The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has opened the floor for public commentary on the recent amendments to BlackRock’s proposed spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF).

This request comes after Nasdaq submitted an updated proposal on April 19, refining earlier submissions to better align with regulatory expectations.

BlackRock’s Spot Ethereum ETF Under Review

Named the iShares Ethereum Trust, BlackRock’s ETF aims to accurately mirror the price of Ethereum. Initially filed in November 2023, the ETF proposal has seen modifications in its structure, particularly regarding its creation and redemption processes.

Unlike its original version, which involved direct exchanges with Ethereum, the revised proposal suggests a cash-based transaction model.

This shift to a cash redemption strategy reflects a cautious regulatory approach, reminiscent of discussions surrounding spot Bitcoin ETFs last year. Those models, which later received approval in January, similarly favored cash transactions over in-kind exchanges, possibly setting a precedent for Ethereum ETFs.

The SEC’s call for input signals a critical review phase, allowing stakeholders and the public to influence the final decision. Responses to the proposal are due within 21 days from the announcement, as noted on the SEC’s official website.

The broader landscape for cryptocurrency ETFs remains uncertain. Notable entities like Fidelity and Grayscale have also revised their Ethereum ETF applications, integrating staking provisions and cash-based models. Despite these efforts, market analysts remain skeptical.

Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas recently downgraded the probability of Ethereum ETFs gaining approval by May.

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