Back to the list

Ethereum Network Fees Hits Yearly Lows; Is the Bottom In?

source-logo  coingape.com 24 September 2023 14:00, UTC

Ethereum (ETH) has continued to show resilience in its price recovery, with a 37% year-to-date increase, although it still lags significantly behind its all-time high of $4,891 in November 2021, reflecting a substantial 67.44% decline.

In the past week, the cryptocurrency has witnessed a 2.67% decline, with its current trading price at $1,592, according to Coinmarketcap data. Additionally, its trading volume has seen a significant drop in the last 24 hours, plummeting by 41.83% to $2.93 billion.

What’s contributing to Ether price drop?

Apart from concerns over dumping, experts have attributed Ethereum’s relatively subdued performance to its transition to the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm, commonly known as “The Merge.”

While this transition introduced notable improvements, such as an impressive 99% reduction in energy consumption and the adoption of a deflationary model, it also led to an upsurge in liquid staking. Approximately 10% of the total Ethereum supply, equivalent to approximately 12 million ETH, is now locked within platforms like Lido Finance. This shift has raised apprehensions about network centralization and exerted downward pressure on Ether’s performance.

In a Thursday report, JPMorgan analysts noted that despite the energy efficiency and deflationary mechanisms, “the increase in network activity has been rather disappointing.”

Notably, the bank highlighted that Daily transactions decreased by 12%, daily active addresses dropped nearly 20%, and the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (DeFi) on the blockchain slumped by almost 8%.

On Saturday prominent crypto analyst Ali Martinez also highlighted the absence of substantial buying activity among Ethereum whales. These influential investors, known for their significant holdings, have the potential to significantly impact the market when they engage in substantial buying or selling activity

ETH On-chain Fundamentals Remain Bullish

Nevertheless, despite these challenges, Ethereum has recently witnessed a drop in network fees, a promising sign of increased utility, as reported by on-chain analytics firm Santiment. As per the firm, Ethereum’s network fees have reached their lowest levels in 2023, currently standing at just $1.15 per transaction.

“Historically, we see utility begin rising as ETH becomes more affordable to circulate. The increased utility can then lead to recovering market cap levels,” wrote Santiment.

After briefly surpassing the $1,650 mark, Ethereum’s price faced resistance at $1,670 and subsequently experienced a downward trend. To cultivate short-term bullish prospects, Ethereum must maintain support above the pivotal $1,615 level surge toward the range of $1,850 to $1,900. Conversely, a crucial support level to watch is at $1,500.