Whale who sold Bitcoin before 2020 crash cashed out $156M before this week's 20% dip

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 7:12 PM AEST - 1 week ago

Bitcoin (BTC) lost 20% in a day partly thanks to the actions of a single whale, new research suggests.

Data from on-chain analytics firm Santiment on Feb. 23 showed that BTC/USD dipped to $47,400 after Bitcoins second-largest transaction of 2021 took place.

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The transaction, 2,700 BTC worth $156.6 million at $58,000 per token, resulted in a sale which piled pressure on the market, this snowballing into the largest one-hour candle in Bitcoins history.

As we noted yesterday, there was an 11x exchange inflow spike that initiated #Bitcoin's price correction from its $58.3k #ATH, Santiment wrote in accompanying comments on Twitter.

Further data combing revealed that an address was responsible for the 2nd largest $BTC transaction of the year, an import of 2,700 tokens to the wallet before a quick sell-off. f3e04949-2aa2-4483-a890-0550d95eee3d.jpegImport chart for suspect whale sell-off address. Source: Santiment/ Twitter

The findings shed light on what exactly was happening as volatility took over for Bitcoin, which managed to recover to $54,000 before trading below $50,000 once more at the time of writing.

Some believe that the market was overextended, with naysayers in particular claiming that a bubble-like process had long been underway. Others argued that it was simply business as usual for crypto trading, but as Cointelegraph reported, concerns had mounted about unusual inflows to exchanges.

Santiment noted that the same address had also sold immediately before the cross-asset price crash in March 2020. At the time, Bitcoin lost almost 60% of its value and hit $3,600.

This same address also made a 2,000 $BTC import last March right as the Black Thursday correction took place, it revealed.

In total, it's made 73 transactions in its one-year existence, for a total of 91,935 $BTC imported, with all tokens moving away within minutes after arrival. Whales in t ...

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