capital tax liabilities while donating directly via crypto would mean no tax responsibilities for the donor. Comparing crypto tax methods. Source: The Giving BlockThe direct-crypto-donation strategy seems to have worked well so far. For instance, Fidelity Charitable, the U.S.’s largest grantmaker, received over $274 million in cryptocurrencies this year, according to a company’s spokesperson quoted in the Los Angeles Times. Related: The Giving Block raises $2.4M for charity on ‘CryptoGivingTuesday’The amount came out to be almost four times higher than 2017’s peak of $69 million.Engiven, a crypto-enabled donation platform, also reported last month that it processed a $10 million Bitcoin donation to a faith-based organization.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Fidelity Canada officially launches Bitcoin ETF and Bitcoin Mutual Fund

On Thursday, Fidelity Canada officially launched the Fidelity Advantage Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) and the Fidelity Advantage Bitcoin ETF Fund (mutual fund), marking the first such assets to be made available in the country and confirming earlier reports on the matter. The funds have the tickers FBTC and FBTC.U, denominated in Canadian and United States dollars, and are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Fidelity’s Bitcoin ETFs seek to track the performance of Bitcoin’s (BTC) spot price. Fidelity currently manages CA$208 billion ($162.27 billion) in assets in the country.The ETFs will have an annual management fee of 0.4%. Operating expenses and trading costs are not yet available as the assets are still new. Over 98% of Bitcoin purchased by the funds is stored in cold wallets.The implications are significant for Canadian retail investors who open government-registered accounts, such as the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), and purchase Bitcoin ETFs. As the name implies, securities held in a TFSA are exempt from capital gains tax liabilities.Related: VanEck’s Bitcoin spot ETF shunt solidifies SEC’s outlook on cryptoSince 2009, the annual contribution limit for a TFSA has ranged from CA$5,000 ($3,903) to CA$10,000 ($7,807). Unused contributions from the previous years are carried forward, making them cumulative. In addition, all realized profits accrued in the TFSA are added back into the contribution room. Hypothetically, if an investor purchases $10,000 in a Bitcoin ETF and sells them for $20,000, then further capital appreciation from reinvesting the full $20,000, not $10,000, will be eligible for capital gains tax-exemption.

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