The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently postponed its decision on approving or rejecting spot Ethereum ETF applications from investment giants BlackRock and Fidelity. This delay, announced in separate filings on March 4, 2024, affects BlackRock’s iShares Ethereum Trust and Fidelity’s Ethereum Fund proposals.

Background on the Delay

The SEC’s decision to delay the approval of BlackRock and Fidelity’s Ether ETF applications follows a similar delay in January. This postponement comes after the SEC greenlit a series of spot Bitcoin ETFs earlier, indicating a cautious approach towards Ether ETFs compared to Bitcoin. Market analysts and ETF experts have long speculated that the SEC would likely wait until the final deadline in May to make a definitive decision on these Ethereum ETFs. The delay is not unexpected, with industry observers anticipating a more decisive move from the SEC closer to the May deadline.

Impact on the Market

Despite the delay in approving these Ether ETFs, the price of Ether has continued to rise, driven by broader market optimism surrounding potential ETF approvals. In the past month alone, Ether has seen a significant 56.7% increase in value, reaching $3,699 at the time of publication. While there is enthusiasm for potential Ether ETF approvals, some experts remain cautious about the impact of these products compared to Bitcoin ETFs. Notably, BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF has already amassed an impressive $10 billion in assets under management, highlighting the substantial interest in Bitcoin compared to other cryptocurrencies.

The analyst James Seyffart highlighted

In a related development, Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart highlighted May 23 as a crucial date for Ethereum ETFs in a recent Twitter post. He emphasized that this date is significant for VanEck’s spot ETH ETF application and suggested that it is the key deadline to watch for developments in the Ethereum ETF space.


The SEC’s decision to delay BlackRock and Fidelity’s Ethereum ETF proposals underscores the regulatory complexities surrounding cryptocurrency investments. As investors await further updates and decisions from the SEC, the crypto market continues to evolve, with Ether’s price dynamics reflecting ongoing anticipation and market sentiment.

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