BTC whales made a profit during the Bitcoin rally

BTC whales made a profit during the Bitcoin rally from August to November: OKEx report

  • OKEx’s research shows that sellers are making larger transactions as the BTC price has risen.
  • Retail customers bought as the price rose.
  • Professionals bought during the American Thanksgiving holiday.

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Research by OKEx analysed BTC/USD business models from August to November 2020 and revealed that retail traders were losing to whales.

In its research, the OKEx team filtered Bitcoin Code trades by trade size and direction to see how different types of market players acted during the bull run from August to November 2020.

Getting directions

According to the researchers, sorting by store size is simple. However, commercial orientation is difficult and the researchers have carefully explained their methodology.

The authors look at the trades from the perspective of a taker using a Kaiko algorithm. In other words, they examine the type of order placed and whether buy or sell orders were executed for each order size.
Ranking by Bitcoin trader category

Bitcoin traders have been classified into four categories according to the size of the trade:

  • <0.5 BTC
  • 0.5 < 2 BTC
  • 2 < 5 BTC
  • 10+ BTC

The OKEx team explains that these groupings correspond to market personalities and are generally referred to as retail traders, professionals, major traders or whales and institutions. The behaviour of each type of trader falls roughly into these categories and volumes.

So, what happened?

According to OKEx, small retail traders were on a buying spree as BTC continued to grow at around $15,000. Retailers joined the mix after that.

Dave Portnoy sembra odiare BTC Tutto d’un tratto

Oh Dave Portnoy, cos’è successo? Sei passato dall’essere un grande sostenitore del bitcoin e ora sembri odiarlo. Cosa ti ha fatto cambiare idea così drasticamente?

Dave Portnoy passa a Bitcoin

Come tutti ricordiamo, è stato un grande evento nell’agosto di quest’anno quando i gemelli Winklevoss del Gemini Exchange di New York hanno deciso di spiegare bitcoin a Portnoy dopo aver ammesso di non avere idea di cosa fosse o di come funzionasse nel suo podcast. Dopo qualche ora con i Gemelli, si stimava che l’oro avrebbe finito il suo valore grazie ai piani di Elon Musk per estrarre gli asteroidi e che BTC avrebbe probabilmente continuato a vivere per un bel po‘ di tempo.

Quando fu tutto finito, Portnoy annunciò con gratitudine che avrebbe fatto il primo passo verso l’investimento in bitcoin. Purtroppo, non sembra che quel passo sarà fatto dopo tutto, considerando che ora si riferisce al bitcoin come ad uno schema Ponzi – qualcosa che dovrebbe essere evitato a tutti i costi. E‘ un vero peccato, considerando che il prezzo del bene è salito di circa 400 dollari nelle ultime 48 ore fino a raggiungere i 10.700 dollari, il più alto da poco più di una settimana.

In una recente intervista, Portnoy ha spiegato quanto segue a proposito della valuta digitale numero uno al mondo per limite di mercato:

È solo un grande schema Ponzi. Entri e non devi essere tu a tenere in mano la borsa. Non è diverso dal mercato azionario. Ognuno sta pompando la propria [moneta] bene.

Diverse persone all’interno della comunità dei crittografi non stanno prendendo bene le parole di Portnoy e lo stanno criticando sui social media. Jameson Lopp – co-fondatore e responsabile della tecnologia presso l’azienda di sicurezza bitcoin Casa in Colorado – ha dichiarato sulla sua pagina Twitter:

Oh, caro Dave. Per questa definizione, ogni bene quotato in borsa è un Ponzi.

Gli analisti reagiscono

Altri analisti, come Willy Woo, si sono trovati subito in disaccordo con le affermazioni di Portnoy, ma hanno anche spiegato perché sentivano che qualcuno come Portnoy – che è relativamente nuovo nello spazio cripto – avrebbe avuto tali idee quando si trattava della mancanza di protezioni nel mondo bitcoin. Ha dichiarato:

Strutturalmente, le persone chiamano le cose schemi Ponzi quando sembrano una bolla e senza una reale produttività dimostrata. Le prime fasi di avvio con valutazioni sempre crescenti ricadono in questo campo. Il fatto è che sembra uno schema Ponzi finché non prende il sopravvento come il nuovo normale e cambia il mondo.

Inoltre non è del tutto giusto etichettare il bitcoin come un bene che non ha mostrato alcuna produttività, considerando che è aumentato di poco meno del 50% dall’inizio dell’anno. Nonostante tutta la rabbia nei confronti di BTC, Portnoy ha lasciato intendere che alla fine ci sarebbe tornato, considerando che le persone nello spazio BTC erano „il suo tipo di persone“.

Grayscale Investments a maintenant près de 450K Bitcoin en position

La société de crypto-investissement institutionnelle Grayscale Investments, dont le siège est à New York, a de nouveau relevé sa position sur Bitcoin. La société a acheté une quantité importante de Bitcoins au cours de la semaine dernière, portant sa position en Bitcoins à près de 450 000 BTC. Avec l’achat récent de Bitcoin, Grayscale revient sur sa position de l’une des plus grandes sociétés accumulant ou détenant un pourcentage important de la cryptoconnaissance.

Grayscale Investments a acheté 17 100 BTC supplémentaires
Pour commencer, Grayscale Investments est une autorité de confiance et de niveau institutionnel en matière d’investissement en devises numériques, y compris la gestion des actifs cryptographiques. Notamment, la société détient une quantité impressionnante de cryptocurrences étant donné ses récents achats massifs. En outre, les données de Bybt montrent que la société a effectué un autre achat important au cours de la semaine dernière.

Selon les données, Grayscale Investments a récolté un total de 17 100 BTC à partir du 21 septembre. Si l’on suit le cours de la cryptocarte à cette époque (environ 10,64 K$), le récent achat s’élève à 182 millions de dollars. Au total, l’entreprise dispose d’un total de 449 900 BTC dans sa position Bitcoin, comme le montre Bybt. En outre, GBTC se targue aujourd’hui d’avoir 4,7 milliards de dollars d’actifs sous gestion (AUM).

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Appel institutionnel
L’achat massif de Bitcoin auprès de la société d’investissement en crypto-actifs indique probablement la vivacité des investisseurs institutionnels en crypto-actifs. Avec une position en Bitcoin de 449 900 BTC, Grayscale Investments détient actuellement environ 2,14 % de l’offre totale de Bitcoin, qui devrait plafonner à 21 millions. De plus, la position totale en Bitcoin représente plus de 2,43 % de l’offre actuelle de Bitcoin en circulation, qui est de 18 500 000.

Beaucoup de gens pensent que ces achats massifs de BTC sont assez optimistes pour les investisseurs. En dehors de Grayscale Investments, une société non liée à la cryptographie, MicroStrategy a fait la une des journaux dans le secteur des devises cryptographiques grâce à un nombre important de Bitcoins qu’elle a achetés en tant qu’actif de réserve primaire. La société d’intelligence économique a récemment acheté 16 796 BTC pour un montant total de 175 millions de dollars.

En plus de l’achat précédent, MicroStrategy dispose d’un total de 38 250 Bitcoins dans sa réserve de cryptographie, au prix de 425 millions de dollars.

Ripple receives support from 4 new universities

Ripple announced that other universities will provide support for the network and this will accelerate progress in academia and industry.

The project, which is part of the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) was created in 2018 with the intent to fund development regarding the use of the blockchain and its possible applications. So far it has led to over 180 research and 95 courses in over 15 countries, demonstrating that this sector is always active.

The latest universities that have joined to support Ripple are Bitcoin Trader Zurich, University of Zurich, Ryerson University and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), bringing the total number of universities to 37.

University Ripple

As far as the University of Zurich is concerned, it is launching the Fintech Innovation Lab which will be the first interdisciplinary research center in this field, as explained by its director, Thomas Puschmann:

„What we do at the University of Zurich is not just special, it is the future.

On the other hand, ETH Zurich is currently engaged in research into security and cryptography and new payment systems, as explained by the professor of systems security, Srdjan Čapkun:

„As we prepare to embark on a new path, the contribution of the EBRU will be important in unlocking the power and potential of financial technology in Switzerland and elsewhere.

In Canada, we have Ryerson University’s Cybersecurity Research Lab (CRL), which is working on Mosaïque, a data-driven system for decentralized networks, as CRL Director Atefeh Mashatan explains:

„We see our partnership with UBRI as an opportunity to leverage Ripple’s expertise in blockchain innovation to create a token-based payment system for Mosaïque.

Finally, in Mexico we can see that the blockchain sector has increased by 90% compared to 2018 and several companies are starting to adopt this technology because the country is too dependent on cash which is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

For this reason, the Mexican government is working to go digital and there are a lot of courses on the subject.

Professor Gustavo Salaiz explained:

„We want to make sure that students have the right skill set for a world where data and transactions take place on distributed records, and Ripple’s UBRI will help us prepare our students for the digital future in the financial services industry.

BTC-e Untersuchung: NZ-Polizei friert $140 Millionen im Zusammenhang mit Alexander Vinnik ein

BTC-e Untersuchung: NZ-Polizei friert $140 Millionen im Zusammenhang mit Alexander Vinnik ein

Die neuseeländische Polizei hat Millionen von Dollar an Bankgeldern, die einem russischen IT-Spezialisten, Alexander Vinnik, und seiner Firma gehören, zurückgehalten. Die Gelder wurden nach der BTC-e Untersuchung eingefroren, bei der Vinnik wegen Geldwäsche für schlechte Schauspieler angeklagt wurde.

Die BTC-e Untersuchung führte zum Einfrieren von 140 Millionen Dollar

Laut dem Bericht vom Montag wurden etwa 140 Millionen Dollar, die in Offshore-Banken gehalten wurden, nach Neuseeland zurückgeholt und von der Polizei eingefroren.

Diese Gelder gehören Berichten zufolge Vinnik und seiner in Neuseeland registrierten Firma mit dem Namen Canton Business Corporation.

Der Fonds gilt als der größte jemals in Neuseeland eingefrorene Betrag. Die Entwicklung wird heute jedoch als Teil der BTC-e Untersuchung betrachtet.

BTC-e ist eine digitale Währungsbörse im Besitz von Vinnik, die in den Vereinigten Staaten betrieben wurde. Seit einiger Zeit wird Vinnik dafür angeklagt, dass er über seine Börse eine sehr beträchtliche Summe von Dollars für Verbrechersyndikate gewaschen hat.

BTC-e wickelte über 4 Milliarden Dollar Bitcoin-Handel ab

Andrew Coster, der Polizeipräsident der NZ, behauptete, dass der digitale Währungsumtausch nicht mit Anti-Geldwäsche-Prüfungen betrieben wurde. Aus diesem Grund verwiesen Cyberkriminelle auf die Plattform, um die unrechtmäßig erworbenen Gelder aus Aktivitäten wie Hacking, Betrug, Drogenhandel und Kryptogeld-Diebstahl zu waschen.

Irgendwann glaubte man, der 37-jährige Computerspezialist stelle durch seinen Umtausch eine hohe Bedrohung für das internationale Bankensystem dar. Nach BTC-e Ermittlungen wickelte die digitale Währungsbörse mehr als 4 Milliarden Dollar Handel mit Bitcoin (BTC) in Anonymität ab.

Das Computergenie wurde zunächst 2017 während eines Urlaubs in Griechenland festgenommen. Später wurde er an Frankreich ausgeliefert, während die BTC-e Ermittlungen fortgesetzt wurden. Seither ist er im Land in Haft geblieben. Die Polizei in Neuseeland hat mit den US-Behörden zusammengearbeitet, um die Angelegenheit zu klären, die laut Coster ein „sehr schweres Vergehen“ darstellt.