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Bitcoin (BTC) Approaches $40,000, Retail Investors Lose Their Holdings to Whales

Bitcoin has made a solid move today surging 5% and making its way to $40,000 levels. At press time, BTC is trading 5.23% up at a price of $39,607 and a market cap of $407 billion. Over the last week, Bitcoin (BTC) has added nearly $6000 to its price in a catch-up rally with Ethereum (ETH) which hit a new ATH earlier today of $1750.

As BTC inches closer to new highs, the whales have been eating into retail investors’ holdings over the last few days. Mid-tier BTC addresses with 10-1000 BTC have resolved to profit-booking while whales with over 1000-BTC have been on an accumulation spree. Interestingly, the rally has triggered a FOMO among small players notes on-chain data provider Santiment.

As CoinGape reported earlier this week, the whale address with over 1K BTC has surpassed the mid-tier addresses for the very first time in history. On the other hand, as big players accumulate more BTC, they are moving it to cold storage as the exchange supply continues to drop.

Coinbase Pro Exchange Registers Massive Bitcoin Outflow

On Friday, February 5, the Coinbase Pro exchange saw a massive $15K BTC outflow following large OTC deals on the platform. This is for the second time in 2020 that over 15K Bitcoins have been moved out of Coinbase in a single transfer.

On the other hand, data from Glassnode shows that the liquid supply of Bitcoin floating in the network is drying up faster than ever before. Glassnode founder ‘Yann and Jan’ report that 78% of the BTC supply is either HODLed or lost. They add that that there are now only 4M to be shared among future market entrants and with institutional players like PayPal and Square coming in, the supply can reduce faster going ahead.

Another interesting development on Friday was that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he now owns a complete Bitcoin node. Meaning he can now process transactions and add new blocks to the network. It’s good to see tech industry giants joining the Bitcoin (BTC) bandwagon.

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