YieldMax Launches ‘FIAT’ ETF to Short Crypto Exchange Coinbase

Feeling bearish on crypto? There’s now an ETF to short Coinbase (COIN)—the premiere U.S. exchange platform viewed as an index for the entire industry’s success.

Set to launch on Wednesday, the YieldMax Short COIN Option Income Strategy ETF is designed to “seek inverse (opposite) exposure to the share price of the common stock of Coinbase Global,” subject to certain limits on investment gains, according to its summary prospectus.

YieldMax is an asset management company whose products purchase options contracts based on an underlying security. As if to mock crypto, the Coinbase-focused ETF will trade on NYSE Arca under the “FIAT” ticker.

“The fund’s potential for gains from decreases in the share price of COIN’s stock is limited,” the filing reads, noting that the fund “will not fully benefit” from any significant drawdown in Coinbase’s stock price.

The ETF will operate using a “synthetic covered put” writing strategy, incorporating various moving parts to both provide indirect inverse exposure to Coinbase stock, while also generating passive monthly income irrespective of Coinbase’s performance.

This involves simultaneously buying put options and selling call options for COIN stock, a practice that replicates inverse exposure to Coinbase’s stock movements. The fund will also sell short-dated put options on the same stock with a strike price 0%-15% below current prices, on which it will generate income.

“If the underlying security’s share price decreases beyond the strike price… the fund will lose money on those short put positions, and the losses will, in turn, limit the gains of the fund’s synthetic short exposure,” the filing warned.

In recent times, shorting COIN hasn’t been a wise move for long-term investors. The stock is up 171% over the past year and 43% year to date, showing relative stability during Bitcoin’s significant correction throughout the past five weeks.

YieldMax’s product joins a wave of increasingly sophisticated Wall Street products emerging around crypto since the dawn of Bitcoin spot ETFs in January. Weeks after their launch, Roundhill introduced its Bitcoin Covered Call Strategy ETF which used similar options arrangements to generate a 30% annualized yield for investors on its opening day.

Edited by Ryan Ozawa.

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