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Standard Chartered Eyes May Ether ETF Approval Date, $4,000 Price Prediction

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In Brief

  • Standard Chartered predicts a spot Ethereum ETF approval by May, aligning with the pattern of the spot Bitcoin ETF.
  • Geoff Kendrick from Standard Chartered sees stability in Ethereum, anticipating a $4,000 price before approval.
  • The SEC postpones a decision on BlackRock's spot Ethereum ETF, extending the deadline by another 45 days.
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Standard Chartered Bank has joined the trend by making a positive prediction that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will approve a spot Ethereum ETF by May.

An analyst says that it will follow a similar approval pattern as the spot Bitcoin ETF, which was approved on January 10.

Standard Chartered Bullish on Ethereum ETF

In a recent report, Standard Chartered Bank anticipates that the US SEC will utilize the entire deadline, making a decision on May 23.

The major bank foresees approval for the spot Ethereum ETF, mirroring the SEC’s previous decision on a spot Bitcoin ETF.

Geoff Kendrick, the head of FX Research, West, and Digital Assets Research at Standard Chartered, also touched on the recent speculation caused by the large sell-off in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) following its conversion to a spot Bitcoin ETF.

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Bitcoin experienced a decline in price, dropping by around 10% following the announcement of Bitcoin ETF approval.

This decrease is attributed to investors selling off GBTC shares. Despite this, Kendrick is optimistic that the scenario will differ when Grayscale converts its Ethereum Trust into a spot Ethereum ETF.

Ethereum Price Speculation Post-Approval

This prediction stems from the fact that the Ethereum Trust does not command the same significant market share of Ethereum as the Bitcoin Trust did for Bitcoin.

Furthermore, the bank believes that Ethereum will hit $4,000 before the approval date.

At the time of publication, Ethereum’s price is $2,338. This prediction represents a 70% rise in the price of Ethereum.

Ethereum Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto
Ethereum Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto

Kendrick declares that the price should remain more stable for Ethereum. Even if investors were to sell their shares after the conversion:

“These factors should make ETH less vulnerable than BTC to a post-approval selloff.”

Read more: Ethereum Restaking: What Is It And How Does It Work?

The approval process is similar to the sequence of events observed with the spot Bitcoin ETF in 2023. The SEC consistently postponed the approval date until it reached the final deadline.

On January 25, BeInCrypto reported that the US SEC postponed the decision on asset management firm BlackRock’s spot Ethereum ETF application.

It had a deadline to propose rule changes on January 25, but it pushed the verdict back another 45 days.

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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in real-world scenarios. He has also appeared across major television networks in Australia including Channel Ten, Channel Nine and SBS TV. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, Ciaran worked as a presenter on national radio station Triple J.