Direxion Joins Rivals Seeking to Offer Leveraged Bitcoin ETFs

The firm follows ProShares and T-Rex as issuers seek to grab share in the new, fast-evolving spot bitcoin market.

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On the heels of the rollout of the first spot bitcoin ETFs, issuers are seeking to offer specialized varieties of funds—leveraged and inverse—in an effort to cater to investors hoping to capitalize on the cryptocurrency’s price swings. 

Direxion, the asset manager that has $35 billion in 80 ETFs, filed Jan. 18 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch five leveraged and inverse leveraged spot bitcoin funds. The ETFs filed include a 2x spot bitcoin ETF, an inverse 2x, a 1.5x fund, an inverse 1.5x, and an inverse 1x fund.

ETF issuer ProShares, in addition to a partnership between Rex Shares and Tuttle Capital Management (T-Rex), have also filed for similar funds with the SEC. T-Rex first filed for the leveraged funds on Jan. 3, while ProShares shared unveiled their suite of leveraged and inverse bitcoin ETFs on Jan. 16.

Spot bitcoin ETFs, which provide exposure to price swings in bitcoin rather than to bitcoin futures, began trading Jan. 11 and have proven popular with investors by quickly pulling in more than $3 billion in flows. Firms in the notoriously competitive field, already slashing management fees to gain customers, are betting on creating new products to gain market share, such as those that give investors double exposure, or inverse exposure, on the controversial commodity. 

The proposed exchange-traded funds aren’t the first leveraged products from New York-based Direxion. The firm has launched a slew of leveraged funds, the largest being the Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares (SOXL), which has about $8 billion in assets.

Spot Bitcoin ETF Race  

While leveraged funds may speak to investors with a higher risk appetite, the recently rolled out spot bitcoin ETFs have garnered billions in assets in their first week of trading, surprising some cryptocurrency skeptics.

Despite investor enthusiasm for the long-awaited spot bitcoin ETFs, the price of bitcoin has pared gains that came in the runup to the products’ launch. It’s currently around $39,000, down more than 13% since January 9 when it reached its high of the year at nearly $47,000.   

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Lucy Brewster is a finance reporter at etf.com covering asset managers, emerging technologies, and regulation. She hosts etf.com webinars and appears on Exchange Traded Fridays, etf.com’s flagship podcast. She previously was a finance fellow at Fortune Magazine where she covered markets, investment strategy, and venture capital. She has also been a freelancer writer at the publication Mergers & Acquisitions and a research fellow at the Historic Hudson Valley. 

She graduated from Vassar College in 2022 with a degree in History and was an editor of The Miscellany News, the college's award winning student run newspaper. 

Lucy lives in Brooklyn, NY, and in her free time she loves to run and find new recipes to cook.