Solana, a blockchain platform that claims to offer fast, scalable, and low-cost transactions, has emerged as the top choice for altcoin investors in 2023. According to a report by CoinShares, a digital asset investment firm, Solana investment products have seen $26 million worth of inflows since the start of the year, outperforming all other altcoins including Ethereum.
The report, which tracks the weekly flows and trading volumes of crypto investment products, shows that Solana products have recorded positive inflows for nine consecutive weeks, totaling $14.1 million. In contrast, other crypto products have mostly experienced outflows over the past seven weeks, amounting to $342 million.
Crypto Investors Are Happy with Solana’s Features
The information suggests that Solana’s popularity among investors is driven by its impressive performance and innovation. Solana claims to process over 50,000 transactions per second with an average fee of less than $0.01, making it one of the fastest and cheapest blockchains in the market.
Solana also supports smart contracts and decentralized applications, enabling developers to build various use cases on its network. One of the most notable projects built on Solana is a plugin for OpenAI’s GPT-4, a powerful artificial intelligence model that can generate realistic text and images.
The report mentions that GPT-4 is an example of how Solana can handle complex and data-intensive tasks that other blockchains may struggle with. Solana has also attracted attention from other influential players in the crypto space.
MakerDAO, a leading decentralized lending platform on Ethereum, recently proposed to build its own native chain based on Solana’s codebase. Shopify, a popular e-commerce platform, also added Solana Pay, a payment network that uses the stablecoin USDC, to its payment options.
Solana’s price has increased by about 95.5% year-to-date, trading at around $19.5 as of Sep. 5. However, it is still far from its all-time high of nearly $260 reached in November 2021. The report notes that Solana’s market capitalization is still relatively small compared to other major crypto assets, implying that it has more room for growth.