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Taiwan is taking steps towards potentially introducing cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs), as announced by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). The commission is examining overseas cryptocurrency futures products and ETFs to consider easing restrictions in tune with global market dynamics.

This exploration is occurring amidst significant global financial shifts, including the Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate cuts and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) upcoming review of a Bitcoin spot ETF in January. These events, coupled with the Bitcoin halving in April, which has spurred a 150% increase this year, are shaping Taiwan’s approach.

Taiwan’s FSC is keeping a close watch on the progress of crypto ETFs worldwide, noting the introduction of various such products on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada, Cboe Australia Exchange, and major U.S. exchanges.

The FSC plans to adopt a gradual and prudent strategy, focusing on establishing self-discipline and regulatory standards for the introduction of crypto ETFs. This mirrors Taiwan’s historical caution towards volatile and speculative financial products, which has previously delayed the launch of cryptocurrency and blockchain ETFs.

Domestic investment banks in Taiwan have shown a keen interest in launching similar ETF products. However, stringent regulatory oversight and concerns about potential errors and price discrepancies have led to a reconsideration of private placements for overseas cryptocurrency ETFs.

The FSC also mentioned the possibility of introducing “cryptocurrency concept ETFs.” These ETFs would invest in companies involved in cryptocurrency-related software and hardware, offering investors an alternative way to engage with the cryptocurrency sector without being directly affected by the volatility of cryptocurrency prices.