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Ether futures ETFs have a “pretty meh” first day of trading

Hotly-anticipated Ether futures ETFs had a fairly lukewarm debut, according to a senior analyst at Bloomberg.

Yesterday marked a significant day in the budding world of crypto exchange traded funds (ETFs). Three major asset managers debuted the first Ethereum futures ETFs, giving investors exposure to Ether, the world’s second largest crypto, without directly investing in the crypto.

Futures ETFs let investors target the performance of an asset by betting on its future price. 

Despite much anticipation, Ether futures ETFs had a fairly lukewarm debut yesterday, bringing in $1.7 million in volume on its first day. 

Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, shared the numbers on X.

TickerIssuerStrategyValue traded as 11:15am [USD]
BTF USValkyrieEther + Bitcoin787,376
EFUT USVanEckEther305,410
EETH USProSharesEther284,112
BETE USProSharesEther + Bitcoin245,825
BTOP USBitwiseEther + Bitcoin46,332
AETH USBitwiseEther27,494
BETH USProSharesEther + Bitcoin4,737
ETHU USVolSharesEther0

A trading volume slightly under $2 million is “normal” for new ETFs, Balchunas noted, but it’s poor in comparison to the launch of $BITO – ProShares’ first Bitcoin-linked ETF – which brought in $2 million in the first 15 minutes. 

$BITO however launched in 2021 during a bull run, which accounts for a substantial portion of the discrepancy. 

The strongest performing ETF was Valkyrie’s BFT fund, which encompasses both Bitcoin and Ether futures contracts. The fund brought in $787,376 – approximately 46% of the total Ether ETF volume. BTF however isn’t entirely new to the market: it started trading in 2021 as a Bitcoin futures fund – the firm simply updated it last week to include Ether futures contracts

Read more: Approved: Valkyrie to add Ether futures to existing Bitcoin futures ETF

With three separate funds, ProShares accounted for nearly one third of the total volume. 

There are now a total of 12 spot Bitcoin-related ETF filings, four spot Ethereum ETF filings, and seven Ether futures-related ETFs on the SEC’s docket.

Ether recoils 

October has kicked off to a strong start for most cryptocurrencies – Ether included. 

However, over the past 24 hours, the crypto has recoiled into the red, losing 3.5% since 10pm yesterday. 

At the time of writing, Ethereum is trading at $1,665 and holds a market cap of $200 billion. 

Read more: Grayscale files to convert Ethereum Trust to spot Ether ETF

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