VanEck’s Spot Solana ETF Can Face SEC Rejection Due to One Huge Risk

 VanEck’s Spot Solana ETF Can Face SEC Rejection Due to One Huge Risk

On Thursday, June 27, investment firm VanEck made a bold move by filing for the spot Solana ETF with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While several market participants have started predicting the timeline for the approval, VanEck’s filing has some important details that mention the risks involved.

Spot Solana ETF Faces Risk of Concentrated SOL Ownership

Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum VanEck’s proposal of spot Solana ETF is unique since there are no Solana futures trading in the US to accompany it. Besides, unlike other ETF applications, VanEck’s filing also lists a specific risk of concentrated ownership of SOL tokens.

VanEck’s filing notes that by November 2023, the 100 largest Solana wallets held nearly one-third of all the SOL in circulation. “As a result of this concentration of ownership, large sales or distributions by such holders could have an adverse effect on the market price,” noted VanEck.

Token decentralization is of utmost importance to investors and regulators. Thus, this concentrated ownership of Solana might not go well with the SEC and could be a roadblock in the approval of the VanEck Solana ETF.

Earlier this year while approving the spot Bitcoin ETF, SEC Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw also expressed similar concern about ownership in Bitcoin, explaining why she dissented from the approval.

Around 16% of all Bitcoin in circulation is held by the top 107 wallets, which is about half the concentration seen in Solana. Similarly, the top 100 Ethereum wallets have 19% of the ETH supply.

However, Matthew Sigel, VanEck’s head of digital assets research has dismissed the concerns stating that the Solana blockchain network itself is decentralized.

Also Read: Will Solana and Ether Outshine Bitcoin in the Near Term Amid ETF Hype?

Another Major Risk With Solana

VanEck has also identified another specific related to Solana, related to its unique Proof of History consensus mechanism. Although the Proof of History allows Solana to process transactions faster than other blockchains like Ethereum, it has also been victim to several hours of long network outages due to issues with PoH in recent years. The SEC might take this into consideration while deciding on spot Solana ETF approval.

Well, it seems that participants have decided to look past these issues as of now. Soon after the news of the filing, the Solana price surged in double digits rallying all the way to $150. Currently, the SOL price continues to hold closer to these levels.

Also read: Wall Street Embraces Altcoins With Solana ETF

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