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Bitcoin whales, retail investors show contrasting behavior- Here’s why

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Bitcoin whales, retail investors show contrasting behavior- Here's why

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  • The divergence between Bitcoin’s retail and whale behavior grew.
  • Activity for the king coin increased, and traders remained positive.

According to new data, the divergence between Bitcoin whales and retail investors has grown exponentially. It’s important to note that the difference in the behavior of these entities could impact vulnerable retail investors in the long run.

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Based on glassnode’s data, whale addresses were observed to be continually exiting their positions and selling off their BTC.

Conversely, retail investors continued to show interest in the king coin. The number of addresses holding more than 0.1 and 0.01 BTC both reached all-time highs, at the time of writing.

The rise in retail interest could be considered a positive sign for BTC. However, if the decline in whale interest continues, there could be a negative impact on the overall price of the coin. This contrast in behavior could have negative connotations for small investors.

However, at the time of writing, there was not a lot of sell pressure on Bitcoin. This was indicated by the reading of a declining MVRV ratio.

Its negative MVRV ratio suggested that most addresses wouldn’t be able to profit if they decided to sell their holdings at the current price.

Source: Santiment

Another positive factor for Bitcoin was its increasing activity. According to Santiment’s data, the velocity of BTC spiked significantly over the last few days.

Coupled with that, the overall daily active addresses also went up. Interestingly, during this period, the mean size of each BTC transaction reached a 5-year high of  1,054.778 BTC.

Read Bitcoin’s Price Prediction 2023-2024

Source: Santiment

Not all good news

There were a lot of positive developments in Bitcoin’s network, but a few areas raised some concerns. One of them was the growth of Bitcoin on exchange reserves.

The growth of exchange reserves indicated that a possible increase in selling pressure can surely be anticipated and the possibility of high volatility too can’t be ruled out.

Source: Crypto Quant

However, despite this, traders remained optimistic about the state of Bitcoin. According to coinglass, the overall number of long positions exceeded the number of short positions on BTC.

At press time, 52.81% of all positions taken against Bitcoin were long.

Read Bitcoin’s Price Prediction 2023-2024

Source: coinglass

That said, however, it remains to be seen whether the traders are right about the future of BTC.


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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