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Why Are Bitcoin Miners Moving An “Unusually” Large Amount of BTC?

Mining 2020/09/03 19:00 by Tony Spilotro

Bitcoin is an asset unlike any other. Not only are prices impacted by normal market participants buying and selling, but miners powering the underlining network with massive BTC reserves can also have an even greater effect.

Several large miners were seen moving “unusually large” sums of BTC overnight, just ahead of the massive market collapse. Could they be responsible for the most recent plummet in Bitcoin price below $11,000? And why are these miners suddenly selling their cryptocurrency when the asset is supposed to be in a new bull market?

Blockchain Data Shows Massive BTC Mining Pool Outflows Ahead of Crypto Market Collapse

When Bitcoin was created, it gave birth to new financial technology. There’s the cryptocurrency itself, and then there is the blockchain network these tokens underpin.

The health and function of these networks, as well as how decentralized they are can have a dramatic impact on the value of an asset.

Take Ethereum Classic for example. Repeated 51% attacks have hindered the altcoin’s valuation. Supply and demand also impact valuations, along with the constant push and pull of market buying and selling.

Related Reading | Bitcoin Breaks Below $11,000, How Deep Will The Selloff Go?

The miners that help secure and operate the Bitcoin network, often need to sell the cryptocurrency in order to fund operations. Miners may wait until prices are higher to do so. With Bitcoin trading over $10,000 over the last couple of months, miners may have decided it was the right time to offload some supply.

According to fully transparent blockchain data, miners began moving an “unusually large” sum of BTC to exchanges. Bitcoin had already fallen below $12,000 at that point.

Is The Feared Post Halving Death Spiral About To Hit Bitcoin?

After the asset failed to set a higher high, miners may have taken that as a sign the uptrend was over, and decided to de-risk. Whatever the reason, the extra supply of BTC dumping into the market may have caused an even sharper drop.

Related Reading | How Rising Bitcoin Fees May Have Prevented Post-Halving Death Spiral

Although after Bitcoin’s halving, the asset is expected to begin its next bull run, a post-halving miner death spiral has been expected. This only happens when Bitcoin price falls below the cost of production. Because the cryptocurrency’s cost to produce each BTC doubles with each halving, the sudden change in miner revenue was expected to prompt a selloff.

bitcoin btcusd cost of production

BTCUSD Daily Bitcoin Cost of Production | Source: TradingView

Rising Bitcoin fees were said to prevent such a death spiral from happening, but what will take place if the current selling pushes Bitcoin far below the cost of production?

In fact, Bitcoin is now trading slightly below the cost of production, and any fall lower could lead to past examples such as the November 2018 drop and the recent Black Thursday collapse. Is that’s what is next for the crypto market?

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