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Bitcoin Whales Hits 18 Month Low, While Number Of BTC Exchange Inflows Reaches 6-month High

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Bitcoin numbers are not impressive at all. 

The crypto market has been having it rough of late, and even the largest coin, Bitcoin, hasn’t been spared. The wrath of the bears has driven the top crypto from a high of over $40k to the current range of $31k within a month. The apparent price crash may be creating a panic in the market and causing HODLers to jump ship.

According to information released by Glassnode, the number of Bitcoin whales is decreasing at an alarming rate. As of January 19, 2022, BTC whales in the market totaled 1,781. Today, the number has decreased to 1,776, marking an 18-month low. Apparently, these lost whales are transferring their coins to exchanges.

Decline of Bitcoin investors (Whales) holding above 100 BTC is a worrying sign that shows that big investors are no more confident and continuously selling their holdings to avoid losses.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Data collected by Santiment indicates that exchanges have experienced a sudden inflow of Bitcoin from external wallets controlled by whales.

In just one week, the inflow rate has spiked by a margin representing a whopping 0.52% of BTC’s total supply. That’s a lot of BTC coins considering that the supply is currently at over 19 million mined coins. This is the highest inflow rate seen by crypto exchanges in 16 months.


Glassnodes reports also confirm exchange inflows. BTC Whales have moved around $105 million into exchanges over the last 7 days. This marks the highest such figure in 6 months. The previous 6-month record stood at around $104.9 million.

Each day, the flow is counted in the thousands. Data shows that another 28K Bitcoins were transferred to exchanges within 24 hours.


From a critical point of view, this whale activity isn’t unfounded. The markets have been going red day in, day out. Given that the crypto market is known to make sudden moves, the continued price drops may have spooked the whales into dumping mode. On the other hand, the whales may not be necessarily moving their stash to sell. They could as well be moving to edge with other coins on exchanges.

What Does This Mean For Bitcoin?

It’s still not clear whether the whales are moving to dump their stash if they anticipate a certain market movement. A dump would lead to more pain in the Bitcoin market and possibly cause further dumping. On the other hand, the whales’ steady holding could stabilize the market and instill more investor confidence, thereby attracting investors and propping up the price. Time will tell.


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Ammara Mubin is a cryptocurrency reporter and trader with vast experience in the industry. Mubin has written several news stories related to the crypto industry, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFi), fundraising, mining, etc. Her major focus is covering regulatory events that are capable of shaping the entire crypto ecosystem.


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