Karan Sood

“Investors have been eager for access to Bitcoin, and until recently were challenged to access Bitcoin-related returns in a brokerage account. However, the cryptocurrency's volatility has been concerning to some. We set out to solve those issues, in a novel way.“

Karan Sood
CEO & Managing Director, Head of Product Development

How to invest in Bitcoin Futures, without all the bite

While investors can now gain exposure to Bitcoin related-returns in several ways, Bitcoin’s extreme volatility remains an obstacle for those without the risk-tolerance to weather large drawdowns. Learn how Bitcoin Futures with a managed volatility strategy in a 1940 Act fund can be a solution.

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Why invest in this fund
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Why invest in this fund

Access Bitcoin Futures, with the convenience of a mutual fund...

Originally proposed in a 2008 white paper, Bitcoin was envisioned as “a purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash” and has since grown into a global financial and technological phenomenon. Today Bitcoin is the most established cryptoasset in the world, with a 10+ year track record and the largest base of users in the cryptomarket.

In 2021, investors gained access to Bitcoin-related returns via a limited number of Bitcoin Strategy mutual funds and ETFs. The shares of these funds can be purchased and sold conveniently in most brokerage accounts, without the need to manage separate cryptocurrency exchange accounts or wallets.

Access Bitcoin Futures, with the convenience of a mutual fund
...while seeking to manage the downside and extreme volatility of Bitcoin

While Bitcoin prices have soared in the past, the ride has been turbulent. The price of the cryptocurrency swings significantly up and down, meaning that it is highly volatile. Relative to more traditional assets like stocks, bonds, and government currencies, Bitcoin has been significantly more volatile, sometimes as high as 5 times more volatile relative to the U.S. stock market. Its volatility has exposed investors to sizeable losses in the past.

The Fund offers an innovative approach that seeks to soften the swings of Bitcoin. By actively adjusting allocations to Bitcoin Futures and cash, the Fund aims to provide exposure to Bitcoin with less volatility. This has the potential to minimize the impact of drawdowns and poor market timing, while improving risk-adjusted returns.

How it works
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How it works

The Fund provides access to Cboe Vest’s “Managed Volatility Strategy.” The strategy utilizes Bitcoin Futures that seek to deliver returns linked to the price of Bitcoin while managing its volatility to reduce the impact of severe sustained declines.

The strategy seeks to target levels of volatility set by the Fund’s manager by dynamically changing the Fund's allocation to Bitcoin Futures and cash investments. Generally:

  • When volatility experienced by Bitcoin is high, the Fund decreases its exposure to Bitcoin Futures.
  • When volatility experienced by Bitcoin is low, the Fund increases its exposure to Bitcoin Futures.
Balancing Asset Allocation to Achieve Target Volatility

The Fund’s manager believes that the Managed Volatility Strategy may lead to total returns for investors while dampening large swings in the volatility of the Fund’s entire portfolio over time. However, historically realized volatility may not be indicative of future volatility. Due to this limitation, changes in market conditions, or other factors, the actual realized volatility of the Fund for any particular period may be materially higher or lower than the volatility targeted by the Fund’s manager. The return of the Fund for any given period could be directionally different than the returns of Bitcoin or Bitcoin Futures depending on allocation decisions made by the Fund’s manager in its attempt to implement the Managed Volatility Strategy.

Where it fits in the portfolio
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Where it fits in the portfolio

The Fund may deliver value in two places in a portfolio:

  • Scarce Metal Assets/Currency Allocation
  • Bitcoin Futures may be considered an alternative to assets such as gold or currencies as a store of value. Portfolio strategies that incorporate such assets or currencies to diversify holdings or hedge against inflation may consider allocating to the Fund.

  • Alternatives
  • Bitcoin Futures may deliver returns that may be different and unique from other traditional assets such as stocks or bonds. The Fund may have a place in the alternatives allocation within a portfolio.

Diagram: Where It Fits in the Portfolio
With great risk often comes great rewards. Or does it?

See the impact of a 5% allocation to Bitcoin on a 60/40 portfolio, starting in 2017.

Performance
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Performance

Fund facts & stats
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Fund facts & stats

Fund Snapshot

  • Ticker  BTCVX
  • CUSIP  98148L308
  • Inception Date  8/13/2021

Expenses

  • Gross Expense Ratio 1.70%
  • Net Expense Ratio* * 0.99%

* * Cboe Vest Financial LLC (the "Adviser") has contractually agreed to reduce expenses until February 28, 2023.

Additional resources & FAQs
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Additional resources & FAQs

FAQs

What is Bitcoin? 

What is a futures contract?​ 

How are futures contracts exercised?​ 

How does a Bitcoin futures contract work?​ 

How is the price of Bitcoin determined? 

What is a drawdown? 

What is volatility? 

Start investing
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Start investing

The Fund is open to individual and institutional investors, and can be purchased through a financial professional or in brokerage accounts at Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Interactive Brokers, and many other leading investment firms. Contact us for assistance if your platform is not listed. Carefully review the information about the Fund and read the prospectus to see if the Cboe Vest Bitcoin Strategy Managed Volatility Fund is right for you .

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Contact us
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Contact us

For questions about the Fund, to check platform availability, or schedule a screen-share, call 855-979-6060
Monday - Friday from 9am – 5pm ET, or send us a message.

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Cboe Vest Financial LLC is an investment advisory firm registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Cboe Vest Financial LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cboe Vest Group Inc.

Cboe Vest is an institutionally-focused asset management firm with expertise in risk management. Cboe Vest created Target Outcome Investments®, which strive to buffer losses, manage volatility, amplify gains, or provide consistent income. The firm manages, subadvises, and supervises more than 65 Target Outcome investments products, including the industry’s first and longest-running Buffer fund.

Important Disclosures, Please Read

Investors should consider the investment objectives, potential risks, management fees and charges and expenses carefully before investing. This and other information is contained in the Fund’s prospectus, which may be obtained online, or by calling 855-505-VEST (8378). Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC, Portland, ME. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Any comments or statements made herein do not reflect the views of Cboe Vest Financial Group Inc. or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.

The Fund will not directly invest in Bitcoin or any other digital currency. Bitcoin futures contracts involve the risk of mispricing or improper valuation and changes in the value of a futures contract may not correlate perfectly with price of Bitcoin.

An investment in the Fund involves a substantial degree of risk. Investors in the Fund should be willing to accept a high degree of volatility in the price of the Fund's shares and the possibility of significant losses.

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Risk Factors

The Fund is a new fund and does not have a full calendar year of performance history. The Fund will invest in exchange-traded Bitcoin futures contracts that can be highly volatile. Using futures can increase the volatility of the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”) and/or lower total return. A liquid secondary market may not always exist for the Fund’s futures contract positions at any time. The Fund may experience high portfolio turnover which may result in higher taxes when held in a taxable account. The market for exchange-traded Bitcoin futures contracts has limited trading history and operational experience and may be riskier, less liquid, more volatile and more vulnerable to economic, market and industry changes than more established futures markets, thus impacting the performance and risk profile of the Fund. The NAV of the Fund over short-term periods may be more volatile than other investment options because of the Fund’s significant use of financial instruments that have a leveraging effect. Due to the Fund’s investment strategy of limiting its volatility, the Fund’s actual investment in Bitcoin Futures may be a small portion of the Fund’s overall assets.

The primary underlying asset of the future contracts is Bitcoin, which has several risks that could impact Bitcoin Futures and the Fund. These risks, which could impact the price and value of Bitcoin, are: frequent or significant price movements; high levels of speculation; uncertainty as to growth in usage and in blockchain; an unregulated and uncertain regulatory environment; excess supply; instability and/or closure and shutdown of trading platforms for trading Bitcoin; the emergence of alternative digital assets and increased competition; reduction in supply; and increasing transaction fees. Together, the risks may result in changes in the confidence of investors. The prospectus provides complete details concerning risks of Bitcoin, the Fund, and investing in futures.

Futures contracts with a longer term to expiration may be priced higher than futures contracts with a shorter term to expiration, a relationship called “contango.” When rolling futures contracts that are in contango, the Fund may sell the expiring contract at a lower price and buy a longer-dated contract at a higher price, resulting in a negative roll yield. Conversely, futures contracts with a longer term to expiration may be priced lower than futures contracts with a shorter term to expiration, a relationship called “backwardation.” When rolling futures contracts that are in backwardation, the Fund may sell the expiring contract at a higher price and buy a longer-dated contract at a lower price, resulting in a positive roll yield. Due to contango, backwardation or other factors, the returns from Bitcoin Futures may differ from returns from a direct investment in Bitcoin, and an extended period of contango or backwardation may cause significant and sustained losses.

Please see the prospectus for more information regarding these and other risks associated with the Fund.

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