Ethereum: less ETH on wallets and miners drive up the price
Ethereum: less ETH on wallets and miners drive up the price

Ethereum: less ETH on wallets and miners drive up the price

By Marco Cavicchioli - 28 Dec 2020

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ETH owned by miners are at two-year lows, as are those on exchanges, and the price of Ethereum is rising.

This was revealed by Santiment on Twitter who explained how yesterday, despite it being a Sunday with low trading volumes, the price of ETH managed to break through the $700 wall

The price of Ethereum had not been below this threshold since May 2018, so yesterday’s rise could prove to be a historic milestone for ETH. 

The all-time high is still a long way off, seeing that on January 13th, 2018 it reached almost $1,500, but it is enough to see that at the beginning of November it was still below $400 to understand that this is a trend that in some ways is following that of bitcoin. 

Indeed, at the beginning of the year, ETH was worth $130, so in twelve months it has grown 440%.

Looking at what has happened over the past couple of months, Santiment points out that two metrics are at their lowest peaks in several months. 

The first is the overall percentage of ETH deposited on exchanges. 

As recently as July, this was over 25%, meaning that more than a quarter of all existing ETH tokens were held on exchanges. 

Since tokens held on exchanges are primarily for selling, this meant that many were ready to sell them. 

However, since the second half of August, this percentage has been falling rapidly, reaching 23% at the beginning of November. 

Now this percentage has fallen further, to its lowest level in 18 months. 

Ethereum miners at lows

One more metric has hit its lowest peaks, namely ETH held by miners

Until mid-July, the figure was 1.17 million, out of a total of about 114 million ETH tokens in the world, but as of the second half of July, it began to decline rapidly, falling to 1.04 at the end of November. Thereafter it fell again, hitting its lowest value in two years. 

The fact is that miners tend to sell ETH to finance expensive mining, so a reduction in this metric also effectively reduces the selling pressure on the markets. 

As a result, it appears that the supply of ETH on the crypto markets has been reduced in recent months, particularly in the last few days, allowing the price to quickly climb back up to break through the psychological $700 mark.

Marco Cavicchioli
Marco Cavicchioli

Class 1975, Marco teaches web-technologies and is an online writer specializing in cryptocurrencies. He founded, and his YouTube channel has more than 25 thousand subscribers.

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