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$66.5 billion worth of Bitcoin lost forever

About 3.7 million Bitcoin worth about $66.5 billion is lost forever and will remain unavailable to any buyer.



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Blockchain intelligence firm, Chainalysis, recently gave insight into the value of Bitcoins lost forever, revealing that about 3.7 million Bitcoin worth about $66.5 billion is lost forever and will remain unavailable to any buyer.

The report also discussed why the bullish run is far different from the crypto asset bubble seen in 2017.

READ: Grayscale: World’s biggest Crypto hedge fund holds $8.35 billion worth of Bitcoin

From high-profile investors like hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones, who compared buying Bitcoin to investing early in Apple or Google, to corporations like Square, which invested $50 million or 1% of its total assets in Bitcoin, mainstream companies, and financial institutions are turning to Bitcoin.

The institutional move into cryptocurrency appears to be driven by a desire to hedge against macroeconomic uncertainty, which of course hasn’t been in short supply this year.

READ: Crypto hedge fund, Polychain capital buys $8.2 million worth of

Jones himself put it well, saying, “Back in March and April, it became really apparent, given the monetary policy that was being pursued by the Fed, the incredible quantitative easing they were doing and other central banks were doing, that we were in an unprecedented time…one had to begin to think about how you defend yourself against inflation.”

READ: Rich Bitcoin investor moved $175 million worth of BTC for just $0.84

What this means

Such macro, is partly responsible for the bullish run prevailing in the world’s flagship crypto market, taking into consideration that an estimated value of 77% of the 14.8 million has been locked up for more than five years. This means that there is just 3.4 million Bitcoin available for institutional and retail investors rushing to buy the prized crypto asset.

READ: Airbnb says Crypto, Blockchain key to future success

What you should know

A few months ago, Nairametrics revealed how about 4 million BTC (worth some $30 billion at current prices) was lost as a result of the owners dying, and their next of kin not having access to such BTC wallets.

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READ: Germany’s biggest bank says more people now prefer Bitcoin over gold


Bottom Line

As BTCs and cryptos become more prominent in daily activities, the volume of BTC being lost forever is likely to surge.

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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. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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  1. Camila banks

    November 21, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Wow I love this

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Cardano drops, but investors remain upbeat

Cardano traded at $1.06, with a daily trading volume of $7.4 billion. Cardano is down 11.76% for the day.



The fourth most valuable crypto asset is currently witnessing record sell-offs amid high profit-taking at the crypto-verse.

At the time of writing this report, Cardano traded at $1.06, with a daily trading volume of $7.4 billion. Cardano is down 11.76% for the day.

Cardano currently has a circulating supply of 31.9 billion ADA coins and a maximum supply of 45 billion ADA coins.

READ: Cardano suffers biggest drop since March 12, 2020

The widely known crypto among retail investors recently achieved this after a hard fork called“Mary” on March 2.
This hard fork will permit crypto users to create tokens that can run on the same blockchain as Cardano’s native token, ADA. This now means Cardano shares close similarity with Ethereum, which had already allowed for the creation of new tokens on its blockchain.

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