After recording yet another ATH on the charts, one well beyond $1,800, Ethereum currently has its eyes set on the $2,000-mark. While quite a few of its on-chain metrics are flashing positive signs, other noticeable concerns are creeping up as well. The culprit here, according to many, is a familiar foe (fee*).
Ethereum registers high active addresses, large addresses
Ticking off some of its optimistic signs, according to CoinMetrics’ latest report, Ethereum has been noting an increase in active addresses since the summer of June 2020, with the active addresses averaging between 500k-600k since January 2021.
Additionally, it was also identified that addresses holding significant amounts of ETH have registered constructive growth, with the number of addresses holding at least 10k ETH improving too. Now, with the introduction of CME ETH Futures, the mood around Ether is even more hopeful, however, its massive transaction fees deserve a lot of scrutiny too.
How long can ETH maintain demand with such high fees?
That is the biggest issue for Ethereum right now. The high transaction fees are only due to the increasing demand for block space on its network. However, the fees are getting a little out of hand and climbing to new all-time highs too, even when compared to the highs registered during the DeFi season of August-September 2020.