Due to current macroeconomic conditions, among other reasons, BTC has seen its value drop below $20,000 on several occasions in the past few weeks, forcing analysts to issue warnings about the possibility of the asset trading below $17,500.
New data analyzed by CryptoSlate shows that if BTC were to breach below the $17,500 level, it could plummet to as low as $12,000 as its volume around that point is weak.
The entity-adjusted version of UTXO Realized Price Distribution (URPD) shows this by segmenting supply into long-term holders, short-term holders, and exchanges.
The URPD identifies at what prices the current Bitcoin UTXOs were created. With the entity-adjusted version, it is easy to see each group of holders and the price bucket at which these entities acquired their coins.
Analysis of the Glassnode chart shows that most of the buyers recently are short-term holders, i.e., those who have held their BTC for less than 155 days.
A further breakdown shows that many Bitcoin whales hold the asset between the $10,000 and $17,000 range. These whales could sell if the price were to drop to around $17,000.
Research shows that most whales tend to sell once market conditions become unfavorable. However, selling at this point could significantly affect BTC’s price. Generally, low volume is a major concern when there’s a major deleveraging event.