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Bitcoin retail investor interest has become key to its growth: Where are the whales?

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Retail investor interest has become key to Bitcoin's growth: Where are the whales?

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  • Bitcoin saw increasing interest from retail investors, according to new data
  • However, whales continued to exit their positions as traders went long

According to new data provided by Santiment on 3 January, Bitcoin [BTC] witnessed a massive spike in interest from retail investors over the last six months. The king coin, which was affected by the bear market, could be impacted positively by the renewed interest from retail traders.

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The power of retail in Bitcoin

Addresses holding 0.1 to 10 BTC continued to grow in the latter half of 2022. Based on Santiment’s report, retail investor behavior in the past was correct over long-term periods. However, they had little luck when it came to short-term market movements.

Source: Santiment

Even though retail investors were showing interest in Bitcoin, whales were observed to be exiting their positions en masse. According to data provided by Santiment, addresses holding a 1,000 to 1 million BTC were witnessed to be selling their BTC. This resulted in the decline in the price of BTC and the subsequent decline of its Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) ratio.

This sell-off by the BTC whales impacted BTC holders significantly. The declining MVRV ratio suggested that a majority of the BTC holders would be at a loss if they sold at press time. The negative long/short difference suggested that addresses that bought Bitcoin recently were primarily affected.

Source: Santiment

Looking at trader behavior

Even though large addresses were skeptical of the growth of Bitcoin, traders continued to stay optimistic. The number of long positions taken by traders grew considerably over the past month.

Before 14 December, most positions taken against Bitcoin were short positions. However, after that, there was a spike observed in trader sentiment and a large number of traders went long on BTC. This trend continued to go on.

At the time of writing, 65.74% of all traders were long on BTC.

Source: Coinglass

The interest from traders and retail investors alike resulted in the growing activity of Bitcoin’s network, which increased by 8.95% in the last seven days, according to Messari.

How much Bitcoin can you get for $1?

Source: Messari

At press time, BTC was trading at $16,854. There could be more incentive for retail investors to buy Bitcoin, as it became less risky with a 97% decrease in volatility over the last month.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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