“The fact that we’re not seeing a major uptick in ETH-related chatter seems to suggest a growing complacency about Ethereum’s ATH rally, which may help provide room for further price appreciation in the midterm.”
Moreover, known cryptocurrency exchange wallets show no signs of profit-taking throughout the recent bullish impulse. The number of ETH tokens flowing in and out of trading platforms has remained stable over the past week.
Such market behavior suggests that market participants are confident about Ethereum’s upside potential.
Ethereum funding rate spells trouble
While social volume and exchange activity point to further gains, Ethereum’s funding rates spell trouble.
Ether’s BitMEX perpetual contract funding rate shot up to 0.66% and it is hovering at 0.42% at the time of writing. Market speculators seem to be growing optimistic, having long traders pay short traders’ funding at unsustainable levels.
A funding rate of 0.1% or higher every eight hours is considered alarming as it has led to steep corrections in the past. Now that it recently surpassed the highest level ever recorded since the beginning of the year, similar price action could unravel.
The elevated funding rates are a point of concern despite Ethereum’s rising prices. Ibisbegovic recommends investors pay close attention to the number of tokens flowing into known exchange wallets as it may signal a “new wave of holder sell-offs that can prove difficult for the bulls to absorb.”