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Anonymous Whale Moves $638 Million in Bitcoin from Bitfinex: Details

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:30
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Yuri Molchan
Three hours ago, 15,909 BTC was withdrawn from Bitfinex by an anonymous cryptocurrency user, insider Colin Wu offers details
Anonymous Whale Moves $638 Million in Bitcoin from Bitfinex: Details
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Three hours ago, an astounding amount of crypto—15,909 Bitcoin—was withdrawn from the major BItfinex cryptocurrency exchange.

Only one-tenth of this sum went to a hot wallet of the platform, and the rest was transferred to an unknown crypto wallet.

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Half-billion USD in BTC outflows Bitfinex

A massive amount of Bitcoin left a leading exchange, Bitfinex, about three hours ago. A Chinese journalist who covers everything to do with blockchain and crypto, Colin Wu, has added some details to this.

He stated that around 2,000 Bitcoins ($80,302,600) were transferred to a Bitfinex hot wallet. The rest of the crypto, 13,909 BTC, was wired to a digital wallet with an unregistered owner.

This was likely a high net worth individual or a financial institution buying Bitcoin on the dip after the flagship cryptocurrency fell below the $40,000 level earlier today.

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Almost one billion USD deposited to exchanges

Contrary to the whale who withdrew BTC from Bitfinex, on May 18 a chart provided by Glassnode and shared by the Moskovski Capital CIO showed that a staggering amount of $924,199,067 in Bitcoin was deposited to crypto exchanges within a single hour.

This inflow was able to match the hourly amount of Bitcoin deposited to trading platforms back in March 2020, when Black Thursday took place and Bitcoin lost 50 percent of its market value in just 24 hours, dropping below $4,000.

Crypto Carnage: Ethereum Slips to $2,900 While Bitcoin Plunges Below $40,000

The Elon Musk Effect keeps hurting Bitcoin

After Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted his controversial Bitcoin tweet, stating that the flagship crypto is not eco-friendly to put it softly, Elon got a massive backlash from the community and Bitcoin has been in a heavy decline.

On May 12, it tanked from the $57,000 level to the $49,000 zone. The next low it hit was $42,608 on May 17.

Earlier today, Bitcoin plunged below the crucial support level of $40,000, pulling down Ethereum and the rest of the crypto market into the red zone. The likely reason for it is yesterday's warning of Chinese authorities to financial institutions not too dip their toes into any crypto-related businesses.

The second major cryptocurrency fell below the $3,000 price mark earlier on Wednesday.

As for Tesla, it has has not sold any Bitcoin from its balance sheet yet, as per another Musk tweet.

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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.

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