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Cryptocurrency markets experienced a long bearish cycle last year which has continued into 2019. With some of the top cryptocurrencies like bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC) losing significant fiat value, large holders, otherwise known as ‘whales,’ have been able to accumulate massive amounts of digital assets. According to the top 100 rich list addresses for both coins, the world’s richest bitcoin holders have taken full advantage of ‘weak hands’ and discounted prices.
Large BTC Holders Gathered 150,000 Coins Since December 17, 2018
During the start of the weekend on Feb. 22, popular cryptocurrencies were coasting along after making some decent gains a few days prior. However, on Feb. 24 prices fell sharply and most coins lost 10 percent of their fiat value in a 30-minute timeframe. This type of trend has been a consistent pattern over the last 14 months. These ups and downs have allowed large BTC and BCH holders to capture coins at a cheaper rate every time prices have dropped and whales have managed to stockpile thousands of coins. Looking at the top 100 rich list addresses for both networks indicate that whale wallets increase their accumulated holdings during every large drop. The large drop on Feb. 24 was no different and whales managed to get a lot more BCH and BTC immediately after crypto prices were slashed.
The rich list for the top 100 BTC holders also shows a bunch of exchanges, but these wallets are clearly labeled so the public can track them. Today, on Feb. 25, cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex has the largest BTC cold wallet with 130,005 BTC ($ 494 million). In fact, the five largest BTC addresses recorded on Bitinfocharts.com are all owned by exchanges Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Huobi, and Binance. Aside from exchange wallets, a good portion of large wallet owners are unknown, and observing the rich list can give people a good indication of how much influence whales have over the price.
At the moment, the 100 richest addresses have between 10,000 to 1,000,000 BTC or 16.18 percent of all BTC in circulation. From December 17, 2018 up until Feb. 25, 2019, the five largest wallets which belong to exchanges increased by 2,879 BTC ($ 10.8 million). But the remainder of the top 100 whales (some of which are smaller exchanges) managed to accumulate 151,405 BTC ($ 572 million) in less than two months. Holders who have 100-1,000 BTC (14,749 addresses) have seemingly given up a lot of coins to the much larger holders as wallets of this size have decreased from 72.13 percent to 62.08 percent.
Bitcoin Cash Whales Increase Holdings
The bitcoin cash (BCH) top 100 addresses rich list shows similar findings, but the distribution of coins in circulation is quite different. Addresses that own more than 10,000 to 1,000,000 BCH comprise 195 addresses or about 26.5 percent of the BCH in circulation. The top 100 BCH addresses have seen a significant increase after each price drop and there was a lot of accumulation after the dump on Feb. 24. One particular BCH address which contains 57,889.45 BCH ($ 7.8 million) has shown a significant increase since December 2018 and over the last two months. There are 103,382 addresses with 10-100 BCH which represents approximately 20.66 percent of the coins in circulation. Even though BCH distribution is different than BTC, the massive BCH whales in the top 100 rich list are also accumulating thousands of BCH during the lows. The top five largest holders have managed to capture 138,014 BCH ($ 19.2 million) since Dec. 17, 2018.
Another noticeable sighting is a few of the wealthiest bitcoin addresses that have been dormant for years have followed similar accumulation patterns. Because crypto prices have seemingly touched ‘bottom’ or possibly close to that point, dormant whale addresses have been moving since November of last year collecting more coins. Speculators believe these once silent whales may be trying to hoard more coins by catching the highs and lows at precisely the right time.
Large crypto holders and whales have been discussed among the cryptocurrency community for years and the tradition continues. Every time unexplainable market phenomenons occur like the price movements this past weekend, people point the blame at whales. Mapping the bitcoin wealth distribution after these events take place, however, gives a clearer presentation of large periods of BCH and BTC accumulation. Moreover, alternative cryptocurrency rich lists indicate that large holders of ethereum (ETH), litecoin (LTC), and other popular coins are stockpiling assets as well.
What do you think about BCH and BTC whales accumulating more bitcoins after the prices dump? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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Cryptocurrencies grew immensely popular in 2017, but throughout the following year, digital asset markets fell sharply in value. However, over-the-counter (OTC) market makers thrived in 2018, with a slew of business models in the industry catering to OTC clients.
Billions Swapped Using Over-the-Counter Cryptocurrency Services in 2018
Even though digital currency markets dropped considerably in value in 2018, early investors and crypto whales who believe in the future of this asset class stocked up. Long term supporters will cost-average their positions by gaining as many coins as they can because they grasp the idea of digital scarcity. One business model that’s been thriving in 2018 is OTC crypto dealers or brokerage providers. Whales and big investors don’t purchase thousands of coins with traditional exchanges, because the premium for the trading fees would be outrageous. Instead, they use OTC providers like Circle, Itbit, Coincola, and Cumberland Mining. Other buyers will connect with miners and pool operators while other businesses and individuals will deal with Telegram, Wechat, and Skype OTC groups. This past April, reports revealed that cryptocurrency-based OTC desks using Skype have traded billions.
This year, many companies that had already provided digital asset exchange services have announced opening OTC desks for institutional clients. In June, Etoro announced opening an OTC platform for institutional buyers, and in May the OTC cryptocurrency service Genesis Global Trading received a Bitlicense to operate in New York. Blockchain.com started OTC operations in September and Coinbase and Hodl Hodl announced the launch of OTC desks in November.
After China banned crypto exchanges last year, over-the-counter trading started heating up. Throughout 2018 there were reports of a flourishing and unregulated OTC market in China. Last April, an executive at Overseas Chinese Investment Management, John DeCleene, described how bitcoin mules were making lots of money smuggling the cryptocurrency into the country.
“Selling and buying bitcoins on those OTC websites is the same as shopping on Taobao,” explained one of the bitcoin smugglers in an interview with Reuters.
Average Joes Don’t Use Crypto-OTC Desks as Bulk Rates and Private Quotes Have a Minimum Membership Requirement
Last week, the crypto options market Skew gave an insightful description of how over-the-counter operations work if a customer wants to buy 1,000 BTC from an OTC desk using Telegram or Whatsapp. Tens of thousands of dollars can be saved buying in quantity and most OTC programs have a $ 50,000 or more minimum to use their services. For instance, those who want to join the onboarding process and trade with Cumberland Mining must understand that the minimum trade size is $ 100,000 before continuing to fill out the required know-your-customer (KYC) information. Cumberland has been around since 2014 and is owned by the 25-year old Chicago trading firm DRW.
“We’re dedicated to delivering professional onboarding and relationship management, timely and efficient settlements, and 24⁄7 access to a unique depth and breadth of crypto-assets,” explains Cumberland Mining’s website.
OTC desks deal with a large network of mining operations and exchanges in order to serve as market makers and provide liquidity for trades. Even regulated OTC dealers use private chat rooms on Skype, Telegram, Whatsapp, and Wechat for quotes, discussions, and executing trades. Whales trading with established OTC providers use platforms that provide top of the line security like cold storage and multi-signature settlement. Like the neighborhood convenience store, a lot of the OTC desks today are open for trades 24/7.
The data stemming from 2018 and the spate of companies announcing new OTC operations indicates there’s a lot of demand for market makers executing huge trades on secondary markets. The growth of these types of businesses also shows how OTC markets have thrived despite a year of bearish cryptocurrency prices.
What do you think about the growth of over-the-counter cryptocurrency operations in 2018? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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Earlier this week, armchair sleuths began pointing out that large amounts of cryptocurrency from long-dormant addresses have been on the move. For instance, one wallet that’s been inactive since its inception in 2013 moved 66,452 BTC — worth around $ 245 million — to an unknown address. Hours later, a few more addresses from the top 20 rich list moved another $ 728 million worth of BTC.
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More Than $ 1.5B Moved From Dormant BTC Wallets
Cryptocurrency markets have been dreadfully bearish lately and have lost considerable value. Some people have blamed whales, as those who hold large quantities of digital assets are known, for dumping coins on markets to scare people enough to panic sell, so they can then scoop up more at cheaper rates.
Traditionally, during such bearish times, bitcoin enthusiasts have concocted all kinds of crazy theories about these massive holders. But it doesn’t help when big whales actually start moving large amounts of BTC from wallets that have been inactive for years.
On Tuesday, according to data from the Whale Alert bot and various blockchain explorers, more than $ 1 billion worth of BTC was shifted out of four dormant addresses to other wallets. The following day, more than 151,000 BTC — valued at over $ 562 million — was moved from other long-inactive wallets to a number of previously unknown addresses.
But big holders of cryptocurrency are not just moving BTC. Large sums of ETH, XRP, BCH and all of the stablecoins have also been shifting around. In one instance on Dec. 5, a bitcoin cash transaction worth around $ 13 million was done for less than a penny. And the night before the BCH hard fork on Nov. 15, an address moved more than 1 million BCH ($ 300 million) to another wallet.
Internet detectives later discovered that the owner of the wallet that shifted 66,452 BTC had actually moved a whopping 608,000 BTC, valued at roughly $ 2.5 billion. According to one person investigating the matter, the 608,000 BTC was moved by one entity in a five-day period to roughly 76 different wallets. “The coins didn’t move out since 2013-2015,” explained a Twitter user named Spiry.
Whale Watching in Crypto Bear Markets
Whale sightings are a hot topic this year, as people have noticed a number of big movements in recent months. Back in February, most cryptocurrencies had already lost 60 percent of their value after touching all-time highs in mid-December 2017. At the time, news.Bitcoin.com reported that the top 100 biggest BTC addresses had made a lot more money due to the bearish decline.
In fact, many of those whales had sold their holdings one to three months prior to the big dips in value, only to later gather more coins once they had become cheaper. Then in May of this year, cryptocurrency enthusiasts once again started talking about Nobuaki Kobayashi, the Mt. Gox trustee who had previously revealed plans to sell tens of thousands of BTC and BCH that had been held in the custody of the Japanese court system.
Mysterious movements of large sums have fueled a lot of speculation during the past year of continuous price declines. Similar whale movements and big BTC settlements were also seen during the bear market of 2014-15. But at that time, instead of talking about whales like the Mt. Gox trustee, bitcoiners were mainly discussing the U.S. Marshals Service’s sale of thousands of BTC that had been seized in the Silk Road bust. There are a lot of similarities between then and now — whales moving coins to wallets and exchanges are not out of the ordinary.
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In today’s edition of The Daily, we look at the cryptocurrency entrepreneurs who now rank among the richest people in China, the limited return to operations of 1Broker, and a rather amusing attempt to explain Bitcoin to older folks by the AARP.
China’s Wealthiest Whales
The Hurun China Rich List 2018, the Chinese answer to the Forbes 400, was released on Wednesday and for the first time includes a total of 14 people working in the cryptocurrency space. This is the 20th annual ranking of the richest individuals in China, with a wealth cut-off of 2 billion yuan ($ 290 million). A total of 1,893 individuals made the list this year.
Two Bitmain executives — Zhan Ketuan (95th place with 29.5 billion yuan), age 39, and Jihan Wu (204th place with 16.5 billion yuan), age 32 — led the way. The third Chinese crypto whale, 41-year-old Binance founder Zhao Changpeng, took 230th place on the list at roughly 15 billion yuan. The report also noted that the blockchain industry is now officially the fastest-growing source of billionaires in China.
Other well-known crypto personalities on the list include Okex’s founder Star Xu, with 10 billion yuan, who took 354th place, as well as Leon Li of Huobi, who was ranked 556th, with 7 billion yuan.
1Broker to Start Processing
Withdrawal Requests Today
Marshall Islands-registered contracts-for-difference broker 1pool Ltd., which operates the 1Broker brand, has announced that the company will revive some if its functions today. The team tweeted that they will start processing clients’ withdrawal requests at 12:00 (UTC).
Three U.S. agencies took action against the international, bitcoin-funded securities dealer last month, including seizing its website domain for a period. The U.S. authorities alleged at the time that an undercover special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation “successfully purchased several security-based swaps on 1Broker’s platform from the U.S. despite not meeting the discretionary investment thresholds required by the federal securities laws.”
‘A Bunch of Computer Code’
It can be very difficult to explain the invention of cryptocurrency in a sentence or two, given that it’s a topic involving cryptography, computer science and economics. This is particularly true if one is trying to reach an audience that might be frightened or put off by new technologies and unfamiliar terms.
The AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) published a glossary of “Wall Street buzzwords” this week to help senior citizens improve their financial literacy and cut away the confusion when talking with high-finance big shots. But the list took a somewhat funny swipe at Bitcoin, while echoing some particularly tired tropes.
The glossary defines Bitcoin as “a bunch of computer code that a bunch of criminals, idealists and speculators agree is worth ‘real’ money. Sadly, its real-money value swings widely, making it impractical except for criminals, idealists and speculators.”
The AARP also defines Blockchain as: “1. A different bunch of computer code containing an unalterable record of a series of transactions. The most famous is a digital ledger recording all bitcoin transfers. 2. A word often uttered by companies hoping to snare investors’ attention — and dollars.”
The rest of the terms were also written in a comical way. For example, one entry defines an ETF as “marry a mutual fund to a stock and this is their baby.”
What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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