Canada OKs Its First Bona Fide Bitcoin ETF, JPMorgan on BTC + More News

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Bitcoin news

  • The Ontario Securities Commission has green-lighted Canada’s first fully-fledged, publicly-traded bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), an offering that will be managed by Purpose Investments. The financial regulator announced its decision in a public document, where it announced that investors in a number of Canadian territories and provinces would have access to the offering – including Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia. The regions, it said, were covered under a multilateral instrument passport system. Other crypto ETF funds have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but none of these have offered continuous tracking of BTC or altcoin prices. The Purpose-managed fund will also likely be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Investments news

  • Voyager Digital, a listed cryptoasset broker, said it has completed its previously announced private placement of common shares of the Company raising gross proceeds of approximately USD 100m. “This additional capital will allow Voyager to execute on the Company’s growth strategy including new user growth, international expansion and new product introduction,” Stephen Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager, was quoted as saying in an emailed press release.
  • Figure Acquisition Corp. I, a US-based newly incorporated blank check company sponsored by Fintech Acquisition, which is an affiliate of blockchain lending startup Figure Technologies, aims to set up a special purpose acquisition company and raise USD 250m. “We may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any industry, sector, or geographic region, but intend to concentrate efforts on businesses in the financial technology and financial services sector including, but not limited to, services and technology businesses that provide support to the financial services sector,” they said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Latin America-focused fintech Valiu, said it raised USD 5.25m in a seed funding round, led by Blockchange Ventures and Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano of Morgan Creek Digital, among other investors. “We plan to put capital to work immediately to grow our user base and continually improve our products towards product-market fit and mass adoption of crypto,” Simon Chamorro, Co-founder & CEO, said.

Crypto adoption news

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. Co-President Daniel Pinto told CNBC that client demand isn’t there yet on BTC, but he’s certain that’ll change at some point. Also, Pinto reportedly signaled in a recent staff meeting that he’s open-minded about BTC, according to CNBC.