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Landmark Decision: SEC Approves Ethereum ETFs for Spot Trading


SEC Approves Eight ETH ETF Issuers for Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made a groundbreaking decision to approve trading of eight exchange-traded funds (ETFs) backed by spot Ether, just over four months after Bitcoin ETFs began trading in the U.S.

The SEC issued an “order granting accelerated approval of proposed rule changes” to allow the listing and trading of shares of Ether-based ETFs. This approval paves the way for exchanges NYSE Arca, Nasdaq, and Cbose BZX Funds to trade ETFs such as the Grayscale Ethereum Trust, Bitwise Ethereum ETF, iShares Ethereum Trust, VanEck Ethereum Trust, ARK 21Shares Ethereum ETF, Invesco Galaxy Ethereum ETF, Fidelity Ethereum Fund, and Franklin Templeton’s Franklin Ethereum ETF.

This decision marks a significant milestone for the cryptocurrency market, as it signals the SEC’s recognition of Ether as a commodity rather than a security. The approval has been met with excitement and anticipation, reflected in the recent price volatility of Ether, which has surged nearly 30% in the past week.

The approval of Ethereum ETFs opens up new opportunities for financial institutions looking to gain exposure to Ether through traditional financial channels. It also presents a potential for increased interest from traditional finance investors, similar to the significant inflow of funds into Bitcoin ETFs.

Before the Ethereum ETFs can start trading, the SEC must approve two forms filed by applicants, 19b-4 and S-1. The decision comes after a week of uncertainty, with analysts’ approval odds fluctuating between 25% and 75%, leading to last-minute updates to filings by exchanges and issuers to meet the SEC’s requirements.

Overall, the approval of Ether-based ETFs represents a significant step forward for the cryptocurrency market and could potentially attract a new wave of institutional investors seeking exposure to the growing digital asset.


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