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JPMorgan Skeptical of SEC Approval for Solana and Other Crypto ETFs

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The recent approval of spot Ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sparked discussions about the potential for other crypto ETFs, particularly those tied to Solana (SOL) and other altcoins.

However, JPMorgan, a leading investment bank, remains skeptical about the SEC’s willingness to approve such funds.

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JPMorgan is skeptical about the SEC approving Solana and other crypto ETFs following the recent approval of spot Ethereum ETFs.
The SEC’s decision to approve ETH ETFs is considered ambiguous given the uncertainty around Ethereum’s classification as a security or commodity.
The SEC has a stronger opinion that tokens outside of Bitcoin and Ethereum should be classified as securities.
U.S. legislation declaring most cryptocurrencies as non-securities could change the SEC’s stance on approving other crypto ETFs.
The SEC has previously identified Solana and other altcoins as securities in various enforcement cases.

Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, managing director and global market strategist at JPMorgan, believes that the SEC’s decision to approve ETH ETFs is already on shaky ground due to the ambiguity surrounding Ethereum’s classification as a security or commodity.

The lack of clarity has raised doubts about the SEC’s stance on other cryptocurrencies.

According to Panigirtzoglou, the SEC has a stronger opinion that tokens outside of Bitcoin and Ethereum should be classified as securities.

This stance poses a significant challenge for the approval of Solana and other altcoin ETFs.

The SEC has previously identified Solana and other tokens as securities in various enforcement cases, such as those against Coinbase, Binance, and Kraken.

The approval of Solana and other crypto ETFs would likely require U.S. policymakers to pass legislation declaring most cryptocurrencies as non-securities. However, Panigirtzoglou notes that no such legislation currently exists, making it difficult for the SEC to approve these ETFs.

Despite JPMorgan’s skepticism, some analysts remain optimistic about the potential for Solana ETFs.

Crypto investor Brian Kelly believes that the recent ETH ETF approvals could increase the odds of a Solana ETF approval, although he acknowledges that Solana’s status as a security is a significant issue.

Similarly, Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart expects a Solana ETF to succeed within years, pending legislation like FIT21, which aims to delineate securities and futures markets.

Prediction markets, however, reflect the uncertainty surrounding Solana ETFs. Polymarket, a decentralized prediction market platform, reports an approximately 13% chance that the SEC will approve a Solana ETF by the end of 2024.

Until U.S. policymakers pass legislation clarifying the regulatory landscape, the future of Solana and other crypto ETFs remains uncertain.

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