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Max Manturov

Max Manturov

Head of investment research regulated by CySec 21.02.2022

Cryptocurrency ETC/ETN for portfolio diversification already available at Freedom24

Those who want to invest in cryptocurrency do not need to open an account with a cryptocurrency exchange. And there is no need to create a separate crypto wallet for this either, as in 2021 large funds actively started organising Exchange-Traded Products reflecting the dynamics of the underlying crypto asset. Trading these instruments is now also possible through the Freedom24 trading platform.

Our analysts recommend paying attention to the following Crypto ETNs* and ETNs**:

1) ETC Group Physical Bitcoin (BTCE.EU)

ETC Group Physical Bitcoin tracks Bitcoin quotes. This ETC is 100% backed by the relevant cryptocurrency and is traded on the Deutsche Börse XETRA and SIX Swiss Exchange, providing investors with one of the safest and most liquid ways to access Bitcoin. Each BTCE unit entitles the holder to claim a predetermined number of Bitcoins. Investing in Bitcoin through a BTCE instrument is as easy as buying shares through a broker or bank. Unlike investing directly in cryptocurrency, there are no technical issues involved in setting up a cryptocurrency wallet to store the asset. BTCE is traded on regulated European exchanges such as Xetra, Euronext and SIX. Investors can be assured that all market participants are strictly vetted and closely monitored, which prevents market abuse, unlike cryptocurrency exchanges, many of which are unregulated.

The type of ETP is ETC.

Current price - € 32,5

AUM - $711.6 million

Cost ratio - 2%

Assets: Bitcoin

KID - https://etc-group.com/resources/kid/kid-btce-DE000A27Z304-en-GB.pdf

2) ETC Group Physical Ethereum (ZETH.EU)

ETC Group Physical Ethereum tracks quotations for Ether, the Ethereum network's own cryptocurrency. The main exchange on which ZETH is traded is Deutsche Börse XETRA. ETC provides investors with secure access to Ether. Each unit of ZETH is 100% backed by the corresponding cryptocurrency and entitles the owner to claim a predetermined amount of coins. As with BTCE, investors don't have to worry about their assets - each market participant is thoroughly vetted. 

Type of ETP - ETC

Current price - €23,2

Currency - EUR

Expense Ratio - 1.49%

Assets: Ether

KID - https://etc-group.com/resources/kid/kid-zeth-DE000A3GMKD7-en-GB.pdf

3) VanEck Vectors Bitcoin ETN (VBTC.EU)

VanEck Vectors Bitcoin ETN is a fully collateralised exchange-traded note that is linked to Bitcoin and has the following features:

  • direct access to the largest and most liquid cryptocurrency, Bitcoin
  • 100% bitcoin-backed and held in cold storage by a regulated cryptocurrency custodian with crypto-insurance (limited in amount)
  • traded as an ETF on Deutsche Börse Xetra     

ETP type - ETN

Current price - €18,5

AUM - $202.1 million

Currency - EUR

Expense Ratio - 1%

Assets: Bitcoin

KID - kid_vaneck-vectors-bitcoin-etn-DE000A28M8D0-nl.pdf

*ETCs (exchange-traded commodity) are securities that can offer traders and investors, without direct exposure to spot or commodity markets, access to commodities such as metals, energy, livestock, etc. ETCs track both individual commodities and a basket of several commodities, and provide an alternative to trading commodities in a futures market.

ETCs differ from ETFs in that they are debt instruments (notes), and the commodities tracked by ETCs serve as collateral for the note. The price of ETCs rises and falls with the underlying commodities; like other investment funds, ETCs charge an asset management fee. Using them as collateral reduces the risk of default by the underwriter of the note. ETCs are similar to exchange-traded notes (ETNs), except that ETCs are backed by assets in a physical commodity, while ETNs are not.

**ETNs (exchange-traded notes) are unsecured debt securities that track an underlying index and are traded on major exchanges like stocks. ETNs are similar to bonds but carry no interest payments. They fluctuate in price like stocks. ETNs do not give investors ownership of securities but simply pay out the income that the index generates. As a result, ETNs are similar to debt securities. Investors rely on the issuer to make a good return based on the underlying asset. At the same time, they must be mindful of the risks: the ETN issuer may not be able to repay the principal amount of the debt and default on the bond. In addition, political, economic, legal or regulatory changes could affect the financial institution's ability to make timely payments to investors.

*This recommendation is intended for qualified investors.

How to Buy ETFs?

If you don't have an investment account yet, open it now: this can be done online, in just 10 minutes. All you need to do is fill out a short form and verify your account.

After opening an account, you can buy ETFs in either of the following ways:

Freedom24 Web Platform: In the Web Terminal section, type in the search box, and select the appropriate ETF in the results. Open a secure session in the trading window on the right, select the number of securities you want to buy, and click Buy.

Freedom24 iPhone or Android App: Go to the Price screen and tab the search icon in the top right corner. In the search dialog that will show up, type and select the appropriate ETF in the results. You will then see the ETF in the market watch; tap it and go to the Order tab in the dialog that shows up. Specify the number of securities you want to buy and click Buy.


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  • Sources of information

    https://etc-group.com/

    https://www.vaneck.com/nl/en/vbtc/

    https://www.investopedia.com/

    https://etc-group.com/resources/kid/kid-btce-DE000A27Z304-en-GB.pdf

    https://etc-group.com/resources/kid/kid-zeth-DE000A3GMKD7-en-GB.pdf

    https://www.vaneck.com/globalassets/home/ucits/literature/etn-documents/kid_vaneck-vectors-bitcoin-etn-DE000A28M8D0-nl.pdf

    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/exchangetraded-commodity-etc.asp

    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/etn.asp

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