Due to increased activity on Ethereum in recent weeks, fewer ether tokens have been issued as validation bonuses and more tokens have been burned as transaction fees.
Ethereum’s staking rewards have seen a boost in recent weeks, with validators now receiving higher transaction fees due to network activity.
According to DeFi researcher Mika Honkasalo, the seven-day moving average of annualized staking rewards on stETH, a liquid staking token backed by Ethereum (Ether), has reached 5.5 percent. It was just 3.5 percent in September, according to data from Lido Finance.
An increase in network activity, particularly in ways that incur higher fees for network validators, was highlighted as the main reason for the increase in performance. In particular, MEV activity, where bots initiate transactions on the blockchain, has increased, Honkasalo said.
APRs have jumped as high as 11% for those leveraging their staking gains through offerings like icETH or ETHMAXI. In this scenario, tokens are used to borrow other tokens, and all are staked, increasing returns.
Honkasalo added that altcoin trading on Uniswap has recently seen an increase. Spearheading it is Protocol, a parody token created in response to a recent tweet by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin.
Due to increased activity on Ethereum in recent weeks, fewer Ether tokens have been issued as validation bonuses and more tokens have been burned as transaction fees. Anthony Sassano, co-founder of EthHub, said on Twitter that the burning process has balanced out the issuance and that the amount of Ether has not increased in the last 30 days.
Earlier this week, the Ethereum Foundation announced that its lead developers were focusing on the network’s next highly anticipated upgrade: Shanghai.
The network will first launch a testnet “Shandong“which will serve as a testing ground for several Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs), which Ethereum’s core developers will create, adjust, and ultimately narrow down to a limited number of changes that will be included in Shanghai at launch.
While an official launch date has not yet been agreed upon among Ethereum’s core developers, they have previously told reporters that Shanghai is expected to launch no later than September 2023.