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On-chain data shows the Bitcoin whales have grown in number while the rest of the market has been panicking about the latest plunge in the asset.

Bitcoin Investors With More Than 1,000 BTC Have Grown In Number Recently As pointed out by an analyst in a post on X, BTC whales might be capitalizing on the current lower asset prices to accumulate. The relevant indicator here is the total number of Bitcoin entities carrying a balance of at least 1,000 BTC.

As for what an “entity” constitutes, the on-chain analytics firm Glassnode says, “entities are defined as a cluster of addresses that are controlled by the same network entity and are estimated through advanced heuristics and Glassnode’s proprietary clustering algorithms.”

The advantage of entities over the pure number of addresses is that they represent a better estimate of the actual number of investors present on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Moves made in between the multiple addresses owned by the same holder don’t carry the same significance to the rest of the network as those between two separate investors.

Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the number of Bitcoin entities holding 1,000 or more BTC over the last few months:

The value of the metric appears to have been going up in recent days | Source: @ali_charts on X The investors who are this big are popularly called the whales. Thanks to their large holdings, these investors can carry some influence in the market, making their movements worth tracking.

The chart shows that the Bitcoin whales have seen an overall uptrend in their total count over the past few months. The indicator’s value had seen a dip during November as BTC had plateaued, suggesting that a notable number of whales had exited the coin.

Near the end of the month, though, fresh whale entities started cropping up on the network as their total number sharply rose. As is visible in the graph, what followed this increase was BTC’s rally toward the $44,000 mark.

The whale entities moved flat while BTC consolidated at these highs, but as the cryptocurrency has registered a sharp plunge recently, more whales have appeared on the blockchain.

It would appear that while the rest of the investors have been in a bit of panic over the drawdown, the big-money investors are only looking at it as a new opportunity for accumulation.

This buying from the whales doesn’t necessarily have to lead to a turnaround for the asset. However, considering the pattern followed just earlier, this buying from the cohort is certainly an optimistic sign.

BTC Price Bitcoin has been trying to attempt recovery, but the asset hasn’t been able to find much success so far, as it currently appears to be on its way back down again.

BTC has plunged over the last two days | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView Featured image from Thomas Lipke on Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, Glassnode.com

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Keshav Verma Keshav is a Physics graduate who has been employed as a writer with Bitcoinist since June 2021. He is passionate about writing and through the years, he has gained experience working in a variety of niches. Keshav holds an active interest in the cryptocurrency market, with on-chain analysis being an area he particularly likes to research and write about.

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