Spot Ethereum ETF: Expert Reveals Potential Launch Timeline

The crypto community is on the cusp of potentially welcoming spot Ethereum ETFs, with the financial community closely monitoring the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its impending decision. Key industry figures have recently provided insights and predictions regarding the timeline for approval, drawing on a comprehensive understanding of SEC’s past actions and current market dynamics.

When To Expect The Launch Of Spot Ethereum ETFs

Nate Geraci, host of the ETF Prime podcast and a recognized voice in the ETF industry, has been vocal about his expectations for the SEC’s approval process.

Geraci articulated his viewpoint via X, stating:

When will SEC approve spot eth ETF registration statements? Nobody knows for sure, but my expectation would be next few weeks. 2-3 months max. IMO, heavy lifting already done following spot btc ETFs & eth futures ETFs. Just a matter of how long SEC wants to string this out.

His comments reflect a broader industry sentiment that the groundwork laid by previous cryptocurrency ETF approvals could streamline the process for Ethereum. Adding to the discussion, Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg, offered a specific timeframe, suggesting, “July 4th feels like a good over/under.”

Geraci responded positively to this timeline, noting, “I like it… I’ll take under, but right timeframe IMO. Fits well w/ 19b-4 approval heading into Memorial Day weekend too.” This exchange highlights a critical window that industry experts are watching closely.

The regulatory journey for Ethereum ETFs has been complex and fraught with both anticipation and delays. The 19b-4 filings for eight Spot Ethereum ETFs received a surprising approval on May 23, marking a significant step forward.

However, as Bloomberg analyst James Seyffart explains, “We also need S-1 approvals. It could be weeks to months before we see S-1 approvals and thus a live Eth ETF.” The S-1 form, a necessary document for registering new securities with the SEC, represents another hurdle in the approval process.

Seyffart’s commentary underscores the misconception that the approval of 19b-4 and S-1 forms might occur simultaneously, as seen with the spot Bitcoin ETFs. He elaborated that the SEC typically mandates a waiting period between approvals and the launch of the ETF products, which necessitates detailed bi-directional communication between the regulator and applicants.

The dialogue between Geraci and Balchunas not only sheds light on their expectations but also illustrates the broader industry optimism. Their discussion suggests that the prior approvals of spot Bitcoin ETFs and Ethereum futures ETFs have likely resolved some of the regulatory complexities that could have hindered the swift approval of spot Ethereum ETFs.

At press time, ETH traded at $3,860.