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Kraken July 2022 On-Chain Analysis: All Eyes on Ethereum

Kraken Blog | KrakenFX | Aug 5, 2022

Kraken intelligence report July 2022 - Kraken July 2022 On-Chain Analysis:  All Eyes on EthereumThe crypto industry faced headwinds in recent months as May’s collapse of the Terra ecosystem took its toll. In June and July, major crypto lending platforms (including Celsius, BlockFi, Voyager and Vauld) took drastic measures in the wake of “extreme market conditions.”

June’s leverage-related fallout for crypto lenders continued into July but did not extend to cryptocurrencies, which rallied. ETH led the way, spurred by news that The Merge, Ethereum’s switch from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, is set to take place at the end of this quarter. On July 15, Ethereum developers announced the long-awaited Merge could occur as soon as September 19, 2022.

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The macroeconomic environment remained challenging as worldwide inflation continued to rise in June. The U.S. Federal Reserve instituted another 75-basis-point hike while signaling their intention to keep raising rates in the months ahead. The U.S. economy’s two consecutive quarters of negative real GDP growth satisfies one popular definition of a country that has entered a recession. Russian military occupation of Ukraine continued.

A rebounding crypto market within a challenging macroeconomic environment could make it difficult to forecast what lies ahead. On-chain data can help separate the signal from the noise by providing evidence of trends in network usage and demand. In Kraken Intelligence’s latest on-chain digest, All Eyes on ETH, the team recaps what went down in July.

Some updates

  • BTC rose by 16.9% month-over-month, from $19,950 at the end of June to $23,321 at the end of July. But ETH took the cake with a 57.1% rise from $1,070 to $1,681 over that same timeframe.

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  • Despite trending lower YTD, total crypto market capitalization increased by around $210 billion in July. BTC dominance has increased by 1 percentage point (pp) in 2022 as altcoin market dominance fell across the board. ETH dominance remained the year’s worst performer (-1.3 pp), followed by SOL (-1 pp), AVAX (-0.6 pp), ADA (-0.3 pp), ALGO (-0.3 pp) and DOGE (-0.2 pp).
  • Transaction fees represent the cost crypto users are willing to pay to include a transaction on a protocol’s ledger; it is a proxy for network demand. ETH fees have taken the biggest hit YTD (-93%), followed by DOGE (-65%) and BTC (-55%), as network demand has slowed.

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