Miners at that time offloaded nearly 8,032 Ethereum, contributing to the asset’s drop from $1,636 to $1,471 in less than 24 hours.
High exchange inflows are typically viewed as a bearish event as traders move funds from cold wallets to be sold on the open market. Conversely, high exchange outflows indicate that users move funds off these platforms to their cold wallets for long-term holding.
“ETH reserves of miners have decreased dramatically, up to -22% in the last seven days,” Juan Pellicer, a researcher at IntoTheBlock, told Decrypt. “It is unclear if these outflows were all sent to exchanges to sell.”
What was the Ethereum merge?
Following the merge event, the Ethereum network shifted from an energy-intensive, proof-of-work (PoW) consensus algorithm to a proof-of-stake (PoS) mechanism.
This shift also ended all mining activity on the platform, as so-called validators now secure the network rather than miners.
These validators stake 32 Ethereum to validate transactions on the network. For performing this service, they can earn a neat yield; if they behave dishonestly, allowing fraudulent transactions to occur, their staked Ethereum can be fined.
Mining outfits with heaps of machines were thus left searching for new networks once Ethereum executed this change.
It also appears that many of them offboarded a hefty chunk of their ETH holdings when exiting.
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