Wednesday 10 April 2024 Colonial First State (CFS) has today announced that the BlackRock iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) is available on CFS Edge.


Commenting on today’s announcement, CFS Group Executive Distribution Bryce Quirk said CFS Edge continues to expand its investment menu to meet the growing demands of financial advisers and their clients.


“Advisers continue to share feedback that their clients have varying investment needs. They have asked us to expand the breadth of asset classes they can access via Edge,” Mr Quirk said.


“We are pleased to build on our existing relationship with BlackRock by offering their iShares Bitcoin Trust to advised Australians with an appetite for these types of assets,” he said.


“This is one of many planned inclusions to broaden investment options for advisers and their clients.”


Given the volatility associated with this asset type, the BlackRock iShares Bitcoin Trust is only available on CFS Edge for investors who have a financial adviser.


Bitcoin is the world’s largest cryptocurrency since launching 15 years ago, with a market cap of over USD $1.3 trillion.  


The BlackRock iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) is an exchange-traded fund that seeks to reflect generally the performance of the price of bitcoin and trades on the NASDAQ. It enables investors to access bitcoin within a traditional brokerage account, without having to buy, store, or manage it directly. 


Today’s announcement reflects a further expansion of the CFS Edge investment menu, which also includes access to international equities across 15 stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, as well as 10 currencies including US dollars, Euros and Pounds Sterling.


It comes after the launch of the Accelerate Series, which combines reduced investment fees with discounted administration fees to deliver a highly competitive Separately Managed Account (SMA) solution.

There are now over 100 managed accounts and more than 50 tailored accounts on the platform from leading investment managers including BlackRock, Fidelity, Infinity Asset Management, Lonsec, Morningstar, and Russell Investments.

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Senior Manager External Communications, Colonial First State
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This media release is issued by Superannuation and Investments HoldCo Pty Limited ABN 64 644 660 882 (Colonial First State or CFS). The CFS group includes Colonial First State Investments Limited ABN 98 002 348 352, AFSL 232468 (CFSIL) and Avanteos Investments Limited ABN 20 096 259 979, AFSL 245531 (AIL). CFS is majority owned by an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 (CBA) holding a significant minority interest. This information is current as at 1 August 2023 and may be subject to change.