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Bitcoin Whales Move Nearly Two Billion Dollars For Next to Nothing

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Updated by Adam James
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The ability to move large sums of money in Bitcoin (BTC) at remarkably low costs continues to prove itself true. Often referred to as ‘whales’, massive BTC transactions have been recently completed with fees that are far less than legacy banking.
The transactions have been garnering a great deal of attention on Twitter:

The transaction fees were remarkable, even by cryptocurrency standards. The first transaction was for 107,848 BTC, or approximately $900 million. The fee of .02 BTC, or just $166, shows just how simple the digital payment system is designed to be. The second transaction of similar value had an even lower fee. The whale moved 112,027 BTC for a mere $3.89.

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Each transaction would have cost far more with normal banking methods. International SWIFT fees are fixed, but the value of money being transferred would require a substantial number of transactions. Additionally, a transfer of this magnitude would take a number of days to complete. Both of these issues, cost and speed, are elegantly dealt with on the Bitcoin network. Offering such international financial freedom is the very concept Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned when designing it. bitcoin keys The legacy banking world continues to decry Bitcoin as a non-solution. Warren Buffet, for example, recently stated that Bitcoin has no unique or redeeming value, and said that it would be gone sooner rather than later. However, digital trustless systems are creating methods of transferring wealth for lower costs and at higher speeds. While the dinosaur systems that exist in the current banking industry have served their generation, the movement to Bitcoin is underway. Just as the previous generation could not have conceived of internet banking, Bitcoin represents a sea change in the way the world thinks of monetary value and how that value is transacted among users. Do you think these massive low-cost transactions prove the usability of Bitcoin for international finance, or are they just anomalies that have little to do with the market as a whole? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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With a background in science and writing, Jon's cryptophile days started in 2011 when he first heard about Bitcoin. Since then he's been learning, investing, and writing about...