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Bitcoin and Ethereum On-Chain Volume Hit 30-Month High in August

By calvin
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New research reveals that the total adjusted on-chain volume for Bitcoin and Ethereum networks reached a 30-month high, rising by 38.3% month-over-month. The total adjusted on-chain volume for Bitcoin grew by 22.5% while Ethereum experienced an increase of 81.7%. 

Bitcoin and Ethereum Volumes Hit New Highs

Metrics by The Block reveal a positive month of trading for Bitcoin and Ethereum. The 38.3% increase in adjusted on-chain volume represents a jaw-dropping $125B, which is a 30-month high. 

Traded volumes of cryptocurrency in the month saw a 75% increase in August which is the largest month-over-month increase since 2018. 

Last month, Bitcoin’s on-chain volume was 1.85 times more than that of Ethereum. Volumes on the Bitcoin network grew from $66.1 billion in July to $80.9 billion in August. Meanwhile, Ethereum experienced an increase from $24 billion in July to $43.5 billion in August. 

Over the past month Bitcoin’s on-chain volume has hit a 1-year high of 3.2 million BTC. The feat was reached on September 9. Interestingly, visible on-chain exchange exchange activity has dropped. Only 115,000 BTC was transacted on trading platforms on the day. 

On-Chain Activity Recorded on Exchanges

The majority of on-chain activity that is recorded when users make deposits or withdrawals of funds is on centralized exchanges. Based on this observation (among others) analysts could assume that this trend may be an indication of users’ decisions to not move their assets back and forth as much. 

Analysts assert that it is unlikely that the growth of Bitcon’s on-chain transfer volume is caused by exchange activity but rather it is influenced by greater adoption of the cryptocurrency. 

In July, Bitcoin futures volume rose to $40 billion, the highest since March. Data revealed by Skew analytics showed that aggregate open interest across the Bitcoin futures markets was broaching $5 billion. Recent challenges for economies around the world may make Bitcoin more attractive as an investment or medium of money transfer. 

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