BlackRock SEC approval record at 576-1 post-BTC ETF nod — Is Ether ETF next?

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The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock and ten other institutional giants, got the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval to launch the first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States on Jan. 10.

The race for the spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETF began in June 2023, with BlackRock joining the race with its filing in June. BlackRock’s entry in the spot Bitcoin ETF race gave a new sense of optimism among crypto proponents not only because it’s the world’s largest asset manager with over $8 trillion in assets under management, but also given its impeccable ETF approval record.

BlackRock had a record of 575 approvals against one ETF rejection in its history, and with spot BTC approval, the record now stands at 576-1. This was one of the key reasons that made analysts and market pundits sure about a potential approval even before the actual approval came in.

Now with spot Bitcoin ETF a done deal, the crypto community has already begun speculations around the second largest crypto asset, Ether (ETH) and its potential ETF approval in May later this year.

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BlackRock filed for the spot Ether ETF in November last year and the final deadline for the SEC decision is slated for May. Thus, many crypto proponents believe a spot Ether ETF could become a reality later this year.

Bloomberg senior analyst Eric Balchunas who gave a 95% chance of approval for a spot BTC ETF approval prior to the SEC nod believes there is a 70% chance that we can see an ETH ETF by May this year

The price of Ether shot by 10% on the BTC ETF approval day, however, BTC traded in the same range throughout the day and dipped below $46,000 momentarily before reganing $46,000 support.

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