SEC delays decision on BlackRock’s spot Ethereum ETF application


  • SEC delays BlackRock’s Ethereum ETF decision, prolonging crypto investment anticipation.
  • Ethereum ETFs, like Bitcoin ETFs, face ongoing delays; May 23 could bring a decision.
  • Commissioner Peirce proposes standardizing crypto ETFs, potentially easing approvals.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again delayed its decision on the application for a spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF) submitted by investment management giant BlackRock. 

This delay prolongs the eagerly awaited opportunity for wider investor access to Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.

In a recent filing, the SEC cited the need for “sufficient time to consider” the proposal and the surrounding issues. Consequently, the SEC’s decision on BlackRock’s spot Ethereum ETF application deadline has been extended to March 10. This follows a similar delay for Fidelity’s application, with a decision now expected by March 5.

The pattern of delay similar to Bitcoin ETFs

This delay echoes a pattern seen with spot Bitcoin ETFs, which faced extensive postponements before receiving approval in January. 

Analysts, including Bloomberg’s James Seyffart, have anticipated such delays. Citing historical patterns, Seyffart predicts that sporadic delays may continue until late May, culminating in a definitive answer on May 23.

SEC’s historical skepticism toward crypto

It is no secret that the SEC has maintained a degree of skepticism towards cryptocurrencies. Chairman Gary Gensler’s previous remarks hinted at reluctance, making the approval of Bitcoin ETFs appear somewhat forced. However, despite this skepticism, optimism regarding Ethereum’s prospects remains.

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, a notable advocate for cryptocurrencies, has suggested that spot Ethereum ETFs may be approved without court intervention. She proposes applying traditional ETF standards to cryptocurrencies, potentially streamlining the approval process.

While the spotlight is currently on Ethereum, other crypto enthusiasts await news on a potential XRP ETF. However, legal challenges surrounding XRP make its launch in 2024 less likely, according to Seyffart.

Market watches for signs from SEC staff

In the interim, both issuers and investors are closely monitoring signs from SEC staff to gauge their willingness to engage with Ethereum ETF applications, much like their involvement in the case of spot Bitcoin ETFs.

Investors and cryptocurrency enthusiasts eagerly await the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision on approving Ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The SEC’s recent decision to delay the ruling on BlackRock’s application has extended the suspense, leaving investors to anticipate potential access to the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.

The delay in approving Ethereum ETFs mirrors the extended process faced by Bitcoin ETFs, which were finally granted approval in January. Analysts predict that this trend of sporadic delays may continue until late May, culminating in a decisive decision on May 23, following historical patterns.

SEC’s cryptocurrency skepticism

Chairman Gary Gensler’s past remarks have indicated the SEC’s skepticism towards cryptocurrencies, making the approval of Bitcoin ETFs seem somewhat forced. However, optimism prevails in the Ethereum community despite the SEC’s cautious approach.

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, known for her pro-crypto stance, has proposed applying traditional ETF standards to cryptocurrencies, potentially simplifying the approval process. She suggests that Ethereum ETFs may be approved without court intervention, offering hope to the crypto community.

While Ethereum captures the spotlight, the XRP community eagerly awaits news on a potential XRP ETF. However, legal challenges surrounding XRP make the launch of such an ETF in 2024 less likely.

Monitoring SEC staff’s involvement

Issuers and investors closely monitor the SEC staff’s engagement with Ethereum ETF applications, similar to their role in approving Bitcoin ETFs. This involvement may provide valuable insights into the SEC’s stance on cryptocurrency ETFs.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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