Ethereum’s Daily Fees Continue to Surge. This Is the Reason Why

The number of ERC-20 transactions reaches a new all-time high, which appears to be the main reason behind mushrooming fees

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As noted by cryptocurrency research firm CoinMetrics, Ethereum’s daily median fee is still on the rise, recently surging to 0.0012 ETH (roughly $0.27).

This coincided with the weekly average number of ERC-20 transactions reaching its new all-time high of roughly 450,000.  

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Tether and DeFi are behind the growth

Earlier this June, Ethereum managed to pull off the ‘feepening’ by surpassing Bitcoin in terms of the total amount of daily fees paid on its network.

The second-largest cryptocurrency went on to extend its lead from the crypto king throughout the month (primarily, due to the explosion of stablecoins). 

The ERC20 version of Tether (USDT) now constitutes 62.5 percent of the total circulating supply of the flagship stablecoin, according to Etherscan data.

Last month, Messari’s researcher Ryan Watkins estimated that ERC-20 tokens were about to flip Ethereum itself in terms of the total value stored on the blockchain.  

The rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) is also driving the growth of fees since the lion’s share of such applications is built on Ethereum. 

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Stealing Bitcoin’s lunch

Another significant trend is the rise of Bitcoin-based ERC20 tokens that are now worth more than $100 mln.  

EthHub co-founder Anthony Sassano opined that the growth of tokenized BTC is hurting the crypto king the Bitcoin network is losing fees that are needed to maintain its security. 

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Alex Dovbnya

Alex covers all things crypto — from major projects, which are fighting tooth and nail to gain the upper hand in the burgeoning industry, to the latest regulatory trends around the world. He’s a firm believer that Blockchain has the potential to reshape pretty much every business out there, and cryptocurrencies are only a stepping stone to the upcoming decentralized revolution.