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Election Implications: How U.S. Politics Could Affect Ethereum ETF Approvals

A senior analyst at Bloomberg specializing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Eric Balchunas, sheds light on the uncertain fate of spot ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approving spot bitcoin ETFs, Ethereum’s regulatory landscape presents unique hurdles that could delay its approval.

Analyzing the Roadblocks to Spot Ether ETF Approval

In an interview with DL News, Balchunas is seen as skeptical about the likelihood of spot ether ETF approvals by the SEC before the emerging deadline of May 23. He highlights the limited interaction between the SEC and potential ETF issuers, regulatory ambiguities around Ethereum’s classification, and the SEC’s ongoing investigation into the Ethereum Foundation.

Also read: Ethereum Price at Risk as Critical ETF Decision Approaches: What Next For ETH Price?

Echoes of Bitcoin ETF Approval Not Mirrored for Ethereum

While the SEC relented on spot bitcoin ETFs after the legal pressure from Grayscale, Balchunas doesn’t expect a similar scenario for Ethereum. He sheds light on the reserved attitude among the potential issuers to engage in lawsuits with the SEC, contrasting them with Grayscale. Moreover, the upcoming U.S. election results in further uncertainty, as SEC leadership changes could influence future cryptocurrency regulations.

The Intersection of Politics and Crypto Regulation

Speculating on the impact of the election, Balchunas says that former President Donald Trump’s second term might lead to a more crypto-friendly chair of the SEC. In fact, this would lead to a potential expedition of Ethereum ETF approvals. However, uncertainties continue to exist regarding Trump’s stance on cryptocurrencies, irrespective of the signals of his support. In addition, analysts predict a bullish trend in bitcoin prices under Trump’s administration. However, it must be done cautiously, considering the past SEC decisions.

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