VanEck: Why did we apply for the SOL ETF?

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Original article by Matthew Sigel, VanEck

Original translation: Ismay, BlockBeast

Editors Note: SOL has long been expected to become the third ETF after Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, the SEC once characterized SOL as a security, hindering the advancement of its ETF. Today, VanEck has filed an application for the first Solana ETF, which is exciting news and marks an important first step towards approval. This move not only shows the markets confidence in Solana, but also heralds the further development of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Matthew, head of digital asset research at VanEck, details why SOL has the potential to become an important digital commodity and VanEcks outlook for its future.

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I excited to announce that VanEck has just filed for the first Solana ETF in the US, and here are some of our thoughts on how we think SOL is a commodity.

Why do we apply for this ETF?

A competitor to Ethereum, Solana is an open-source blockchain software designed to handle a variety of applications, including payments, transactions, games, and social interactions. The Solana blockchain operates as a global single state machine without sharding or second-layer solutions, and its unique combination of scalability, speed, and low cost may provide a better user experience for many use cases.

By processing thousands of transactions per second with extremely low fees, and using advanced security mechanisms that combine proof-of-history and proof-of-stake, we believe Solana stands out as a powerful and accessible blockchain software. We believe this combination of high throughput, low fees, strong security, and a strong community makes Solana an attractive ETF option, providing investors with exposure to a versatile and innovative open source ecosystem.

Why do we think SOL is a commodity similar to Bitcoin and Ethereum?

We believe that the native token SOL functions similarly to other digital commodities such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. It is used to pay for transaction fees and computing services on the blockchain. Just like ETH on the Ethereum network, SOL can be traded on digital asset platforms or used for peer-to-peer transactions.

The wide range of applications and services supported by the Solana ecosystem, from DeFi to NFTs, emphasizes the utility and value of SOL as a digital commodity. No single intermediary or entity operates or controls the Solana network, a principle known as decentralization. The transaction verification and recording infrastructure is maintained by a diverse user base consisting of many independent validators around the world. These validators are responsible for processing transactions and protecting the network, ensuring that no single entity can monopolize the system.

SOL decentralized nature, high utility, and economic viability are consistent with the characteristics of other established digital commodities, which reinforces our belief in SOL as a valuable commodity that can provide use cases for investors, developers, and entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to the duopoly app store.

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