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BlackRock launches new blockchain ETF for European customers

The iShares Blockchain Technology UCITS ETF (BLKC). track NYSE’s FactSet Global Blockchain Technologies Capped…

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  • The iShares Blockchain Technology UCITS ETF (BLKC). track NYSE’s FactSet Global Blockchain Technologies Capped Index.
  • BLKC has an expense ratio of 0.5% and comprises 35 global companies within the crypto and blockchain space.

BlackRock has announced a new exchange traded fund (ETF) for the European market, targeting customers across the region with a blockchain technology fund dubbed the iShares Blockchain Technology UCITS ETF (BLKC).

The company’s latest ETF offering is a product that will allow customers exposure to companies whose activities involve the development, innovation, and deployment of crypto and blockchain technologies.

BLKC, which has a total expense ratio of 0.5% and will track NYSE’s FactSet Global Blockchain Technologies Capped Index, encompasses 35 global companies, BlackRock noted on Thursday.

Specifically, the ETF’s composition is of companies from both developed and emerging markets, and will see 75% of the exposure linked to companies primarily focused within the blockchain space – such as cryptocurrency miners and exchanges.

The other 25% exposure will be to companies that offer support services within the blockchain ecosystem, including payments platforms and semiconductor firms. The exposure will not involve direct investment into crypto.

BLKC is listed on Euronext.

Blockchain becomes ‘increasingly relevant’

Omar Moufti, the asset manager’s product strategist for thematic and sector ETFs, commented on the launch by noting that blockchain continues to gain momentum as more use cases develop. 

The trend has led to increased attention and demand from institutional clients keen to have an opportunity to invest in global companies in the industry. 

We believe digital assets and blockchain technologies are going to become increasingly relevant for our clients as use cases develop in scope, scale and complexity,” said Moufti.

BlackRock recently partnered with Coinbase to offer Bitcoin trading to its clients, and also launched a private trust targeting institutional clients.

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Pro: the recent rally in Bitcoin may not be ‘sustainable’

Katie Stockton expects a pullback in Bitcoin price ahead. She explained her “neutral” view on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. Bitcoin has climbed roughly 40% since the start of 2023. Bitcoin has now surpassed the key $23,000 level but Katie Stockton of Fairlead Strategies continues to recommend caution as the recent rally could reverse just as easily. […]

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  • Katie Stockton expects a pullback in Bitcoin price ahead.
  • She explained her “neutral” view on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”.
  • Bitcoin has climbed roughly 40% since the start of 2023.

Bitcoin has now surpassed the key $23,000 level but Katie Stockton of Fairlead Strategies continues to recommend caution as the recent rally could reverse just as easily.

Stockton defends her stance on CNBC

Year-to-date, the first ever decentralised cryptocurrency has gained about 40% – a strength she says is an opportunity for investors to pull out.

Reiterating her “neutral” stance on Bitcoin, Stockton said this week on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”:

When you see such strong, steep rallies, they’re more characteristic of countertrend moves. At one point, we had 14 consecutive up days this month for BTC. So, we’re sceptical to its sustainability and see it as countertrend.

The upcoming week is a crucial one for Bitcoin because of the Fed’s announcement. The CME FedWatch Tool currently signals a more than 98% probability of a 25 basis points hike this time.

Bitcoin has broken above its 200-day MA

Also on Sunday, a top trader and analyst, Peter Brandt warned of a near-term pullback in BTC. Others, including Michael van de Poppe and Credible Crypto have a similar opinion as well.

Interestingly, Bitcoin is now trading meaningfully above its 200-day Moving Average. Still, Katie Stockton said:

This has happened before and it proved to be a false breakout. So, we’re not convinced we have a breakout here. But it’s an incremental positive. We hope this manifests in our longer-term indicators which still very much point lower.

She’s not particularly constructive either on the benchmark S&P index that’s up more than 6.0% for the year at writing.

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