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Majority of Ethereum Whale Stakers Still Underwater, Will They Sell After Shapella?

Glassnode, an on-chain analytics company, reported on the present situation of profit and loss for staked Ethereum on April 11. The net unrealized loss on the Ethereum Beacon Chain is $4.7 billion, according to the report. However, this has dropped by 70% from a peak of $16 billion after the Terra Luna bankruptcy.

In July 2022, Ethereum prices plummeted below $1,000. They have nearly doubled since then, as the asset approaches the $2,000 mark. According to Glassnode, the “largest of depositors are experiencing the greatest degree of financial pain, accounting for 70% of unrealized losses.”

Long-term investors, on the other hand, will not be concerned about “unrealized losses.” If you have no intention of selling or playing the markets, buying ETH at any price and staking it for additional ETH is a solid approach for many.

Glassnode also noticed the Ethereum staking pool’s nature. They are “primarily composed of recurring depositors who own multiple validators,” according to the report. It was noted that these were making up to a thousand deposits per day.

“However, major events such as the birth of the Beacon Chain, the Merge, and the upcoming Shanghai upgrade have seen an increase in one-time depositors.”

Furthermore, it stated that “due to regulatory pressure and the Shanghai upgrade,” staking deposit activity is now low.

The United States’ crypto war has included a crackdown on staking services. SEC head Gary Gensler has also stated numerous times that ETH is a security. In actuality, the United States Congress has yet to officially classify it as such. The key question among Ethereum traders is if there will be a large selloff following the Shapella upgrade this week.

The network will undergo its long-awaited Shapella (Shanghai) hard fork on April 12.

As a result, staked ETH will be accessible for withdrawal, however it’s not quite that straightforward. To maintain network security and stability, the 18 million ETH staked will not be given all at once.

Validators and stakeholders will have to wait in line and withdraw, which may take months. As a result, it is quite unlikely that a large amount of ETH will be traded to markets this week.


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