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Switzerland approves the very first cryptocurrency ETP includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin

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Switzerland approves the very first cryptocurrency ETP includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin
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While the whole cryptocurrency community has been waiting for the SEC to approve a Bitcoin ETF, Switzerland has yet again proved that they are one step ahead than any other country in terms of encouraging institutional investors to participate in this space.

According to reports by Financial Times, Switzerland’s main stock exchange has opened its doors for the first ETP tracking multiple cryptocurrencies. SIX Swiss Exchange, based in Zurich, will start the trading of Amun Crypto ETP from next week. The ETP is designed to track an index of the five well-known cryptocurrencies. This includes Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], XRP, Bitcoin Cash [BCH] and Litecoin [LTC].

The division is set to 24.4% XRP, 16.7% Ethereum, 5.2% Bitcoin Cash, 3% Litecoin and the rest will be Bitcoin. The annual management fee for the ETP is 2.4%. Additionally, it is unclear on which fork of BCH they will be opting for since the fork took place earlier this week. The fork has resulted in the network splitting into two, commonly known as BCHSV, which is an upgrade from nChain’s Craig Wright and Coingeek, and BCHABC, which is an upgrade from Bitcoin ABC and Bitmain.

Co-founder and CEO of Amun, Hany Rashwan stated that the exchange-traded product is formed in a way that it meets the standards which are set for a traditional ETP that is extensively opted by the investors. He further added:



“The Amun ETP will give institutional investors that are restricted to investing only in securities or do not want to set up custody for digital assets exposure to cryptocurrencies. It will also provide access for retail investors that currently have no access to crypto exchanges due to local regulatory impediments.”

Dag1975, another Redditor said:

“This might encourage the SEC to allow an American ETF. The rest of the world doesn’t wait for US regulators.”

Cryptolicious501, another Redditor said:

“Well if 50% to 60% investors grew a pair and said fck the SEC the bull run would begin… its as simple as that. The fact that the SEC has almost all investors cowering in the corner, “P-p-please, master… SEC when?” bespeaks volumes of investor psychology or lack there of. :/”





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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Debating on king coin’s transaction speed is a red herring argument, says Charlie Shrem

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Bitcoin [BTC]: 'Debating about BTC's transaction speed is a red herring arugument', claims Charlie Shrem
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The debate around Bitcoin [BTC] and its effectiveness in the current financial atmosphere has been a long ensuing debate in the cryptocurrency industry. The supporters and naysayers of the world’s largest cryptocurrency have locked horns on various aspects of the coin, be it the coin’s characteristic as a store of value or the amount of time it takes to settle Bitcoin transactions.

In a recent tweet, Charlie Shrem, the Founder of Bitcoin.org and one of the most popular Bitcoin proponents, spoke about the topic, directly addressing critics who had a problem with settlement times. His tweet read:

““Transaction speeds” when debating #bitcoin vs other faux-crypto’s is red herring argument. There were plenty of fast ways to move money before bitcoin. That’s not why we’re here. We’re building a censorship resistant value network that can-never be controlled by a single party.”

Bitcoin proponents had always made it a point that the cryptocurrency was never meant for fast transactions, but rather to compete with Gold as the standard for a ‘store of value’. Even Samson Mow, the CSO at Blockstream had earlier claimed that BTC was never meant to be fast by adding:



“If you want money, it does not need to be very fancy, and a lot of the altcoin projects; I don’t wanna go into it but they are just based on gimmicks. What you really want is sound money, something which is reliable and bulletproof.”

The ‘BTC is not effective’ camp had responded voraciously many a time by stating that something aimed at changing the financial dynamic should be nothing short of fast or else there was no way it could become an effective form of value. This rebuttal for this argument was that Bitcoin’s goal was to create a cryptocurrency integrated mainstream structure and even though it was not lightning fast, the transaction speed of Bitcoin was still faster than that of current methods like Visa and MasterCard.

Charlie Shrem was also in the news recently when he stated that when Mt Gox imploded, the market created the first “token as debt”. The statement was made in connection with the massive loss of funds which occurred following the hack of the then largest cryptocurrency exchange.





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