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This Bitcoin [BTC] metric is high and whales may have something to do with it

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Bitcoin’s whale ratio is now up, on-chain data has revealed, while market leverage has stayed at historically high levels. Investors in BTC are currently engaging in some high-risk trading in the Futures market, according to CoinSignal365 on CryptoQuant.

Here’s AMBCrypto’s Price Prediction for Bitcoin [BTC] for 2023-24

The ratio between the total exchange inflows and the sum of the top ten inflows to exchanges is measured by the “exchange whale ratio,” an indicator. This indicator highlights if whales are currently active in the market because the ten largest transactions to exchanges are thought to be coming from whales.

Source: CryptoQuant

When the ratio is high, it indicates that whales are now contributing significantly to the inflows of exchange. Since 27 September, Bitcoin (BTC) whales have added 46,173 BTCs (or about $929 million) to their holdings, which is the longest “continuous” accumulation streak since May. 

Whale holdings set records

The pattern is noticeably different from an 11-month decline in whales’ BTC holdings that Santiment previously had noted. Amid worries about unchecked inflation, the trend saw whales’ BTC holdings fall to a 29-month low of 45.72% of the circulating supply in late September.

The Bitcoin leverage ratio has lately experienced a dramatic increase and is currently at a new all-time high, indicating that investors are currently assuming a lot of risks.

The price of Bitcoin has historically been more volatile when there is high market leverage. Under these circumstances, prospects for the cryptocurrency might quickly turn gloomy if the whale ratio also begins to decline and the historical trend continues.

The most recent accumulation trend suggests that whales are indicating that the BTC market has bottomed out and may be ready to rebound higher. As BTC battles to recover $20,000, the market is already seeing evidence of this. At the time of writing, BTC was trading at about $19,524, up by 1.45% on the charts.

Finally, there is also an argument to be made that some of the biggest participants in the Bitcoin ecosystem are increasing their BTC holdings through the use of stablecoins. This implies that any recent price increases were probably driven by stablecoins, rather than substantial inflows of fiat money.


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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