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ARK Invest Exits Ethereum ETF Race

ARK Invest and 21 Shares' ETH ETF has been rebranded to 21 Shares Core Ethereum ETF

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ARK Invest has ended its partnership with 21 Shares, marking its exit from the Ethereum ETF race.

According to registration filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Ark 21 Shares Ethereum ETF has now been rebranded to 21 Shares Core Ethereum ETF.

“At this time, ARK will not be moving forward with an Ethereum ETF,” an ARK spokesperson reportedly said by email. “We will continue evaluating efficient ways to provide our investors with exposure to this innovative technology in a way that unlocks its full benefits.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the firm is still "committed" to its Bitcoin ETF, ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (ARKB), which is the fourth largest BTC ETF by AUM.

ARK's exit comes just less than two weeks after the SEC gave its official approval for Ethereum ETFs.

“We are enthusiastic about the SEC’s recent 19b-4 approval and are committed to increasing access to crypto as an asset class for US investors,” 21Shares said in a statement.

“21Shares and ARK remain committed partners on the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF, which launched in January, as well as on our existing lineup of futures products.”

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