Simplify Asset Management has filed an application with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) focused on Web 3.
- In a filing Wednesday, Simplify said the Simplify Volt Web 3 ETF would trade under the ticker symbol WIII and track Web 3 companies that are expected to benefit from technology infrastructure play.
- The fund would not invest directly in cryptocurrencies but will allocate up to 10% of its total assets in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which is a unit of Digital Currency Group, which is also the parent of CoinDesk.
- The ETF would be actively managed by Simplify Asset Management CEO and co-founder Paul Kim and its CIO and co-founder David Berns.
- If approved, the actively managed ETF would be listed and traded on the NYSE.
- There has been growing interest in Web 3, which is the third generation of internet services that has been made possible by decentralized networks.
- Most recently, Block Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey publicly sparred with venture capitalists (VCs) over Web 3 stating in a tweet on Dec. 20, that VCs, not users, control Web 3, thus making it a centralized entity with a different label.