Recent research by a digital asset research company, Delphi Digital reveals that 7,572 addresses hold over 80 percent of Ethereum cryptocurrencies in circulation today.
Addresses Hold Over A Thousand Ethers
According to the report, it noted that over 80 percent of Eth in circulation are held in the addresses with a balance higher than 1,000 ETH. The total sum of the addresses is noted as 7,572.
Also, the report of the research broke down the total number of these addresses by the volume of ETH they contain. It noted that about 6,490 addresses hold between 1,000 and 10,000 ETH, 923 addresses hold between 10,000 and 100,000 ETH, 155 between 100,000 and 1,000,000 ETH and only four between 1,000,000 and 10,000,000 ETH cryptocurrencies.
Further, the report by the company revealed that the price of ETH has dropped by an average of 19 percent 30 days after each of the past five hard forks.
Meanwhile, the last hard fork before the recent Constantinople and St. Petersburg updates only saw Eth’s drop by 1 percent. The report noted that this could have been caused by the decrease in block reward from 5 ETH to 3 ETH.
2.3 Million Ethers Staked In Decentralized Finance Apps
Delphi Digital also revealed in the report that the total number of Ethers are staked in decentralized finance apps. It noted that as of March 3, over 2.3 million Ethers which is said to be about 2 percent of total supply.
About 98 percent of the ETHs staked in decentralized finance app is reportedly in MakerDAO smart contracts, which permits the creation and destruction of the Maker’s decentralized stablecoin, Dai (DAI). Also, the second decentralized finance app with the most staked ETH is the decentralized lending platform, Compound, which holds about 28,500 Ethers.
Further, the report noted the future risk of Ethereum. It raised concerns about the alleged centralization of Infura the infrastructure-as-a-service arm of Ethereum-focused development company, ConsenSys. This aids DApp developers to deploy their DApps without hosting their full nodes.
But, the report argued that developers rely on an infrastructure entirely operated by ConsenSys and hosted by Amazon Web Services, which creates a single point of failure that decentralization is meant to avoid.
Notably, Delphi Digital is a company that aims to produce unbiased content concerning digital assets and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and to provide analysis services to institutional clients.