The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering approving the first exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on Ether futures, which could have a significant impact on the cryptocurrency landscape. Several companies have submitted applications for these groundbreaking ETFs, and the SEC could give the go-ahead to multiple applications as early as October. This potential approval follows a similar move by the SEC in 2021 when it allowed trading in a fund linked to Bitcoin futures contracts. The anticipation of SEC approval has affected the market, with Ether’s price jumping 11% before settling at lower levels. At the same time, the SEC continues to face challenges regarding Bitcoin ETFs, with federal judges reviewing a high-profile legal case. The approval of Ether futures ETFs signifies regulators’ growing acceptance of crypto derivatives and highlights the evolving relationship between traditional finance and digital assets.
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