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Ethereum Balance on Exchanges Shrinks as Staked ETH Hits All-Time High

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Updated by Ryan James
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In Brief

  • Ethereum balance on exchanges have dropped to a 5-year low.
  • Staked Ethereum deposits have risen to a new all-time high.
  • ETH continues to trade around $1800.
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Ethereum’s volume on centralized exchanges has dropped to its lowest level in five years, according to Glassnode data.

According to the data, there are only 17.882 million ETH on centralized exchanges, around 14% of the network’s total supply. DeFi Protocol Velvet Capital noted that this low was last seen during the early days of the blockchain in 2016.

Declining Exchange Balance Indicates Bullish Sentiments

Since the ETH exchange balance peaked at over 30 million in 2020, the numbers have gradually declined following the increased focus on self-custody due to FTX’s collapse.

Ethereum Balance on Exchanges
Ethereum Balance on Exchanges (Source: Glassnode)

However, recent events suggest that the balance on exchanges should be growing. For context, the Shanghai upgrade recently enabled the withdrawal of staked ETH, while the liquid staking protocol Lido also allowed its users to redeem their stETH for ETH.

But all these factors did not increase ETH flow to exchanges nor trigger a sell-off — indicating the bullish sentiment surrounding the digital asset.

Ethereum Staking Deposits Reach ATH

Staked Ethereum deposits have grown to a new all-time high of 22.2 million, according to Glassnode data. This means there are currently more ETH locked on the beacon chain than those held on centralized exchanges.

Staked Ethereum Deposits
Staked Ethereum Deposits on Beacon Chain (Source: Glassnode)

On May 22, blockchain analytical firm Arkham Intelligence reported that there had been significantly more deposits than withdrawals since the Shanghai upgrade was enabled on April 12 — around $7.7 billion in inflows.

While daily deposits have varied, it is clear that there has been a surge in Ethereum staking deposits since the Shappella upgrade. Velvet Capital corroborated this, saying the increased numbers were caused by investors opting for passive income.

The initial spate of withdrawals by centralized platforms like Celsius and others caused a decline in the amount of staked ETH. However, that soon changed as deposits began to outpace withdrawals. BeInCrypto reported that liquid staking protocols like Lido saw the total value of assets locked on them soar.

ETH Trades Flat

According to BeInCrypto data, ETH is up 0.83% to $1,829 in the last 24 hours.

Ethereum Price Performance
Ethereum Price Performance (Source: BeInCrypto)

Since withdrawals were enabled, ETH peaked at over $2,000 in Early May before dropping to its current levels. Since then, the asset has mostly traded above $1,800.


In line with the Trust Project guidelines, this price analysis article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered financial or investment advice. BeInCrypto is committed to accurate, unbiased reporting, but market conditions are subject to change without notice. Always conduct your own research and consult with a professional before making any financial decisions.

Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.