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Ethereum Net Issuance Since Merge Reaches 2,400, Has Deflation Experiment Failed?

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 12:12
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Arman Shirinyan
Dream of deflation flies away from Ethereum as net issuance is positive again
Ethereum Net Issuance Since Merge Reaches 2,400, Has Deflation Experiment Failed?
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Ethereum's deflation was initially considered as the main fuel for the growth of the second biggest cryptocurrency on the market. However, the lack of network activity and the poor state of the DeFi and NFT industries opens up the main flaws of the mechanism.

Why did burn rate fall?

Ethereum's burning mechanism is a relatively simple system with an open and understandable set of rules. A certain percentage of each transaction fee goes to the burning address — a certain wallet that no person can access — hence, every ETH sent on it is technically removed from circulation.

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Simply put, the greater the number of transactions on the network is, the higher the burn rate we are going to witness. During the DeFi and NFT era, Ether's burning machine has been destroying up to 200 ETH per block, worth approximately $1 million at ATH.

With the tumbling of the most transaction-consuming industries on the network, Ethereum's network load plunged massively, causing a drop in fee size, number of transactions on the network and descending burn rate.

However, even without NFTs and DeFi, Ethereum has been successfully burning enough coins to become completely deflationary, but after the FTX implosion that triggered a massive outflow of funds from the industry, the activity of the network dropped even further, causing a drastic decline in burning activities and pushing year-to-year issuance back above the deflation line.

At press time, Ethereum's supply is on the rise, with at least 2,400 new ETH produced since the implementation of the Merge update that switched off the outdated PoW consensus mechanism. However, positive issuance and the lack of network activity today do not determine Ethereum's long-term future.

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About the author

Arman Shirinyan is a trader, crypto enthusiast and SMM expert with more than four years of experience.

Arman strongly believes that cryptocurrencies and the blockchain will be of constant use in the future. Currently, he focuses on news, articles with deep analysis of crypto projects and technical analysis of cryptocurrency trading pairs.