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Coinbase Witnesses Lowest Bitcoin Holdings in Nine Years as Whales Move Nearly $1 Billion Off Exchange

Bitcoin holdings on the Coinbase crypto exchange have dwindled to their lowest point in nine years as users relocate a substantial portion of their holdings away from the exchange.

According to a report from CryptoQuant, whales shifted 18,000 Bitcoin, valued at nearly $1 billion, away from Coinbase over the weekend, with transfer amounts ranging from $45 million to $171 million.

The public order book of Coinbase presently contains approximately 394,000 BTC, estimated to be valued at $20.5 billion.

The movement of BTC holdings away from centralised exchanges by whales is viewed as a positive indicator as it reduces the availability of Bitcoin for sale.

Nonetheless, opinions on social media regarding the nature of these transfers are mixed.

Some speculate that the funds are being transferred to custodial wallets in anticipation of a price surge, particularly with the forthcoming Bitcoin halving just two months away, causing a supply shock.

Conversely, some believe that the transferred funds might be utilised for liquidity in over-the-counter (OTC) trades.

Others suggest that the funds might be transferred to a different custodian and that these are not individual withdrawals, remarking that the majority of assets held on these exchanges do not actually belong to them, thus the actual withdrawal figure should be much lower.

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With each Bitcoin halving cycle, the influx of new BTC into the market is halved, leading to a supply squeeze as demand rises.

The next Bitcoin halving is scheduled for April at a block height of 740,000, reducing the block reward from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC per mined block.

This halving coincides with significant institutional demand, evidenced by the approval of 11 spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States in January.

Presently, approximately 900 BTC are mined daily, while the daily net inflows of Bitcoin ETFs amount to around half a billion dollars, equivalent to about 9,650 BTC, notwithstanding Grayscale registering nearly $100 million in daily outflows.

Following the April halving, the daily production of BTC will decrease to about 450 BTC, while institutional demand is expected to persist.

This significant disparity between supply and demand historically favours a bullish trajectory for the Bitcoin price, often resulting in new all-time highs within a year of the halving.

Bitcoin is currently trading at around $52,000, marking its highest level since December 2021, albeit a 25% decrease from its peak of approximately $69,000.

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