VanEck, a well-known investment manager, has made an exciting announcement about launching an Ethereum Futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Interestingly, this news follows closely on the heels of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) signaling its intent to expedite the approval of certain Ether futures ETF applications, all in anticipation of a potential US government shutdown.
In a recent press release, VanEck revealed its plans to launch an Ethereum futures ETF called the VanEck Ethereum Strategy ETF (EFUT).
As the name suggests, EFUT won’t directly invest in Ether (ETH) or any other cryptocurrencies. Instead, it will derive its value from investments in Ether futures contracts.
To break it down, futures contracts are legally binding agreements to buy or sell a specific asset at a predetermined price on a specified future date. Consequently, a futures ETF tracks the performance index of these contracts to gain value.
According to VanEck, EFUT will exclusively invest in regulated, cash-settled ETH futures contracts listed on commodity exchanges certified by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
However, EFUT’s investments will be limited to ETH futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), which will serve as the ETF’s initial platform.
Upon its launch, the VanEck Ethereum Strategy ETF will be overseen by Greg Krenzer, a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in asset trading and currently serving as the Head of Active Trading at the investment firm.
It’s important to note that EFUT won’t be VanEck’s first foray into the futures ETF market. In 2021, the company introduced the VanEck Bitcoin Strategy ETF (XBTF), an investment fund providing exposure to Bitcoin futures contracts.
As previously mentioned, VanEck’s announcement regarding the imminent launch of its Ethereum Strategy ETF coincided with reports about the SEC’s efforts to expedite approvals for Ethereum futures ETF applications. Bloomberg analyst Eric Balchunas shared this development on September 27.
According to Balchunas, anonymous sources revealed that the SEC had requested asset managers seeking to offer Ether futures ETFs to update their filings by the upcoming Friday.
The aim was to clear some of these funds for launch as early as the following Tuesday, a move prompted by the potential government shutdown scenario.
For context, a partial government shutdown could occur if Congress fails to approve the four spending bills currently being deliberated.
If these bills are not approved by October 1 at 12:01 a.m. ET, various government services and finances could be negatively impacted in the coming fiscal year.