Ethereum (ETH) balance on the crypto exchanges has now reached a new five-year low. ETH withdrawals from exchanges outpaced in 2023 as investors anticipate massive upside movement in ETH price.
The move is triggered by an increase in ETH staking, which has surprisingly increased after the Shanghai upgrade on April 12. Will ETH price rise or fall under these conditions?
Ethereum Balance on Exchanges Drops to 16 Million
CryptoQuant data indicates that the total amount of ETH held in the crypto exchanges has dropped to critical levels. ETH on exchanges now stands at almost 16 million, reaching levels not recorded since July 2018. It has declined 50% since the all-time high.
ETH reserves on crypto exchanges have decreased since mid-2020 but the rate of decline picked pace in September 2022 as the Ethereum network transitioned to proof-of-stake (PoS) with the Merge upgrade.
In 2023 alone, ETH balance on exchanges fell from 18.5 million to 16 million. The decline will continue as the rate of Ethereum staking rises after the Shanghai upgrade. Etherscan data shows 22.98 million ETH worth $41 million is currently staked on the Beacon Chain.
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Will ETH Price Rise or Fall?
Typically, low exchange reserves indicate less selling pressure and bullish momentum. Low supply in the market will cause ETH price to rise.
ETH price jumped 2% in the past 24 hrs, with the price currently trading above the $1800 level. The 24-hour low and high are $1782 and $1817, respectively. The volatility remains lower and trading volumes has declined after the upgrade, bringing stability to ETH price.
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