Wiener Börse clients can now get exposure to crypto from a regulated trading platform without having to actually buy the cryptocurrency on their own.
“Basically it’s a security product to own non-custodial (Coinbase) bitcoin,” said Posch. “That means you now have three intermediaries, although the basic idea of Bitcoin is to empower the individual and eliminate intermediaries and all those financial constructs that led to the banking crisis in 2008.”
Posch’s point is that the creation of ETPs could eventually lead cryptocurrency into the same traditional finance mismanagement that Bitcoin was purportedly created to prevent.
Additionally, she said, ETPs enable a dangerous reality that cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase can grow so big that they can influence the direction of Bitcoin development.”
What’s more, Posch stated any exchange securing an ETP that does not frequently prove its reserve supply of funds could risk insolvency through rehypothecation, a practice where a bank or broker uses the funds given to them as collateral by their clients for their own investing purposes. This was a common practice in the United States until the 2007 collapse of Lehman Brothers, which subsequently contributed to the 2008 financial crisis—and, indirectly, the birth of Bitcoin.