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Glassnode Explains Why Ethereum (ETH) Has Been Falling Behind Bitcoin (BTC)


Glassnode Analysis: Ethereum Lagging Behind Bitcoin Due to Lack of New Capital Inflows

Market intelligence firm Glassnode has identified a key reason why Ethereum (ETH) has been lagging behind Bitcoin (BTC) in the current market cycle. According to their analysis, Ethereum has not experienced the same level of increased capital from new buyers that Bitcoin has, which has propelled the leading cryptocurrency to new all-time highs.

Glassnode points to the approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as a major factor driving the influx of short-term holders who purchased BTC in the last 155 days. This surge in speculative activity has led to a significant accumulation of capital among Bitcoin holders, with the USD wealth held within coins moved within the last six months approaching $240 billion, nearing all-time highs.

In contrast, Ethereum has not seen a similar surge in new capital inflows, with its price still below the 2021 all-time high. Glassnode’s analysis shows that Ethereum’s short-term holder-realized cap has not seen a significant increase, indicating a lack of new capital entering the market. This underperformance relative to Bitcoin is attributed to the attention and accessibility brought about by spot Bitcoin ETFs.

The analysts suggest that Ethereum could see a substantial capital inflow if the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approves spot Ethereum ETF applications later this month. The market is eagerly awaiting the SEC’s decision on a suite of ETH ETFs expected towards the end of May.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $61,454, down more than 2.6% in the last 24 hours, while Ethereum is trading at $2,970, down more than 2.7% on the day. The potential approval of Ethereum ETFs could be a game-changer for the second-largest cryptocurrency and could attract new capital to the market.

As the crypto market continues to evolve, the competition between Bitcoin and Ethereum remains fierce, with each vying for dominance in the digital asset space. Stay tuned for updates on the SEC’s decision and how it could impact the future of Ethereum and the broader cryptocurrency market.


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