Whale who sold Bitcoin before 2020 crash cashed out $156M before this week's 20% dip

Whale who sold Bitcoin before 2020 crash cashed out $156M before this week's 20% dip


Bitcoin (BTC) lost 20% in a day partly thanks to the actions of a single whale, new research suggests. 

Data from on-chain analytics firm Santiment on Feb. 23 showed that BTC/USD dipped to $47,400 after Bitcoin’s second-largest transaction of 2021 took place.

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The transaction, 2,700 BTC worth $156.6 million at $58,000 per token, resulted in a sale which piled pressure on the market, this snowballing into the largest one-hour candle in Bitcoin’s history.

“As we noted yesterday, there was an 11x exchange inflow spike that initiated #Bitcoin’s price correction from its $58.3k #ATH,” Santiment wrote in accompanying comments on Twitter.

“Further data combing revealed that an address was responsible for the 2nd largest $BTC transaction of the year, an import of 2,700 tokens to the wallet before a quick sell-off.”

Import chart for suspect whale sell-off address. Source: Santiment/ Twitter

The findings shed light on what exactly was happening as volatility

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