The quantity of Bitcoin being held on cryptocurrency exchanges has decreased roughly 20 p.c over the past 12 months, in accordance with knowledge from cryptocurrency analysts agency, Glassnode.
The lower within the quantity of Bitcoin held on exchanges could possibly be a sign that extra traders are shopping for BTC and storing it offline, which CoinTelegraph says could possibly be contributing to a BTC ‘supply crunch’.
This ‘supply crunch’ could have contributed to Bitcoin’s shortage, and, in flip, its worth improve. Over the previous 12 months, BTC’s worth has risen from $7,950 to roughly $50,000.
More Than 57% of BTC’s Circulating Supply Has Not Moved in over a Year
Glassnode’s discovering contributes to the narrative that an rising variety of traders are shopping for Bitcoin as a ‘store-of-value’ asset that can be utilized as a hedge towards fiat inflation; a type of ‘digital gold’.
Glassnode additionally shared findings on March sixth that present a lot of the Bitcoin that was bought earlier in 2021 was not bought in the course of the large market corrections that happened towards the tip of February. (From February 21st to 23rd, Bitcoin dropped from $58Okay to $45Okay; from February 25th to 28th, BTC dropped from $50,800 to $43,600.)
These findings, and the concept extra Bitcoin traders are ‘hodling’ for the long run, was additional supported by Glassnode’s ‘Hodlwaves’ metric. Hodlwave exhibits the period of time that has handed since a Bitcoin was final moved on-chain.
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According to Hodlwaves knowledge printed on February 22nd, 57 p.c of Bitcoin’s circulating provide has not been moved in a couple of 12 months. This implies that 57 p.c of Bitcoins had been bought a couple of 12 months in the past and haven’t moved since then.
Additionally, one-third of the Bitcoins that haven’t been moved in over a 12 months have additionally not been moved in over 5 years. According to CoinTelegraph, this implies that ‘a significant portion’ of circulating Bitcoins could have been completely misplaced.
The Bitcoin Fear and Greed meter, which measures how doubtless Bitcoin hodlers are to promote (concern) or maintain (greed) their Bitcoins additionally presently reads at ‘extreme greed’.
Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index is 81 ~ Extreme Greed pic.twitter.com/1IggWNUZDP
— Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index (@BitcoinFear) March 8, 2021
Is BTC’s Usage in DeFi Contributing to the Bitcoin “Supply Crunch”?
Part of Bitcoin’s migration off exchanges could also be as a result of elevated recognition of decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges and DeFi protocols that enable their customers to generate revenue from lending out their BTC.
For instance, CoinTelegraph reported that: “evidencing strong demand for Bitcoin in the DeFi ecosystem, the total value locked, or TVL, of BTC tokenization protocol, Wrapped Bitcoin has increased by more than $1 billion since the start of March.”
However, the quantity of precise BTC being utilized in DeFi protocols seems to have lately dropped fairly sharply. Data from DeFi Pulse exhibits that only one month in the past, there have been greater than 50,000 BTC ‘locked’ within the DeFi world; right this moment, there are simply 34,140 BTC.