Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Half Of All Bitcoins Are Spread Across 1,800 Wallets
The conducted research by PARISQ (a blockchain monitoring and compliance organization), stated that half of the entire BTCs in circulation is being held by only 1,800 wallets. The concentration of Bitcoins is 50 times higher than the concentration of global wealth, shows the report. Ethereum is even more concentrated – the ratio between Ethereum and global wealth concentration is 300:1.
In order for an individual to get among the 1,800 wallet holders, a minimum amount of 347 Bitcoins, which is around $3.5 million will be required. The top-50% resembles mere 0.023% of the registered Bitcoin wallets. The top-50% in global wealth is controlled by 1% of the world’s population. The numbers suggest that the 1800 wallets possess half of the total 17 897 925 circulating BTC – or 8 948 962,5 BTC, which costs almost $93 billion as of press time.
The BTC possessions raise an alarm signal for investors, as Bitcoin price may be a subject of considerable volatility if a crypto whale decides to sell their Bitcoin. Many of the transactions happen off the radar and in cooperation with exchanges, primarily to keep Bitcoin’s price reasonably stable. Day traders and crypto whales can work together to manipulate Bitcoin’s price and benefit from price movements.
The decentralization of crypto assets is a critical element of their popularity, but such concentrations may lead to a centralized currency. Andre Kalinowski, the co-founder of PARISQ, stated that cryptocurrencies are created to bypass government manipulation.
“Our research shows that cryptocurrencies are far from being decentralized – large quantities of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple are in control of a small number of exchange-owned wallets and early crypto adopters,” Kalinowski added.
However, the whale trend has been around for a while. PARISQ’s research shows that since the introduction of cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrencies have always been in the hands of a small number of whales. Despite the media boom during and after the crypto fever in December 2017, retail investors cannot battle large-scale crypto holders.
Kalinowski stated that “The sheer nature of cryptocurrencies relies on transparency and decentralization, but it is clouded by the size and social impact of those cryptocurrencies. We have to open up the blockchain technology to everyone in order to grant fair wealth dispersion and high whale accountability. These steps can only be achieved with enhanced monitoring practices”.