Bitcoin whales not selling despite $70K — BTC holdings growth ‘is going parabolic’

Bitcoin (BTC) whales are not in a rush to sell into the current rally that propelled Bitcoin to new heights above $70,000, the latest on-chain data suggests. 

Bitcoin whale population grows despite price record high 

The number of unique addresses holding at least 1,000 Bitcoin — known as whales — has risen to 2,104 addresses as of March 7.

However, this is still lower than the record of 2,489 addresses reached in February 2021, when Bitcoin was trading above $46,000.

Bitcoin addresses with at least 1,000 BTC. Source: LookIntoBitcoin

The rising wallet count could also be attributed to the United States spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which surpassed $52.5 billion in cumulative trading volume on March 4.

The fact that whales are not selling their Bitcoin at these levels suggests that they expect prices to rise further. Bitcoin whales are important because the size of their trades can significantly impact price. 

Julio Moreno, the head of research at on-chain intelligence firm CryptoQuant, also took note of the growth in a March 7 X post. Moreno wrote:

“The growth of whales’ Bitcoin holdings is going parabolic.”Bitcoin whales holding 1,000–10,000 BTC, 1-year change. Source: Julio Moreno on X

Whales withdraw from BTC exchanges at record pace

Further evidence of Bitcoin whales not rushing to dump their holdings comes from several metrics measuring volumes between whales and exchanges.

Glassnode data shows that transfers from exchanges to whales have also “gone parabolic” to new record highs this month.

Bitcoin: Number of transfers from exchanges to whales. Source: Glassnode

Meanwhile, the transfer volume from whales to exchanges has only seen a modest uptick compared to previous bull and bear market periods.

Overall, these metrics suggest a big influx of new investors into Bitcoin and that there is little sign of profit-taking by wealthy investors despite record high-level BTC prices. 

Transfer volume from whales to exchanges. Source: Glassnode

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