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SEC approves rule change to allow creation of ether ETFs

On Thursday 23rd May 2024, the SEC sanctioned a rule amendment that clears the path for ETFs investing in ether, one of the largest cryptocurrencies globally.

This move occurs less than half a year after the Securities and Exchange Commission greenlit Bitcoin ETFs. These funds have been a significant triumph for the industry, with net inflows reportedly exceeding $12 billion.

May was widely anticipated as a likely verdict time for the ether funds, aligning with the SEC’s deadline to determine the fate of the VanEck Ethereum ETF.

Numerous firms that back Bitcoin ETFs – such as Bitwise, BlackRock and Galaxy Digital – have been reported to have initiated the process to launch their own ether ETF.

Ether’s value saw a modest increase following a 20% climb earlier in the week in anticipation of the SEC’s ruling. However, some investors might be holding back, considering the SEC’s approval of the rule change doesn’t ensure the launch of all proposed funds.

Ethereum one year chart (CoinMarketCap)

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