Blockchains and the applications that run on them do have intrinsic value, Bank of America (BAC) noted in a research report, saying it rejected regularly heard claims to the contrary.
In June, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey echoed negative sentiment about cryptocurrencies in comments to Parliament, saying the asset class has no “intrinsic value.”
The Ethereum blockchain has generated around $3.9 billion in transaction fees this year, and about $9.9 billion in 2021. Last year’s total was 1,558% more than the year before, the report published last Friday said.
The Bitcoin blockchain has produced around $93 million in fees year-to-date compared with about $1 billion for all of last year, the report added.
Ethereum transaction fees likely declined year-to-date as holders “moved to the sidelines,” the bank said. Bitcoin fees have probably fallen since April 2021 due to adoption of the Lightning Network, which allows for smaller and instant bitcoin (BTC) payments.
Bank of America says it is not yet able to forecast cash flows for blockchains because they are unpredictable in the “nascent industry.” Blockchains generate cash flows via transaction fees from validating native token transactions or by validating transactions from applications that run on top of the blockchain.
Cash flows in the form of transaction fees are expected to accelerate for blockchains that have strong user growth and development in addition to a clear use case, the note said.
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