The fact that ETH has more use cases leads many investors to believe that will be more valuable than BTC in the long run. In terms of performance, ETH has indeed met investor expectations. Over the last few years, BTC has outperformed year-on-year.
Although performance metrics remain important, the outflow from the exchanges far exceeded the tide. This suggests that investors accumulate their coins rather than sell them. Ethereum’s reserves even fell lower than in the case of BTC. Both assets show increasing levels of coin shortages. But the metrics point to that Ethereum deficiency levels are higher than for BTC.
ETH liquidity falls below BTC
Balances on the exchanges of both currencies in relation to their current offer decreased this year. The declining trend continued even as the market increased. At present, the balances BTC in proportion to its total circulating offer received at three and a half year minimum 13.32%. Last time, BTC recorded such low stock market balances in 2018, when the bull market was at an end.
ETH had balance levels shockingly relative to its circulating volumes low – 12.93%. This means that Ethereum’s supply on the market has fallen below BTC.
Centralized cryto exchanges were hit hardest by the outflow. Reserves fell not only for the two best cryptocurrencies, but also for the entire altcoin market. The following graph shows the macro trend of ETH and BTC and their increased deficiency over time.
The data used to present these numbers were obtained only from centralized exchanges. Decentralized exchanges where it prospered DeFi, were not taken into account. However, decentralized exchanges are seeing a growing interest in their services. This could explain why exchange balances on centralized exchanges are so low.
Also, not all centralized balances were actually counted. One of the centralized exchanges that has been omitted from these metrics is FTX. This could therefore lead to a significant underestimation of the current balance compared to the supply. This means that both BTC and ETH may have higher percentages than stated in this report.
The data, however, still show that ETH is becoming increasingly scarce on centralized exchanges. This leads to a greater shortage than in the case of BTC.