Bitcoin Whales: To Buy or To Sell?
The Bitcoin Whales, the big players in the cryptocurrency market, are in a quandary. With Bitcoin prices swinging between $28,000 and $32,000, their trading strategies have taken divergent paths.
A Sea of Uncertainty
Over the past four months, Bitcoin has been bobbing within the $28,000 to $32,000 range. This narrow price range has seen the Bitcoin Whales making distinct trading moves, according to a recent report by Glassnode.
Different Tides for Different Whales
Interestingly, not all Bitcoin Whales are swimming in the same direction. Some have adopted a bullish stance, increasing their Bitcoin holdings. Whales holding between 1,000 to 10,000 BTC have increased their balance by about 33,800 BTC. Similarly, the mega Bitcoin Whales, those with over 100,000 BTC, have increased their holdings by 6,600 BTC.
On the other hand, Bitcoin Whales with holdings of 10,000 to 100,000 BTC have taken a bearish approach, reducing their balance by 49,000 BTC. This has resulted in a net reduction of just -8.7k BTC in the period under review.
Whale Reshuffling: A Game of Balance
Despite the relatively flat aggregate balance change, Glassnode’s report suggests that Bitcoin Whales might be moving funds amongst themselves on crypto exchanges. This is due to significant changes taking place both internally and via exchange flows.
Whale Inflows: A Rising Tide
With Bitcoin’s MVRV ratio still profitable, all cohorts of Bitcoin Whales have been sending varying amounts of their holdings to crypto exchanges for potential sales. The recent rally in Bitcoin’s price has caused whale inflow volumes to surge significantly, reaching over 16,300 BTC daily.
The Future of Bitcoin Whales
In the past five years, net flows from Bitcoin Whales to exchanges have generally hovered around ±5,000 BTC daily. However, June and July of this year have seen a sustained increase in whale inflows to exchanges. The question remains: will the Bitcoin Whales continue to ride the tide, or will they dive deeper into the sea of uncertainty?