“Is Ethereum Headed for Price Plunge? Foundation Selloff Sparks Worry for ETH Investors!”

An Ethereum wallet belonging to the Ethereum foundation has just transferred 15,000 ETH to a Kraken deposit address, fueling speculation as to why the foundation is on the move. Almost simultaneously, one of Vitalik Buterin’s personal addresses moved a further 200 ETH to the exchange.

The first transaction, valued at just shy of $30 million at the time of writing, has raised questions about whether the price of Ethereum (ETH) is about to fall. The Ethereum Foundation has previously reported that it holds around 0.297% of the total ETH supply, which at today’s market cap, would put the value of the foundation’s ETH holdings at nearly $700 million. In total, the foundation said ETH accounts for 80.5% of its crypto and non-crypto holdings.

Many have quickly pointed out that previous large-scale ETH selloffs by the foundation have typically preceded market downturns. For example, in November 2021, the foundation sold a cache of 20,000 ETH worth around $9.5 billion, which was swiftly followed by a major price correction as the market accommodated the increased circulation. In hindsight, this selloff also coincided with the beginning of the 2021 ETH bear market.

In fact, such selloffs by the foundation have long been connected to peaks in the ETH price cycle, and for followers of the market, both the foundation and its co-founder Buterin are closely watched for the timing of their sales, which have often been on the money. Consider that in 2019, Buterin said in an interview that he had convinced the foundation to sell 70,000 ETH “basically at the top” of its price range at the time, a decision that paid off and doubled the foundation’s funding runway.

Of course, the news that the Ethereum Foundation is liquidating some of its assets doesn’t necessarily mean the price of ETH is about to tank. On Saturday morning, there were no signs of any major turmoil in the market, and Ethereum bulls are still scrapping at the heels of the critical $2,000 mark.

Since the beginning of May, investors have been moving their ETH off exchanges; the total ETH supply on Exchanges reduced by 210,000 coins between May 1 and May 5. There has also been a notable surge in whale accumulation across the Ethereum network since the beginning of the month, justifying a more bullish ETH price prediction. Moreover, there has also been an increase in ETH staked since the Shapella upgrade last month, indicating that investors are happy to hold onto the asset for the long run, rather than seeing it as a short-term investment.

Sure, the Ethereum Foundation may have a track record for anticipating downtrends, but it also has costs to cover, and the latest selloff is still small compared to the one seen in 2021. The organization has been busy recently with developers to pay; for instance, in the first quarter of 2023, it allocated $4,370,418 across its various research, development, and community programs.

The foundation is also an active investor in the wider crypto ecosystem and needs to be prepared to make high-value purchases. Last year, the foundation took part in a $10.5 million Series A funding round for the workplace encryption startup Skiff, which enables secure account creation and document sharing using an Ethereum wallet.

Through the Ethereum Support Program, the foundation also offers grants to projects helping to build the Ethereum ecosystem. As such, it’s important to consider all factors when speculating on the price of ETH and the motives behind the foundation’s recent movements.


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