Polkadot ETN


  • Get an exposure to a technologically advanced smart contract platform via Polkadot ETN
  • Make an early investment in a “picks and shovels” blockchain technology that provides better speed, lower transaction costs and easy interoperability vs competitors
  • Rapid growth momentum1
  • Access through easily-traded ETN
  • Polkadot ETN is tradeable like an ETF on regulated stock exchanges
  • Polkadot ETN is also fully collateralized

1Source: VanEck: Polkadot’s market capitalisation has been growing fast.
Risk of a Polkadot ETN: You may lose money up to the total loss of your investment due to the extreme volatility of this asset class and the Main Risk Factors of a Polkadot ETN described below and additional risks described in the sales prospectus.

Why Invest in a Polkadot ETN?

Polkadot is a next-generation, highly-customizable smart contract platform that provides low cost and interoperability for entrepreneurs looking to build their own blockchains.

What is special about Polkadot?

Polkadot is a next-generation smart contract platform with technological efficiencies that make the establishment and operation of blockchains more practical in the commercial world. Put simply, it offers a compelling combination of interoperability, security, speed and low transaction costs. The result? An 85-90% decline in the cost and effort required to build a new blockchain.

Since launch in May 2020, Polkadot’s market capitalisation has soared, with daily transactions approaching the level of Bitcoin’s. The number of parachains (independent blockchains) linked to Polkadot is also growing quickly, with hundreds of independent projects across decentralized finance, gaming & NFTs.

Explaining the Polkadot ETN

As the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem becomes increasingly congested due to the volume of traffic, a new generation of smart contract platforms has arrived, with the potential to take blockchain’s potential to the next level.

Polkadot’s "proof-of-stake", community-governed blockchain protocol has the key advantage of interoperability. This allows developers to build blockchains quickly and cheaply.

As Polkadot has quickly become a thriving ecosystem of parachains (blockchains), the demand for DOT has increased.

Polkadot ETN tracks the value of DOT and uses the MarketVector Polkadot VWAP Close Index for the calculation of its NAV​.

VanEck Polkadot ETN


  • Next-generation blockchain platform
  • Growing rapidly in usage and market capitalisation
  • Easily traded on Deutsche Börse
  • Fully collateralised
  • 1.5% total expense ratio
  • Regulated custodian

Risk indication: 7 out of 7

Lower risk: Typically lower reward

Higher risk: Typically higher reward

Main Risk Factors of a Polkadot ETN

Despite all the hype, digital assets are a highly risky investment. Below are key risk factors that need to be considered before making an investment in a Polkadot ETN.


The trading prices of many digital assets have experienced extreme volatility in recent periods and may well continue to do so. Digital assets were only introduced within the past decade and regulatory clarity remains elusive in many jurisdictions. Digital assets' value depends on such regulation remaining favorable, as well with the technological capabilities, the development of protocol networks, competition from other digital asset networks and from forks. Volatility can be strongly amplified by transactions from speculative investors, hedge funds and other large investors. You may experience losses if you need to sell your Shares at a time when the price of the underlying digital asset is lower than it was when you made your prior investment. Even if you are able to hold Shares for the long-term, your Shares may never generate a profit. Thus, an investment in a Polkadot ETN can lose money.

For more information on risks, please see the “Risk Factors” section of the relevant ETN’s prospectus, available on www.vaneck.com.

Why Invest in VanEck ETNs?

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  • Our ETNs offer a convenient method to invest in crypto by gaining exposure to the price of coins without the technical difficulties related to coin storage.
  • Our Notes are 100% collateralized; they all are fully invested in the underlying crypto native token.
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