Ethereum whales, defined as addresses holding at least 1 million ETH, now hold 32.3% of the total ETH supply according to data from on-chain analytics firm Santiment. This is the highest percentage these mega-whales have held since 2016.
With ETH trading around $1,565 at the time of this report, these billionaire tier addresses hold a combined $50+ billion worth of Ethereum. The increasing accumulation by whales suggests strong confidence in Ethereum’s long-term outlook despite recent price volatility.
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The last time Ethereum whale holdings reached similar levels was in 2016, right before ETH staged a massive bull run throughout 2017. After trading under $10 in 2016, Ethereum prices skyrocketed to highs of $1,400 by early 2018 – a 14,000%+ increase!
Whales accumulating ETH is a bullish sign for the asset’s future price appreciation based on historical trends. In addition to whale accumulation, Santiment also noted that transactions valued at $1 million or higher had their second highest day in 5 weeks on Monday. Large individual transfers often precede major price moves as wealthy investors rebalance their portfolios.
The on-chain data paints a picture of renewed interest in Ethereum from large investors. With the Merge completed in September transitioning ETH to a proof-of-stake consensus model, positive technical developments alongside bullish whale behavior could signal the start of Ethereum’s next price growth cycle.
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