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Ethereum (CRYPTO:ETH) is likely one of the most established cryptocurrencies obtainable in the present day and a frontrunner in constructing utility into cryptocurrencies. The market has rewarded this place with Ethereum’s market cap standing at about $450 billion at this writing. 
As profitable as Ethereum has been, competing cryptocurrencies try to enhance on its largest flaws. If Ethereum loses its person base and developer lead, it might crash Ethereum’s worth. Even if you happen to’re bullish on the cryptocurrency, the draw back is price understanding. 
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When Ethereum turned well-liked, it was largely as a result of the cryptocurrency might embrace good contracts. Gross sales of NFTs might embrace royalties for authentic artists, and business rights or entry to digital platforms may very well be included in a sale. That is an ideal utility, however the gasoline charges Ethereum is experiencing in the present day imply that small transactions aren’t even price making on Ethereum. 
Modern initiatives have moved away from Ethereum to platforms like Solana (CRYPTO:SOL) as a result of its charges are far decrease. Whereas a easy transaction on Ethereum might price $100, a transaction on Solana prices pennies, at most. 
The identical could be stated for Cardano (CRYPTO:ADA), Polygon (CRYPTO:MATIC), and Polkadot (CRYPTO:DOT), that are all constructing their ecosystems for NFT marketplaces, decentralized exchanges, wallets, and far more on lower-cost cryptocurrencies. The massive initiatives and NFT artists will nonetheless be on Ethereum, however the upstarts are engaged on different cryptocurrencies. Given the infancy of the trade, that must be a priority. 
The high-cost problem has been identified for a very long time, which is why Ethereum is being upgraded to a proof-of-stake verification process. Nevertheless, that improve has been delayed for months and will not happen till someday in 2022.
As soon as Ethereum strikes to proof-of-stake it ought to decrease prices and permit for extra transactions per second, however within the meantime, it permits different crypto ecosystems to develop. It is a drawback as a result of builders are constructing on different cryptocurrencies, and new customers could also be interested in lower-cost networks. For instance, a brand new person investing $100 into cryptocurrency might not even be capable to purchase an NFT on Ethereum, however on Solana they may purchase a number of NFTs, testing out the community and utility. Attracting new customers is vital to each enterprise and cryptocurrency, so if new customers are onboarding to different networks, it is a dangerous signal for Ethereum’s future. 
I feel these are very important dangers for Ethereum within the subsequent 12 months. However there are additionally reasons the cryptocurrency could go up in value, which we should not overlook. 
The primary is that Ethereum is the second-biggest cryptocurrency in worth and hundreds of thousands of individuals have an incentive to maintain it that means. This consists of early NFT initiatives, infrastructure firms, and buyers. If the proof-of-stake improve comes comparatively rapidly, they are able to maintain different cryptos at bay. 
One other is the first-mover benefit Ethereum has constructed with builders. The most important NFT market is on Ethereum, it was constructed with good contracts in thoughts, and different cryptocurrencies are constructed on prime of it. Once more, if proof-of-stake upgrades are accomplished in a well timed method, these benefits might widen. 
There are a number of unanswered questions for Ethereum in 2022. We all know an improve of the community is coming, nevertheless it has been delayed a number of occasions, permitting different cryptocurrencies to develop their networks. However Ethereum additionally has a giant lead within the crypto area and the second-largest market cap with hundreds of thousands of devoted followers. 
I am bullish on good contracts and NFTs in the long run, however I feel cryptocurrencies with quick speeds, low transaction prices, and robust safety will win in the long run. Ethereum is presently missing on the velocity and price entrance, and so long as that is the case, buyers ought to query whether or not that is the perfect cryptocurrency for 2022. 

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