Grayscale and Coinbase Forge Path Towards Ether ETF Approval

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Key takeaways:

  • SEC Meeting with Coinbase and Grayscale Ethereum Trust Signals Progress Towards Ethereum ETF Approval
  • The meeting  discussed concerns regarding potential market manipulation upon fund approval.

The recent meeting convened by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with representatives from Coinbase and Grayscale Ethereum Trust has sparked considerable interest within the cryptocurrency and investment communities. 

This gathering marks a significant step in ongoing discussions between the SEC’s Trading and Markets Division and two leading cryptocurrency firms, aimed at addressing the intricacies involved in the potential approval of an Ethereum ETF.

Grayscale Ethereum Trust, which currently provides investment in Ethereum (ETH) via its product ETHE, is seeking to convert its Ethereum Trust into an ETF, similar to the conversion of its Bitcoin Trust to an ETF in January. 

Grayscale’s aim to convert its Ethereum Trust into a spot ETF product is intended to provide more safety and a better experience for customers. 

However, experts have expressed varying opinions on the likelihood of Ethereum spot ETF applications being approved by the SEC, citing significant uncertainty in the approval chances.

Notably, the SEC has pushed back its decision on several other spot Ethereum ETF applications in recent days. Nate Geraci, a leading ETF analyst, emphasized the focus of the meeting on analyzing the correlation between futures and spot markets for Ethereum. 

Grayscale And Coinbase Forge Path Towards Ether Etf Approval


He highlighted Coinbase’s analysis, suggesting a strong correlation between Ethereum futures and spot markets, similar to that observed in Bitcoin markets. Geraci also questioned the rationale behind any hesitation in approving spot Ethereum ETFs, particularly considering Ethereum’s mechanisms to limit exposure to fraud and manipulation.

There are suggestions from analysts that Grayscale may be using its futures ETF application as a “trojan horse” to corner the SEC into approving its spot Ether ETF. Several asset managers, including Invesco, Galaxy Digital, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, and BlackRock, are seeking approval for a spot Ether ETF, with final deadlines for an SEC decision expected in May.

Despite BlackRock’s better relationship with the SEC, some experts believe this might not necessarily aid the approval of Ethereum spot ETF applications. There are significant chances that the SEC may order BlackRock to withdraw its ETH ETF application.

In conclusion, the recent SEC meeting signifies progress towards potential approval of an Ethereum ETF, albeit amidst uncertainties and varying expert opinions. The dialogue between regulatory bodies and industry players underscores the complexity and importance of navigating the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency investments.

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Aadrika Sharma
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