Instead of using energy-consuming computers to crunch numbers to validate blocks, ETH holders stake their tokens in a smart contract to validate new blocks on the chain. This drops the network’s power demands significantly, keeping the regulators at bay.
Why it Matters
Over the weekend, crypto investor and industry observer Bob Loukas commented on the narrative and increased talk about ‘the merge’ that developers have said may happen in June.
With inflation at record levels and interest rates at rock bottom, earning a yield on a deflationary asset – which Ethereum will become after the merge – has become a desirable investment for many.
I see the $ETH2 merge talk has started. This should begin gaining momentum.
Also the market has not come close to pricing how incredible a 5% yield is on a hard money asset that issues at the protocol level and not 3rd party.
— Bob Loukas (@BobLoukas) March 19, 2022
According to on-chain data from Glassnode, around 320,000 ETH has left exchanges since the start of the Kiln testnet, and most of this has gone into staking.
Other industry observers took a closer look at the current state of Ethereum staking. According to the Beacon Chain explorer, there is currently 10.2 million ETH staked on the consensus layer chain. At current prices, this is worth a whopping $29 billion, which would rank it as the 8th largest cryptocurrency if that was its market capitalization.
The amount staked in ETH2.0 is large enough to place 99 out of 195 countries by total GDP.
At ATH, it ranks 82/195, & at $10k/ETH, it ranks 62/195.
The value securing ETH is nearly higher than 50% of countries by GDP, with no sign of slowing down
How long will this be ignored?
— pastry (@PastryEth) March 20, 2022