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21Shares launches bitcoin and ethereum collateralised US dollar yield ETP

USDY targets a yield of 5%

Theo Andrew

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21Shares has expanded its crypto offering with the launch of the world’s first US dollar yield exchange-traded product (ETP) collateralised by bitcoin and ethereum.

The 21Shares USD Yield ETP (USDY) – listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange – takes US dollars and lends them to counterparties against a minimum of 110% collateral in bitcoin and ethereum market-to-market daily.

USDY looks to generate a dollar-denominated yield of 5% and has a total expense ratio of 0.30%.

21Shares said the returns generated are added directly to the net asset value of the ETP.

The crypto specialist said the product is designed to tackle more than a decade of historically low-interest rates and high asset values along with a highly inflationary environment.

Ophelia Snyder, president and co-founder of 21Shares, said: “We’re in an environment where interest rates are negative and we are excited to offer a first of its kind product that can provide meaningful risk-adjusted yield.

“USDY does this by tapping into the crypto capital markets where rates are higher while also providing liquidity.

“With USDY, we are introducing a financial product fully dedicated to providing a yield and minimizing risk.”

It comes after 21Shares launched the first spot bitcoin and ethereum ETFs in Australia earlier this month, in partnership with ETFS Securities.

The issuer also launched a Layer 1 and decentralized finance (Defi) infrastructure ETPs in May with TERs of 2.50%, offering investors exposure to the five largest blockchains that form the foundation of the Defi universe. 

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