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Thousands of Bitcoin leave Coinbase for the first time since June

18 Oct, 20222 min readBitcoin
Thousands of Bitcoin leave Coinbase for the first time since June

Roughly 50,000 Bitcoin (BTC) were withdrawn from Coinbase on Oct. 18, making it the first time since June that such a massive amount of the flagship token has left the exchange.

The chart below demonstrates the Bitcoin withdrawals from Coinbase since the beginning of the year with the orange line.

According to the chart, Coinbase has been steadily losing its Bitcoin reserves since late March. Withdrawals only accelerated after the Terra-Luna crash, which led to the coldest winter in crypto history.

This left Coinbase with around 525,000 Bitcoins in its reserve — 22% lower than the nearly 680,000 Bitcoins it held at the beginning of the year.

It’s not just Coinbase

While Coinbase took the most recent hit, losing Bitcoin is a common problem of all crypto exchanges.

The chart above represents the Bitcoin balances held by all crypto exchange platforms, and it shows a steady decrease since the beginning of the year, in parallel with Coinbase.

Almost 2.27 million Bitcoins were held in the exchanges in January 2022. As of Oct. 18, the amount stands just above 2.23 million — 14.7% lower than at the beginning of the year.

The decrease is steady despite the market’s bearish sentiment, which has been dominant since May.

Binance is collecting

Major exchange platform Binance seems to be an exception to exchanges losing Bitcoins. According to a CryptoSlate report from August, Binance lost BTC only between February and May.

Binance experienced major Bitcoin withdrawals just before the bear market started. During February and March, which were Binance’s losing months, Coinbase’s Bitcoin reserves remained steady.

After the bear market hit in May, Binance started accumulating Bitcoin, while Coinbase and all other exchanges lost significant amounts of it.

Zeynep is an academic who turned to crypto in 2018. Originating in social sciences, she is especially interested in the social impact of blockchain and cryptocurrencies and strongly believes in their transmuting power.

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