Fidelity, a major asset manager with $4.5 trillion in assets, has officially applied to launch a Spot Ethereum ETF. This move comes just a week after BlackRock, another asset management giant, submitted their own application for an Ethereum ETF. Fidelity’s application to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates its responsibility for managing the Trust’s Ether. The Delaware Trust company will act as the Trustee.
A Gateway to Crypto for Institutional Clients
Approval of this ETF would enable Fidelity to offer Spot Ethereum ETF services to its clientele. This development would mark a significant entry point for new institutional clients into the cryptocurrency market.
As per the Registration Statement, the Fidelity ETH Fund’s structure involves each share representing a fractional, undivided beneficial interest in the fund’s net assets. These assets are primarily composed of ETH, which is held under the supervision of the New York Department of Financial Services.
Expanding Access to Cryptocurrency
Spot ETFs are seen as a pivotal tool in broadening access to cryptocurrencies for average investors. This initiative aligns with the objectives of various asset managers, including BlackRock and Grayscale. Despite the growing interest, the SEC has been resistant to such developments. Bitcoin and Ethereum, being leading cryptocurrencies in terms of trading volume and value, are closely watched. The announcement of Fidelity’s application might trigger a significant increase in Ethereum’s value, similar to previous trends observed with Bitcoin.
Fidelity’s Commitment to Ethereum
Fidelity has publicly expressed its confidence in Ethereum. Chris Kuiper, the firm’s Director of Research, has spoken about Ethereum’s growing relevance and potential for future growth. The firm’s application for a Spot Ethereum ETF echoes its belief in the significant role of ETH in upcoming financial transactions.