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Sleeping Bitcoin Whales Could Make the Market Splash in 2019

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The early movement in the reactivated dormant Bitcoin (BTC) wallets in 2019 indicate that prices may soon see some bearish movement, according to analysts.

According to Bloomberg’s data analysis compiled from research by a crypto analytics startup — Flipside Crypto, BTC is being transferred from accounts, many of which have not been active between the period of six and thirty months. Research shows that wallets active in the last month represent about 60 percent of total bitcoin in circulation.

Flipside maintains that the active supply of Bitcoin is on the move, leaping 40 percent since the summer of 2018, representing “a big shift” according to Eric Stone, head of data science at the company. Flipside CEO David Balter said this activity is due to long-term holders coming back on board after sitting out the volatile market since 2017. Balter sees that this could continue, with little doubt in his mind that many long term “hodlers” won’t wish to sit on the sidelines for another two years, commenting that there is now, “more potential than usual for price swings.”

Other analysis, compiled in October 2018 when this market trend began, put together by blockchain research firm Chainalysis, reported that only a third of so-called Bitcoin whales were active traders, buying only on price declines, concluding that whales were not responsible for price volatility.

With around 1000 wallet addresses reportedly owning a staggering 85 percent of all bitcoins, the awakening of some of these dormant accounts in the near future could have a significant impact on the Bitcoin price in 2019 and ultimately the entire cryptocurrency market.

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Latest Data Shows Bitcoin Hodlers v Short Term Traders Now Near Parity

Recent data from Chainalysis — a blockchain research company, as published in Financial Times shows that the amount of Bitcoin owned by long-term investors is now almost equaled by speculators, reports Cointelegraph.

Day trading has increased since the end of last year and the amount held by this group is thought to have risen to 5.1 mln BTC according to the report compared to 6mln BTC held by investors hanging on in for the long-term, that is over a period of one year.

It appears, according to the Financial Times, that Bitcoin volumes have fallen in tandem to prices, from $4 bln daily in December to $1 bln today. It’s thought this may be a feature in Bitcoins decline in price, Chainalysis chief economist Philip Gradwell suggests. He estimates that longer-term holders sold at least $30 billion worth of bitcoin to new speculators over the December to April period, with half of this movement taking place in December alone.

Another feature of the current situation shown by the data is the imbalance of wealth distribution of the digital currency, that is small numbers of investors holding a vast amount of the cryptocurrency. Of the roughly 17 mln Bitcoin available, the data show that, as of April 2018, around 1,600 Bitcoin wallets hold at least 1,000 bitcoins each, equalling almost 5 mln BTC and accounting for almost a third of all Bitcoin in circulation.

Six months after its peak, bitcoin remains the most popular cryptocurrency, though its price has fallen to about $7,650 at the time of publication. It follows that for each of the bitcoin millionaires there are numerous casualties that came into cryptocurrency too late, unlike those who established themselves early and reaped the benefits.

One of these is a 39-year-old who has made enough money from trading digital currencies over 5 years to pay off his mortgage, buy a Mercedes and now swap office life for managing his remaining crypto investments full-time, writes The Irish Times.

“It was very euphoric…It’s been life-changing for me at this point,” says the California-based father of two, who has a cult-like Twitter following under the pen name ‘bitcoin Dad’.

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