- The SEC has delayed its decision on approving the Hashdex Nasdaq Ethereum ETF, which aims to hold a mix of spot ether and futures contracts.
- The SEC has approved ether futures ETFs before but not a spot ether ETF. Firms like Grayscale have recently applied for spot ether ETFs as bitcoin ETF applications wait.
- The SEC said it needs more time and will make a decision by January 1, 2024 on whether to approve, disapprove, or institute proceedings to disapprove the Hashdex ETF.
Background on the ETF Application
The Nasdaq stock exchange filed with the SEC to list the Hashdex Nasdaq Ethereum ETF back in September. The fund is managed by Toroso Investments.
Instead of holding 100% spot ether, which could make it more susceptible to price manipulation, the fund will hold a mix of spot ether, ether futures contracts, and cash, Nasdaq said.
The SEC’s History with Ether ETFs
The SEC has approved ether futures-based ETFs before, but not a spot ether ETF or a mixed one. Last month, nine futures-based products were approved at the same time, marking their debut.
Firms have recently made a push for spot ether ETFs, including Grayscale and BlackRock filing applications. This comes as multiple firms wait to see if a spot bitcoin ETF will be approved by the SEC.
The SEC’s Decision
The SEC said it needed more time to review the proposed rule change for the Hashdex ETF. It will make a decision by January 1, 2024 on whether to approve, disapprove, or institute proceedings to disapprove the ETF.
On Thursday, the agency also delayed a decision on converting a Hashdex bitcoin futures ETF application.