December 14, 2023

🥛 ETH supply reaches a new low 🔥

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What’s happening: ETH’s supply is at its lowest level in 455 days (aka since the Merge).

This is due to 2 reasons…

a/ The Merge – a big software update that moved Ethereum from PoW (Proof-of-Work) —> PoS (Proof-Of-Stake) last year.

Because of it, Ethereum now uses 99.9% less energy than before and the annual emission of new ETH dropped from over 4% → less than 1%.

Less energy to run = less block rewards for stakers = less new ETH coming into the supply.

b/ Ethereum’s burn mechanism (EIP-1559) – part of every transaction on the Ethereum network gets “burned” and removed from circulation forever.

Mix the two together (less annual ETH emission + a burn mechanism) and you get… a deflationary asset. 

As a result:

  • ETH’s annual supply change is currently -0.21%. Basically, more ETH is being burned than issued.

  • ETH’s supply has decreased by 315,400. In other words, there’s ~$725M less ETH in supply than before.

Why this matters: While ETH has lacked in price action recently (due to lack of demand vs other tokens), this highlights that once demand returns to Ethereum, the supply mechanics are much stronger than last cycle and could eventually lead to a big rally.

2/ Layer 1 tokens are outperforming the rest

Source: @ThorHartvigsen

What’s happening: Layer 1 tokens (like SOL, AVAX, ADA, etc.) have been outperforming Layer 2s and DeFi tokens over the last month.

On average, L1’s are up ~50% while L2’s and DeFi tokens are only up ~10%.

Why this matters: The Layer 1 rotation from last cycle is making a comeback.

You see, during the last bull run, a lot of people moved between different L1’s like Solana, Avalanche, Terra, etc.

Fast forward to today, it’s happening again. Except this time…

  • Terra is gone (R.I.P.) and other L1s like Injective, Celestia, etc. have entered the race.

  • Solana and Avalanche have stronger ecosystems and more network activity than before (SOL: payments, DePIN, etc.; AVAX: Real World Assets, crypto gaming, etc.).

It’ll be interesting to see how the L1 race plays out over the next few months.

3/ Bitcoin had its 3rd worst single-day sell off this year

Source: @_Checkmatey_

What’s happening: Earlier this week, Bitcoin dropped from $44K → under $41K within 24 hours (-5.75%).

It was the 3rd largest sell-off this entire year. Ouchie.

Why this matters: If Bitcoin’s price dropped this much a few months back, there’s a good chance that it could’ve gone even lower

But the fact that Bitcoin’s price held strong (and even recovered a bit) highlights that we’re in a “healthier” market now.


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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Rumors are going around that many crypto dApps could be vulnerable to a big exploit.

Here’s what we know so far…

Source: @nauhcner

This is a developing story so it’s unclear which dApps were compromised or not. We’ll keep you updated on any findings in our edition tomorrow.

Our advice for now: Don’t connect your wallet to any dApps or sign any transactions until this is all figured out.

Take the day off. Go touch grass. Talk to those strangers in the house you call “family”.

And remember Newton’s (unofficial) 4th law of motion: Those who f*ck around, will find out.

Better safe than sorry.


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