Financial services giant Fidelity is joining the roster of companies seeking to offer US investors a spot market Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded fund (ETF).
A new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the $4.5 trillion asset manager is seeking to list and trade shares of the Fidelity Ethereum Fund.
“According to the Registration Statement, each Share will represent a fractional undivided beneficial interest in the Trust’s net assets. The Trust’s assets will consist of ETH held by the Custodian on behalf of the Trust. The Trust generally does not intend to hold cash or cash equivalents.”
The filing says that the absence of a regulated exchange-traded vehicle for gaining exposure to ETH subjects investors to counterparty risks, legal uncertainty, complexities and other disadvantages.
“To this point, approval of a Spot ETH ETP (exchange-traded product) would represent a major win for the protection of U.S. investors in the crypto asset space. The Trust, like all other series of Commodity-Based Trust Shares, is designed to protect investors against the risk of losses through fraud and insolvency that arise by holding digital assets, including ETH, on centralized platforms…
The Trust, like all other series of Commodity-Based Trust Shares, is designed to protect investors against the risk of losses through fraud and insolvency that arise by holding digital assets, including ETH, on centralized platforms.”
Other companies awaiting regulatory approval for a spot market Ethereum ETF include BlackRock and Hashdex.
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