- Grayscale’s ETHE trust is currently traded over-the-counter, which limits its accessibility.
- The final decision will likely take several months.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has confirmed the receipt of Grayscale Investments’ application to convert its Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETHE) into a spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF).
This could potentially open up Ethereum [ETH] investment to a broader range of mainstream investors.
Currently, the $4.8 billion ETHE trust is traded over-the-counter as a private trust. As of 2 October, NYSE Arca submitted the application to list the proposed ETF. This move follows the SEC’s approval of Bitcoin [BTC] futures ETFs in 2021 and more recently Ethereum futures ETFs.
However, the SEC has not yet approved any spot crypto ETFs holding digital assets directly.
Significant development for Grayscale and ETH EFTs
This application marks a significant development for Grayscale Investments, which aims to convert its ETHE trust into an SEC-registered ETF. Such a conversion would allow investors to gain exposure to Ether without the need to directly hold crypto assets.
This also includes mainstream institutions.
Ethereum’s ETF structure is appealing because it offers greater ease of trading for both retail and institutional investors. However, it also faces stricter regulatory requirements compared to trusts.
Although the SEC has begun the formal review process for Grayscale’s Ethereum ETF application, the final decision is expected to be several months away.
The outcome of this decision could play a pivotal role in determining the future direction of digital asset investments, potentially bringing them further into the investment mainstream.
Signaling a new era for digital asset investments?
The SEC’s recognition of Grayscale’s application signifies a noteworthy step in the evolution of digital asset investment products. Converting existing trusts into SEC-registered ETFs is a significant way of expanding digital asset investment opportunities.
This move by Grayscale could lead to Ethereum gaining greater recognition and acceptance as an investment asset, potentially drawing more interest from institutional and retail investors alike.
This positive news is likely to trigger a significant rally in Ethereum’s price. Ethereum was trading at $1810.90 at press time, according to data from TradingView, with a 6% increase from the previous day.