Ethereum hit a new all-time high on Saturday, February 20 with a price of $2,036. This milestone was reached after the coin registered gain after gain for investors during the third week of February.
Naturally, since the coin is the second most popular crypto as well as the second largest by market capitalization, it has become a direct choice for novice and expert investors who see great gains from the asset in the future.
With the asset currently trading at $1, 474.13 having shed over 16% of its price in the last 24 hours, will the crypto asset be worth thousands of dollars in the coming years? Or will it be surpassed by other altcoins such as Binance Coin (BNB) which is already competing with the digital coin in the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space?
Ethereum: What is it?
Ethereum (ETH) not only serves as digital currency but technology as well.
It is an open-source blockchain for conducting transactions. Normally referred to as DAPPS (Decentralized Digital Applications) or smart contracts, Ethereum’s blockchain technology would in the near future help in transforming industries in social media, e-commerce, education, healthcare, legal and telecommunications.
How did Ethereum Become Bitcoin's Best Competitor?
BTC and ETH are the top two most popular and largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. There are several “altcoins” which were developed after Satoshi Nakomoto’s blockchain innovation became a hit among investors and took the whole financial sector by storm, most of them failed.
ETH has come this far by putting several measures in place year in and year out which has seen the digital asset survive and have a fair share of the crypto market.
Ethereum has always played a secondary role to Bitcoin since the inception of blockchain technology but has been able to diversify its operations in the decentralized finance world by upgrading its platform from Ethereum 1.0 to the continuous development of Ethereum 2.0 which allows more altcoins as well as DeFi protocols to be created.
Founder Vitalik Buterin and his team have been able to adhere to one of the major themes or central core of investing which is to diversify risks. Instead of thriving on Bitcoin’s model of making gains in the market through speculation, news in the media or shilling (when people who own a particular coin write insightful news articles about the asset in order to boost its demand and thereafter increase in price), Ethereum makes money from a number of ways such as cost of transaction.
Ethereum controls more than 94% of the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space and as a result several developers and traders use its platform to lend, borrow and invest. Constant usage means more transaction fees and more money for the digital asset and its blockchain network.
Popularity and Fans (Developers and Traders)
Ethereum (ETH) like BTC thrives a lot on its popularity. Thriving on the fruits of this popularity, interest in the coin has gone through the roof which has seen the asset record a trading volume of $51.34bn in the last 24 hours as a time of writing this feature article.
This means that ETH has provided a gateway for other coins to be traded, unlike other altcoins which could not do much to command a great trading price for other tokens to survive.
Many novice investors are now starting to invest in crypto and their Point-of-Start is Ethereum. When more people purchase a product, there is an increase in demand and when there is more demand for a product than its available, automatically, supply goes down and the resultant effect is an increase in price and this is what ETH will be experiencing in 2021 and beyond.
There is no stock, commodity, metal or cryptocurrency which has gotten to its current trading price after its Initial Public and Coin Offerings without the support of fans (traders).
Fans first hear about an asset, then transition from being mere fans to skimmers of financial information of their favourite asset. After that, they become consumers of financial information of that asset. Then they experiment on brokerages, online trading through their DEMO ACCOUNTS which comes with unlimited funds. After gaining experience, they try trading with LIVE ACCOUNTS using a meager part of their savings. This helps them to gain knowledgeable insights about the movements of candlesticks as part of technical analysis combined with their personal research (fundamental analysis) and then move on to become investors of the assets.
Facebook (FB), Tesla (TSLA) and Bitcoin would not have survived without its fans. These fans moved on from being mere fans to become purchasers and holders of the asset for as long as their investment goals would take them. Ethereum’s fans believe “this blockchain technology will form the basis of the internet soon and will take the current Web 2.0 to a more advanced Web 3.0”.
Wrapping Bitcoin (BTC) On its Blockchain Network
As soon as you decide to check the price of ETH, the other asset which comes to mind for checkup is BTC. Many people trust BTC despite its volatility. Having Ethereum (ETH) wrap several BTCs on its blockchain network signals to numerous investors the authenticity, simplicity and openness of ETH to make its platform smart contract compatible. With this, it has made it extremely easy for users to create and unlock instruments such as loans and insurance.
An investment expert such as Blocktown Capital’s James Todaro is of the view that “Ethereum could be worth as much as $9,000 someday.” His views are based on fundamental analysis which sees the cryptocurrency making strong gains through its Decentralized Finance (DeFi) since Ethereum is the go-to-platform for several developers.
Ethereum could also be the second crypto to hit the $1 trillion market cap milestone since BTC has already surpassed that mark and this is good news for growth investors.
Why Is Ethereum Important?
Ethereum’s $169.43bn market capitalization was not reached on mere speculation. Ethereum houses the largest ecosystems of applications in the cryptocurrency stratosphere. Evidently, more than half of the top performing cryptocurrencies were built on its blockchain as ERC-tokens.
To summarize the importance of digital assets, 94% of the whole decentralized finance space is built on the blockchain. Many developers have been innovative enough to develop applications which help users borrow, lend and trade ERC-20 tokens without a bank or cryptocurrency exchange (middleman).
Cutting the middle man has turned out to be extremely lucrative as the annual interest rate of DeFi protocols on Ethereum can be anywhere from 3 to 10,000%. Such numbers have attracted huge investors with nearly 15 billion dollars of cryptocurrency introduced into the space of DeFi and the number is growing daily.
ETH token as part of its primary function is used to pay for the platform's network fee which is called “gas”. The unit of measurement is called “gwei”. As demand for applications and tokens grow substantially, the result is an increasing demand for Ethereum (ETH). This is the main reason why several investors are of the belief that Ethereum may surpass Bitcoin to become the largest cryptocurrency in terms of price and market capitalization.
With Ethereum’s old platform (Ethereum 1.0), the network could handle around 15 to 30 transactions per second. Looking at the numbers in terms of trade volume, the network could not sustain its millions of users and the thousands of transactions which go on between them every second. With high network fees and too many users on the platform, Ethereum decided to upgrade its network from Ethereum 1.0 to Ethereum 2.0 and so far the results have contributed to the current rally we are seeing.
Continuous upgrades are being done daily to ensure it meets the needs of consumer demand which should see it stay in charge of DeFi for a long period of time. This will undoubtedly equate to huge gains in terms of a huge spike in price in 2021 and the decade ahead.
Will Ethereum go up with Ethereum 2.0?
It must clearly be noted that Ethereum 2.0 went live on December 1, 2020 and this comprises major changes which could end the dominance of Bitcoin in the blockchain space.
Since the inception of Blockchain Technology, Bitcoin has led the discussion with regards to which coin will dominate the others for the first competitive decade (2015-2025). Satoshi Nakamoto’s handy work and the maximum supply of 21 million coins has made it possible for the digital asset to cross several milestones, $1,000 at the very least to $57,000 and still counting.
This may change in the next few years as the grandfather of the crypto space has started to lose steam with regards to a lack of upgrades to its blockchain network. More importantly, Bitcoin faces diverse limitations and at the top of it all is a scalability issue.
The whole world at a point in time in 2017 and 2018 experienced several scalability issues with regards to business. There are many organizations which at the time were considering adopting blockchain.
According to a survey carried out by Deloitte in 2018, “obstacles have kept the value of blockchain more prospective than actual for most enterprises and have made commercial adoption difficult”. When comparing the transaction speeds of other technologies such as VISA and online payment systems such as PayPal and Skrill, Deloitte also found that “blockchain-based systems are comparatively slow when used as a means of processing transactions”.
This is a huge problem for businesses which are solely dependent on legacy transaction processing systems. Interoperability is a vital feature of technology and cross-chain compatibility could go a long way to enable the exchange of information and value between networks and provide solutions to the lack of traditional finance acceptance of cryptocurrencies.
Severe transfer delays and high fees have been associated with the Bitcoin network. Who can forget about the notorious “cryptokitties” app, which was developed by Dapper Labs (a studio in Canada) which allows players to breed, collect, purchase and sell virtual cats? Inasmuch as it brought leisure and recreation to Ethereum, it also congested the blockchain network which slowed transactions.
Abandoning Proof-of-Work (PoW) and Embracing Proof-of-Stake (PoS)
As soon as blockchain comes into mind, one of the prime areas we look at is security and scalability. This is the main reason why Ethereum is moving from its old platform (Ethereum 1.0 to Ethereum 2.0). When Ethereum first got into the game in 2013, it had to imitate a lot of the features of its predecessor BTC. Although Bitcoin’s blockchain initially made their operations successful, it also suffered the same limitations as its parent coin. This limitation is called Proof-of-Work. By adopting a Proof-of-Work system, ETH relied on a processing-power-intensive process to help with the validation and recording of transactions.
Additionally, in a Proof-of-Work system, participating computer nodes get into competition to help with the generation of cryptographic hashes which satisfy the level of complexity which the network seeks to determine. To prevent hacking, the complexity level is kept high enough which deters hackers or anonymous individuals from attacking the network since operating the required hardware will be too costly.
The major problem with Proof-of-Work has to do with its efficiency. As a result, Ethereum is constantly upgrading its blockchain to a proof-of-stake system which is more efficient.
According to Coinbase, staking is a process where holders of coins actively participate in transaction validation which is similar to mining on a proof-of-stake blockchain. Under such blockchain, holders of coins which meet a required minimum of a specific cryptocurrency can validate transactions. You had a general idea of “staking” which was related to gambling or sports betting but presently, you have an extensive understanding of “staking” under the umbrella of cryptos.
Under Ethereum’s 2.0 Point-of-Stake system, an algorithm chooses the node which records every transaction. Chances for selection are usually determined by the amount of digital currency which is held by the node owner. This decreases the complexity of the cryptographic work which leads to massive gains for the network. More importantly, as every node must take its digital asset to participate, it becomes difficult for hackers to attack the network since it would be extremely expensive.
The main differences are Ethereum 2.0 employs a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mechanism whereas Ethereum 1.0 uses a Proof-of-Work (PoW) mechanism.
The network in Ethereum 2.0 supports 100,000 transactions per second whereas the network in Ethereum 1.0 supports from 15 up to 30 transactions per second.
Additionally, most PoW networks have decreased network security because it has a small set of validators which makes it more centralized. But the new upgrade is secured because it is decentralized and requires a minimum of 16,384 validators.
Ethereum offers a platform which is going to serve as a house of the world’s finance. Considering the fact that thousands of people feel they do not have the freedom to do whatever they want with their hard-earned money without some form of control from traditional financial institutions, millions of people will be turning wholeheartedly to Decentralized Finance (DeFi).
Lastly, the new network comes with “Staking Rewards”. Depending on the amount of ETH staked on Ethereum 2.0, rewards range from 22% to 5% per year. You must by now be raising questions as to why the percentage is depreciating instead of appreciating. This is because the more ETH stake, the lower the returns annually. The model of the reward percentage is intended to strike a delicate balance between protecting the ETH cryptocurrency from experiencing too much inflation and incentivizing people to stake.
Ethereum has a great potential for growth in the financial markets and will hit several price milestones in the near future on the back of its own achievements with the protocols under its arsenal. As Co-Head of Global Fintech Lex Sokolin puts it “We are a stone’s throw away from the global financial industry running on a common software infrastructure” and Ethereum will be an integral part of this infrastructure all the way through.
Will Ethereum go up like Bitcoin?
In total, there are 222 Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocols which have been listed and it may come to the surprise of several traders that 210 of the projects are built on Ethereum’s blockchain network. This means that 94.6% of the whole DeFi space is run on Ethereum compared to the 26 DeFi protocols on Bitcoin (BTC) which is represented by 11.8%. Bitcoin (BTC) went up as a result of speculation on the market and buyers and selling trading digital coins and setting up new all-time prices as a result.
Ethereum (ETH) is the king of DeFi and has a range of products which are poised to offer strong competition to traditional financial institutions and are set for bull runs which will help boost Ethereum’s price in the process.
After closing the fund to new investors in late December 2020 which was based on administrative purposes, Grayscale has reopened its Grayscale Ethereum Trust to new investors after the bullish run of Ethereum and the whole crypto space. In the first week of February, the trust saw inflows which nearly totaled 100,000ETH. The Trust now manages close to $5 billion in Ethereum and this helped push the digital assets price in the third week of February.
According to Simon Peters, a cryptocurrency analyst on eToro brokerage, “Ethereum now finds itself in the spotlight after data showed withdrawals of ethereum from exchanges is once again accelerating,” Peters further added that “It’s clear from the price that this diminishing supply is feeding through quickly to prices. With institutions expected to add further to their positions, we expect the price of ethereum to push higher from here”.
His views are supported by THE INDEPENDENT whose correspondents on various from various markets reiterated that “This trend of investors moving ethereum to their own personal cold storage to hold for the long-term is forcing the value up even higher as more gains could be likely if there is a continuation of the dwindling supply”.
Prime XBT sees Ethereum going up in similar style to Bitcoin. It sees a potential high of $25,000 in 2021, $27,000 in 2022, $7,200 in 2023 and a new high of $70,000 between 2024 and 2025. The bearish outlook in 2023 is synonymous to what happened to Bitcoin in 2020 will boost investor interest and take ETH to new price milestones.
Such boost in investor interest is what Ark Capital Founder; Brian Schuster believes will take the crypto asset across $100,000 in the near future.
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What Protocols Can Increase Ethereum’s Worth in 2030?
There are several protocols and assets on Ethereum but the most popular ones with a high trade volume are which affects Ethereum’s price is,
Asset Management Tools (ZenGo, Trust Wallet, etc.),
Alternative Savings Apps (Linen App, Voluto, Dharma, etc.),
Derivatives (Hegic, DefiPulse Index, mStable, etc.),
Yield Aggregators (Harvest, Yearn. finance, Idle), etc.),
Decentralized Exchanges (JellySwap, SushuSwap, UniSwap),
Margin Trading (Fulcrum, Margin DDEX, dYdX, etc.),
DeFi Infrastructure & Development Tooling (Alchemy, Centrifuge, Hydro Protocol, etc.),
Ethereum-based DAO platforms (dxdao, daostack, colony, etc.),
Decentralized Insurance Platforms (Nexus Mutual, Opium Insurance, Cover Protocol),
Asset Tokenization (Harbor, Neufund, OpenFinance, etc.),
KYC & Identity (BrightID, Bloom, Blockpass, etc.),
Decentralized Lending on Ethereum (Compound, Oasis Borrow, Torque),
Payment Solutions and Service Providers (Celer Network, Request, xDai Stable Chain),
Marketplaces (Foundation, Gitcoin, Superrare),
Prediction Markets (Polymarket, Gnosis, Omen.eth, etc.),
Stablecoins (Defi Dollar, Empty Set Dollar, Gemini Dollar, etc.),
Analytics (Ox Tracker, Croco Finance, DeBank, Yield Farming Tools, etc.).
On February 15, 2021, Uniswap (Ethereum’s Decentralized Exchange reached a trading volume of $100 billion.
Compound has a trading volume of $293 million in the last 24 hours according to CoinGecko.
After reaching an all-time high of $51,859 on February 12, 2021, Yearn.finance (YFI), a group of protocols running on Ethereum’s blockchain which allow users to effectively optimize their earnings on digital assets through the services of lending and trading is currently trading between $31,200 and $31,300 with a trading volume of $730 million as per data retrieved from Coin Market Cap.
Nexus Mutual provides cover for smart contracts and this protects users against any unintended use of their smart contract codes. Users can also generate additional income on their crypto holdings through their “ether tokens''. It has a trading volume of $296 million dollars according to Coin Data Flow.
SushiSwap is a decentralized exchange which allows users to swap their ERC20 tokens into any other ERC20 token through automated liquidity pools. It’s down 6.85% in the last 24 hours but still holds a considerable $989.7 million in trade volume.
Trade volume is a significant feature financial analysts employ when predicting the price of an asset. In a nutshell, if there is an increase in trade volume of an asset, the price of the same asset heads into the same direction and vice versa. As the website Cabot Wealth puts it, “Trading volume presents a perfect reflection of the overall activity of the asset on the market which indicates the sheer amount of buying and selling of that asset”.
Ethereum’s Protocols thrives extensively on Decentralized Finance and the daily trade volumes are deep into the millions (USD). This means that the interest in Ethereum increases everyday and as per the laws of demand and supply, increased interest (demand) will definitely result in an increase in the price of ETH.
Price Prediction of Ethereum Beyond 2021
Why should I buy Ethereum? What will Ethereum be worth in 2030? Many experts and in particular, Blocktown Capital’s James Todaro is of the view that “Ethereum could be worth as much as $9,000 someday.”
This notion is also shared by Managing Partner at Moonrock Capital and Co-Founder of Blockfyre Simon Dedic who also estimates Ethereum being worth $9,000 per coin in the not-so-distant future.
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What Will Ethereum Be Worth in 2030?
According to experts on Coin Switch, $5000 will definitely be the trading price of Ethereum by 2030. On the same topic, market experts on Coin Price Forecast predicts the period from 2028 to 2032 as the digital assets greatest run for growth investors who hold assets for a long time.
Statistically, they are of the belief that “there will be 164% increase in Ethereum’s price from 2023 to 2027 which will move its price from the current support level of $13,702 to a whopping $36,240”. After the five-year period, the next four-year period (2028-2032) will see the new all-time of $36,240 rally to a new price milestone of $84,911. This prediction has created hot discussions in the crypto and the whole finance space as to which crypto currency (BTC and ETH) will be the first to hit the $100,000 mark. Only time will tell.
How to Invest In Ethereum for the Long Term?
You have been extremely educated about the potential of Ethereum. You may be asking yourself about the brokerages or exchanges needed to purchase your first ETH. There are thousands out there but the one which ticks all our boxes in terms of scalability (speed of transaction) and security (protection of your funds and assets) is eToro.
There are two (2) ways to create an account on eToro and make a purchase of your first token.
The first way is to sign up here.
The first step under this is to provide DETAILS OF YOUR ACCOUNT (name, email, telephone number). Kindly ensure that the details provided correspond to your real identity.
The next step is VERIFICATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT. To prevent fraud, every account holder is subjected to an important process called Knowing Your Customer (KYC). With this, you must upload authentic documents such as government-issued ID cards (driving license, national identification cards or passport) and credit card statements or internet bills) to help prove your billing address to ensure the safety of all accounts on the platform. After successfully going through this step, you can then move on to the next step.
DEPOSIT FIAT CURRENCY. Follow the instructions and deposit fiat currency, what we know as money (GBP, EURO and USD) which will make it possible for the purchase of your first ETH.
The last step is PURCHASE YOUR FIRST ETH. With funds in your account, simply navigate the “Ethereum” page and your first purchase will be processed and deposited into your account.
The SECOND WAY involves just a single phase which is to head straight to the “Ethereum” page and follow the SIGN UP process which has been earlier discussed and make your first ETH purchase.
Is Ethereum A Buy?
According to Deloitte, several business analysts expect blockchain technology to have an invaluable impact on businesses from diverse sectors globally. It is believed that when the technology fixes all of its problems primarily scalability (transaction processing speed) and extensively adopts interoperable features, it has the potential to improve effectiveness and efficiency of organizations.
Additionally, it can also increase revenue through cost cutting and in the long term help with the creation of new business models, services and products.
Ethereum’s 2.0 networks come with new features Proof-of-Stake and Sharding which are to help deal with transactions speed and security issues. Aside this, on 11th February, 2021, almost two months after official announcements were made, Ether futures went live on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) which is the largest derivative exchange in the world.
This helps traders of Ethereum futures the ability to use leverage to efficiently increase capital and the chance to profit from the future movements of the digital asset.
Ethereum’s price far and wide extends beyond making instant gains and considers several factors as to the number of Decentralized Finance projects which are already running on its platform as well as other potential projects which can satisfy an untapped market in the finance stratosphere.
With daily trading volumes crossing billions of dollars, ETH is a good buy and has the potential to surpass Bitcoin (BTC) in terms of price and market capitalization in the future.
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Is Ethereum Supply Limited?
Yes, Ethereum has a total supply of 114,782,170 which is the same number in circulation.