Ether ETFs Could Be Approved by May, Experts Predict

Could Ethereum follow Bitcoin’s lead with potential May approval of a spot ETF, despite lingering doubts?

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  • Excitement and doubt have been swirling as the SEC considers the possible approval of Ether ETFs.
  • Timing has remained a mystery, leaving both crypto enthusiasts and traditional finance on edge.
  • Bitcoin’s ETF approvals have paved the way, but will Ethereum’s unique features create obstacles?

Anticipation hangs heavy in the air, both on Wall Street and in the crypto industry, as the potential approval of a spot Ethereum ETF (exchange-traded fund) draws closer. With a possible May deadline set by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler, the question remains: will Ethereum follow Bitcoin’s footsteps onto the regulated market?

Ethereum ETF Approval Looms

This news, originally reported by FOX Business reporter Eleanor Terrett, has ignited a wave of optimism across both sectors. The sentiment is overwhelmingly positive, with lawyers, investors, and even established firms like TD Cowan anticipating a green light from the SEC.

However, not everyone is convinced. Some remain skeptical, pointing to Gensler’s past hesitations regarding Ethereum’s legal status and suitability for an ETF. They argue that Ethereum lacks the institutional support and broad base enjoyed by Bitcoin, the undisputed king of cryptocurrencies. 

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Despite these concerns, legal experts believe the recent approval of several spot Bitcoin ETFs might have paved the way for Ethereum. “The SEC would struggle to find new grounds for rejecting a spot ETH ETF when the same factors as the Bitcoin approval apply here,” states Marc Powers, a blockchain expert and former SEC attorney.

Elections Could Delay ETF Approval

The January 10th approval of nearly a dozen Bitcoin ETFs marked a historic event, considering the number of issuers launching similar products and the relatively new nature of digital assets. This precedent, along with the existence of an Ethereum futures market, could further strengthen the case for an ETF.

While TD Cowan predicts eventual approval, they believe it might wait until after the November elections. Regardless of the timeline, the potential arrival of a spot Ethereum ETF is a significant development, eagerly awaited by both crypto enthusiasts and traditional finance players. 

On the Flipside

  • Despite optimism, SEC Chair Gensler hasn’t explicitly endorsed Ethereum or ETFs, and his past comments suggest concerns about the asset’s legal status.
  • While some established firms are cautiously optimistic, broader institutional support for Ethereum, compared to Bitcoin, might not be as robust, potentially limiting ETF demand.

Why This Matters

Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, could join Bitcoin in regulated markets with a potential spot ETF approval. This would represent a major step towards mainstream adoption, potentially impacting crypto prices, attracting new investors, and influencing regulatory decisions across the entire digital asset landscape.

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To learn more about the growing interest in Ethereum ETFs and the potential approval of a Franklin Templeton Ethereum ETF, read here:
Franklin Templeton Joins Ether ETF Applicants, Eyes Approval

Curious about ARK 21Shares’ revamped Ether ETF application and its cash-creation model? Read more here:
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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.