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Chainlink Sees Growing Whale Population: Data

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Thu, 12/03/2020 - 19:03
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Alex Dovbnya
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Chainlink, the sixth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has a growing population of whales. 

According to data provided by crypto analytics firm Santiment, 445 more wallets hold over 1,000 LINK tokens now compared to early November. 

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Whales were blamed for Chainlink's major corrections 

With Dave Portnoy and mainstream coverage, Chainlink became the hottest thing in crypto in late summer, soaring to its current all-time high of $20.11 on Aug. 16.  

However, the cryptocurrency plunged by 36 percent just a week after reaching its current peak.

Back then, Santiment attributed the bloodbath to the declining number of mega-whales that hold over 100,000 tokens, meaning that they started exiting the market right after the all-time high. 

Chainlink also saw a drop in whale addresses in late October, which also coincided with a 25 percent rout.    

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More than a year of accumulation 

The total circulating supply of LINK is capped at one billion tokens. 550 million tokens — which are locked in just five addresses — are yet to be distributed. According to the cryptocurrency’s white paper, they are reserved for node operators and continued development of the company. 

In late October, Santiment determined that large addresses had accumulated 34.32 million tokens over the past year, which is believed to be a vote of confidence in Chainlink. 

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Yet, just like with other cryptocurrencies, the predominant influence of whales who are able to manipulate the market might be too much of a concern for the retail crowd.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.