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SEC Extends Decision Timeline for Grayscale Ethereum Trust’s ETF Proposal Once Again

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced a 45-day extension for deliberations on the approval or rejection of the Grayscale Ethereum Trust‘s spot exchange-traded fund (ETF).

As per a filing on Tuesday, the SEC has moved the decision deadline to January 25, aiming to afford ample time for thorough consideration of the proposed fund and its associated concerns.

In its statement, the SEC expressed the necessity for a prolonged period to assess the proposed rule change comprehensively, emphasizing the need for an in-depth review of the issues raised within the proposal.

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst James Seyffart commented on the delay via social media, highlighting its expected nature. “As expected, Grayscale’s Ethereum trust filing just got delayed,” Seyffart wrote on X. “It was due by 12/6/23 so this is completely normal.”

This delay follows the recent postponement of the decision on the Hashdex Nasdaq Ethereum ETF, which intends to incorporate spot ether and futures contracts within its portfolio.

Multiple entities, including BlackRock, are seeking to introduce spot ether ETFs pending regulatory clearance. Grayscale Investments initiated a Form 19b-4 to transform its Grayscale Ethereum Trust into a spot ETF back in October.

It is worth noting that the Grayscale Ethereum Trust, established in March 2019, elected to become an SEC reporting company in October 2020. Currently, it stands as the largest ETH investment vehicle globally, managing assets nearing $5 billion, representing approximately 2.5% of the total circulating ETH.

While Grayscale and others are vying for SEC approval for the first U.S. spot bitcoin ETF, the regulator has not yet greenlit a spot ether or bitcoin fund. Consequently, decisions on all applications submitted have experienced delays thus far.

BlackRock and Bitwise filed amendments to their S-1 filings for their spot bitcoin proposals with the SEC on Monday.

Additionally, the SEC acknowledged receipt of Nasdaq’s 19b-4 filing for BlackRock’s spot ether ETF application on Tuesday, indicating the ongoing developments and inquiries surrounding cryptocurrency ETFs within the regulatory sphere.

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