Vienna and Singapore stock exchanges embrace Bitcoin and Ethereum

The Vienna Stock Exchange, or Wiener Börse, has become just the third “official regulated market” worldwide to list a Bitcoin (BTC) product.

The exchange listed 21 Shares AG’s Bitcoin and Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded products (ETPs), ‘ABTC’ and ‘AETH’, on September 1.

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Thomas Rainer, Wiener Börse’s head of development, emphasized that the listing allows “experienced, local investors” to access the benefits that a stock market can offer to crypto traders, including “monitored, regulated, and transparent trading with real-time information and secure settlement via their regular brokers.”

21Shares’ chief executive, Hany Rashwan, highlighted that Wiener Börse’s listings mean that the Bitcoin ETPs are now available to all three ‘DACH’ nations — Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

“We are happy to share that Bitcoin is now accessible everywhere for both retail as well as institutional investors across the entire DACH region.”

He added: “Outside the DACH region, no other jurisdiction globally provides such comprehensive and ample access to Bitcoin”

In July, 21Shares’ Ethereum and Bitcoin ETPs were also admitted to list on Deutsche Boerse’s XETRA reference market, which hosts more than 90% of German share trades and roughly 30% of European ETF trading. In less than two years of operating, 21Shares has attracted more than $100 million worth of assets under management.

In another boost to the institutional adoption of cryptocurrency, Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced it would list price indexes for Bitcoin and Ethereum in partnership with U.K.-based crypto data firm CryptoCompare.

While the indexes do not enable SGX users to trade cryptocurrencies, the price feeds can be used by other Singaporean firms seeking to launch BTC or ETH products a way to track the price fluctuations of the crypto assets in real-time from a trusted source.