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European Bitcoin ETP Providers Slash Fees in Response to U.S. ETF Competition

The fee war in the Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) arena has now crossed the Atlantic to Europe. This development follows the recent approval by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Bitcoin ETFs in the United States, marking a significant shift in the financial landscape.

In the lead-up to the SEC’s approval on January 10th, many applicants in the U.S. continually adjusted their S-1 filings to reduce their ETF fees. Now, a similar trend is emerging in Europe among listed exchange-traded products (ETPs).

Two prominent asset management firms, Invesco and WisdomTree, have taken a bold step by slashing fees on their European-listed ETPs by over 60%.

Invesco’s $137 million Physical Bitcoin ETP will see its fee drop from 0.99% to a mere 0.39%, while WisdomTree’s $325 million Physical Bitcoin ETP will see its cost decrease from 0.95% to 0.35%.

It’s worth noting that in Europe, digital asset exchange-traded products are structured as exchange-traded notes (ETNs), a distinction from funds.

ETN investors hold debt securities, while ETF shareholders have a stake in the fund’s underlying assets.

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The significant fee reductions can be attributed to increased competition and the proliferation of multiple ETFs in the U.S., a leading global financial market.

Previously, U.S.-based investors had to look to Canadian and European-based ETPs for investment opportunities.

However, with the SEC’s green light for 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S., the demand for European ETPs from U.S. investors has markedly diminished.

Gary Buxton, Invesco’s Head of ETFs for Europe, explained in an interview with the Financial Times that the multitude of ETFs in the U.S. adjusted their fees to establish a “new equilibrium between supply and demand.” This led to considerably lower prices compared to existing ETPs in Europe.

U.S.-based Bitcoin ETFs have an advantage over their European counterparts in terms of liquidity and accessibility.

They are available on a single exchange platform, making them more convenient for European investors.

The recently launched spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. have witnessed massive trading volumes from day one and continue to trade billions of dollars in daily volume, further strengthening their appeal to investors on both sides of the Atlantic.

This fee war signals a shifting landscape in the world of digital asset investment, with investors benefiting from reduced costs and increased options as competition heats up in both the U.S. and Europe.

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