The approval comes just over two months after Canada approved its first bitcoin ETF.
Purpose Investments and CI Global Asset Management both received approval to launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Canada that offers exposure to ether.
Purpose is the manager of Purpose Ether ETF and Ether Capital Corporation will consult. The ETH will be kept in cold storage with Gemini acting as the sub-custodian and CIBC Mellon Global Securities acting as the fund administrator.
CI Global Asset management will launch CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF on April 20 on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), subject to TSX approval. It will charge a 0.4% management. CI GAM is the manager of the ETF and Galaxy Digital Asset Management (“GDAM”) serves as the sub-advisor.
The approval comes a little over two months after Canada approved the Purpose Bitcoin ETF which held 10,064 BTC in the first week of trading. Meanwhile, in the U.S., bitcoin ETF approvals have been piling up in the hope that new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chief Gary Gensler could change the regulatory agency’s attitude to the novel investment product.
“While bitcoin tends to get a lot of attention as it was the first major cryptocurrency, what ether and the Ethereum ecosystem represent is one of the most exciting new technology visions today in society,” Som Seif, founder and CEO of Purpose Investments, said in a statement. “By launching the first ETF in the world that directly owns and provides exposure to ether, we are enabling every investor to have access to this unique opportunity and ecosystem.”
Purpose ETF is designed to provide investors with exposure to ether by investing directly in physically settled ether. The ETF will offer three classes of units: Canadian dollar currency hedged units (ETHH), Canadian dollar non-currency hedged units (ETHH.B) and U.S. dollar units with ticker units (ETHH.U).
TradeBlock, a CoinDesk subsidiary, is the index provider for Purpose.
Ethereum Adds Over 38 Million New Addresses in 2021, 22% of All Ever Created
The Ethereum network has recorded a surge in popularity, with more investors aiming to own part of the second-ranked cryptocurrency. The interest is highlighted by the number of unique new addresses created in 2021 alone.
Data acquired by cryptocurrency trading simulator Crypto Parrot indicates that an average of 149,843 new unique Ethereum addresses has been created daily in 2021 on a year-to-date basis. The highest number of new addresses was created on June 5th at 332,094. So far, in September, a total of 1,389,999 new unique addresses have been created.
Elsewhere, by September 2021, 38,256,193 new Ethereum addresses were created in 2021, accounting for 22.59% of all ETH addresses ever created to date. In general, the cumulative number of Ethereum addresses to be created since inception stands at 169,296,775.
Impact of Ethereum network upgrades on new addresses
Currently, the Ethereum network is undergoing upgrades geared towards transitioning from the proof-of-work protocol to the proof-of-stake system that is energy efficient.
The upgrades play a key role in determining the number of new Ethereum addresses created, and the report takes note of this factor. According to the research report:
“The drop in new addresses comes at a point the Ethereum network upgrade is expected to create a deflation over time as it modifies the auction process. Furthermore, with Ethereum transitioning to the proof-of-stake protocol, the network will likely experience an influx of new users who want to cash in on the staking.”
The new address follows the recent cryptocurrency bull market that saw Ethereum surge in value to a new all-time high price. However, the addresses have plunged in correlation with the general crypto market.
Ethereum to Exceed Bitcoin’s Value Within Five Years: deVere CEO
A $1,000 Investment in Ethereum Five Years Ago Would Be Worth $195,000 Today
The increasing number of investors continues choosing digital coins as an investment asset. Some of them invested in cryptos much earlier and watched their investments grow over time, despite the turbulences the crypto space witnessed throughout the years. As the world’s second-largest crypto coin by market cap, Ethereum proved an excellent investment choice with an impressive five-year return rate.
According to data presented by BlockArabia, a $1,000 investment in Ethereum five years ago would be worth nearly $195,000 today, bringing a whopping 19,400% gain.
Ethereum’s Price Soared 195 Times Since July 2016
As the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, Ethereum was released on July 30, 2015, and priced at $0.75. By the end of July next year, its price surged by 1,500%, already making him a successful investment.
Assuming an investor bought $1,000 worth of ETH on July 20, 2016, they would have picked up 83 coins priced at around $12. Three years later, in January 2018, Ethereum’s price soared to $1,396, turning that $1,000 investment into $115,800.
After a deep price fall in the following months and throughout 2019, ETH price recovered in 2020, as the entire crypto market boomed amid the COVID-19 crisis. Between January and December 2020, ETH price surged by 411%, rising from $144 to $737.
However, after an outstanding performance throughout the last year, Ethereum’s price exploded in 2021. Between January and March, it soared by nearly 150% to over $1,800 and continued rising. On May 12, it hit an all-time high of $4,297, turning that $1,000 investment into $356,650.
Although ETH’s price dropped significantly over the last two months, reaching $2,347 this week, that is still 195 more than its price from July 2016.
Ethereum Market Cap Surged by 233% YTD, 7x Bigger Increase than Bitcoin
Since the start of the cryptocurrency phenomenon, Ethereum and Bitcoin have been the most digital coins in the crypto space. However, unlike Bitcoin, Ethereum’s market cap soared in 2021, despite the recent crypto price crash.
After an outstanding performance throughout the last year, Ethereum’s market cap surged by more than 400% in the five months of 2021, rising from around $84bn in January to $442bn in May.
After the crypto price crash, Ethereum’s market cap almost halved in just three weeks, falling to $222bn in the third week of May.
The CoinMarket cap data this figure rose to $274.5bn this week. Although significantly lower than an all-time high from May, this still represents an impressive 233% increase YTD, which is seven times more the growth rate of Bitcoin.
Statistics also show ETH was the third most-traded crypto in the last 30 days, with a monthly trading volume of $517.8bn.
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