- Ethereum traders remain uncertain about the Shanghai upgrade and the upcoming ETH token unlock event.
- Massive volume of Ethereum enters self-custody, 10.31% of ETH supply is on exchanges.
- Ethereum price holds steady at the $1,700 level with rising market interest in the altcoin.
Ethereum, the second-largest altcoin by market capitalization, is holding steady above the $1,700 level despite the upcoming ETH token unlock where upwards of $28 billion worth of the asset will enter circulation. Analysts have noted a rise in open interest in Ethereum, alongside decline in ETH supply on exchanges.
Ethereum tokens worth $28 billion to be unlocked soon
Ethereum is set to unlock 14% of its total supply in the first week of April 2023, following its Shanghai Hard Fork. The ETH token unlock is approximately worth $28 billion and it follows the altcoin’s first major upgrade since the Merge in 2022. The event is slated to take place in April 2023 and allows validators to withdraw their staked ETH from the Beacon Chain for the first time since the ETH2 deposit contract went live.
Analysts on crypto Twitter have warned traders against a "sell-the-news" token unlock event, expecting panic sellers and uncertain market participants to shed their Ethereum holdings close to the key event. The downside target for the altcoin is between $1,400 and $1,500 post a sell-off event.
Sometime between March and May you will have a confluence of— Andrew Kang (@Rewkang) March 2, 2023
- Shanghai Fear/Dumping
- Equities reaching a local bottom
- Market less optimistic about soft landing/rate cuts
- Bottom shorting
At that point if $ETH is $1400-1500 it will be a comfy max long pic.twitter.com/frJZCtdqZm
Ethereum v. Bitcoin rivalry
Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy commented on the Ethereum, Bitcoin rivalry. The crypto influencer expressed his support for both cryptocurrencies and their huge communities. Novogratz reminded users on Twitter that Bitcoin and Ethereum both account for a vast majority of wealth stored in them by market participants.
I don’t understand why many crypto advocates like an either/or proposition. Both $BTC and $ETH have huge communities that believe in their future and are willing to store a bunch of their wealth in them. Make love not war. https://t.co/qj2o37gKMh— Mike Novogratz (@novogratz) March 26, 2023
10.31% of Ethereum supply is on exchanges, new low
Ethereum percentage supply on exchanges has hit its lowest level since 2015, at 10.31%. Based on data from crypto intelligence tracker Santiment, there is less ETH being held in exchange reserves, when compared to the volume of the altcoin that has been moved to self-custody.
ETH supply on exchanges hits lowest point since 2015
This statistic reveals holders' confidence in the second-largest cryptocurrency ahead of the Shanghai Hard Fork and ETH token unlock.
Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of FXStreet nor its advertisers. The author will not be held responsible for information that is found at the end of links posted on this page.
If not otherwise explicitly mentioned in the body of the article, at the time of writing, the author has no position in any stock mentioned in this article and no business relationship with any company mentioned. The author has not received compensation for writing this article, other than from FXStreet.
FXStreet and the author do not provide personalized recommendations. The author makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of this information. FXStreet and the author will not be liable for any errors, omissions or any losses, injuries or damages arising from this information and its display or use. Errors and omissions excepted.
The author and FXStreet are not registered investment advisors and nothing in this article is intended to be investment advice.