Ethereum Long-Term Holders Unfazed by SEC Probe, Data Shows

Long-term ETH holders brush off the SEC’s recent probe of the Ethereum Foundation.

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  • Ethereum long-term holders appear undeterred by the SEC’s probe.
  • The data suggests that these investors believe ETH’s price will continue to appreciate.
  • Besides the resilience of long-term holders, key Ethereum on-chain metrics also remain strong.

Following the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in January 2024, speculators immediately turned their attention to Ethereum (ETH), anticipating that the SEC was set to approve ETFs backed by the asset next. Recent reports suggesting that the SEC seeks to label the asset a security, however, have sent hopes of an Ethereum ETF approval diving. Despite the recent uncertainty and market jitters, data suggests that long-term ETH holders are undeterred and even adding to their holdings.

More Upside in the Card for Ethereum?

On Friday, March 22, IntoTheBlock data shared by the firm’s Head of Research, Lucas Outumoro, suggested that long-term holders who have held ETH for over one year have been unfazed by the SEC’s recent probe of the Ethereum Foundation. On the contrary, the amount of ETH held by this class of investors continues to reach new highs at over 98 million ETH.

Chart of ETH Balances by time held.
Chart of ETH Balances by time held. Source: X

Explaining the behavior of these long-term ETH holders, Outumoro suggested that they likely believed that the asset’s bull rally had yet to be exhausted.


"Based on previous market cycles, it appears that hodlers still believe ETH has room to continue appreciating. As we've covered before, Hodlers tend to sell into the later stages of a bull market and begin re-accumulating after 50% drops."

Meanwhile, the lack of selling from long-term holders is not the only key metric unfazed by the SEC’s recent probe, as on-chain volumes are also rising.

ETH Volumes Tap Highest Level in Over 2 Years

According to IntoTheBlock data, ETH on-chain volumes reached their highest level since May 2022 this week at about $12.27 billion. As highlighted by Outumoro, Layer 2 chains dominate with combined transaction numbers on Base, Optimism, and Arbitrum, more than double that of the Ethereum mainnet.

Chart of ETH transaction volume.
Chart of ETH transaction volume. Source: X

Outumoro suggested that the recent Layer 2 dominance was only likely to continue following the recent Dencun upgrade, which has led to a dramatic decrease in gas fees on these chains.


Citing the lack of long-term holders selling and rising volumes, the analyst suggested that the Ethereum ecosystem would likely continue to grow despite recent concerns.

"Overall, after undergoing a major upgrade, ETH hodlers continue to be bullish. Despite recent headwinds, the data supports continued growth for Ethereum both on layer 1 and layer 2s," he wrote.

On the Flipside

  • Details of the SEC’s probe against the Ethereum Foundation remain unclear.
  • Some analysts have disputed the growing narrative that the recent SEC probe would automatically lead to a denial of Ethereum ETF applications.
  • BlackRock recently launched a tokenized fund on Ethereum.

Why This Matters 

The recent Ethereum data suggests that the crypto market is growing tough skin in response to the SEC’s crypto regulatory efforts. At the same time, the data also supports continued Ethereum growth.

Read this for more on the SEC probe:

SEC Reignites Ethereum Debate Yet Again: Security or Not?

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Okoya David

David Okoya is a crypto news reporter at DailyCoin based in Nigeria. He covers various topics related to the cryptocurrency industry, including exchanges, regulations, and price movements, and strives to bring fresh angles to breaking news. With experience as a freelance crypto news writer, David upholds the highest journalistic standards, telling complete stories and answering lingering questions whenever possible.