Grayscale has evaluated the value of Ethereum in a new report. The report examined the cryptocurrency using three approaches.
The crypto year 2021 has already started more than positively for Ethereum
Due to the boom in the decentralized financial sector (DeFi), on which the Ethereum blockchain is based, the second most valuable cryptocurrency is currently at a new all-time high. At the time of going to press, the price was now over $ 1,762. Grayscale took this development as an opportunity to determine the value of the asset more precisely. Here, examined the biggest asset manager for digital assets the cryptocurrency using three approaches: ether as funds ether as a consumable and ether as interest-bearing asset.
The first part of the report dealt with the money aspect of Ethereum. In many ways, ether is the money of modern times. Because every time a user closes a smart contract on the Ethereum network, provides liquidity for an application, or enters into a trade on a decentralized exchange, Ether would be required to pay the network fees, according to the report. There would be no capacity limits, like with Bitcoin, but the network tries to use only the necessary amount of ETH to secure the network. Competition comes from alternative assets and stablecoins, which are enjoying increasing popularity. The increasing use of Ethereum as a processing network, however, is a positive trend.
ETH as a consumer good
Because fees are due for every transaction in the Ethereum network and the fees even increase with increasing use, problems for Ether could arise. For example, investors might only hold the minimal amount of ETH needed to pay these fees. Although this would increase the processing speed, it would also mean a decline in the price of Ether.
The crypto currency counteracts this by attempting to use “EIP-1559” to “burn” (destroy) ether that arises from transactions. The Grayscale report says that this process will then completely convert Ethereum from a crypto asset into a digital raw material.
In general, the “combustion mechanism” can also take on a deflationary function if, for example, too many ETHs are in circulation. This shortage would then lead to a rise in Ethereum prices, as each unit would have to cover a larger proportion of economic activity.
According to Grayscale, although price fluctuations are still very likely, the transparent tracking within the blockchain protocols makes it relatively easy to analyze or interpret the activity intensity. The report says more precisely:
We can examine the total daily transaction fees taken on the Ethereum network as a measure of demand. Since ether is the commodity that pays those fees, high fees drive demand for ether, just as an increase in travel could drive demand for gasoline.
Phil Bonello, Grayscale Research “Valuing Ethereum“