The Ethereum price is likely to hit $5,000 over the next seven days as the cryptocurrency reaches new all-time highs, predicts the CEO of one of the world’s largest financial advisory and fintech organisations.
The bullish prediction from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes as Ether, the token transacted on the Ethereum blockchain, and the world’s second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin smashed past $3,000 on Monday for the first time.
Mr Green says: “Ether is up more than 300% for the year so far, which is far greater than the 95% jump in the headline-grabbing Bitcoin.
“Ether is one of the main beneficiaries in the wider explosion in the cryptocurrency market. The boom over recent months has been fuelled by soaring interest from major institutional investors and growing recognition that borderless digital currencies are the future of money.
“This momentum is likely to build further in the near-term and I believe Ether will hit $5,000 within seven days.”
Besides benefitting from the broadening acceptance of cryptocurrencies, the deVere CEO says that Ether is currently “brilliantly positioned” to dramatically increase its market share.
He explains: “We’re about to see the global shift towards DeFi, or decentralised finance, move up several gears. DeFi relates to transactions outside traditional systems and for which the Ethereum blockchain is an integral part.
“In addition, there’s a growing trend for NFTs (non-fungible tokens), especially digital art, which are typically bought and sold in Ether.”
Last month, Christie’s, the auction house, sold “Everydays – The First 5000 Days,” a digital artwork in JPEG form by an artist known as Beeple, for $69.3 million – which is the third most expensive artwork ever sold by a living artist.
Mr Green says: “Ether can be expected to significantly dent Bitcoin’s market dominance over the next year and beyond.
“Compared to its bigger rival, Ethereum is more scalable, offers more uses and solutions, such as smart contracts which are already used across many sectors, and is backed with superior blockchain technology.”
He concludes: “Ethereum is already years ahead of Bitcoin in everything but price and fame. There’s a real sense that 2021 is the year for Ether. Its time has come.”
Ethereum Adds Over 38 Million New Addresses in 2021, 22% of All Ever Created
The Ethereum network has recorded a surge in popularity, with more investors aiming to own part of the second-ranked cryptocurrency. The interest is highlighted by the number of unique new addresses created in 2021 alone.
Data acquired by cryptocurrency trading simulator Crypto Parrot indicates that an average of 149,843 new unique Ethereum addresses has been created daily in 2021 on a year-to-date basis. The highest number of new addresses was created on June 5th at 332,094. So far, in September, a total of 1,389,999 new unique addresses have been created.
Elsewhere, by September 2021, 38,256,193 new Ethereum addresses were created in 2021, accounting for 22.59% of all ETH addresses ever created to date. In general, the cumulative number of Ethereum addresses to be created since inception stands at 169,296,775.
Impact of Ethereum network upgrades on new addresses
Currently, the Ethereum network is undergoing upgrades geared towards transitioning from the proof-of-work protocol to the proof-of-stake system that is energy efficient.
The upgrades play a key role in determining the number of new Ethereum addresses created, and the report takes note of this factor. According to the research report:
“The drop in new addresses comes at a point the Ethereum network upgrade is expected to create a deflation over time as it modifies the auction process. Furthermore, with Ethereum transitioning to the proof-of-stake protocol, the network will likely experience an influx of new users who want to cash in on the staking.”
The new address follows the recent cryptocurrency bull market that saw Ethereum surge in value to a new all-time high price. However, the addresses have plunged in correlation with the general crypto market.
Ethereum to Exceed Bitcoin’s Value Within Five Years: deVere CEO
A $1,000 Investment in Ethereum Five Years Ago Would Be Worth $195,000 Today
The increasing number of investors continues choosing digital coins as an investment asset. Some of them invested in cryptos much earlier and watched their investments grow over time, despite the turbulences the crypto space witnessed throughout the years. As the world’s second-largest crypto coin by market cap, Ethereum proved an excellent investment choice with an impressive five-year return rate.
According to data presented by BlockArabia, a $1,000 investment in Ethereum five years ago would be worth nearly $195,000 today, bringing a whopping 19,400% gain.
Ethereum’s Price Soared 195 Times Since July 2016
As the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, Ethereum was released on July 30, 2015, and priced at $0.75. By the end of July next year, its price surged by 1,500%, already making him a successful investment.
Assuming an investor bought $1,000 worth of ETH on July 20, 2016, they would have picked up 83 coins priced at around $12. Three years later, in January 2018, Ethereum’s price soared to $1,396, turning that $1,000 investment into $115,800.
After a deep price fall in the following months and throughout 2019, ETH price recovered in 2020, as the entire crypto market boomed amid the COVID-19 crisis. Between January and December 2020, ETH price surged by 411%, rising from $144 to $737.
However, after an outstanding performance throughout the last year, Ethereum’s price exploded in 2021. Between January and March, it soared by nearly 150% to over $1,800 and continued rising. On May 12, it hit an all-time high of $4,297, turning that $1,000 investment into $356,650.
Although ETH’s price dropped significantly over the last two months, reaching $2,347 this week, that is still 195 more than its price from July 2016.
Ethereum Market Cap Surged by 233% YTD, 7x Bigger Increase than Bitcoin
Since the start of the cryptocurrency phenomenon, Ethereum and Bitcoin have been the most digital coins in the crypto space. However, unlike Bitcoin, Ethereum’s market cap soared in 2021, despite the recent crypto price crash.
After an outstanding performance throughout the last year, Ethereum’s market cap surged by more than 400% in the five months of 2021, rising from around $84bn in January to $442bn in May.
After the crypto price crash, Ethereum’s market cap almost halved in just three weeks, falling to $222bn in the third week of May.
The CoinMarket cap data this figure rose to $274.5bn this week. Although significantly lower than an all-time high from May, this still represents an impressive 233% increase YTD, which is seven times more the growth rate of Bitcoin.
Statistics also show ETH was the third most-traded crypto in the last 30 days, with a monthly trading volume of $517.8bn.
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