Opinion: Is it a losing trade? What obstacles does the SOL ETF face?

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Original author: 0xTodd (X: @0x_Todd)

Editors note: On June 27, VanEck submitted an application for Solana Trust, a spot exchange-traded fund. This new fund is the first Solana ETF to be applied for in the United States. Is the SOL ETF expected to become another cryptocurrency approved after BTC and ETH? Crypto KOL @0x_Todd published an article analyzing the resistance faced by the SOL ETF application, which Odaily Planet Daily summarized as follows:

Opinion: Is it a losing trade? What obstacles does the SOL ETF face?

Why is it so hard to wait for SOL ETF? Because it may not make money. Last week, Cathie Wood鈥檚 Ark Fund decided to withdraw the ETH ETF application.

Opinion: Is it a losing trade? What obstacles does the SOL ETF face?

Ark BTC ETF ranks 4th (market share 6%, the top 3 are BlackRock, Grayscale and Fidelity), but according to market speculation, it is not very profitable. The main reason is that the fee rate of BTC ETF is relatively low compared with traditional ETFs, many of which are in the range of 0.19-0.25%, and ETFs are also engaged in fee rate competition.

Opinion: Is it a losing trade? What obstacles does the SOL ETF face?

A simple estimate shows that with the current size of Ark BTC ETF, it can earn about $7 million in management fees a year, so the corresponding costs should be of the same order of magnitude. Therefore, if Ark BTC ETF is still hovering near the profit line, then for Ark, pushing ETH ETF may become a loss-making business. Therefore, even Ark can only reluctantly give up ETH ETF.

From a purely business perspective, mainstream coins with lower market capitalization, such as $SOL , have a market capitalization of 5% of $BTC . In order to recover the annual cost of US$7 million, an ETF must manage at least 20 million SOL.

BlackRock, the current leader in crypto ETFs, only manages 1.5% of the entire BTC network, while 20 million SOL means 4.5% of the $SOL paper circulation.

Opinion: Is it a losing trade? What obstacles does the SOL ETF face?

In addition, consider:

(1) SOL is naturally more difficult to raise than BTC, which has no interest. SOL can earn about 8% on the chain, but ETFs are prohibited from including staking functions. Holding SOL ETF means that it will naturally underperform SOL on the chain by 8%, while Bitcoin only underperforms by 0.2% management fees.

Taking Grayscale as an example, the peak of GBTC was 600,000, while the peak of SOL was only 450,000, which is much lower than BTC.

Opinion: Is it a losing trade? What obstacles does the SOL ETF face?

(2) The paper circulation of SOL is 460 million, but the actual circulation may be much lower than this. Everyone knows this.

The lower circulating market value requires a larger holding while bearing high interest rates and regulatory pressure. Therefore, if SOLs current market value and circulation are taken into account, it will be difficult for these institutions to make money.

From a business perspective, who would have the motivation to promote a business that doesn鈥檛 make money?

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