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Saylor - "There will be no Ethereum ETF"

Fri 03 May 2024 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Nicolas T.

Will Ethereum be endorsed by Wall Street with an ETF? Michael Saylor says no. There won’t be an Ethereum ETF in the United States.


ETF – Bitcoin vs Ethereum

Michael Saylor, Executive Chairman and co-founder of MicroStrategy, claims that the SEC will classify Ethereum as a “security” this summer and will reject ETF applications submitted by various asset managers, including BlackRock.

Mr. Saylor made this prediction during his presentation at the MicroStrategy World 2024 conference.

“Bitcoin is the best digital asset. Why? Because it’s becoming increasingly clear that no other will be accepted institutionally during this decade. Bitcoin is the only crypto that will succeed.

That’s what the creation of Bitcoin ETFs in January indicated. By the end of May, everyone will realize that there won’t be an Ethereum ETF. Once rejected, we’ll know that Ethereum is a ‘security’ and not a ‘commodity’ [like gold, copper, corn, etc.].”

For the billionaire, cryptocurrencies that do not operate on a Proof of Work consensus system are “securities”.

“Ethereum, BNB, Solana, Ripple, Cardano, and the rest are just unregistered digital assets with the SEC. None will have an ETF. Wall Street and big institutional investors won’t want them.

Bitcoin is the sole universally accepted digital asset tailored for institutional investors. There will not be another one this decade. I can’t predict what will happen in 20 years. But between 2024 and 2030, the die is cast, bitcoin has won, there is no second best.”

Despite the validation of an Ethereum ETF in Hong Kong last week, expectations have collapsed over the past few weeks regarding the United States. Polymarket estimates the probability of an Ethereum ETF being approved at only 11%.

The deadline is May 23. According to Mr. Saylor, the ETF proposed by VanEck will be definitively rejected. The SEC will likely decide on the other ETF applications at the same time.

It’s worth noting that blockchain development company Consensys intends to wage a legal battle against the SEC to force it to recognize Ethereum as a “commodity”.

This will be difficult. Only bitcoin is an “asset without an issuer”. Satoshi Nakamoto presented bitcoin to the world before disappearing. The mere fact that Consensys (a company owned by Joseph Lubin, one of the founders of Ethereum) wants to engage in a legal battle is enough to disqualify it.

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Nicolas T. avatar
Nicolas T.

Bitcoin, geopolitical, economic and energy journalist.


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