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Bitcoin Whales Add 57,578 BTC Amidst Crypto Market Downturn

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In Brief

  • Bitcoin's dominance has climbed to 49%, underlining its role as a refuge in unstable markets.
  • The trend of accumulation by 'whales' is contradicting previous patterns, creating a sense of uncertainty among analysts.
  • Despite a 10% price drop since April 9, Bitcoin 'whales' have continued to amass assets, collecting an additional 57,578 BTC.
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The price of bitcoin has dropped ten percent since April 9. But in that same time, whales holding between 100 and 10,000 BTC have accumulated an additional 57,578 BTC, analysis by Santiment reveals.

This divergence between the price of bitcoin and whale accumulation runs counter to previously observed trends. In the past, heightened whale accumulation has often coincided with bull runs or following a market low.

Whale Accumulation Watchers Anticipate BTC Price Rebound

Bitcoin whales are closely watched by market analysts and their behavioral patterns are often incorporated in price predictions.

But the current trend for the largest holders fattening up their wallets when the price of bitcoin is trending down doesn’t fit with previously observed patterns. Instead of buying while BTC is on the way up, since mid-April when Bitcoin hit its year-to-date high, whales have been stockpiling.

Bitcoin (BTC) Price 
BTC Whale Accumulation
Source: Santiment

Have these wallets bought at the top for the first time? Or is the current downtrend only the precursor to an even more dramatic upswing? 

Of course, if the rate of whale accumulation continues to rise, this in itself will have an impact on demand for BTC which could push the price up.

Bitcoin Dominance Surges to Two-Year High

Beyond whale accumulation, a recent surge in bitcoin dominance points toward the cryptocurrency’s status as a safe haven for investors in times of market volatility.

According to TradingView, bitcoin dominance currently sits at over 49%, its highest rate since April 2021. That means that nearly half of all the value locked in crypto is in the form of BTC.

One factor behind this recent spike is a parallel collapse in the price of major altcoins. With tokens like Solana and Polygon’s MATIC falling over 20% in a brutal Saturday morning crash, the relative stability of Bitcoin’s price provides refuge from much larger losses.  

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James Morales
James is a London-based editor, writer and explorer of the cryptosphere who started his journalistic career writing about digital art before honing his craft as a financial technology reporter. From the latest innovation in digital assets to the evolution of Web3, he is perpetually fascinated by the technologies of decentralization.