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Bitcoin’s Halving Aftermath: Consumers, institutional investors, rush for BTCs

The use of BTCs has increased exponentially, triggered by the macro fundamentals changing in the present world.

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The world’s flagship digital coin, Bitcoin, successfully went through the third halving in its history last month, seeing its daily supply of new bitcoin reduced by half.

Bitcoin halving cuts the reward for using BTCs mining software to ‘mine’ bitcoin from 12.5 new bitcoins to 6.25. Since then, the rush for BTCs has never been the same, as consumers, and institutional investors are rushing to have a stake in the most popular digital gold of our time.

According to a report by Cointelgraph, the use of BTCs has increased exponentially, triggered by the macro fundamentals changing in our present world.

READ ALSO: Bulls push Bitcoin pass $10,000, as America’s turmoil intensifies

Consumer interest continues to rise, with the growth of services such as Square cash app in the US, a mobile payments app that also allows the purchase of Bitcoin. Last month, the company announced that its Bitcoin revenues were up 71% versus the previous quarter to $306m, and up by a staggering 367% year-on-year.

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The growth was attributed to an increase in the number of active Bitcoin customers, as well as growth in overall consumer demand. Strong levels of growth are expected also in emerging markets such as India, where recent regulatory changes are helping to open up a huge consumer market to cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency growth had been restrained until March this year due to the government ban on banks interacting with cryptocurrency businesses. Those restrictions have now been lifted, which will likely help legitimize Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

READ MORE: The New Normal – Digital Transfers and Remittance in Nigeria

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The prevalence of cross border remittance payment needs in India is also acting as a key stepping stone into the world of digital stablecoins and Bitcoin.

Paxful and Local Bitcoins, two peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchanges, have seen steady growth in recent years. This growth will likely accelerate in the new regulatory climate recently announced.

Last month, Paul Tudor Jones, CEO of U.S.-based hedge fund, Tudor Investment Corp, declared his enthusiasm for Bitcoin by announcing that his fund currently holds Bitcoin futures and the fund has allocated around1-2% to this trade.

READ MORE: US government considers using digital dollars for future payment

Despite Goldman Sach’s skeptical public announcement towards Bitcoin last week, large institutions, in general, have been increasing their involvement in the space. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust bought up a staggering 18,910 bitcoin in a little over two weeks, post the halving. This clearly shows a strong investor appetite for the digital asset, given that bitcoin supply (i.e. mined bitcoin) in that time was only 12,337.

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A key part of its appeal is that, despite being extremely volatile, BTC has outperformed most other asset classes significantly in such a testing 2020macro environment. Currently, Bitcoin is up 36% year to date.

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Featured Financial Market Analysis for a Fortune Global 500 Company. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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$414 million worth of Bitcoin moved by a large entity

A Bitcoin whale has moved 21,846 BTC valued at around $414 million.

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Crypto millionaire carts away with $224 million worth of Bitcoin, Whales transfer Bitcoins at an alarming rate, BTC whale moves 10,250 BTC valued at $95,000,000

Large entities are presently increasing their presence at the world’s most valuable crypto market, as Bitcoin breaches below the $19,000 price level.

What we know: Data obtained from Bitcoin BlockBot, a BTC analytic tracker, revealed that a Bitcoin whale moved 21,846 BTC valued at around $414 million.

 

At the time of writing this publication, the flagship crypto traded at $18,798.43 with a daily trading volume of $35.3 billion. Bitcoin is down 2.95% in the last 24 hours. It’s presently ranked the most valuable crypto by market value, with a market capitalization of $349 billion.

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It has a circulating supply of 18,562,518 BTC coins and a maximum supply of 21,000,000 BTC coins

Why this is happening

Crypto traders and investors are now cashing in on some of their gains, as recent price action reveals the flagship crypto broke the key support level of $19,000 amid record inflows coming from institutional investors.

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Recent, data from Glassnode revealed BTC Active Supply 2y-3y (1d MA) just reached a 3-month high of 2,548,131.371 BTC.

  • The previous 3-month high of 2,542,341.460 BTC was observed on 04 December 2020.
  • The amount of circulating supply last moved between 2 years and 3 years ago.

 

What this means

While it is difficult to predict market movements, large entities have shown historically that they often determine the crypto trend.

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Ripple drops over 10% amid profit-taking

XRP traded at $0.565884 and is down by 10.12% in the last 24 hours.

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Crypto owners robbed of 1,150,000 XRP, Ripple owners say XRP will be worth $100, XRP losing steam as BTC & ETH gain investors' funds

Ripple’s digital token XRP is presently under pressure amid selling pressure seen lately across the crypto market spectrum.

At the time of writing, XRP traded at $0.565884. XRP is down by 10.12% in the last 24 hours. It still remains the third most valuable crypto with a market value of $25.7 billion. It has a circulating supply of 45,334,295,892 XRP coins and a maximum supply of 100,000,000,000 XRP coins.

Over the past two weeks, crypto traders have pushed XRP prices lower by more than 20%. The volume of Ripple traded in the last 24 hours was about $10 billion. Nairametrics suggests that such moves are prevailing now as investors cash in on some of their gains after the crypto gained more than 170% in November alone.

What you should know

XRP was designed by Ripple mainly to perform speedy, less costly, and more scalable alternative transactions for both crypto assets and existing monetary payment platforms like SWIFT.

  • Ripple owns more than half of the total supply of XRP. In late 2017, the company vowed not to sell all of its tokens (XRP) at once, keeping up to 55 billion XRP in protected escrow accounts.
  • Ripple (XRP) plays a dual role as a payment platform and a currency. The platform is an open-source platform that is created to allow quick and cheap transactions.

Meanwhile, Ripple’s CTO has reaffirmed that the company can be forced by an overwhelming number of market participants to upgrade its processes, regardless of if it agrees with the decision or not, hinting at its strong democratic principles and responding to critics who accused it of often manipulating the process in regards to the liquidity and pricing of XRP. He said:

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There would be nothing Ripple could do to stop that from happening. Public blockchains are very democratic. If the majority wants rules to change, there is nothing the minority can do to stop them.”

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3 wealthy crypto investors move over $400 million worth of Bitcoin

Three unknown entities moved Bitcoins estimated to be worth about $400 million, in three separate transactions.

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Unknown entity transfers $166 million worth of Bitcoins

A growing number of wealthy investors in recent times have increased their transactional volume at the Bitcoin market.

This is, however, triggered by the recent rush of notable institutional brands and investors rushing to have a stake in this digital asset.

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  • Data obtained from Bitcoin Block Bot, a crypto analytic tracker, revealed that three unknown entities moved Bitcoins estimated to be worth about $400 million, in three separate transactions, some hours ago.

The 3 transactions are captured in the tweets below:

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  • At the time of writing this publication, the flagship crypto traded at $19,285.38 with a daily trading volume of $32 billion.
  • Bitcoin is up 1.41% in the last 24 hours.
  • It is ranked the most valuable crypto by market value, with a valuation of $358 Billion.
  • It has a circulating supply of 18,561,562 BTC coins and a maximum supply of 21,000,000 BTC coins.

READ: Crypto robber sends out over $5 million worth of stolen Bitcoins

Recent data seen from Glassnode, reveals a contraction of supply action at the bitcoin market is pointing towards a bullish bias, taking to account Bitcoin Active Supply 5y-7y (1d MA) just reached a 2-year low of 860,282.802 BTC.

  • The previous 2-year low of 860,344.389 BTC was observed on 03 December 2020.
  • Metric Description: The amount of circulating supply last moved between 5 years and 7 years ago.

Explore Data on the Nairametrics Research Website

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What to expect

Nairametrics anticipates increased buying pressures by such large entities are partly responsible for the crypto recent highs. While, it is difficult to predict market movements, such investors have shown historically, price patterns often determines the BTC trend.

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