As we get nearer and nearer to one of many greatest occasions within the transient historical past of cryptocurrency – the Ethereum Merge – there are a selection of metrics that are suggesting exercise is choosing up throughout the house.
Ethereum Identify Service
The primary is the Ethereum Identify Service (ENS), which noticed its third highest month of income in August. Producing $4.3 million in income, the service noticed 34,000 accounts register names for the primary time.
August 2022 stats for ENS
– 301K new .eth registrations (complete 2.17m names)
– $4.7m in protocol income (all goes to the @ENS_DAO)
– 2,744 ETH in income (third highest month)
– 34K new eth accounts w/ not less than 1 ENS identify (complete 540k)
– >99% of OpenSea area vol pic.twitter.com/utU8i4cBMT
— ens.eth (@ensdomains) September 1, 2022
These names are a neat characteristic of Ethereum. As an alternative of offering any individual a protracted Ethereum deal with, as a substitute a easy identify ending in .eth may be supplied, reminiscent of harrypotter.eth, for instance. This identify may be linked to at least one’s pockets, which means it’s all that must be given when asking for a fee. Easy and intuitive.
The enhance in these names being registered exhibits that persons are positioning themselves for the Merge, slated to go dwell on September 15th.
13 million ETH staked
The quantity of ETH locked up within the staking contract is now as much as 13 million ETH, which is about 11% of the full provide. On the present market worth of $1,635, that interprets to over $21 billion of Ethereum locked up within the staking contract.
What’s essential to notice right here is that the Merge is not going to allow withdrawals of this ETH. I had beforehand speculated about whether or not a flooding of ETH into the market post-Merge might place downward strain on the value – in any case, a lot of the Ethereum has been locked up for fairly some time, because the above graph exhibits.
Nevertheless, traders will be unable to withdraw their ETH till one other improve is carried out, which isn’t deliberate for six months to a yr down the road. This could boring the priority across the provide/demand stage because the Merge goes dwell. There are additionally liquid staking alternate options which imply the liquidity has not been completely inexistent up to now.
And so we shut in on the watershed second, solely two weeks away as I write this. The massive query stays, will this be a “purchase the hearsay, promote the information” sort occasion, or will Ethereum pump off the again of it.
My ideas for the second are easy – I feel for the short-term worth motion, the macro local weather is at present way more essential, with spiralling inflation. A hawkish Fed and tense geopolitical local weather nonetheless driving markets throughout the board.