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Ethereum needs to fulfill this condition to become deflationary again

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Despite being one of Ethereum’s objectives prior to the Merge, the network’s road to deflation has been rife with roadblocks.

Ethereum needs to fulfil this condition to become deflationary again

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  • ETH’s supply outpaced tokens burned in the last 30 days.
  • Transaction by new addresses on the blockchain decreased, while active addresses increased.

Ethereum’s [ETH] supply has increased over the last 30 days despite the blockchain’s transition to Proof-of-Stake (PoS). This led to speculation that ETH could become deflationary again.

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ETH will be back

According to Benjamin Cowen, ETH may soon return to its deflationary status. He, however, opined that it could take a “more accommodative monetary policy” to achieve the same.

This was also one of the objectives behind the 15 September 2022 Merge and the burning mechanism of the EIP-1559.

When ETH is considered deflationary, it means that there has been an overall decrease in the ETH token supply. This is usually a result of tokens being burned or completely removed from circulation.

But when ETH is inflationary, it implies an increase in supply, which seems to be the current state.

Previously, miners on the Ethereum blockchain ran the execution layer. Also, validators were in charge of the consensus layer. However, the Merge allowed for both layers to unify. This then allowed for the tax on each transaction to be automatically removed from circulation.  

Nonetheless, Cowen also revealed that the hike in circulation did not help the number of ETH issued to outweigh those burned since the Merge.

From Glassnode’s data, Ethereum’s burn rate, also known as the base fee, has decreased incredibly. At press time, it was 852.95. The metric represents the pace at which ETH is being burned.

By tracking the base fee, users can gain insight into the deflationary or inflationary pressure on Ethereum, and the effect on the network’s long-term economics. Therefore, the decrease in the base fee confirms the notion that more ETH had been issued than they had been burned lately.

Ethereum burn rate, also knows as the base fee

Source: Glassnode

Newbies hide, but others show up

In another terrain, Santiment showed that ETH’s network growth had tanked. Network growth shows the number of new addresses that transferred a coin or token for the first time. When this metric increases, it means that the project has gained a lot of traction.

On the other hand, a decrease suggests a decline in adoption. At 36,100, ETH’s decrease in network growth means that new addresses have refrained from making transactions on the Ethereum network.

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However, active addresses on the Ethereum blockchain increased in the last 24 hours. At the time of writing, the metric had increased to 413,000. The metric indicates the level of crowd interaction with a token.

Therefore, the increase means that the number of unique addresses speculation around ETH and transferring the asset climbed.

Ethereum network growth and active addresses data

Source: Santiment


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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