VanEck‘s Digital Assets Mining ETF (DAM) debuted on Wednesday, providing investors with tailored exposure to companies involved in the crypto asset mining industry.
The exchange-traded fund will continue investing 80% of its total assets in stocks of crypto miners who earn at least 50% of their revenue from mining activities or related technology or have the capacity to do so. The fund will be based on the MVIS Digital Assets Mining Index and will have a 0.5 percent net cost ratio.
“Blockchains bring clarity, productivity, and lower costs to traditional centralized databases and procedures, but blockchain transactions can’t be validated or audited without miners, therefore their function is critical,” says the author. Ed Lopez, VanEck’s Head of Product Management
The ETF comes barely a month after asset management Valkyrie introduced its Bitcoin Miners ETF (WGMI), which focuses on miners who use renewable energy as their primary source of power. Since its debut on Feb. 8, the fund has lost more than 10%, largely in line with drops in other miners and the price of bitcoin (BTC).
According to Lopez, now is a “compelling time” for VanEck to start the fund because the crypto mining industry is still in its early phases of development, and he anticipates strong demand from investors for all forms of digital commodities.
Miners, mining manufacturing firms, aspiring mining manufacturers, and a blockchain-focused bank are among the fund’s top holdings.
Riot Blockchain (RIOT) has the highest weighted (about 11%), followed by Hut 8 Mining (HUT) at 9.1%, Marathon Digital (MARA) at 8.3%, Iris Energy (IREN) at 7%, and Canaan (CAN) at 6.5 percent. Hive Blockchain (HIVE) is ranked 6.3 percent, Northern Data (NB2.GR) is ranked 5.8 percent, Block (SQ) is ranked 5.7 percent, Bitfarms (BITF) is ranked 5.6 percent, and lender Silvergate Capital (SI) is ranked 4.8 percent.
VanEck also offers a futures-based bitcoin ETF, the Bitcoin Strategy ETF (XBTF), and a Digital Transformation ETF, both of which were introduced in mid-November (DAPP). The Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the company’s spot bitcoin ETF, which was one of numerous.
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