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Vanguard Faces Criticism Over Refusal to List Spot Ethereum ETFs

Vanguard Group, one of the leading investment advisors in the USA with roughly $7.7 trillion in assets under management, is facing significant criticism for its ban on allowing spot Ethereum ETFs on its platform. This decision comes in the wake of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent approval of 19b-4 proposals by exchanges seeking to list spot ETH funds.

Vanguard’s ETF Ban Sparks Backlash

According to senior crypto analyst Eric Balchunas, Vanguard asserts that these ETFs are “not aligned” with the goal of building a well-balanced, long-term portfolio. Despite the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies in mainstream finance, Vanguard’s position remains unchanged.

Balchunas personally finds Vanguard’s ban on Ether ETFs to be overly cautious, likening their approach to a “Nanny role.” He argues that Vanguard’s investors, whom he considers the “smartest money on the planet,” are capable of making informed decisions and can handle having more investment choices.

Meanwhile, Balchunas points out that this stance is not surprising given Vanguard’s unique operational model. Unlike typical asset managers who constantly seek revenue, Vanguard operates more like a co-op, taking in nearly a billion dollars a day for over a decade without the need to chase after high-performing ETFs.

Vanguard’s Competitors Embracing Bitcoin

Even though the company did not allow spot Bitcoin ETFs to trade on its platform when they hit the market in January. This decision came despite competing brokerages like Fidelity and Charles Schwab offering such products.

Even BlackRock, one of Vanguard’s chief rivals in asset management, offers a Bitcoin fund that has grown to nearly $20 billion in assets.

A Glimmer of Hope?

However, there might be a glimmer of hope for crypto enthusiasts. Balchunas notes that Vanguard’s new CEO, Salim Ramji, could influence the company’s future decisions regarding crypto assets. Ramji, a former BlackRock executive, was instrumental in launching BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF (IBIT) and has shown interest in crypto assets. 

The critical question remains whether Ramji’s experience and apparent interest in crypto could potentially shift Vanguard’s stance if he chooses the firm’s traditional policies.

However, Vanguard’s decision to exclude spot Ethereum ETFs highlights the ongoing tension between traditional investment strategies and the evolving cryptocurrency market. 

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