Ethereum’s Accumulation Trend Remains Unfazed by Price Downturn

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Ethereum’s price underwent a major correction of nearly 16% following the market downturn.

The network has been thriving as user activity skyrocketed, thanks to the DeFi explosion and numerous on-chain metrics demonstrated significant demand for the underlying crypto asset, ETH. Despite the explosive growth of the sector, DeFi did not escape the carnage following Ethereum’s crash.

On the brighter side, Ethereum whales were found to have been accumulating. This was noted by the crypto-analytic firm, Santiment which further revealed an increase in the ETH holdings by the whales although the asset has reduced in value. The micro-dip in the price of the second cryptocurrency failed to rattle the investors’ accumulation trend especially the non-exchange whales who have been continuously hoarding larger portions.

Santiment’s tweet read,
“The top 100 Ethereum non-exchange addresses are not slowing down one bit on their accumulation. Santimentfeed data indicates these whales now hold 26.22M ETH combined, a +20.61% increase in cumulative holdings, compared to 21.74M held 2 months ago.”
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Source: Santiment
This trend essentially implied that the market players were in anticipation of a potential bullish phase, which could be potentially due to the much-anticipated as well as the much-delayed launch of Ethereum 2.0 which is looming just around the corner. This is often touted as a major transition from PoW to PoS and Prysmatic Labs’ recent announcement
 that the launch was on track for a November released, could have further bolstered the accumulation sentiment.

Respite for Ethereum Transaction Fees

However, this wasn’t the only positive development in the Ethereum ecosystem. Ethereum’s network transaction fee has been a bone of contention for quite some time now. The transaction fee figures skyrocketed on the 2nd of September when it climbed to an ATH of $14.58 owing the mounting DeFi craze which led to a huge scale congestion on the network. After a brief respite, the transaction fee soared again to $11.61 a few days later.

However, at the time of writing, the figures declined to $3.85. To counter the prolong fees issue, Ethereum developers had recently introduced an Ethereum Improvement Proposal, EIP-1599, which aimed to reduce the fees further and, in turn, proposed to increase the gas limit [the unit of account which represents the cost of computing on the Ethereum network] by doubling the current limit.

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