Around the time the Ethereum community was preparing for the Altair upgrade, Vitalik Buterin was giving a speech at the Wanxiang Blockchain Summit. Buterin also took part in a panel discussion, revealing some insights into Ethereum’s roadmap.
From 2021 to 2022
Coming to Ethereum’s most notable achievements in 2021, Buterin was quick to specify the progress made with the Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism and capacity expansion.
According to a transcript released by a Chinese media source, he said,
“…they [Ethereum community] are making a lot of efforts to integrate and merge with the current main chain, and will soon enter the testing phase.”
Buterin also had a lot to share about roll-ups. Pointing out that roll-up projects had already launched, he claimed that participants could deposit and withdraw money from the networks.
Reminding viewers about scalability, he also added,
“For example, a single Roll-up can achieve 10 times the expansion…”
Meanwhile, Buterin believes that data sharding might come around in one or two years.
However, what will be Ethereum’s priorities in 2022? According to a statement made by Buterin,
“The first is the transfer of PoS, as well as sharding and merging, and the transfer of the current Ethereum to the PoS chain. It will further expand the capacity so that people do not need to pay high transaction fees when using the blockchain.”
Funding the ecosystem
Regarding the role of investors in the Ethereum ecosystem, Buterin stressed on the need for funding different projects. At the same time, he cautioned viewers about those looking for quick gains before leaving. He revealed,
“I think we will return to VC in the future to release different projects, so VC certainly has its very important role and significance.”
Furthermore, he admitted that he still thought VC is “indispensable” in the blockchain.
On the question of the Ethereum Foundation, however, Buterin insisted that it is located at the “edge” of the ecosystem and not the center. He explained,
“The role of the foundation in the ecology is to motivate and encourage more and more projects, while subsidizing more and more projects.”
Vitalik said at the meeting that both DeFi and NFT are developing very well, but people are making DeFi very complicated, smart contract risks may exceed the benefits. He believes that the most useful agreement is the simplest one.— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) October 27, 2021
NFTs and sustenance
How does the Founder of Ethereum feel about NFTs? Buterin reportedly said that these assets are developing well and have value. However, he warned against assuming that NFTs are financially sustainable in their present form.
“…everyone should wait patiently so that we can really see and understand what the NFT long-term sustainable market should be like.”
Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Issues Dire Warning on Inflation, Says He’s Buying Bitcoin, Ethereum and Two Additional Assets
Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki is concerned that working-class Americans will be wiped out by rising inflation unless they invest in several key assets.
In a YouTube video on The Rich Dad Channel, the widely known author says that true capitalism has been abandoned, and the government instead intervenes on behalf of banks.
“The reason they’re talking about inflation or deflation is because, way back when, in the 70s, a true capitalist would let a business fail. According to [Austrian political economist Joseph] Schumpeter, capitalism destroys inefficient companies.
If you look at one example, not too long ago there was Blockbuster Video. Then Netflix came along and they’re toast. They’re just gone. A true capitalist wipes out the inefficient or the obsolete.
But for the last so many years, since 1907 really, they’ve been saving the banks. The banks are so corrupt, and the reason the Federal Reserve had to come in was to protect the rich bankers.
And what they did was, back in 2008 there was quantitative easing, which is a very complex subject, but basically the Fed just prints money and gives it to banks to prevent them from failing. That’s not capitalism, that’s Marxism. That’s socialism, that’s communism. It’s called central banks.”
Kiyosaki warns that unlimited money printing as part of official government policy will eliminate the working class.
“The reason inflation is going to wipe out people is because the average person is a consumer. Everybody talks about, ‘T-bone steak [costs] this now, and gasoline’s this and toilet paper is that.’
That’s because… Everything’s to protect the bankers. And that’s why I feel for the working-class people. I think it’s criminal that our school system is part of Marxism. There’s no financial education in the schools and it’s not a mistake.
To the people who are complaining about inflation, just know it’s because the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Treasury… they’re as corrupt as they come.”
The author tells his 1.8 million followers on Twitter that the recent 25% price increase at discount retail chain Dollar General is a bellwether event signaling that investors should protect themselves by picking up some cryptos like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), as well as gold and silver.
“Dollar Tree becomes $1.25 Tree. Inflation is a tax on the poor and middle class. Inflation makes the rich richer.
Get smart. Get richer. I am buying more gold, silver, Bitcoin, Ethereum, rental real estate, and oil. What are you buying?”
CNN Business reported this week that Dollar Tree cited rising inflation and the ongoing supply chain crisis as reasons why it planned to permanently abandon its longstanding $1 price point on all products.
At time of writing, Bitcoin is valued at $55,190, Ethereum is exchanging hands for $4,367, gold is going for $1,781, and silver is worth $22.44. Kiyosaki also issued a warning in September that a major stock market crash would occur in October of this year.
Ethereum is a better store of value than Bitcoin, academic research shows
- Recent research conducted by four Australian researchers concludes that Ethereum is a better store of value than Bitcoin.
- “Ethereum provides better inflationary hedging properties than Bitcoin, and Ether may therefore offer superior long-term value storage than Bitcoin, ” said the report.
Ethereum, the second-largest crypto by market cap, has been tipped by several experts including billionaire investor Mark Cuban, as second to none in terms of utility. Its smart contract has been used to power several blockchain-based projects like Decentralized Finance (DeFi), and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). But in terms of a store of value, there has been a divided opinion among experts as Bitcoin is largely viewed as a better alternative to Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.
Recent research conducted by four Australian researchers concludes that Ethereum is a better store of value than Bitcoin. According to the research paper, the recent EIP-1559 upgrade in August has been the reason for this conclusion. The EIP-1559 upgrade saw over one million ETH out of the 118,583,580 circulating supply burnt, and a portion of its transaction fees burnt as well.
The report stated:
Annualizing the rate of Ethereum creation since EIP-1559, the expected increase in the total Ethereum supply is only 0.98%, being less than half the 1.99% increase in Bitcoin supply which is almost certain in the same period.
Roughly 50 percent of the transaction fees of the 12,000 newly minted ETH per day were burnt according to the report. It was further stated that more ETH will be burnt as its robust ecosystem of decentralized finance sees increased demand.
If Bitcoin is “sound money”, Ethereum is ” Ultra-sound money”
The rampant money printing linked to the COVID-19 pandemic has recently led to higher inflation rising to 6.2 percent in the US by October. Bitcoin has during this period seen higher interest among institutional investors as it is believed to be a perfect hedge against inflation. However, the research states that ETH has a better store of value, and institutions are beginning to choose digital asset for this purpose.
Ethereum provides better inflationary hedging properties than Bitcoin, and Ether may therefore offer a superior long-term value storage than Bitcoin.
According to Shark Tank investor and now an ambassador for FTX exchange Kevin O’Leary, if Bitcoin is considered as a “Sound Money”, then Ethereum is “UltraSound Money”.
If Bitcoin is sound money because of the 21 million coin supply ceiling, Ethereum enjoys the same benefit now. It’s ultra sound money because there’s no supply floor […]. Ethereum will be thought of like a traditional business and can be analyzed like one, sort of like using a cash flow model
Nikhil Shamapant, an independent ETH analyst, trader and medical doctor from New York City. He believes that ETH will be inflationary as it will spend most of its movement in the medium term in the inflationary environment.
Ethereum Breaks New Record Amid 13% Rally, Options OI Reaches $7 Billion
Ethereum breaks another market prior to end-of-year rally
Ethereum options hit a new all-time high as Ethereum continues to move in the local bullish rally started at the end of November, Wu Blockchain reports.
Contracts open interest spikes
Ethereum options currently remain at the historical peak in open interest that is currently staying at $7 billion. On Dec. 31, almost 700,000 options are going to be delivered with a “bullish” Put/Call ratio of 0.47. The approximate max pain price is $2,500 for the currently open Ethereum contract with expiry on Dec. 31.
ETH option holdings are at a historical peak. The largest option delivery date this month is December 31. 689,653 options for delivery, with 469,486 calls and 220,167 puts, and the Put/Call ratio is 0.47. The number of call options with an exercise price of $5000 is the largest. pic.twitter.com/xUaG3aMmBw— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) December 3, 2021
Increased options open interest closer to the end of the year is not something new for Ethereum. Ethereum open interest usually spikes near the end of the year as volatility on the cryptocurrency market increases and traders tend to hedge their positions.
What does high open interest tell traders?
Usually, options are utilized as a reflection of current market conditions. Since Ethereum is moving in both short and long-term bullish trends, call (buy) options are prevailing on the market with the majority of traders betting on the asset’s price spike to $5,000.
But while some traders may use options for speculative trading, others utilize them for hedging their positions. By opening put options on values like $4,300, traders hedge their positions in cases of unexpected market volatility.
Ethereum’s previous ATH currently remains at $4,880, and more analysts are expecting the second-largest cryptocurrency on the market to reach the long-awaited milestone by the end of the year when most altcoins have historically reached new highs.