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May 7, 2022

Short Bitcoin ETF reaches an all-time high

On Friday, an exchange-traded instrument that shorts Bitcoin (BTC) hit a more than two-month high, as the world’s largest cryptocurrency led a dramatic slide in the market.

The 21Shares Short Bitcoin ETP, which trades in the exact opposite direction of BTC, has risen 5.4 percent in the last two days to its highest level since late February. This follows an 11 percent drop in BTC over the same time period, when the token fell to its lowest level since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.

One of the best performing assets this year is the short BTC ETP, which trades on European stock platforms. The ETP is now trading up roughly 8% year to date, considerably outperforming most of the top-50 cryptocurrencies.

According to 21Shares, the ETP aims to deliver a “-1x return on the performance of Bitcoin for a single day.” The ETP accomplishes this by borrowing BTC and selling it at the same time.

However, the asset management labels the product as high risk. Only investors ready to take on the risk of such an undertaking should consider 21Shares.

21Shares provides a bevy of ETPs that follow several cryptocurrencies. The fund manager just introduced a product that hedges both Bitcoin and Gold in a single contract.

Bearish holdings on the cryptocurrency are at their highest since mid-March, according to a Bitfinex index that measures short interest in BTC. The reading follows one of BTC’s worst drops of the year.

The coin is currently trading around its lowest prices of the year, ranging from $35,000 to $36,000. Traders anticipate additional losses in the token as worries of inflation and monetary tightening persist.

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