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Coinbase Index Fund Open For Business: Official Launch Welcomes U.S. Investors

Coinbase Index Fund Open For Business: Official Launch Welcomes U.S. Investors

Coinbase officially announced the opening of the Coinbase Index Fund to accredited US investors, allowing US citizens that meet the appropriate SEC requirements to invest in a passively managed index fund currently consisting of the four cryptocurrencies traded on Coinbase Pro — Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Coinbase Asset Management Product Lead Reuben Bramanathan stated that the Coinbase Index Fund is now open for investments of $250,000 to $20 million. According to Bramanathan, the trading platform has been inundated with interest from potential index fund investors:

“We’ve seen overwhelming interest from investors since we announced the fund earlier this year. At this stage, we have opened the fund to those who wish to invest $250,000 to $20M.”

Accredited Status Presents Obstacle to Retail Investors

Coinbase’s passively managed index fund offers investors the opportunity to access a simple method of investing in what Coinbase considers their preference in the current market for a 2% annual management fee. However, criteria required for an individual to be deemed an “accredited investor” is a high bar:

  • Have earned income exceeding $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) over the last two years, and reasonably expect the same for the current year
  • Possess a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse

The index fund currently consists of the following four crypto assets, weighted by market capitalization as of May 1st, 2018:

  • Bitcoin (BTC): 58.47%
  • Ethereum (ETH): 27.39%
  • Litecoin (LTC): 3.41%
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH): 10.73%

The terms, as outlined by official documentation, set the minimum investment at $250,000, with a monthly subscription base and quarterly redemptions with 30 days notice. The fund is administered by MG Stover & Co., a venture capital and hedge fund administration and accounting firm based in Denver and audited by BDO USA, LLP.

Wider Range of Funds Coming Soon

While the requirements to invest may be beyond international investors, Coinbase announced their intent to release a range of other funds offering exposure to all assets on their platforms, which will soon include Ethereum Classic:

“Coinbase Index Fund gives investors exposure to all assets on our exchange, which will soon include Ethereum Classic. We’re working on launching more funds which will cover a broader range of digital assets.”

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Samuel is a freelance journalist, digital nomad, and crypto enthusiast based out of Bangkok, Thailand. As an avid observer of the rapidly evolving blockchain ecosystem he specializes in the FinTech sector, and when not writing explores the technological landscape of Southeast Asia.

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