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VanEck Embraces Ethereum Futures with New ETF

source-logo  financemagnates.com 02 October 2023 12:11, UTC

VanEck is is stepping into the Ethereum blockchain with the launch of VanEck Ethereum Strategy ETF (EFUT). This ETF, structured as a C-Corp, is aimed at transforming how investors could benefit from the future of Ethereum, the company said. Unlike traditional cryptocurrencies, EFUT focuses on Ethereum (ETH) futures contracts. It offers an investment opportunity that provides a tax advantage for long-term investors.

EFUT is designed to invest in standardized, cash-settled ETH futures contracts traded on commodity exchanges registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Currently, the fund intends to focus on ETH futures traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Access to ETH Futures Market

Kyle DaCruz, the Director of Digital Asset Product at VanEck, said: "While investors still do not have the means to gain exposure to digital assets here in the US via a spot ETF product, we're very pleased to be launching EFUT as a means to access the robust futures market that has developed around ETH itself."

The ETF is actively managed by Greg Krenzer, VanEck's Head of Active Trading, who has over two decades of experience in trading across various asset categories, including futures.

EFUT joins VanEck's Bitcoin Strategy ETF (XBTF) in offering futures-focused exposure to digital assets. Just like EFUT, XBTF is structured as a C-Corp and provides exposure to Bitcoin futures investments. According to VanEck, both ETFs offer a tax-efficient way for investors to participate in the digital asset markets without directly holding cryptocurrencies.

VanEck Affected by SEC's Delays

Recently, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended its timeline for deciding on the applications for spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This delay, affecting major asset management companies, including VanEck, results from a funding dispute in Congress and a looming threat of a government shutdown.

The affected companies face a third set of deadlines in mid-January, potentially subject to further extensions. However, the SEC has emphasized that decisions on these Bitcoin ETFs must be reached by mid-March.

VanEck's previous application for a spot Bitcoin ETF faced rejection by the SEC, as the regulators remained cautious about ETFs based on the spot price of Bitcoin. Recently, Congress urged the SEC to approve the pending applications for spot Bitcoin ETFs, saying the asset class was similar to crypto futures ETFs that the agency had previously approved.