Specifically, the amount of ETH staked reached 13.29 million on August 16, which is nearly double compared to one year before, despite its price declining by 43% during the same period, institutional-grade research platform Delphi Digital tweeted on August 17.
Staked ETH is constantly growing
Defi Pulse’s chart also shows that, since the start of the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade, the amount of staked ETH has been steadily growing after the community staked more than 1 million Ethereum within the first week of December to support the upgrade.
Considering that, at press time, Ethereum was trading at $1,865, this means that the total cumulative amount of staked ETH is worth around $24.79 billion.
Meanwhile, the current price of the decentralized finance (DeFi) token represents a drop of 1.44% on the day, but an increase of 1.99% across the previous seven days.
What will happen post-Merge?
As it happens, the increasing amount of staked ETH comes as the major upgrade approaches, which will officially mark the network’s transition from the Proof-of-Work (PoW) to the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus.
Earlier, the Ethereum team addressed some of the most common misconceptions about the changes that would happen after the Merge, including gas fees, transaction speed, validator exits, staking withdrawals, rewards, staking APR, and the price of running a node.
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