By: Eliza Bennet
The Ethereum Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) is a novel and significant development in the world of cryptocurrencies. ETFs are securities that track an index, sector, commodity, or other assets and can be bought or sold on a stock exchange the same way a regular stock can. The launch of Ethereum ETFs means that investors can gain exposure to Ethereum without actually owning the cryptocurrency. This brings multiple advantages such as avoiding the complexities of digital wallets and keys, the convenience of trading through traditional brokerage accounts, and the continuous creation and redemption of ETF shares.
Recently the world's largest asset manager, BlackRock, has applied for an Ether ETF with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which will closely reflect the performance of Ether's price. This move comes only six months after BlackRock filed a Bitcoin ETF application. Despite the uncertain regulatory environment, industry insiders are confident about the chances of approval for a spot Bitcoin ETF by early 2024, followed by a possible approval of the spot Ethereum ETF. If approved, it could significantly impact institutional adoption and trading volumes of cryptocurrencies.
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