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Retail investors are growing their BTC stack; whales’ holdings falling

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Bitcoin ownership is still growing among retail investors, with three million BTC holdings at present, while whale accumulation is declining, with the recent number around nine million, according to Glassnode data analyzed by CryptoSlate. 

A retail investor is someone who holds one bitcoin or less, and a whale is someone who holds more than 1000 bitcoins. Bitcoin holdings by retail investors have doubled since 2018, when they held 1.5 million, whereas institutional investors held 10 million.

However, the space sustained several setbacks this year, including hacks, Terra-Luna’s collapse, and the FTX’s downturn, which came with a number of bankruptcies. 

Even during the downturn sparked by Terra Luna’s collapse in May, investors continued to accumulate Bitcoin. Nevertheless, Bitcoin traded flat throughout Q3 as sentiment turned bearish in August. 

Furthermore, Bitcoin holders holding less than 1 BTC and 1,000 BTC to 10,000 BTC entered an accumulation stage in late October. However, from mid-July onwards, those with more than 10,000 BTC have continued to sell.

This appears to be the third largest dump by Bitcoin whales in history based on transactions and accumulation, as outlined in an earlier CryptoSlate report,

Almost 80% of Bitcoin’s losses are due to whales

 In response to the Terra-LUNA and FTX crisis, Bitcoin whales have sold around 365k BTC, following on-chain data from CryptoQuant.

Further, on-chain data indicate that whales holding 1k-10k BTC got rid of their BTC holdings throughout the miner capitulation phase until November. Whales have been responsible for almost 80% of the Bitcoin selloff since June. 

Although BTC’s price stands at $17,004, small investors are still accumulating. As of November 28, retail has added 96.2k BTC to its holdings since FTX collapsed, an all-time high.

Bitcoin exchange outflows reached historic levels

The number of Bitcoin addresses has spiked to its highest level in recent times, according to Glassnode.

With the collapse of the world’s second-largest crypto exchange, FTX, more Bitcoin investors are gradually moving their holdings to self-custody solutions due to diminished trust in exchanges.

Bitcoin exchange outflows have reached 106,000 BTC per month, close to historic levels, according to the analysis platform.

Bitcoin exchange outflows generally indicate that the cryptocurrency will be held for a long time. This appears to be a consequence of a decline in trust in centralized cryptocurrency exchanges too.

Bitcoin is currently trading at $16,971, down 1.16% over the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.

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