Asset managers keep pursuing digital asset products, as Invesco and Galaxy Digital allegedly filed for a spot Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded fund (ETF) on Sept. 29.
Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart disclosed the filing on X (formerly Twitter), even though the application hasn’t been uploaded to the SEC’s public database at the time of writing.
Invesco Galaxy just filed for a spot Ether ETF, I think this is the 3rd of 4th one of these, have to check tho.. pic.twitter.com/SIJVu8VzFk
— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) September 29, 2023
A spokesperson for Invesco declined to confirm the application, stating that products still being registered cannot be commented on. Cointelegraph reached out to Galaxy, but did not immediately receive a response.
With the Sept. 29 filing, Invesco and Galaxy join a growing line of investment managers seeking regulatory approval for a spot ETH ETF. On Sept. 27, the SEC delayed decisions on previous applications from ARK 21Shares and VanEck, extending the deadline until Dec. 25-26. “The Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and the issues raised therein,” said the SEC.
Although a spot Ether ETF may not be available for a while, futures-based Ether ETFs should be available as soon as next week. On Sept. 28, investment firms started gearing up to add ETH futures vehicles to their portfolios. VanEck, for instance, published a statement about its upcoming Ethereum Strategy ETF — tickered EFUT — that will be listed on the Chicago Board Options Exchange in the coming days.
Another company debuting a futures crypto ETF is Valkyrie. The asset manager will begin offering exposure to Ether futures through its existing Bitcoin Strategy ETF, now rebranded as Valkyrie Bitcoin and Ether Strategy ETF. A Valkyrie spokesperson told Cointelegraph that the firm’s Bitcoin Strategy ETF will allow investors access to Ether and Bitcoin (BTC) futures “under one wrapper.”
Likewise, Bitwise submitted an updated prospectus for their equal-weight Bitcoin and Ether futures ETF on Sept. 28, which is also expected to go live next week. According to Seyffart, Proshares also applied and Kelly ETFs partnered with Hashdex to deliver futures Ether ETFs in the coming days.
Ether is trading in the green at the time of writing at $1,666, driven by euphoria over the debut of futures ETFs.
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