JPMorgan Strategist MD Skeptical of Solana and XRP ETF Approvals

JPMorgan Strategist MD Skeptical of Solana and XRP ETF Approvals

Luisa Ramirez
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JPMorgan's Panigirtzoglou Dismisses Solana and XRP ETF Hopes

A recent statement from Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, managing director and global market strategist at JPMorgan, indicates that Solana (SOL) and XRP ETF approvals are unlikely in the near future. Panigirtzoglou believes that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is likely to categorize most cryptocurrencies as securities, with the exception of Bitcoin and Ethereum. This comes amidst ongoing discussions and lobbying for ETF approvals covering various other cryptocurrencies, following the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF. However, the regulatory landscape remains ambiguous, and the growing support for crypto technology from lawmakers could potentially alter the current landscape.

Key Takeaways

  • The recent dismissal of Solana (SOL) and XRP ETF hopes by JPMorgan's Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou reflects the challenging regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  • The SEC's classification of most cryptocurrencies as securities could impact investment firms, hedge funds, and exchanges seeking exposure to these assets through ETFs.
  • Despite the uncertainty, growing advocacy from lawmakers for cryptocurrencies and technology could bring about changes in the regulatory framework, potentially influencing future ETF approvals.


JPMorgan's stance on Solana (SOL) and XRP ETF approvals points towards the continued complexity of regulations surrounding cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum. This could result in reduced accessibility and potential price volatility for Solana and XRP, affecting investment firms and exchanges. Nonetheless, the evolving support for cryptocurrencies and technology from lawmakers may reshape the regulatory framework in the long run, opening new avenues for ETF approvals. Meanwhile, Ethereum's favorable classification could continue to attract interest in its ETF.

Did You Know?

  • Spot Bitcoin ETF Approvals: An Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) is an investment fund with tradable shares on a stock exchange. A Spot Bitcoin ETF specifically tracks the real-time price of Bitcoin, enabling investors to gain exposure to its performance without directly holding the cryptocurrency.
  • Uncertainty Surrounding Solana (SOL) and XRP ETF Approvals: According to JPMorgan's Panigirtzoglou, the SEC's classification of most cryptocurrencies as securities makes ETF approval challenging. This categorization subjects digital assets to the regulations applicable to traditional securities, complicating the approval process.
  • Cryptocurrencies as Securities: When classified as securities, cryptocurrencies are subject to the same regulations as traditional financial assets, leading to potential hurdles for ETF approvals. Bitcoin and Ethereum are exceptions to date, as the SEC has not classified them as securities.

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