Retail Investment in Bitcoin Soars to a New All-Time High

Just a few hours back, bitcoin (BTC) price surged back higher to $13,500 and established a new high for this year. But along with BTC’s near exponential rise in valuation, retail buyers of the cryptocurrency have also soared and are now at an all-time high. Is this a direct result of a rally-induced FOMO?

Bitcoin Addresses Holding BTC Worth $10, $100, and $1000 At ATH

If you think that it’s just bitcoin price that’s blasting through rooftops, Rafael Schultze-Kraft’s latest update will get your eyeballs rolling even more. According to the Glassnode CTO, the number of investors holding $10, $100, and $1000 worth of BTC has gone up through the roof and established a new top.
Number of #Bitcoin addresses holding at least…
…$10 worth of BTC: 17.6M ––– ATH
…$100 worth of BTC: 9.7M ––– ATH
…$1000 worth of BTC: 3.6M ––– ATH
Bitcoin Wallet Addresses Holding $10, $100, and $1000 worth of BTC at ATH, Source: Glassnode.
This takes the total number of fractional bitcoin holders (holding BTC worth the mentioned amounts) to almost 31 million and marks a significant milestone in the decentralization of ownership of the cryptocurrency.
It also shows that institutions are no longer the lone rangers, spinning the wheels of bitcoin’s bullish rally. Retail investors are also buying BTC en-masse, believing the asset to achieve higher price points in the near future.

BTC Millionaires Are Also Steadily Increasing

While small bitcoin wallets (with less denomination) have clocked at an all-time high of 31 million, BTC millionaires haven’t stayed back either.

According to another bitcoin address update that Glassnode shared yesterday, now there are 20,000 wallets owning more than a million dollars worth of BTC. The on-chain analysis firm noted that this is the highest number seen since January 2018.

Bitcoin Addresses Holding BTC Worth $1 Million+, Source: Glassnode.

While the number of addresses holding bitcoin holding $1 million is comparatively less, the BTC holding valuations are far higher. Does this mean that the market will be left in shambles due to another dump? Not really.

Whales Might Not Dump Anytime Soon

In September, after the notorious crash, Willy Woo, a noted on-chain analyst, had shared a macro market outlook where he said that it is ‘very unlikely we’ll see any kind of a catastrophic dump in price.’ Adding further to his statement, Woo commented:

Zooming out to the mid macro (months ahead), we’re in a really nice zone of Difficulty Ribbon compression, post halvening (red verticals), this is quite a reliable indicator of bullishness.

And moving to the full macro picture here’s RVT Ratio (very generally you can think of it as a PE Ratio for Bitcoin, a better version of my older NVT Ratio). Obviously we have a lot of room for growth in this cycle.
Bitcoin RVT Ratio by Willy Woo

Woo’s argument makes it pretty clear that bitcoin millionaires are not selling anytime soon. As a matter of fact, it appears that the next leg of the BTC rally may have well begun.

One question still remains. Is this increment in retail and whale bitcoin addresses a direct result of BTC’s expanding price tag? It seems so. After all, with the given geopolitical and global economic scenario, everyone wants to jump in on the bandwagon and make some free money while they can, right?

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