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Investors eyeing ETH should look beyond its dev activity to get a complete picture

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  • Ethereum development activity declines compared to other cryptocurrencies such as Polkadot and Cardano
  • The number of Ethereum holders continues to grow. Furthermore, network growth and daily active addresses decrease

According to recent data, Ethereum‘s development activity decreased in comparison to other cryptocurrencies such as Polkadot [DOT] and Cardano [ADA]. This decline could have negative impacts on the long-term prospects of Ethereum.

 

A new proposal

However, there is hope on the horizon as the development activity could increase due to Ethereum developers’ new proposal. The new Poseidon proposal involves introducing a new type of contract that uses the Poseidon cryptographic hashing algorithm.

The new contract will allow different systems to work together and will also add more options for cryptographic hashing to the Ethereum Virtual Machine. These include Ethereum Virtual Machine and zero-knowledge and Validity rollups.

Additionally, this new contract could make it easier and cheaper to use zero-knowledge proofs and proof-of-reserves. These would be Merkle-based proofs on the Ethereum network.


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Furthermore, the number of Ethereum holders continued to grow. This was indicated by the fact that the number of addresses holding 10 or more coins has reached an all-time high of 352,501 according to data from Glassnode.

Source: glassnode

Keeping the metrics in mind 

Even though the number of holders continued to grow, Ethereum’s overall on-chain activity continued to decline.

For instance, Ethereum’s network growth decreased materially over the past month. This indicated that there was a decrease in the number of new addresses transferring ETH for the first time. Furthermore, daily active addresses also decreased.

However, despite these factors, Ethereum’s velocity witnessed a huge spike. This indicated that the frequency at which ETH was being traded amongst addresses increased.

Source: Santiment

Along with the growing velocity, Ethereum’s Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) ratio improved as well. The MVRV ratio, which measures the profit or loss of most holders, increased over the past week.

This meant that if most holders decided to sell, they would be taking profits. However, the long-short difference was negative suggesting that many short-term holders were profitable. These short-term holders were more likely to sell their ETH positions in the near future.


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Source: Santiment

It remains to be seen whether the decline in development activity and other factors will have a lasting impact on the value of Ethereum. At the time of writing, Ethereum was trading at $1,308.26 with a price increase of 3.61%.

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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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