What will happen to Ethereum’s price when $1.6 billion of options expire?
Thanks to a slew of positive news surrounding the Ethereum network, ETH has been able to accrue fortnightly gains in excess of 15%.
- A spokesperson for Mastercard recently revealed that the payments giant is currently in the process of devising its highly touted central bank-backed digital currencies (CBDC) infrastructure.
- Ethereum's gas fee woes continue to mount, with the cost of facilitating a transaction on the network presently hovering around the AUD$33 (USD$25) range.
- Ethereum's market dominance has risen from 18.2% to nearly 19% over the past couple of days.
The last 24 hours have been quite crazy for Ethereum, with the second-largest cryptocurrency by total market capitalisation rising from a price point of AUD$5,300 to over AUD$5,850, thereby showcasing a daily profit ratio of over 9%. At press time, ETH is trading at a price point of AUD$5,785.
ETH's impressive performance comes on the heels of Mastercard announcing that it is actively devising a holistic framework for the deployment of central bank-backed digital currencies (CBDCs). Further elaborating on the development, Michael Miebach, CEO of the world's third-largest consumer payment firm, was quoted as saying:
"We are saying at this point in time, the most likely chance for this kind of technology to work for payments is if it's issued through a government in the form of a CBDC. We said that we will make our network ready to do that as and when a government is ready to put out a CBDC that will exist alongside the dollar or the euro as a settlement currency in our network."
On a technical note, it should be pointed out that as per data available online, Mastercard currently processes a total of 113 billion transactions per annum, trailing only Visa's 188 billion and Union Pay's 151 billion yearly txn count.
Lastly, on the subject of continued crypto adoption, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka announced on Monday that it had completed its work on an elaborate blockchain-based Know-Your-Customer (KYC) proof-of-concept project which is designed to help the Southeast Asian nation recover from the recent pandemic-induced destruction – which caused the country's GDP to slip by -16.4% last year.
New ATH on the cards for Ethereum?
With Ethereum currently hovering close to its all-time high levels, it appears as though the digital asset could very well scale up beyond the USD$4,500 range over the next 24 hours, especially with derivatives data clearly showing that bulls are looking to spur the price of the altcoin ahead of 29 October's USD$1.25 billion (AUD$1.66 billion) Ethereum options expiry.
Lastly, it should be pointed out that as a result of its soaring valuation, gas fees on the Ethereum network have remained well above the USD$25 threshold, something that has continued to force smaller retail investors to transition to other competitors' blockchains. That being said, despite the high fee rates, Ethereum still lays claim to more than 8% of the DeFi ecosystem's total value locked (TVL) as well as decentralised exchanges (DEX) volumes.
Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing