Bitcoin exchanges see large deposits despite BTC reserves hitting 3-year lows

Bitcoin (BTC) whales are moving large amounts of coins to exchanges in tandem with large outflows, curious new data shows. 

According to the exchange whale ratio indicator from on-chain analytics firm CryptoQuant, large transactions have accounted for over 90% of recent exchange deposits.

Top 10 deposits make up 90% of exchange inflows

In a marked change from previous behavior, over the past week, whales have become much more active prospective sellers on exchanges.

The exchange whale ratio, which measures how large the top 10 deposits to exchanges are relative to all deposits, is sounding the alarm.

“Whales are depositing BTC to exchanges,” CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju summarized. 

“$BTC Exchange Whale Ratio(72h MA) reached 91%. This indicates the top 10 deposits take 91% of the deposit volume across all exchanges in the hourly timeframe.”BTC/USD with exchange whale ratio annotated chart. Source: Ki Young Ju/Twitter

The data presents an interesting counterpoint to the current narrative involving whales.

As Cointelegraph reported, large wallets have been buying throughout the recent downturn, while on Tuesday, bid levels among whales increased on exchange Bitfinex from $50,000 to around $54,000.

As responses to Ki additionally noted, outflows from exchanges en masse also continue, with reserves still at their lowest since mid-2018.

Bitcoin exchange reserves chart as of Nov. 22. Source: CryptoQuant

BTC price spikes keep coming (and going)

Bitcoin saw volatile spikes Tuesday in what would correlate with sudden large-volume actions on exchanges.

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The phenomenon has played out several times over the past week, each time seeing a sudden burst in BTC price action that then dissipates at major resistance levels.

BTC/USD 30-minute candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

For analysts, $60,000 nonetheless needs to return and hold as support once more in order to trigger a genuine change in the current downtrend.



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