Fidelity jumps aboard the spot ETH ETF train

Fidelity filed a 19b-4 on Friday for a spot ETH ETF

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Fidelity filed a 19b-4 application with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday for an ethereum ETF.

According to the filing, the proposed rule change names the fund the Fidelity Ethereum Fund. The 19b-4 was filed with CBOE.

A 19b-4 is a rule change form required by the SEC.

“The investment objective of the Trust is to seek to track the performance of ETH, as measured by the performance of the Fidelity Ethereum Index…In seeking to achieve its investment objective, the Trust will hold ETH,” the filing said. 

Fidelity’s proposed ETH fund comes a week after BlackRock also filed a 19b-4 for an ether ETF. Since then, BlackRock has submitted an S-1 with the SEC, paving the way for the Commission to make a decision on the fund. BlackRock’s fund would be listed on Nasdaq.

Read more: SEC delays yet another bitcoin ETF rule change

Fidelity is also in the running for a spot bitcoin ETF, having re-upped its bid for that fund back in June. The SEC has yet to make a decision on whether it will greenlight any spot bitcoin ETFs, having recently delayed a few with November deadlines, including Franklin Templeton, Hashdex and Global X

BlackRock is also in the running for a spot bitcoin ETF, which has led many to believe that the SEC is considering greenlighting the ETFs. BlackRock has a long history of approvals with the SEC. 

In October, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation listed BlackRock’s proposed ETF on its site, leading eagle-eyed ETF watchers to believe that the asset manager was close to receiving regulatory approval. 

However, the DTCC later told Blockworks that the move was not indicative of a pending approval.


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