Timely Insights

Feel the Burn — Why Ethereum is the Crypto Asset of the Summer

San Francisco • July 20, 2021

In this issue, we discuss:

  • A technological upgrade to the Ethereum blockchain — currently scheduled for August 4 — will fundamentally transform Ethereum, both as an investment and a technology.

  • Following the upgrade, called EIP-1599, anyone wanting to use the Ethereum blockchain will have to “burn” a small amount of ETH to do so.

  • This will transform ETH into a true consumable commodity: The more demand to use the Ethereum blockchain, the more ETH will be consumed. It will also make Ethereum significantly more user-friendly as a technology.

  • This is one of the biggest stories in crypto this year and, we believe, underappreciated by the media (which has barely covered it).


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  • Matt Hougan

    Matt Hougan

    Chief Investment Officer
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