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Ethereum’s Price Rises 5.5% as Analysts Attribute Rally to Decrease in Demand for Fixed-Income Instruments

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The price of Ether (ETH) rose by 5.5% on May 17, nearing $3,100 for the first time in 10 days. Analysts attributed this rally to a decrease in demand for fixed-income instruments following stagnant United States retail sales data in April. This data increased the market’s expectation of a potential interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve to boost the economy.

Expansionary measures by the central bank are typically seen as bullish for risk-on markets, whether due to an increased monetary supply or reduced credit costs for businesses and individuals. Investors sought exposure to scarce assets, including cryptocurrencies, leading to gold reaching $2,410, just 0.8% below its all-time high.

The court ruling on May 15, which accused two individuals of wire fraud and money laundering by manipulating the Ethereum blockchain, also boosted Ether investors’ confidence. The court noted that Ethereum is a decentralized blockchain without the need for a trusted intermediary and that Ethereum smart contracts enable transactions without a trusted intermediary.

This verdict contradicts regulators’ classification of ETH as a security, as there would be no management or entrepreneurial efforts of others. While this analysis does not change the approval odds of U.S. spot Ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs), it certainly lifted investors’ spirits.

The U.S. SEC is expected to provide its final ruling on VanEck’s spot Ether ETF request on March 23 and rule on the conversion of Grayscale’s ETHE fund by June 18. Although analysts predict approval odds below 35%, the regulators’ case for classifying Ether as a security instrument has weakened, which might have contributed to the rally above $3,050 on May 17.

Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko praised Ethereum’s network security, highlighting how coordinating an invalid state transition or double-spend attack would be nearly impossible. In a May 17 post, Yakovenko added that layer-2 scaling reduced costs without compromising security due to the network’s large number of validators and operators.

In short, investors realized that whatever setbacks Ethereum faced, including high transaction fees and its lackluster efforts to increase scalability, were, in fact, decisions that prioritized security and decentralization. Meanwhile, competitors Solana and BNB Chain opted for solutions that allowed a higher processing capacity, regardless of the merits of increasing dependency on fewer entities.

Ethereum’s strength becomes evident when analyzing its dominance in decentralized application (DApp) activity. The growth of layer-2 solutions such as Base, which quickly gained traction due to its low fees and integration with the U.S.’s largest crypto exchange, Coinbase, further reinforces Ethereum’s ability to become a global settlement layer.

Top blockchains ranked by 30-day Dapps volumes, USD. Source: DappRadar

Ethereum’s $181.5 billion in DApp volume over 30 days is more than seven times larger than its direct competitor, BNB Chain. More importantly, this volume declined merely 3% compared to the previous month, while BNB Chain and Solana experienced 52% and 41% decreases in volume, respectively.

In essence, even if the U.S. spot Ether ETF approval odds remain low, investors are realizing that the network’s dominance in the DApp ecosystem remains unaffected. This realization contributed to the ETH price gains on May 17.

Source: Cointelegraph

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