Brazilian Firm Hashdex Withdraws Ethereum ETF Application

Brazilian Firm Hashdex Withdraws Ethereum ETF Application

Elena Cruz
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Brazilian Investment Firm Hashdex Withdraws Ethereum ETF Application

Hashdex, a Brazilian investment firm, has recently withdrawn its application for an Ethereum Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) that would have combined spot Ether and futures contracts, as per recent filings. The proposed ETF aimed to mitigate market manipulation risks by reducing reliance on the spot market, providing investors with a unique product. Despite earlier delays by the SEC in its decision-making process and analyst predictions of potential approval, Hashdex's application did not receive the green light, while other spot Ethereum ETFs, including one from BlackRock, secured approval.

Key Takeaways

  • Hashdex withdrew its proposal for a spot Ethereum ETF combining spot Ether and futures contracts, aimed at reducing market manipulation risks.
  • The SEC delayed its decision on Hashdex's proposal, contrary to analyst predictions.
  • Despite the approval of other spot Ethereum ETFs, the SEC did not approve Hashdex's 19b-4 form.
  • Hashdex's ETF application was initially filed with Nasdaq in November.


The withdrawal of Hashdex's Ethereum ETF application indicates regulatory challenges despite incorporating unique risk-mitigation strategies. This decision could impact Hashdex's market positioning and investor offerings, possibly due to regulatory concerns over market manipulation in crypto ETFs. The selective approval of other ETFs by the SEC suggests a discerning approach to crypto investment vehicles. In the short term, Hashdex may encounter investor skepticism, potentially prompting a strategic pivot or refinement of its ETF proposal in response to evolving regulatory standards, which could influence future crypto ETF applications globally.

Did You Know?

  • Ethereum ETF: An Ethereum Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) tracks the price of Ethereum, enabling investors to invest in Ethereum without direct cryptocurrency purchases. ETFs trade on traditional stock exchanges, providing a regulated investment vehicle.
  • Futures Contracts: In the context of an ETF, futures contracts are financial derivatives that allow investors to speculate on the future price of Ethereum, providing a hedge against price fluctuations and reducing the risk of market manipulation.
  • 19b-4 Form: Required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for proposed rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, such as stock exchanges. In Hashdex's case, the 19b-4 form was necessary to gain regulatory approval for listing the Ethereum ETF on Nasdaq, determining the ETF's eligibility for listing and trading on the exchange.

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