Solana ETF Requests Fall Short of Expectations

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    Luc Jose A.

    The recent ETF filings for Solana by VanEck and 21Shares sparked a brief surge of optimism in the crypto market. However, despite this promising announcement, enthusiasm quickly dissipated. The excitement didn’t last, leaving many observers puzzled. What stifled this momentum?

    Crypto: Solana ETF requests

    Mixed Reaction to ETF Filings for SOL Crypto

    The recent announcement of the first spot ETF filings for SOL crypto by Solana by VanEck and 21Shares failed to spark the expected enthusiasm in the market. Despite an initial 6% rise in SOL crypto price, the overall impact remained limited. According to a recent analysis by blockchain analytics firm Kaiko, open interest in the derivatives markets remains 20% below early June levels.

    While SOL crypto recorded a positive Cumulative Volume Delta (CVD) of $29 million thanks to significant purchases on Coinbase, it failed to maintain the momentum. The volume-weighted funding rate of SOL briefly rose on June 27 before falling back to neutral levels, indicating a lack of sustained bullish demand. In short, the initial enthusiasm was insufficient to sustainably energize the market.

    The Causes of Market Indifference

    Several factors explain this lukewarm reaction. On one hand, Solana’s derivative market is still too small to attract massive interest. On the other hand, regulatory challenges heavily weigh on investors’ optimism, especially since SOL crypto has been mentioned in several SEC lawsuits.

    At the same time, traditional investors seem increasingly attracted to combined ETFs, such as those recently filed by Hashdex and HashKey, offering a diversified portfolio in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). Kaiko’s Value at Risk (VaR) tool indicates that an equally weighted BTC/ETH portfolio would have returned 58% in 2024, compared to 20.6% in 2021, thus offering a more attractive risk-return profile.

    The expectations placed in Solana ETF filings have not been fully met. Regulatory challenges and the modest size of the derivatives market, combined with the growing appeal of BTC/ETH mixed ETFs, explain this mixed reaction. Investors must continue to analyze the market to anticipate movements and adjust their strategies accordingly.

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    Luc Jose A. avatar

    Luc Jose A.

    Diplômé de Sciences Po Toulouse et titulaire d’une certification consultant blockchain délivrée par Alyra, j’ai rejoint l’aventure Cointribune en 2019.
    Convaincu du potentiel de la blockchain pour transformer de nombreux secteurs de l’économie, j’ai pris l’engagement de sensibiliser et d’informer le grand public sur cet écosystème en constante évolution. Mon objectif est de permettre à chacun de mieux comprendre la blockchain et de saisir les opportunités qu’elle offre. Je m’efforce chaque jour de fournir une analyse objective de l’actualité, de décrypter les tendances du marché, de relayer les dernières innovations technologiques et de mettre en perspective les enjeux économiques et sociétaux de cette révolution en marche.


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