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An all-time high 26,054,215 BTC wallets are smiling to the bank

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The number of Bitcoin $BTC addresses in profit just reached an all-time high of 26,054,215. According to data obtained from Glassnode, the previous all-time high of 26,041,525.333 was observed on January 7, 2018.

With more people looking to trade Bitcoins which, by the way, are becoming quite scarce due to the recent halving, Bitcoins moving from the investment bucket into the trading bucket could become a crucial source of liquidity. However, one would expect that this can only happen if Bitcoin’s price rises to a level at which long-term investors are willing to sell.

READ ALSO: Unknown Bitcoin Whale transfers $2.2 billion worth of BTCs 

In addition, Chainalysis, a leading crypto analytic firm, explained activities in the BTC market for last month. The report said:

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“As of June 2020, roughly 18.6 million Bitcoin has been mined. We break that 18.6 million Bitcoin down into three buckets based on its movements to date.

“Roughly 60% of that Bitcoin is held by entities — either people or businesses — that have never sold more than 25% of Bitcoin they’ve ever received, and have often held on to that Bitcoin for many years, which we label as Bitcoin held for long-term investment.”

READ ALSO: Satoshi Nakamoto’s unspent BTCs worth $10.9 billion

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Quick fact: The smallest amount of Bitcoin is known as Satoshi, which is 0.00000001 Bitcoins. However, since this number is so little, you cannot actually buy 1 Satoshi on any crypto exchange. On FTX, for example, the minimum amount you can purchase starts from 2 dollars.

Backstory: The momentum in the BTC market has been gathering at a steady pace, since a report released by America’s most valuable bank, JP Morgan Chase, showed BTC as a store of value asset.

READ ALSO: BTC whale moves 10,250 BTC valued at $95,000,000

“Though the [bitcoin] bubble collapsed as dramatically as it inflated, bitcoin has rarely traded below the cost of production, including the very disorderly conditions that prevailed in March,” said JPMorgan experts in a report led by the head of U.S. interest rate derivatives strategy, Joshua Younger and cross-asset research analyst, Nikolaos  Panigirtzoglou.

Olumide Adesina is a French-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Behavioral Finance, Duke University. You can follow Olumide on twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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Crypto robber steals $15 million

Eminence, an upcoming project being built by Yearn’s Andre Cronje has been drained of $15 million.

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The DeFi crypto community’s strong appetite for unverified code has once again ended in pains for investors, with the losses amounting to millions of dollars.

Eminence, an upcoming project being built by Yearn’s Andre Cronje, has been drained of $15 million.

Eminence is an unfinished “economy for a gaming multiverse.” In a series of tweets, Cronje gave a detailed analysis of the cyber robbery.

“Yesterday we finished the concept behind our new economy for a gaming multiverse. Eminence. As per my usual methodology, I deployed our staging contracts on ETH so we can continue developing on it.”

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He spoke on the operational details of the project:

“These contracts, not the ecosystem are final, yesterday alone you will notice I deployed 2 separate batches of the contracts, this is my usual “test in prod” process.

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“We started releasing some of the art teasers to showcase all the different clans in the game on Twitter. We posted the first clan “Spartans”. And I went to bed.

“Around ~3 AM I was messaged awake to find out a) almost 15m was deposited into the contracts b) the contracts were exploited for the full 15m and c) 8m was sent to my yearn: deployer account.”

However, Cronje later announced that the Yearn treasury would help in refunding users back the $8 million he received from the hacker according to a snapshot of EMN balances prior to the hack.

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Investor moves $133 million worth of Bitcoins, suspected from Coinbase

An unknown individual(s) moved 12,565 BTC in block 650,441worth about $133million.

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Large entities are fast increasing their transaction sizes in the world’s most important crypto market at a spontaneous rate.

Data obtained from Bitcoin Block Bot, a crypto analytic tracker, revealed that someone (probably from Coinbase) moved 12,565 BTC in block  650,441, estimated to be worth about $133million, some hours ago.

 

Why it’s happening; It should also be noted that the amount of BTCS on major crypto exchanges has hit its lowest levels in about two years meaning a new generation of investors, crypto traders are putting its money in it for the long term.

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While it is difficult to predict market movements, BTC whales have shown historically that they often determine the BTC trend.

There’s no reason to sell now when you have large institutional investors like MicroStrategy, Grayscale Investments buying the world’s flagship crypto

Quick fact:

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  • At the BTC market, investors or traders who own large amounts of bitcoins are typically known as Bitcoin whales.
  • This means that a BTC whale would be an individual or business entity (with a single Bitcoin address) owning around 1000 Bitcoins or more.
  • As BTC whales accumulate BTCs, Bitcoin’s circulating supply reduces, and this can weaken any bearish trend bitcoin finds itself in.

Meaning that over time, it’s possible that as BTC approaches its fixed supply of 21 million, the price of BTC will go up, with BTC’s present demand factored in.

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Oil prices down, COVID-19 weighs hard on traders

Oil traders are concerned about the blurred demand outlook in the short term.

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Oil prices dragged lower at Monday’s trading session in Asia. Traders are deeply worried over rising COVID-19 cases upsetting hopes for a smooth recovery in energy demand, with both main oil benchmarks on track for their first monthly declines in multiple months after last week’s plunge.

What we know: Brent crude (LCOc1) dropped by 0.69%, to trade at $41.63 a barrel by 05.54 GMT after losing 2.9% last week.

West Texas Intermediate (CLc1) was down, trading at $39.44 a barrel, losing about 0.77%, following a 2.1% decline last week.

READ: NNPC says local operators must improve capacity to achieve low cost of oil production

Oil traders are concerned about the blurred demand outlook in the short term, as an unexpected build in oil production coupled with additional oil supplies by Libya, rattled the nerves of oil traders.

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Still, OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Barkindo, disclosed yesterday that commercial oil inventories in OECD countries are expected to stand only slightly above the five-year average in the first quarter of 2021, before falling below that level for the rest of 2020.

READ: Gold prices suffer worst W/W decline since March

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at AxiCorp, in a note to Nairametrics, spoke on political macro weighing down on oil prices at the moment. He said:

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Reports that ministers in the UK are preparing to enforce ‘total’ social lockdown across many Northern Britain and London could cap prices this morning. Sure, this could be an ‘overreaction’ in an attempt to clamp down on further anti-lockdown protests after the massive anti demonstration at Trafalgar square on the weekend, which could eventually prove to be a Covid-19 hot spot.” 

READ: S&P 500 futures suffer longest run of losses since February

The surge in the Covid-19 onslaught, marked by record numbers of cases in Western Europe and the United States, prompted the strengthening of various countries’ COVID-19 restrictions which continue to weigh heavily on demand for gasoline.

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