February 2022

What Happened in Ether?

What Happened This Month

Key Events This Month

February 18, 2022 | CoinDesk 

Algorand has put up $20 million USD in funding to push development within its ecosystem, with foundation officials noting that $10 million USD will be offered in grants to developers who can provide solutions for Ethereum compatibility. 

February 23, 2022 | CoinDesk 

StarkNet, the Layer 2 zero knowledge (ZK) rollup software for Ethereum, is reportedly ready for the deployment of decentralized applications (Dapp).

February 24, 2022 | CoinDesk 

ZkSync has announced the test network release of an Ethereum Virtual Machine compatible ZK rollup is reportedly years ahead of schedule. 

February 28, 2022 | CoinDesk 

ETHDenver, one of the largest Ethereum conferences in the world, has wrapped-up, as “bringing any kind of internet-based culture into the real world is both awkward and inescapably uncool”. 

February 28, 2022 | CoinDesk 

The Canadian arm of the major global auditing firm KPMG has recently purchased a World of Women NFT on Ethereum for 25 ETH as the company pushes into alternative strategies for itself and clients. 

Market Update

Index Performance vs. Traditional Asset Classes

Data shows returns of BTC, ETH, GLDDBCIYRUSO, SPY, TLTUUP. Data sourced from Bloomberg, Messari.io, as at February 28, 20221. You cannot invest directly into an index

Correlation vs. Traditional Asset Classes​

Data shows correlation of XBTUSDXETUSDGLDDBCIYRUSO, SPY, XIUEEMTLT from February 28, 2021 to February 28, 2022. Data sourced from Bloomberg as at February 28, 2022. You cannot invest directly into an index. 

Performance vs. Top 10 Cryptoassets (by Market Capitalization)
(excludes Stablecoin performance)

Data sourced from Messari.io as at February 28, 2022.

Top 5 Stablecoins (by Market Capitalization)

Data sourced from Messari.io as at February 28, 2022. All values are in USD.

Why this matters? 
stablecoin is a type of digital asset whose value is tied to outside assets, such as the U.S. dollar, to stabilize its price. Stablecoin issuers generally maintain attestation reports to verify that the total number of token issuances matches the real dollar amounts held in their reserves.

Understanding the data  
New stablecoin token issuances generally impact other digital asset prices, as increasing value is in circulation to potentially purchase other digital assets such as ETH. 

Month in Charts

Number of Wallets With Non-Zero Balance

Number of Wallets With Non-Zero Balance (% Change)

Data sourced from Glassnode.com as at February 28, 2022.

Why this matters? 
A crypto wallet is a digital wallet that stores your cryptocurrency. Crypto wallets can be used to store, send and receive different coins and tokens. Tracking the number of Ethereum wallets with balances above zero is one way to visualize user adoption of Ethereum. 

Understanding the data 
Since 2019 the number of Ethereum wallets with a non-zero balance has grown by 54,436,148 a 252% increase. This means that in 2022 there are 76,031,167 Ethereum wallets with values above $0. Note that any person or entity can own any number of Ethereum wallets. 

Cryptoasset Market Capitalizations

Data sourced from Coin.danceEtherscan.io, Bloomberg as at February 28, 2022.

Why this matters?
The market capitalization, or the total number of coins that have been mined multiplied by the price of a single coin at any given time, is an indicator that measures the total market value of a digital asset. Keeping track of Ether’s market cap is helpful in understanding how the market values Ether vs. other digital assets.

Understanding the data 
Market caps are often compared against one another. For example, Ether’s dominance over the entire digital asset market can be derived by taking its market cap and dividing it by the combined market cap of all other digital assets. 

Cryptoasset Market Capitalizations (Dominance %)

Data sourced from Coin.danceEtherscan.io, Bloomberg as at February 28, 2022.

Ethereum Mean Hash Rate (TH/s)

Data sourced from Glassnode.com as at February 28, 2022. 

Why this matters? 
Hashrate refers to the total combined computational power of all participating miners on a Proof-of-Work blockchain such as Ethereum. This metric is important for assessing the strength and security of a blockchain network. Figures are expressed in Tera hashes per Second (TH/s), which equates to one trillion hashes per second. 

Understanding the data 
Since 2019, the total hashrate of the Ethereum network has grown over 451%, to 944 TH/s. Daily figures may sporadically rise or drop due the randomness of block discovery, so using average (mean) data is often preferred when analyzing hashrates over time.

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Frederick T. Pye is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of 3iQ Corp. He is also the Chairman and Director of 3iQ Digital Holdings Inc. Mr. Pye is recognized for creating and promoting creative and unique investment products for the investment industry.

Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

He was also Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments Canada and an integral part of the team that saw assets rise from $80 million to over $7.5 billion in assets under management during his tenure. He also held various positions with Guardian Trust Company, which listed the first Gold, Silver and Platinum Certificates on the Montreal Exchange.

Mr. Pye obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University.