A specialised exchange-traded fund (ETF) agency, YieldMax, has filed to launch the primary yield-bearing ETF product based mostly on shares in Michael Saylor’s Bitcoin holding firm, MicroStrategy.
In accordance with a Dec. 7 filing with america Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC), YieldMax has formally utilized to launch its Choice Earnings Technique ETF based mostly on shares in MicroStrategy, slated for launch someday in 2024.
If authorised by the SEC, the ETF will commerce beneath the ticker “MSTY” — only one letter off MicroStrategy’s preexisting ticker “MSTR.”
Yieldmax’s pending ETF makes use of a “artificial coated name” technique, which entails 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 earnings by buying and selling MSTR derivatives. To lower potential losses, the fund limits its upside publicity to a 15% achieve 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, that means that traders would nonetheless earn yields on the ETF even when MicroStrategy shares had been to take a major 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 traders trying to earn barely above-average returns on probably the most risky elements of the inventory market. Due to the achieve limits imposed by the fund managers, they’re seen as a cautious but probably extra worthwhile means of producing passive earnings from massive swings in inventory costs.
YieldMax provides a roster of 18 comparable ETF merchandise for different main tech corporations, together with Tesla, Apple and Nvidia.
MicroStrategy shareholders have witnessed their fair proportion of outsized positive aspects in 2023, with the worth of the corporate’s shares rising greater than 290% since Jan. 1, per TradingView information.
As of Nov. 29, MicroStrategy holds some 174,530 BTC value roughly $7.6 billion on the time of publication.