Ethereum Sell-Off Inspired by Bitcoin, Inflation and High Transaction Fees

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On Monday as Bitcoin’s (BTC) price was collapsing. we noted that ETH usually shadows its bigger brother. This is indeed the case — BTC dropped below $26,500 for a short period earlier. Ethereum and Bitcoin were priced at $2,385 and $32,790, respectively, when we covered their prices on Monday. At the time of writing, ETH is down 12.5% in the last 24 hours, while BTC is down 4.1% in the same period.

Many of the woes of the BTC is facing are also inflicted on ETH, as they are similarly speculative assets. Key pressures on both cryptocurrencies include the high inflation around the globe, high fuel pricing, worries about recession and stagnation and banks increasing interest rates to encourage savings. The stock market is also feeling the ill effects from all of those factors. As value goes down, people are pulling out of speculative assets and moving them into safer, less volatile investments.

The last time we saw a significant drop in cryptocurrency prices, miners offloaded graphics cards, which caused a glut of used GPUs. This brought prices down quickly and impacted the sales of new graphics cards for several months.

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