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26.22 Million ETH Held by Top Non-Exchange Whales: New All-Time High

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Mon, 01/24/2022 - 11:29
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Yuri Molchan
While ETH price is plummeting, top non-exchange whales continue to take Ethereum from weak hands on the dip
26.22 Million ETH Held by Top Non-Exchange Whales: New All-Time High
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Santiment on-chain analytics agency has reported that the Ethereum holdings of top non-exchange whales continue to increase as the price is holding slightly under $2,270.

A new record has been reached in whale holdings now.

26.22 million ETH is a new all-time high

According to data provided by Santiment's analysts, the largest non-exchange wallets have been buying Ethereum off "weak hands" and by now have accumulated a whopping 26.22 million ETH on the current price dip.

The Santiment tweet also shows that non-exchange wallets continue to dwarf those based within centralized crypto exchanges; the latter are now holding the lowest amount of Ether since August 2015, 3.52 million coins. That is a whopping $59,506,957,092 at the current exchange rate of $2,221.

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Ethereum remains profitable despite price crash

In spite of the 50% price collapse that has hit the second largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum remains profitable for 67% of all funds invested in it, according to another on-chain data company, IntoTheBlock.

Thirty percent of Ethereum holders are facing losses, and 2% are breaking even now. Approximately 59% of investors first bought Ethereum around a year ago – well before the recent bull run wave caught by Ethereum. Aside from these long-term holders, 35% likely entered ETH amid the recent rally, when ETH stretched past the $4,000 level.

On Friday, Jan. 21, U.Today reported that approximately $423 million worth of crypto positions were liquidated as Bitcoin plunged to the $38,000 level and Ethereum faced a harsh drop below $3,000.

At least $70 million of those liquidations were in Ethereum.

One of the reasons for ETH price crash

Data shared by Chinese crypto blogger and journalist Colin Wu shows that one of the likely causes contributing to the recent Ethereum price decline was the OpenSea marketplace and NFT issuers.

According to Wu, over the past 14 days, a substantial 21,000 ETH were wired from the OpenSea address to Coinbase. The amount of Ether moved to royalty distributers constituted 35,300 coins.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.