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Will increasing activity on DEXes propel Ethereum towards the top

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Will increasing activity on DEXes propel Ethereum towards the top

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  • Activity on DEXes on Ethereum increased over the last few years.
  • Moreover, the number of validators on the Ethereum network grew.

According to a tweet by Delphi Digital on 29 December, the DEX activity on Ethereum [ETH] surged significantly over the past year. One reason for the same could be the mistrust in CEXes caused by the collapse of FTX.

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A spike in activity

From January 2020 to November 2022, the DEX volume on Ethereum grew by 402.4%. Even though the growth plateaued over the past few months, Ethereum could capitalize on the increasing DEX activity on its network.

Source: Delphi Digital

This increasing activity was coupled with interest from retail investors. According to Glassnode, the number of addresses with non-zero balances reached an all-time high of 91.97 million addresses. 

Along with retail investors, the number of validators on the Ethereum network grew. Over the last 30 days, the number of validators grew by 2.71%. However, the revenue generated by the network declined during the same period, according to data provided by Staking Rewards.

Source: Staking Rewards

Looking at the on-chain data

Coupled with the growing number of validators, the number of large addresses on the Ethereum network also grew. 

However, Ethereum wasn’t able to generate interest from new addresses. This was indicated by the declining network growth, which suggested that the number of new addresses that transferred Ethereum for the first time had reduced.

Furthermore, Ethereum’s velocity fell during the same period, implying that the frequency with which Ethereum was being transferred amongst addresses declined.

Source: Santiment

Even though whales remained optimistic despite the declining activity on Ethereum, traders in the crypto market held a different view.

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According to data provided by Coinglass, the number of short positions being held against Ethereum increased. At the time of press, 51.07% of traders had taken a short position against ETH.

Source: Coinglass

It remains to be seen whether the traders turn out to be right in betting against Ethereum. At the time of writing, ETH was trading at $1,192.5 and its price fell by 0.67% in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.


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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