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Grayscale Investments Withdraws Ethereum Futures ETF Application, Focuses on Spot Products

Grayscale Investments Withdraws Application for Ethereum Futures ETF, Focuses on Spot Products

In a strategic shift, Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest crypto asset manager, has decided to withdraw its application to provide an Ethereum futures ETF and instead focus on converting its Ethereum trust to spot exchange-traded products.

CEO Michael Sonnenshein announced the decision on Wednesday, stating that the company’s core focus is on spot products. This move comes after media reports revealed that Grayscale had pulled its application to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an Ether futures ETF, which was originally filed in October.

Sonnenshein explained that the decision to withdraw the application was influenced by the availability of numerous futures products for investors in the market. He emphasized that just because a product is filed for does not guarantee its launch.

The spotlight now shifts to the approval of spot Ethereum products, with Grayscale, along with other major asset managers like BlackRock and VanEck, seeking to convert their Ethereum trusts to spot ETFs. The industry eagerly awaits the SEC’s decision on the first application, VanEck’s, scheduled for May 23.

Grayscale has also filed for a mini trust, a smaller fund seeded with assets from the larger trust, aimed at providing a lower-fee alternative spot Ethereum ETF for investors looking to optimize their investment strategies.

Despite regulatory uncertainties surrounding Ethereum, Sonnenshein remains optimistic about the SEC’s stance on approving spot Ether products. He highlighted Grayscale’s commitment to regulatory compliance and pushing for further integration of crypto assets into the regulatory framework.

As the industry awaits the SEC’s decision, all eyes are on the future of Ethereum ETFs and the potential impact on the broader crypto market.

For more updates and insights on the latest developments in the crypto space, reach out to the author at joanna@dlnews.com.

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