On April 24th, the total amount of staked Ether reached its all-time high of 18,879,775 ETH.
The third wave started on April 24th and continued into April 25th, with cryptocurrency exchange Kraken being responsible for the majority of these withdrawals.
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It is worth noting that in February, Kraken had to suspend its Ethereum staking services due to enforcement action and a fine from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The US securities regulator accused Kraken of selling unregistered securities.
Therefore, a considerable portion of the early ETH withdrawals came from Kraken wallets, as assets were returned to stakers. Nansen states that Kraken still has around 2.3% of the total withdrawable ETH.
On April 24th, the largest batch of withdrawals consisted of 61,608 ETH in principal and reward withdrawals. Simultaneously, Nansen reported 63,009 ETH deposits, resulting in no change in the balance of staked ETH within the last 24 hours.
Currently, 632,651 ETH (worth around $1.16 billion) are waiting in the pending withdrawal queue. Before the latest wave of withdrawals began, on April 24th, Nansen reported that an all-time high in the total amount of staked ETH reached 18,879,775 ETH.
The current figure represents 14.5% of the total Ether supply. The EIP-1559 burning mechanism has caused the pool to drop by 114,077 ETH (about $209 million) since the Merge in September.
Fears of a massive staked Ethereum departure after the Shanghai upgrade have been dispelled. Token Unlocks indicates that 1.66 million ETH have been withdrawn since April 12th, while 1.07 million ETH have been deposited, demonstrating continued interest in staking Ether.