Ethereum funding rates had taken a beating after the Merge was completed. This event was the single most anticipated upgrade in the history of the network, and it had affected both price and funding rates in adverse ways. However, as the market begins to settle into the new normal of Ethereum being a proof of stake network, things are beginning to stabilize. One of those is funding rates returning to pre-Merge levels.
Funding Rates Stabilizing
The days leading up to the Ethereum Merge had been extremely volatile for the crypto market. Ethereum itself had borne the brunt of this, and even though the days leading up to the upgrade were filled with positive movement, it had quickly changed.
Ethereum funding rates nosedived on the back of the Merge. It fell from trending just below neutral levels at around negative 0.02% to negative 0.35% by the time the upgrade was final. It also follows the sell-offs that rocked the market at the same time. In the days leading up to the Merge, FTX longs had seen a total of 9.92% paid by shorts to hedge their positions on the exchange.
ETH funding rates recover Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com
Even now, with the FOMC-inspired volatility in the market, support for ETH continues to ramp up. Exchange outflows over the last 24 hours show this growing accumulation trend. Outflows were about 40% higher than inflows for ETH for the day, according to data from Glassnode.
If ETH is able to maintain its support level at $1,250, this point will serve as a bounce-off point for the digital asset. If ETH successfully breaks through the $1,300 resistance, a retest of the $1,500 level is possible in the next week.
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