Ether ETFs Approval in Doubt, But Not Impossible: Here’s Why

The SEC may deny applications for spot Ethereum ETFs as early as next month, raising concerns about a potential roadblock.

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  • Rumors have swirled around a potential roadblock to Ethereum ETF acceptance in the U.S.
  • Analysts have warned that an Ethereum ETF might not mirror Bitcoin’s success.
  • Short-term volatility has rocked the Ethereum market as investors react to ETF rumors.

Whispers are circulating throughout the cryptocurrency industry regarding a potential roadblock for Ethereum (ETH) in the United States. Reports, initially surfaced by Walter Bloomberg on platform X, suggest that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) might deny applications for spot Ethereum ETFs as early as next month. 

How Will an Ethereum ETF Impact Investors?

While official confirmation remains elusive, the lack of positive signals surrounding the approval process has lent credibility to the rumors. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have emerged as a significant factor in cryptocurrency adoption, particularly for institutional investors. 


The launch of Bitcoin ETFs earlier this year provided a gateway for these entities to gain exposure to the digital asset without the complexities of direct ownership. The impact was undeniable, with Bitcoin ETFs attracting a staggering $12.1 billion in net inflows since these funds were launched.

However, Ethereum presents a unique case compared to Bitcoin. Unlike its predecessor, Ethereum is not solely viewed as a store of value. Its core functionality lies in facilitating decentralized applications (dApps) and smart contracts, fostering a different investor base that may not mirror the traditional institutional appetite for Bitcoin. 

Consequently, analysts speculate that an Ethereum ETF might not replicate the meteoric rise witnessed with Bitcoin ETFs. The focus for Ethereum investors could lean more towards utility and technological advancements, aligning with traditional stock investment strategies.

ETH Price Drops After Rumored Delay on ETFs

The news has triggered a wave of volatility in the Ethereum market, as ETH dropped 6.6% since the initial break of the rumored news. Traders who were banking on positive ETF news have begun offloading their holdings. If the reports hold true and the SEC decides to postpone Ethereum ETF approvals, a broader market correction could be on the horizon.


Despite the short-term turbulence, the long-term outlook for Ethereum might not be as bleak as initially perceived. The core drivers of Ethereum’s value remain firmly rooted in the decentralized finance ecosystem and the continued development of dApps. 

Transaction fees generated by dApp usage, the overall growth of the cryptocurrency market, and advancements in Ethereum’s technology will likely continue to be the primary forces shaping its future.

On the Flipside

  • The SEC might only be seeking more data or clarification before approving Ethereum ETFs, and a future green light is still possible.
  • A clear SEC decision, even if negative, could provide some certainty for the industry moving forward.

Why This Matters

The SEC’s potential denial of Ethereum ETFs disrupts a key on-ramp for institutional capital, potentially dampening short-term price growth but also pushing Ethereum investors towards a focus on its utility and long-term technological potential, paving the way for a future less reliant on traditional market forces.

If you liked this article about the SEC delaying decisions on Ethereum ETF applications, check out this one on recent developments in Bitcoin ETFs:
ETH ETF Wait Continues as SEC Delays Decision on Two Filings

If you’re interested in learning more about the state of Ethereum ETFs, following up with this article on the SEC’s recent decision is recommended:
BlackRock Bitcoin ETF Pauses Daily Inflow Streak as BTC Falls

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.