Ethereum has recently come under selling pressure and turned bearish. Analysts at crypto exchange Bitfinex noted:
“Ethereum’s drop ahead of the impending Merge is also of note as bearish sentiment appears to be taking hold across all so-called risk assets. The volatility that has become so characteristic of the digital token space shows no signs of abating.”
Developments around Ethereum that Influence Ether (ETH) Price
The recent rally in the ETH price happened after some key developments in the Ethereum ecosystem. The optimism around ETH was due to the much-awaited Merge upgrade scheduled ahead in September.
The Merge will transition Ethereum into a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain network thereby improving the network scalability and efficiency. This will also make the Ethereum blockchain network less energy-consuming and scarce as the minting of new coins on Ethereum PoS will rarely happen as of the current PoW.
As confirmed by the Ethereum Foundation, the Merge upgrade shall happen in two parts in September. The Bellatrix upgrade will happen on the Beacon Chain on September 6 while the Paris upgrade will take place on the Ethereum execution layer between September 10-20.
Some of the exchanges including popular ones like Binance have announced that they will halt withdrawals during the Merge upgrade. Despite the ETH price trading under pressure, the CME Group launched the EUR-denominated Ether futures contracts on Monday.