A bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has launched on Australia’s main stock market for the first time, marking a significant milestone for cryptocurrency investors. The VanEck Bitcoin ETF debuted with approximately A$990,000 ($660,429) in assets on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) after more than three years of negotiations.

Key Takeaways

  • First Bitcoin ETF on ASX: The VanEck Bitcoin ETF is the first of its kind to be listed on Australia’s main stock exchange.
  • Indirect Investment: The fund invests in the U.S.-listed VanEck Bitcoin Trust rather than owning bitcoin directly.
  • Global Trend: The launch follows similar approvals in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Market Response: The price of bitcoin has nearly tripled since 2023, although it has plateaued since March.

Launch Details

The VanEck Bitcoin ETF launched with around A$990,000 ($660,429) in assets on the ASX. This launch is the culmination of over three years of negotiations with the ASX operator. Unlike direct bitcoin ownership, the fund invests in the U.S.-listed VanEck Bitcoin Trust, which itself was launched in January. VanEck’s European subsidiary also manages 12 similar cryptocurrency funds.

Global Context

Investors have shown significant interest in cryptocurrency ETFs globally. In the U.S., billions of dollars have been poured into such funds following regulatory approvals in January. Hong Kong followed suit in April with the launch of six cryptocurrency funds, although investor interest there has been more subdued.

Market Impact

VanEck Australia noted that the greenlight from U.S. regulators in January led to a surge in requests from brokers and financial advisers for similar products. The price of bitcoin has almost tripled since 2023, although it has stalled since reaching a peak in March.

Competitive Landscape

While a competitor exchange in Australia, operated by the local subsidiary of CBOE Global Markets, already hosts several bitcoin ETFs, the VanEck Bitcoin ETF is the first to launch on the main exchange. This means it will share the tickertape with some of Australia’s most well-known corporations, such as BHP and Commonwealth Bank.


The launch of the VanEck Bitcoin ETF on Australia’s main stock exchange is a landmark event that underscores the growing acceptance and integration of cryptocurrency into mainstream financial markets. As regulatory landscapes evolve, more such products are likely to emerge, offering investors diversified avenues for cryptocurrency exposure.


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