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U.S. Lawmakers Advocate for SEC Approval of Spot Ethereum ETF

ByDayne Lee

May 24, 2024

U.S. Lawmakers Advocate for SEC Approval of Spot Ethereum ETF

As the anticipation builds within the financial community, a bipartisan group of U.S. House lawmakers is actively urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to greenlight a spot Ether (ETH) exchange-traded fund (ETF). This push reflects a broader sentiment that such a development could provide investors with a more regulated and secure means to access Ether.

Bipartisan Efforts to Influence SEC Decision

Led by Majority Whip Tom Emmer and Democrat Josh Gottheimer, the lawmakers penned a letter to SEC Chair Gary Gensler on May 22, advocating for a consistent regulatory approach. They highlighted the necessity of applying the same principles used in the approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded products (ETPs) to the pending Ether ETF applications. The legislators emphasized that the legal considerations relevant to Bitcoin should similarly apply to Ether, advocating for parity in digital asset regulation.

Analyst Insights on the Legislative Push

Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, shared insights on social media about the potential implications of the lawmakers’ letter. He noted the letter’s reference to “other digital assets,” suggesting a possible broadening of ETF applications beyond just Ether. Balchunas speculated on the rapid expansion of the ETF market into various digital assets, indicating that this could be a strategic move by lawmakers to test the regulatory boundaries set by the SEC.

Additional Legislative Actions

On the same day, another influential group of lawmakers, including the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Patrick McHenry, and subcommittee head Bill Huizenga, escalated their demands for transparency from the SEC. They requested records pertaining to Prometheum, a custody services provider, and expressed dissatisfaction with the SEC’s previous responses regarding Ether’s classification as a security versus a commodity. This action underscores the ongoing legislative scrutiny over the SEC’s handling of digital assets.

The push for a spot Ether ETF in the U.S. coincides with related developments in Hong Kong, where regulators are reportedly considering enabling staking for spot Ether ETFs that began trading on April 30, 2024. This move came shortly after the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong, contrasting with the U.S. approach where spot Bitcoin ETFs were introduced earlier in January 2024 but a spot Ether ETF remains pending.

January 2024Introduction of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S.Set a precedent for digital asset ETFs
April 30, 2024Launch of spot Ether ETFs with staking in Hong KongExpands global ETF offerings
May 22, 2024U.S. lawmakers push SEC for spot Ether ETF approvalInfluences regulatory decision-making

The concerted efforts by U.S. lawmakers to secure SEC approval for a spot Ether ETF reflect a significant step towards integrating cryptocurrencies more fully into regulated financial markets. As the SEC considers these appeals, the outcome will not only affect Ether’s market dynamics but also set a precedent for how other digital assets might be treated under U.S. securities law.

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Dayne Lee

With a foundation in financial day trading, I transitioned to my current role as an editor, where I prioritize accuracy and reader engagement in our content. I excel in collaborating with writers to ensure top-quality news coverage. This shift from finance to journalism has been both challenging and rewarding, driving my commitment to editorial excellence.

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