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BTC Sell-Off Intensifies Among Long-Term Holders: Glassnode Research

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A BTC sell-off intensifies among the long-term holders according to new Glassnode research that we have in our latest Bitcoin news.

The on-chain intelligence platform studied BTC entities and the supply that they hold in their wallets. It later divided the outcome into two categories: short-term holders and long-term holders.  According to the research, the long-term holders or LTC are the wallets that hold BTC for more than 155 days in a row while the short-term holders are the wallets that transfer their coins to other addresses in the first 145 days after purchasing them. The research analyzed both LTN and STH against one another and found that the former’s supply dropped to 12.3 billion BTC over the past few days while on the other hand, the STH supply surged higher with BTC sell-off intensifying in order to secure more gains.

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The weighting factors, used for the classification of long-term and short-term holders. Source Glassnode

A sell-off b the long-term investors didn’t put any negative pressure on the benchmark cryptocurrency and proved to be bullish for the crypto asset.  Glassnode reported that the LTH supply on Bitcoin’s price graph shows a correlation with changes between them inversely. With all that being said, the LTH supply increase means that Bitcoin’s price will fall. When it decreases, the cryptocurrency will start a bull run. Glassnode continued:

 “Currently, we are seeing a downward spike, pointing to the fact that BTC from hodlers started to move on-chain, as a reaction to the recent price appreciation. Note that this has been commonly observed in previous cycles as well, and indicates that we are potentially at the early stages of a bull run.”

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Long-Term Holder (LTH) Bitcoin supply vs. price. Source Glassnode

In the meantime, the BTC price increase when the STH supply goes higher which is a clear indication of older crypto sashes getting reactivated in a bull market for trading according to Glassnode:

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 “Currently, 12 million BTC of the LTH supply (~97%) and 3.5 million of the STH supply (~97%) are in a state of profit.”

The Glassnode report arrived when the BTC price hit a three-year high of $18,000 representing about 147 percent on a year-to-date timeframe which is led by a depreciation in the US dollar amind the Federal Reserve’s low-interest rate and the bond-buying policies. Analysts await that the BTC/USD exchange rate will grow back towards the record high of $20,000 because Bitcoin is divisible and easily transferable. This technical makes the asset superior to gold. Vijay Boypaty, a popular crypto researcher said:

 “Where gold is an ancient store-of-value, Bitcoin is a *nascent* store-of-value with superior monetary properties to gold. If one were to believe it eclipses gold’s market capitalization, due to these superior properties, Bitcoin becomes a very attractive asymmetric bet.”

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Breaking Down the Effect of Bitcoin’s $3,000 Drop on the Futures Market

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  • Bitcoin has undergone a strong drop since peaking at $19,500 just days ago
  • The coin currently trades at $17,000 as of this article’s writing
  • Analysis compiled by Coinalyze found that over the course of the past few days, $1 billion worth of open interest has been wiped from leading Bitcoin futures exchanges
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How the Strong Bitcoin Drop Affected the Futures Market For BTC

Bitcoin has undergone a strong drop since peaking at $19,500 just days ago. The leading cryptocurrency currently trades for $17,000, far below the highs.

The drop came in a short period of time, with liquidations pushing Bitcoin dramatically lower in a wave. The issue was that many market participants were overleveraged, meaning that a small correction triggered liquidations and stop losses, resulting in a rapid cascade lower.

Analysis compiled by Coinalyze found that over the course of the past few days, $1 billion worth of open interest has been wiped from leading Bitcoin futures exchanges.

This was also marked by a spike in trading volume, of $66 billion on futures exchanges and $7 billion on spot exchanges.

These two data points in tandem suggest that the recent correction marked a needed correction in the Bitcoin market to ensure that derivatives players were not getting too far overleveraged.

After the strong correction, the funding rates of top Bitcoin futures markets have reset. The funding rate is the rate that long positions pay short positions on a recurring basis to make sure the price of the future stays in line with the spot market.

According to ByBt, a crypto derivatives tracker, the funding rates of most leading exchanges have reset to the baseline of 0.01% per eight hours. Further, on OKEx in particular, the funding rates of many pairs have actually trended into a negative region, suggesting an increasing number of short takers.

Bitcoin may revert higher if there continues to be low and even negative interest rates and if consolidation takes place.

Par for the Course

Many say that this correction is par for the course in that it should be expected.

Bob Loukas, a long-time Bitcoin investor and macro analyst, recently pointed out that the previous bull run was punctuated with drawdowns similar to the one taking place now:

“Most have a short memory. Remember in Jan 2017 just shy of #Bitcoin ATH’s, boom 34% decline. The 2 months later a sharp rally, new ATH’s, and double boom 34% decline. Never a one way street.”

Countless others in the space have corroborated this, arguing that it is actually healthy for bullish markets to pull back.

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Source: https://bitcoinist.com/breaking-down-the-effect-of-bitcoins-3000-drop-on-the-futures-market/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=breaking-down-the-effect-of-bitcoins-3000-drop-on-the-futures-market

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Facebook’s Libra Could Reportedly Arrive in January 2021 in a Scaled-Down Version

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  • Although Facebook failed to launch Libra in mid-2020 as initially planned, the social media giant could do so in early 2021.
  • Finance Times cited three people working on the project claiming that Libra’s long-awaited launch could come in January 2021 but in a scaled-down version.
  • CryptoPotato reported before that Libra already changed its original idea from being a “single global digital currency” to creating a series of various digital coins. 
  • The FT coverage asserted that Libra could see the light of day after receiving approval to operate as a payments service from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). However, the Libra Association would initially release just a single coin backed one-for-one by the dollar. The other set of currencies would be rolled out later, should the FINMA application is successful.
  • Facebook rattled the financial world last year after announcing plans to launch its own cryptocurrency called Libra. After receiving scrutiny from world watchdogs, the Libra project underwent numerous changes, including executive replacements.
  • Libra suffered more blows when several notable partners left. Those included PayPal, Mastercard, eBay, Vodafone, and more.
  • In an attempt to salvage the project, the Association decided to make further changes by renaming Libra’s wallet provider from Calibra to Novi.

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Bitcoin Worth $500 Million Withdrawn From OKEx as Users Look for Other Alternatives

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Users withdrew a record 29,300 BTC from OKEx after the Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange resumed withdrawals yesterday. This comes after bitcoin (BTC) price kickstarted its epic freefall dropping to levels near $16,500 before bouncing back up again. But what is the reason behind the massive bitcoin exodus out of OKEx?

OKEx Sees Significant BTC Withdrawals And Deposits

As per the latest update from on-chain and market analysis firm Glassnode, OKEx users have withdrawn a record 29,300 bitcoins after the exchange gave the green signal for resuming withdrawals yesterday. These BTC transactions amount to roughly $5 billion (considering the current spot rates).

Glassnode also observed a deposit of 21,600 BTC on OKEx. Withdrawals and deposits together had a depreciating effect on the exchange’s overall bitcoin balance which reduced to around 212,000 BTC.

The potential cause behind the massive exodus of bitcoin holdings could be a result of users leaving OKEx in search of other alternatives. Binance, Huobi, and some third party wallets were at the receiving end of the initial bitcoin transfers from the exchange.

Users Dissatisfied With OKex; Seek Other Alternatives

OKex announced the resumption of withdrawals on November 19. Few folks welcomed the developments, but most of them seemed miffed with the exchange’s recent bitcoin and crypto withdrawal suspension, with a lot of users demanding compensation else they make their move to other platforms.

Large BTC Deposits Point To ‘Centralized Failure’ Risks

As reported by CryptoPotato, OKEx had more than 200,000 BTC stored in their wallets during the ‘withdrawal lockdown.’

Although OKEx CEO Jay Hao assured users that their funds are safe and that there’s no “cause for alarm,” the vastness of the above bitcoin stash is pretty alarming. Especially because it is controlled by one single organization.

What’s more disappointing is that the official who had access to the private keys was ‘out of touch’ with the management. The OKEx personnel wasn’t able to reach out to him. This is not desirable since it poses huge risks to these BTC stashes falling prey to coordinated attacks that target centralized points of failure.

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