BlackRock And Grayscale Refine Ethereum ETF Plans


As the landscape of cryptocurrency investments continues to evolve, significant developments are unfolding regarding the establishment of Ethereum ETFs in the United States. Recently, financial powerhouses BlackRock and Grayscale have made notable amendments to their ETF applications, following a recent decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to delay its verdict on these proposals.

BlackRock, a global investment titan, has revised its filing strategy in an effort to align more closely with the SEC’s framework. The company submitted an updated 19-b 4 filing for its iShares Ethereum Trust. A key change in this filing is the shift from in-kind to exclusively cash-based transactions for the creation and redemption of shares. This means that participants will use cash to create or redeem shares, without directly handling Ethereum. This adjustment mirrors the structure utilized in previously approved U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs and aims to streamline the process and potentially increase the ETF’s appeal to regulatory bodies.


On the other hand, Grayscale, known for its pioneering work in cryptocurrency funds, has taken a multi-pronged approach in its push for ETF approval. Leveraging its existing Grayscale Ethereum Trust, which is already registered with the SEC, Grayscale filed an S-3 registration statement to convert this trust into a spot Ethereum ETF, designated to be listed on the NYSE Arca under the ticker ETHE. Additionally, Grayscale introduced a proposal for a mini Ethereum ETF, aiming to offer a product with lower fees, similar to its strategy with the Bitcoin market. This mini ETF is set to trade under the ticker ETH on the same exchange

These amendments and proposals come in the wake of the SEC’s recent announcement to postpone decisions on several spot Ethereum ETF applications, including those from Grayscale Investments and another major player, Franklin Templeton. This delay has moderated the initial high hopes for a swift approval process that followed the SEC’s reluctant approval of multiple spot Bitcoin ETFs earlier in the year.

Despite the setbacks, the firms remain undeterred, signaling a clear intention to continue pursuing regulatory approval. This determination reflects the growing interest and potential in cryptocurrency-based financial products, which are seen as pivotal for providing mainstream investors with regulated and structured opportunities to engage with digital assets.

However, the path to approval remains uncertain. Investment circles and market analysts are closely watching the developments, with predictions about the approval chances varying. Earlier this month, JP Morgan estimated no more than a 50% chance of approval by the upcoming May deadline, while Bloomberg Intelligence suggested a more conservative 25% likelihood. Despite these odds, the consistent efforts by issuers to adapt and refile indicate a strong commitment to forging ahead in the evolving crypto ETF space.

As the May 23 deadline approaches, all eyes will be on the SEC’s next moves. The outcome will not only affect the involved financial institutions and potential investors but could also set significant precedents for the future of cryptocurrency investments and regulatory practices in the U.S. financial market.