ProShares, the first company in the United States to launch a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), is diving into the metaverse as it now plans to launch a new metaverse-focused ETF.
ProShares on Tuesday filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an ETF focused on the metaverse, called the ProShares Metaverse Theme ETF.
Subject to approval by the SEC, the proposed ETF will track the performance of the Solactive Metaverse Theme Index (SOMETAV), consisting of firms providing or using metaverse-related technologies, including data processing and metaverse devices, the ETF prospectus reads.
The index includes U.S. companies that are listed on the New York Stock Exchange or The Nasdaq Stock Market and meets certain market capitalization and liquidity requirements, ProShares said. Electronics giants such as Apple and Nvidia as well as social media such as Meta, formerly Facebook, are reportedly among the index’s top components.
ProShares’ metaverse ETF filing comes amid global companies increasingly venturing into the metaverse and nonfungible tokens (NFT) industry.
On Nov. 29, two Canadian companies, Evolve Funds Group and Horizons ETFs Management, started trading their metaverse ETFs on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Similar to the ProShares Metaverse Theme ETF, the Horizons Global Metaverse Index ETF is tracking SOMETAV.
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Metaverses have been increasingly emerging as one of the biggest technology trends in 2021 amid Facebook officially announcing its metaverse strategy by rebranding its product to Meta in October. The concept of the metaverse is based on an online virtual environment featuring a broad range of functions, such as communicating, gaming, trading digital collectibles and NFTs, attending events and others, facilitated via common devices or virtual and augmented reality headsets.
According to a study by Reports and Data, the global metaverse market was worth $48 billion in 2020 and is expected to have reached $872 billion in 2028, posting a revenue at the compound annual growth rate of 44%.
By: Cointelegraph By Helen Partz