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ETH staking hits new highs as traders expect this outcome

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Ethereum investors showed a significant willingness to stake their holdings, thereby strengthening ETH’s narrative as a long-term savings option.

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  • The total ETH staked rose 18% since the Shapella upgrade.
  • More than 60% of the stakers were in losses since they staked their ETH.

The much-awaited Shapella Upgrade, which went live on the Ethereum [ETH] mainnet more than two months ago, has begun to advance towards its goal of boosting ETH staking.


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According to on-chain analytics firm Glassnode, the total ETH locked on the largest proof-of-stake (PoS) network surged past 26 million at the time of writing. This represented an impressive 18% jump from the day Shapella Upgrade was executed.

Source: Glassnode

New validators come onboard

Staking, which was considered to be a risky proposition owing to withdrawal ambiguity, got a boost after the Shapella Upgrade permitted users to unstake their ETH. This confidence led them to restake their ETH after an initial burst of withdrawals.

At the time of publication, the total amount staked accounted for nearly 21% of ETH’s total circulating supply.

However, the increase in staking was not only due to deposits from existing stakers. Additional data revealed that there has been a sizable growth in the number of new addresses depositing 32 ETH to the Ethereum smart contract. While the pace has evidently slowed down since the initial excitement, it is still higher than the 2022 average figures.

Source: Glassnode

Staking becomes lucrative

A possible reason behind the persistence with staking could be that several stakers were underwater. As per data fetched from a Dune dashboard, about 66% of the stakers were in losses since they locked their ETH on the network.

The majority of this staking occurred at the price levels of $1,600 and $3,500, during the peak of the 2021 bull run. However, at the time of publication, ETH’s market price was $1,866.24, as per CoinMarketCap.

 

Source: Dune

Hence, it made more sense, especially for experienced stakers, to hunt for yield opportunities in staking and wait for ETH’s next bull run, rather than unstake and sell their holdings at losses.


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Exchange supply shrinks

The strategy was also reflected in the rapidly dwindling supply of ETH on exchanges. As per data given below, ETH’s liquid supply available for trading fell to a seven-year low at press time. This indicated that investors were more interested in the HODL and stake policy, thereby strengthening ETH’s narrative as a long-term investment option.

Source: Glassnode

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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