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Grayscale formally abandons post-Merge PoW Ethereum tokens

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Main cryptocurrency funding agency Grayscale has lastly mad the choice to desert all of the rights to the post-Merge proof-of-work (PoW) Ethereum tokens (ETHPoW).

Asserting the information on Sept. 18, Grayscale stated that the agency has “irrevocably deserted” all of the rights to ETHPoW tokens on behalf of the document date shareholders of every product.

After an intensive evaluation, Grayscale decided that the ETHPoW tokens haven’t developed significant liquidity, whereas the merchandise’ custodian doesn’t help such tokens. The agency wrote:

“As such, it isn’t potential to train the rights to accumulate and promote the ETHPoW tokens, and on behalf of the document date shareholders, Grayscale is abandoning the rights to those belongings.”

Grayscale’s resolution to drop the rights for ETHPoW tokens comes greater than a yr after the Ethereum Merge, an occasion that marked Ethereum’s full transition from PoW to proof-of-stake (PoS). The Merge occurred on Sept. 15, 2022, forking the Ethereum blockchain into predominant PoS-based Ethereum and minor PoW-based Ethereum.

Within the aftermath of the Merge, Grayscale was contemplating whether or not the corporate ought to purchase EthereumPoW and promote ETHW on behalf of the document date shareholders. 180 days after the Merge, the corporate took one other six months to decide on whether or not to accumulate these PoW tokens, citing uncertainty concerning the help of ETHW tokens by digital asset custodians and buying and selling venues.

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Not like Grayscale, some cryptocurrency funding companies like ETC Group have tried to launch devoted EthereumPoW exchange-traded merchandise (ETPs). ETC Group finally terminated its PoW-based ZETW ETP simply six weeks after the launch, citing the absence of eligible custody suppliers.

The information on Grayscale’s ETHW resolution got here someday earlier than The Wall Road Journal reported that the agency had launched a brand new Ether (ETH) futures exchange-traded fund, citing a submitting with the USA Securities and Trade Fee. Cointelegraph hasn’t been in a position to find a associated SEC submitting on-line. Grayscale didn’t instantly reply to Cointelegraph’s request for remark.