Institutions are buying huge amounts of Bitcoin (BTC) and hodling, not selling it, data shows as the network mimics early 2016.
Data from various sources uploaded to social media this week show that over 40% of the Bitcoin supply has now not left its wallet in two years.
Institutional BTC demand far outweighs supply
At the same time, institutional-grade sources are purchasing huge amounts of BTC, in what looks increasingly like preparations for a long-term investment strategy.
“In the last two weeks… – Grayscale added 14,422 BTC to $GBTC. – Microstrategy bought 21,454 BTC. – Bitcoin miners mined 12,594 BTC,” analyst Kvnin Rooke summarized.
Institutions’ current and prospective love of Bitcoin hit the headlines this week thanks to MicroStrategy, which made the largest cryptocurrency its new treasury reserve asset. The 21,454 BTC buy-in came at a cost of $250 million.
Grayscale, meanwhile, has returned to Bitcoin purchases after a temporary moratorium. The company already owns a huge number of coins with Cointelegraph reporting that it is on track to hold 3.4% of the total supply by 2021 as its AUM recently surpassed $5 billion.
Throughout the past weeks, miners have contributed fewer coins in supply compared even to demand from these two institutional players. Since the release of “new” BTC per block is fixed — and went down 50% at the halving in May — price rises were all but guaranteed.
Fixed supply, changing of which requires miner consensus, which would likely make all network participants poorer, is a key feature of Bitcoin which has allowed it to preserve its status as digitally scarce hard money.
A Bitcoiner since 2017 and a Bitcoin Maximalist since 2018, Tommy is our main writer and editor at Bitcoin Maximalist. Other than researching and writing about Bitcoin, Tommy loves spending time with his family and supporting his beloved Leeds United.