Sep 25, 2020 at 15:47 UTCUpdated Sep 25, 2020 at 17:16 UTCEther prices, Aug. 25 to Sept. 25, 2020. Ether‘s recent price drop has failed to deter investors from accumulating the cryptocurrency, on-chain data indicates.The second-largest cryptocurrency by market value was trading at $345 on Friday at 15:20 UTC. This represents a 20% decline on a month-to-date basis. Prices reached two-year highs above $480 on Sept. 1.While the cryptocurrency has suffered a double-digit price pullback, the number of ether held by top non-exchange addresses has increased by 8% to 27.79 million from 25.54 million, as per data provided by the blockchain intelligence firm Santiment.The total amount of ether held by non-exchange addresses has increased by 20% since mid-July.Ether’s price and amount held by non-exchange addressesSource: Santiment”Accumulation during the price drop shows investor confidence in the cryptocurrency’s long-term prospects is strengthening,” Nicholas Pelecanos, head of trading at NEM Ventures, an investment arm of the NEM blockchain ecosystem, told CoinDesk in a LinkedIn chat.Pelecanos expects the trend to continue as the decentralized finance (DeFi) boom shows no signs of slowing down.The total value locked in the DeFi applications rose above $9 billion earlier this month, an increase of more than 1,400% year-to-date, according to data source DeBank.Ethereum’s blockchain dominates the DeFi space, and big investors often self-custody ether on decentralized lending/borrowing platforms to generate additional returns rather than just hold.Ether has rallied by 168% so far this year, while bitcoin, which underwent its third mining reward halving in May, has gained 48%.
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