At the moment of writing this, the crypto markets are experiencing the usual decline as we transition from the weekend into the week. The weekends are historically known for low trade volume, therefore, it was a surprise when Ethereum (ETH) managed to dig itself out of a hole from its Wednesday levels of $171. The weekend should have caused ETH to fall further. But it survived the weekend only to start declining yesterday, Monday the 17th of September.
The King of Smart contracts is currently valued at $199 and looks once again to retest more levels below $200 with the additional FUD that ICOs were cashing out on their funds due to a bear market. The latter rumor might be true but the ICOs cannot be blamed for wanting to pay employee salaries, pay operation costs and even perhaps buy some office coffee. These are the regular costs of running a startup. As a matter of fact, Ethereum should be thriving if they are paying for their expenses using the digital asset. Many employees in the crypto-space actually prefer being paid in crypto.
But we are digressing. The first evidence that the Ethereum crash might continue is the fact that it has lost all the massive gains it had achieved last week and leading into the weekend. At one time, we all thought $250 was a possibility.
There could be hope around the corner for its network congestion issues might be a thing of the past with the first demonstration of sharding in Berlin this past week. Sharding is a concept of dividing the processing of transactions amongst shards or groups of nodes in the blockchain network. This then means that a transaction need not be validated by the entire network to process thus increasing the throughput of the Ethereum network.
Vlad Zamfir, the Ethereum core developer who demonstrated sharding on the network at the EthBerlin event last week, had this to say about the development:
We’re still working on the integration but check back in a week and it should be something where we have instructions and you can follow the instructions and get it running on your computer.
Why Is Sharding Important
We need to remember that the chief reason many traders were shorting Ethereum in the markets and expecting it to fall, is the fact that it is slowly being eclipsed by faster networks such as those of EOS, Tron and Zilliqa. The reported transactions per second (tps) – or throughput – of these networks are as follows:
- EOS – 3,000 tps
- Tron – 2,000 tps
- Zilliqa – 2,828 tps with 6 shards
- ETH – 25 tps
Ethereum is clearly lagging behind. And with more and more DApps being created for the finance and gaming industry, we get to understand why faster transaction time is relevant. With sharding on Ethereum, HODLers and traders can once again reignite their bullish sentiments about ETH.
Another reason why the Ethereum crash will likely continue is the fact that the recent comments by many crypto-experts who confidently stated that the recent decline of Bitcoin to $6,200, was the final one before a total market recovery, might just be wrong. One such analyst and expert is the ex-fund manager and Billionaire investor, Michael Novogratz, who had this to say in a September 13th tweet:
I think we put in a low yesterday. retouched the highs of late last year and the point of acceleration that led to the massive rally/bubble… markets like to retrace to the breakout..we retraced the whole of the bubble.
Looking at the charts once again, BTC is currently valued at $6,290 and looks ready to sink some more as we approach the September 30th SEC deadline for the CBOE sponsored Bitcoin ETF. If history is to go by, the chances of the SEC approving it are slim and we could be headed for tough times that will include Ethereum dropping some more in the markets.
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