Ripple Hungry for XRP ETF as SEC Gives Ethereum the Go Ahead

SEC’s approval of eight Ethereum ETFs reignites speculation for a similar XRP ETF, but Ripple’s legal battle casts a shadow.

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  • The SEC’s greenlighting of several Ethereum ETFs has reignited speculation for an XRP ETF.
  • Ripple’s CEO has hinted at the possibility of an XRP ETF, but acknowledges having ongoing legal challenges.
  • Analysts have debated the likelihood of an XRP ETF compared to other cryptocurrencies.

The cryptocurrency industry witnessed a significant milestone this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) greenlighting eight spot Ethereum ETFs. This decision has reignited speculation surrounding a potential exchange-traded fund (ETF) for XRP, the native token of the Ripple network.

Ripple CEO Hints at XRP ETF

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse hinted at this possibility through a social media post celebrating the SEC’s approval. He referred to the week’s events, including the passing of the FIT21 crypto bill, as a “momentous” occasion for the industry, drawing a comparison to a highly improbable scenario. 


This sentiment resonated with the cryptocurrency community, where hopes for similar advancements for XRP have lingered for a while. Earlier this year, Garlinghouse expressed his belief in the inevitability of an XRP ETF. 

He highlighted the value such a product would bring to investor diversification strategies but acknowledged the regulatory uncertainties that cloud the timeline for its launch. When pressed about potential collaborations with asset managers like BlackRock on an XRP ETF, Garlinghouse remained cautious due to the complexities involved.

However, Ripple’s ongoing legal battle with the SEC casts a shadow on the path to an XRP ETF. The SEC has accused Ripple of selling unregistered securities, and the outcome of this lawsuit will likely determine the feasibility and timing of an XRP ETF.

Solana and XRP Next in Line?

While Garlinghouse maintains his optimism, some analysts believe other cryptocurrencies might be stronger contenders for ETF listings in the near future. Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart suggests Solana (SOL) could be a more likely candidate due to its market position and broader appeal. 


However, Seyffart cautions that a Solana ETF might not materialize until 2026, contingent on regulatory developments and the establishment of a relevant futures market. The recent approvals for Ethereum ETFs and the legislative progress signaled by the FIT21 bill mark a significant step forward for the cryptocurrency sector. 

While XRP’s inclusion in the ETF landscape remains to be seen, these developments undeniably pave the way for broader acceptance and institutional investment in the crypto market.

On the Flipside

  • Ripple is currently entangled in a legal battle with the SEC over allegations of selling unregistered securities, which could delay or prevent the approval of an XRP ETF.
  • Other cryptocurrencies like Solana (SOL) are considered by analysts to be stronger candidates for ETF listings, potentially overshadowing XRP’s prospects.
  • Even if an XRP ETF is eventually approved, it may face significant delays, as seen with the projected timeline for a Solana ETF, which might not be realized until 2026.

Why This Matters

While Ripple’s legal battle with the SEC creates uncertainty, this progress for Ethereum and supportive legislation creates a more favorable environment for eventual approval of an XRP ETF, potentially increasing investor options and legitimizing XRP in the mainstream.

If you’re interested in XRP, you’ll want to read this article about a potential surge triggered by a shift in US monetary policy:
XRP Primed for Takeoff as Crypto Market Eyes “Fed Pivot”?

Curious about the legal battle between Ripple and the SEC? This article explores the latest developments and the potential impact on XRP:
XRP Lawsuit Close to Climax? Here’s What We Know

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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.