Bitcoin Holdings on Coinbase Dip to Lowest Point in 8 Years

Large Bitcoin holders, aka “whales,” have shifted a whopping $1 billion worth of BTC away from the Coinbase exchange, marking the lowest level of Bitcoin holdings there since 2015. This move has sparked intense speculation and excitement among investors, especially with the highly anticipated Bitcoin halving just around the corner.

According to experts at CryptoQuant, whales moved a staggering 18,000 Bitcoin over the weekend, ranging from individual transactions of $45 million to a jaw-dropping $171 million. Experts interpret this movement in different ways:

Some believe it’s a positive sign, suggesting whales are moving their Bitcoin to secure them in private wallets, possibly expecting a price surge due to the upcoming halving in April. This event halves the number of new Bitcoins created, potentially leading to limited supply and increased demand.

Others think the funds might be used for large, off-exchange trades known as “Over-the-Counter” (OTC) deals.

Another theory suggests the move could be simply a shift to different custodians, not necessarily individual withdrawals. After all, a large portion of the Bitcoin on exchanges might belong to someone other than individual users.

Halving Hype

With every halving, the number of new Bitcoins minted gets cut in half, potentially creating a “supply shock” as demand grows. This April, the halving event coincides with significant institutional interest, with 11 Bitcoin ETFs already approved in the US alone!

Currently, miners churn out roughly 900 Bitcoins daily, while Bitcoin ETFs see a net inflow of nearly half a billion dollars, equivalent to around 9,650 Bitcoins (despite some outflows from Grayscale). After the halving, this daily production will drop to about 450 BTC, potentially exacerbating the supply-demand gap. Historically, such situations have been bullish for Bitcoin price, with new all-time highs often occurring within a year of the halving.

Bitcoin sits around $52,000, its highest level since December 2021, but still 25% shy of its all-time high of $69,000. So, are whales predicting a brighter future? Will the halving trigger a new price surge? Only time will tell, but one thing’s sure: the crypto world is watching this unfolding drama with keen interest.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. Cryptocurrency investments are subject to market risks, and individuals should seek professional advice before making any investment decisions.

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