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ARK Invest and 21Shares Drop Staking from Proposed Ether ETF

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ARK Invest and 21Shares Drop Staking from Proposed Ether ETF

  • Balchunas speculated that the new filing that removed staking might have many angles.
  • In recent months, hope for the SEC to approve spot ether ETFs has diminished.

Staking will not be a part of the proposed spot ether exchange-traded fund (ETF) from 21Shares and Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest.

The “sponsor may, from time to time, stake a portion of the Trust’s assets through one or more trusted Staking Providers.” was a staking component that ArkInvest/21 Shares disclosed in an earlier filing. The amended filing with the SEC on Friday did not include that particular phrase.

In a post on X on Friday, Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas speculated that the new filing that removed staking might have many meanings.

Balchunas stated:

“While it may seem like this is them getting their docs in shape based on SEC comments (which would be good news) there hasn’t been any comments. So its prob either a Hail Mary or maybe trying to give SEC one less thing to use in their rejection. Not sure (yet).”

Approval Chances Diminished

Moreover, spot ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were proposed in September by Ark Invest and 21Shares. In recent months, hope for the SEC to approve spot ether ETFs has diminished. Balchunas, who had previously estimated a 70% possibility of a spot Ethereum ETF clearance by late May, reduced that estimate to 25% last month.

After Bitcoin’s most recent block subsidy halving in April, the price of both Bitcoin and Ether fell. Some groups of investors are now at risk of seeing their holdings go negative, even if the magnitude of ETH price drawdowns is decreasing. The overall cost basis for Ethereum’s short-term holders (STHs), defined as entities owning tokens for 155 days or less, is exactly $3,000. 

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