A specialised exchange-traded fund (ETF) agency known as YieldMax has filed to launch the primary yield-bearing ETF product primarily based on shares in Michael Saylor’s Bitcoin holding firm, MicroStrategy.
Based on a Dec. 7 filing with the US SEC, YieldMax has formally utilized to launch its Choice Earnings Technique ETF primarily based on shares in MicroStrategy, slated for launch someday in 2024.
If accredited by the SEC, the ETF will commerce beneath the ticker “MSTY” — only one letter off MicroStrategy’s pre-existing ticker “MSTR.”
Yieldmax’s pending ETF makes use of a “artificial coated name” technique, which includes a mixture of shopping for name choices and promoting put choices to earn income. These proceeds are distributed to holders of the MSTY ETF as month-to-month payouts.
Notably, the ETF won’t ever personal any spot holdings of MicroStrategy shares, completely producing revenue by buying and selling MSTR derivatives. To lower potential losses, the fund limits its upside publicity to a 15% acquire on the decision choices every month.
Yieldmax says the month-to-month yields generated by the ETF aren’t immediately depending on the expansion of MicroStrategy shares, which means that buyers would nonetheless earn yields on the ETF even when share MicroStrategy shares have been to take a big hit.
A number of commentators on X (previously Twitter) questioned why somebody would select to put money into such an ETF as a substitute of simply shopping for the corporate inventory or its choices immediately.
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— Marusha (@mattomattik) December 7, 2023
Yield-bearing ETFs are sometimes marketed to conservative buyers seeking to earn barely above-average returns on probably the most risky components of the inventory market. Due to the acquire limits imposed by the fund managers, they’re seen as a cautious, but probably extra worthwhile method of producing passive revenue from large swings in inventory costs.
YieldMax affords a roster of 18 comparable ETF merchandise for different main tech firms firms together with Tesla, Apple, and Nvidia.
MicroStrategy shareholders have witnessed their fair proportion of outsized features this 12 months, with the costs of the corporate’s shares rising greater than 290% since Jan. 1, per TradingView knowledge.
On Nov. 30, MicroStrategy co-founder Michael Saylor announced that the company acquired an additional 16,130 BTC for roughly $593.3 million, a mean worth of $36,785 per Bitcoin.
As of Nov. 29, MicroStrategy holds some 174,530 BTC — price roughly $7.6 billion on the time of publication.