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Bitcoin whales on the move; Are they fishing for dollars

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Days after the king coin became legal tender in El Salvador, Bitcoin experienced a crash which triggered a range of reactions. Yet, as the dust settled, two experts noticed an uptick in whales buying huge amounts of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin on-chain analyst Willy Woo noted that whales with more than 1000 BTC were adding to the supply distribution. Meanwhile, the supply of Bitcoin holders with less than 1000 BTC but more than 10 BTC was mostly steady.

However, Woo pointed out that the supply of publicly held Bitcoin had dropped. He clarified that exchanges and ETFs were losing their supply while corporates were seeing a rise.

Draining exchanges and ETFs

Just weeks ago, analysts and metrics platforms noted that whales and traders were looking more closely at rallying alt coins, while Bitcoin tried to cross the psychological price of $50,000. However, El Salvador has dominated the crypto news cycle and with it, put the spotlight on Bitcoin.

On 12 September, crypto analyst Ali Martinez also called out the whales on their shopping spree. Martinez observed that high-value addresses had purchased around 50,000 BTC in four days, draining exchange wallets. By then, the supply of Bitcoin in exchanges had dropped from above 2.49 million to 2.42 million.

Martinez also confirmed that these factors had led to a fall in selling pressure.

On the other hand, an analysis by Willy Woo showed how corporates had gained more Bitcoin while ETFs were losing coins.

Outside the crypto sphere, gold investor and finance expert Peter Schiff also shared his take on Bitcoin whales. He took a more controversial view: Schiff claimed that the whales were actually waiting to cash out and get their dollars. He rejected the notion that whales wanted to buy from smaller Bitcoin holders.

But whatever the whales’ intentions may be, a fall in the publicly held Bitcoin supply should concern more than just traders.

Eyes on Europe

Soon after El Salvador’s dramatic Bitcoin adoption day, a country on the other side of the world stepped into the game. Ukraine’s parliament voted in favor of legalizing cryptocurrency. The bill is in the framework stage and more clarity is needed, but millions of people could soon legally trade in Bitcoin.

As the global economy inches closer to this development, it won’t just be traders and experts watching the whales. Very soon, centralized authorities could also begin to monitor and adjust the supply of publicly held Bitcoin.


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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