SEC has a ‘hard no’ stance on spot Ethereum ETFs, but issuers are optimistic: FOX reporter

FOX Enterprise reporter Eleanor Terrett reported a big selection of expectations relating to spot Ethereum ETF approvals on Jan. 23.

Notably, Terrett advised that the U.S. Securities and Trade Fee (SEC) is against approving a spot Ethereum ETF. She mentioned:

“Another source tells me the line at the SEC at this very moment is a ‘hard no’ and there’s currently ‘some internal resistance’ to the idea.”

Terrett didn’t state whether or not that supply is a member of the SEC itself or a member of an asset supervisor looking for approval from the SEC.

Terrett additionally famous that SEC commissioner Hester Peirce, recognized for her pro-cryptocurrency stances, has advocated for a extra easy determination course of. The SEC partly accepted spot Bitcoin ETFs as a result of one applicant, Grayscale, obtained a authorized victory, as SEC chair Gary Gensler defined in a statement. Peirce criticized that method in an interview with crypto information platform Coinage in the present day, as she mentioned that ETF approvals ought to contain “regular way consideration” somewhat than courtroom instances compelling motion.

Terrett concluded that additional indications of the SEC’s stance will emerge within the coming months because it turns into clear whether or not it engages with S-1 registration statements. The SEC usually posts notices of conferences with asset managers and exchanges on every ETF’s web page as they happen.

Asset managers look like optimistic

Regardless of resistance throughout the SEC, Terrett advised that the asset managers accountable for issuing every fund are optimistic about approval.

In response to Terrett:

“[One] issuer with an ETH Spot ETF application says they’re confident the approval and smooth launch of the Bitcoin spots will compel the [SEC] to approve ETH spot ETFs.”

One other unnamed issuer mentioned that they count on a spot Ethereum ETF to launch by the tip of the summer time due to the SEC’s earlier approval of Ethereum futures ETFs, and due to BlackRock’s sturdy ETF approval document.

That supply additionally cited the CFTC feedback suggesting Ethereum is a commodity, in addition to Ripple’s partial authorized victory towards the SEC, as elements that would extra broadly forestall the SEC from labeling crypto property as securities. Nonetheless, it’s not clear that these developments will instantly affect spot Ethereum ETF approvals within the coming months.

Public expectations round approval range. Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas posits a 70% probability that an spot Ethereum ETF shall be accepted in Might, whereas JP Morgan govt Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou has predicted a 50% probability of approval. Polymarket odds suggest a 53% probability of approval.

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