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Hester Peirce: You don't have to go to court to get an Ethereum ETF approved

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Ethereum ETFs: A Path Forward Without Court Intervention, Says Hester Peirce

Hester Peirce, a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), known affectionately as "crypto mom" for her supportive stance on cryptocurrencies, recently shared insights suggesting that the approval of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for Ethereum  may not require legal battles. This announcement is particularly noteworthy as the crypto community eagerly anticipates regulatory green lights for Ethereum ETFs.

The Grayscale Precedent and Its Implications

Peirce referenced a pivotal court ruling that compelled the SEC to reevaluate Grayscale's application for a Bitcoin spot ETF. This case set a significant precedent, leading to the subsequent approval of Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. The Commissioner highlighted the Grayscale precedent's importance, indicating that it has provided valuable lessons for the SEC in handling applications for cryptocurrency ETFs.

Unique Evaluations for Each Application

Acknowledging that each ETF application has its own set of facts and circumstances, Peirce affirmed the SEC's commitment to ensuring that all exchange-traded products adhere to the requisite disclosure and operating standards. This approach underscores the regulator's intention to evaluate each application on its merits rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all policy.

Learning from the Past

Peirce expressed optimism that the SEC has learned from past decisions, emphasizing that the agency now recognizes the need for a more consistent and predictable approach to crypto ETFs. This shift is seen as a positive development for the future of cryptocurrency investment vehicles.

The Road Ahead for Ether ETFs

Numerous financial heavyweights, including BlackRock, VanEck, ARK 21Shares, Fidelity, Invesco Galaxy, Grayscale, and Hashdex, have submitted applications to launch spot Ethereum ETFs. With deadlines looming for the SEC to make its decisions—ranging from the end of May to early August for various applications—the crypto and financial communities are watching closely.

Industry Optimism

The possibility of an Ether ETF approval has been met with enthusiasm, with Bloomberg's senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas commenting on the favorable odds of such a development. This optimism is shared by many in the industry, who view the approval of Ether ETFs as a critical step forward in mainstreaming cryptocurrency investments.


Hester Peirce's remarks offer a beacon of hope for the future of Ether ETFs, suggesting a smoother path to approval that avoids the complexities of court intervention. As the SEC reviews the pending applications, the crypto world remains hopeful that Ether ETFs will soon join their Bitcoin counterparts, marking another milestone in the integration of cryptocurrencies into the traditional financial system.

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