VanEck Announces Fee Waiver Until 2025 for Spot Ethereum ETF After 8-A Form Filing

Asset management giant VanEck has filed an 8-A form, signaling the final steps toward launching its spot Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded fund (ETF).

In a separate but related development, the firm has decided to waive all fees for its upcoming spot Ethereum ETF. This strategy aims to attract a broad range of investors and solidify VanEck’s position in the competitive spot crypto ETF market.

VanEck’s 8-A Form Filing Sparks Spot Ethereum ETF Launch Speculations

On June 25, VanEck filed its 8-A form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a crucial step for companies aiming to register their securities. This form, officially known as the Registration of Certain Classes of Securities, is vital for entities listing securities on an exchange. It serves as a short-form registration statement under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, enabling companies to offer their securities to the public.

Read more: Ethereum ETF Explained: What It Is and How It Works

The timing of VanEck’s 8-A filing has sparked discussions and speculation among the crypto community. Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, drew a parallel between VanEck’s Bitcoin (BTC) ETF 8-A filing.

“Should be noted that they filed their 8-A for spot Bitcoin [ETF] exactly 7 days before launch. Good sign for our July 2 over/under (7 days from now). But again, anything is possible. Sure, we’ll hear more soon,” Balchunas opined.

Simultaneously, the New York-based firm revealed that it will initially waive fees for its spot Ethereum ETF until 2025 or until the fund reaches $1.5 billion in assets. Matthew Sigel, VanEck’s Head of Digital Assets Research, shared more details about this decision.

“VanEck aims to be a leader on crypto ETF fees even if it means we lose money at the outset. […] The plan is to make it up on volume; in this case, decentralized finance volume. […] More on-chain activity = more ETH gas spent = ETH price higher = VanEck ETH bags up,” Sigel explained.

The ETF’s eventual fee of 0.20% is highly competitive, attracting significant investment quickly. This approach mirrors VanEck’s strategy with its spot Bitcoin ETF, which also included a fee waiver until the fund reached substantial assets.

Competitor Fee Strategies Intensify as VanEck, Franklin Templeton Reveal Costs

VanEck is not alone in the race to launch Ethereum ETFs. Franklin Templeton has previously disclosed a 0.19% fee for its Ethereum ETF. Experts see these proactive fee disclosures might press BlackRock and other competitors to lower their fees.

“Adds a touch of pressure on BlackRock to stay under 30 bps at least. So far, looks like ETH gonna be as low or even lower fees than BTC,” Balchunas noted.

Despite the fee wars, many see that the spot Ethereum ETF is less attractive, given that all potential issuers opt out of the staking aspects. Typically, Ethereum investors can stake their ETH holdings to earn extra yields. This gives them more benefits than only having spot exposure.

Read more: How to Invest in Ethereum ETFs?

Nonetheless, ETFs appeal to institutional investors by providing a regulated, convenient way to gain Ethereum exposure without direct ownership and staking complexities. Additionally, market experts and industry players believe that approving the spot Ethereum ETFs could pave the way for other crypto ETFs like Solana (SOL) to come. Eventually, this would lead to broader crypto adoptions in the mainstream.

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