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Solana jumps 8% as VanEck files first SOL ETF bid

Wealth Manager VanEck has moved to expand its crypto-related suite of offerings with a Solana trust.

Spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Issuer and asset manager VanEck submitted the first-ever bid for a Solana (SOL) exchange-traded fund in the U.S., per a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). CoinMarketCap data showed that the price of SOL surged over 8% shortly after the news broke.

Solana price jumps after VanEck files spot SOL ETF | Source: CoinMarketCap

According to the document, the so-called VanEck Solana Trust will track and reflect the performance of SOL prices as the firm attempts to foray deeper into crypto-backed investment vehicles. Similar to update prospectus submissions for spot Ethereum (ETH) ETFs, VanEck’s filing stressed the absence of staking for its Solana Trust. 

“Neither the Trust nor the Sponsor, the SOL Custodian, or any other person associated with the Trust will, directly or indirectly, engage in any action where any portion of the Trust’s SOL is used to earn staking rewards, to earn additional SOL or to generate income or other earnings.” read the June 27 SEC filing. 

In a statement regarding the application, Matthew Sigel also challenged assertions from the SEC, although indirect, and Michael Saylor’s view that SOL is an unregistered security. Sigel argued that Solana is a commodity just like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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VanEck likely included this language to comply with perceived SEC direction, which currently leans toward classifying staking activities under federal securities laws. The filing comes ahead of widely anticipated approvals for spot Ether ETFs after the successful launch of several Bitcoin counterparts in January. 

Also, VanEck’s application reaffirmed remarks from analysts and industry leaders like Solana co-founder Raj Gokal and Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, who both said a SOL ETF was merely a matter of time. 

Furthermore, the news indicates confidence from asset managers amid a political tailwind shift in the U.S. leading up to the winter elections. Candidates on both sides have espoused some crypto-friendly rhetoric, with Donald Trump adopting a more aggressive stand on the matter and Biden’s regime disclosing willingness to discuss digital asset regulatory policies.