Direxion Refiles With SEC for Short Bitcoin Futures ETF

The exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuer had previously withdrawn its application late last year.Read MoreFeedzy

Direxion has reapplied with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Bitcoin Strategy Bear ETF, a futures-based exchange-traded fund seeking to inversely track the price of bitcoin (BTC).

Direxion’s move on Thursday follows a filing on Wednesday by ProShares for a similar product.

The Direxion Bitcoin Strategy Bear ETF is intended to maintain short exposure to bitcoin futures contracts – in essence, betting the price of the cryptocurrency will fall.

In early November, Direxion – at the behest of the SEC – pulled a previous application for the Bitcoin Strategy Bear ETF. No reason was given at the time.

UPDATE (April 7 20:50 UTC): Adds information on what the ETF would do in the second bullet point.

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