The Week On-Chain (Week 6, 2021)

BTC has exceeded $40k once again after climbing consistently over the past week. On-chain metrics continue to show favorable conditions as the BTC supply remains restricted.

The Week On-Chain (Week 6, 2021)

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Bitcoin Market Health

Bitcoin recovered significantly over the past week, coming more comfortably close to $40k once again. After starting the week at $33,060, it climbed consistently and reached a peak of $40,820 on Saturday before dipping slightly, ending the week at $38,760 (an increase of 17% for the week).

For the Bulls

BTC's liquid supply is continuing to decrease as investors increasingly acquire and hodl the asset for the long term. Currently, around 78% of issued bitcoin are either lost or being hodled.

This leaves less than 4 million BTC to be shared amongst future market entrants - including large institutional investors such as PayPal, Square, S&P500 companies, ETFs and the like.

With float in the network drying up faster than ever, signs are promising for continued BTC price increases into the future.

For the Bears

Since early January, BTC miner net position change has remained in the negative figures, indicating that miners have been decreasing their positions and taking profits.

This may appear slightly bearish - however, it comes after a long period of miner accumulation throughout 2020 while the price of BTC was low. As such, it comes across as more of an opportunistic move to cover the previous year's operating costs while the BTC price remains high. Further, it appears to be returning to neutral, suggesting that this selling activity is coming to an end.

A Bullish Comment from Willy Woo

Woo's Take: The larger macro is bullish.

The larger time frame continues to be bullish, a break to the upside out of the $42k consolidation resistance is what I expect in the coming weeks.

While the price dip has shaken out many of the new buyers who came in under FOMO, the buyers on the other hand are sophisticated (rich) investors with strong hands.

Whales have been adding to their balances throughout this dip, and new whales continue to be birthed. This shows that new coins have been bought by strong hands.

Read more from Willy Woo in his newsletter, The Bitcoin Forecast.

Altcoin Feature: Ethereum Miner Revenue Hits New All-Time High

Last Friday, Ethereum miners earned $3.74 million in a single hour - the highest ever hourly revenue for the network. Total miner revenue for the same day was over $55 million, another all-time high for Ethereum.

With gas fees staying consistently high (especially in USD terms) as of late - and with gas-heavy smart contract-based transactions becoming the norm - miners in the network are earning more than ever.

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Weekly Feature: BTC Ownership is Much Less Concentrated than Often Reported

The common narrative that "2% of accounts control 95% of all BTC" is incorrect. In fact, BTC ownership is much less concentrated than often reported, and has dispersed over time. We highlight this phenomenon in our recent analysis of BTC's supply distribution.

The chart below shows the supply distribution across entities over time. In particular, it becomes apparent that the (relative) amount of BTC held by smaller entities has been growing over the course of Bitcoin's lifetime; a trend that continues to endure.

Since 2017, the smallest players (shrimps & crabs) have increased their holdings by 130%. The second smallest holders (octopus & fish) have also grown their supply by 14% in this time period.

On the other hand, large entities (dolphins & sharks as well as whales & humpbacks) have decreased their BTC ownership by -3% and -7%, respectively.

From our data, we can derive that around 2% of network entities control 71.5% of all BTC. Note that this figure is substantially different from the often propagated "2% control 95% of the supply".

Read the full analysis on Glassnode Insights:

No, Bitcoin Ownership is not Highly Concentrated – But Whales are Accumulating
We analyze the distribution of Bitcoin across network participants, and show that BTC ownership disperses over time and is much less concentrated than often reported. Meanwhile, BTC supply held by whales has recently increased, suggesting institutional investors are entering.

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Disclaimer: This report does not provide any investment advice. All data is provided for information purposes only. No investment decision shall be based on the information provided here and you are solely responsible for your own investment decisions.