Samsung Asset Management to launch blockchain ETF in Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based Samsung Asset Management (SAMHK), a local subsidiary of Samsung’s investment arm, is moving forward with a blockchain-themed exchange-traded fund (ETF).

The firm expects to launch its Samsung Blockchain Technologies ETF on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on June 23, SAMHK announced on Thursday.

The ETF seeks to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in stocks of companies actively involved in the development and adoption of blockchain technologies, the fund prospectus reads. The fund will invest in blockchain-related research and development firms, data providers, industry investment firms and others.

The ETF’s composition will be managed by SAMHK’s portfolio management team, responsible for filtering out firms with “small market capitalization or low trading volume.” The Samsung Blockchain Technologies ETF is a sub-fund of Samsung ETFs Trust, an umbrella unit trust established under Hong Kong law, the firm said.

According to the announcement, SAMHK positions the new investment product as the “first ever global blockchain-related ETF in Hong Kong” as well as Asia.

Carmen Cheung, head of ETF and passive investment at SAMHK, notd the increasing demand for blockchain technology-based applications, forecasting the industry’s growth in the future, stating:

“The demand of data processing and storage will expedite with the evolution of our digital world. Blockchain technologies will further be widely used for different businesses to improve data efficiency, security and shorten the accessibility time. We see this as one of the future trends on digital transformation.”

SAMHK is one of several global subsidiaries of Samsung Asset Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary under the umbrella of the Samsung Group. According to official company data, Samsung Asset Management was one of the first companies in South Korea to surpass a milestone of 100 trillion Korean won ($79 billion) in assets under management in 2011.

The ETF launch comes soon after Samsung Asset Management acquired a 20% equity stake in the United States’ ETF sponsor Amplify Holding Company in March 2022, reportedly becoming the second-largest shareholder.

Related: ‘Bitcoin-thematic’ ETF lists on Italian stock exchange Borsa Italiana

The Samsung Group has been actively exploring the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry in recent years, supporting crypto transactions on its flagman Samsung smartphones and investing in major crypto wallets. The South Korean tech giant has also been experimenting with nonfungible tokens, launching a smart TV lineup with an integrated NFT platform in January 2022.

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