- The SEC is close to approving the first Ether futures ETFs, signaling a major shift in crypto regulation.
- Ethereum’s price faces volatility, but SEC’s move could attract investors to crypto.
- Despite past market reactions, the potential approval highlights the blending of traditional finance with crypto innovations.
In a move set to redefine the crypto landscape, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on the brink of giving the nod to the first-ever exchange-traded funds, the Ethereum futures ETFs.
The decision, if finalized, will mark a significant stride for several firms, including industry bigwigs like Volatility Shares, Bitwise, Roundhill, and ProShares, all of whom have been eagerly waiting in the wings with their ETF applications.
While this approval’s exact list of beneficiaries remains under wraps, insider chatter suggests that the green light might shine on multiple funds by October. The SEC, maintaining its characteristic discretion, has chosen not to comment on these speculations.
The SEC’s Evolving Stance on Crypto ETFs
Historically, the SEC has been cautious, often leaning towards the conservative side when it comes to direct cryptocurrency-based ETFs.
But the winds began to shift in late 2021. That’s when the regulator opened the gates for trading in a fund centered around Bitcoin futures contracts, specifically those trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). This move naturally sparked conversations about Ether futures being the next in line.
Ether, the digital currency native to the Ethereum blockchain, stands tall as the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin.
However, the journey to SEC’s approval has been a challenging walk in the park. Concerns about potential price manipulations, liquidity challenges, and the volatile nature of cryptocurrencies have often been cited as reasons for the regulator’s cautious approach.
The Road Ahead: What Does This Mean for Ethereum?
Ethereum, priced at $1,665.30, has seen its fair share of highs and lows. The recent dip from its high of $1,711 can be attributed to the broader market’s correction over the past 12 hours. But with the potential SEC approval on the horizon, the dynamics might change.
Cryptocurrencies price heatmap: Coin360
The introduction of Ether futures ETFs can provide a more structured and regulated way for investors to engage with the cryptocurrency. It offers a middle ground – a way to be involved in the crypto space without direct exposure to the asset. This can be particularly appealing to institutional investors who might be wary of the inherent volatility in the crypto market.
However, as with any investment, there are no guarantees. Past events, like the launch of the Bitcoin ETF, have shown that while there’s initial excitement, the market eventually finds its equilibrium. The same could happen with Ethereum.
The SEC’s potential approval of Ether futures ETFs is more than a regulatory nod. It’s a testament to the evolving nature of the financial landscape, where traditional mechanisms and cutting-edge innovations find a way to coexist.
ETH Price Levels Above $1,600 After a Bounce off $1,550
Ethereum is recovering after bouncing off a critical support level of $1,500 during the opening of today’s trading session.
ETH/USD had traded higher to $1,746.69 but fell sharply to an intra-day low of $1,469.15 before buyers stepped in and pushed the price back above $1,500.At the time of writing, ETH/USD is trading in a declining channel, forming lower highs and higher lows, a bearish pattern.
The pair has currently found support at $1,565 and is trading around 6% lower on the day-to-press time.
ETH/USD 4-hour char on TradingView
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart has slanted downwards and is currently in the oversold zone, indicating that selling pressure is mounting.
The 20-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) is trending downwards, but the 50-day SMA has just crossed above it, signaling a shift in momentum from bearish to bullish. ETH/USD will need to move past $1,650 for upside confirmation.
Meanwhile, losses below $1,500 may extend losses toward the key support of $1,400.
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