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Small and medium hodlers control 40% of the Bitcoin supply — data


Small and medium hodlers control 40% of the Bitcoin supply — data

Distribution “keeps getting better,” says Willy Woo amid continued claims that Bitcoin as a network is too centralized.

“Rough estimate is 40% of the available supply is controlled by small / medium holders (

Bitcoin supply distribution chart. Source: Willy Woo/ Glassnode

The numbers serve to alleviate fears of centralization fanned by recent articles in the mainstream press on the back of Bitcoin price rises and associated publicity.

In a piece on Jan. 31, Bloomberg used a report from research entity Token Analyst to claim that “Bitcoin’s infrastructure is more centralized than ever before,” and that this was “raising alarms about the security and viability of what is championed as a decentralized network.”

In late December, Forbes targeted mining as an alleged victim of “Chinese centralization.”

Proponents meanwhile continue to highlight Bitcoin as the antidote to the centralization which has undermined fiat currencies around the world.

“How did we get to this point? Centralization, complacency, and a detachment from monetary reality,” commentator Marty Bent wrote in his latest blog post on Feb. 1.

Trader: Big buyers will sell eventually

A minor preoccupation nonetheless remains the impact of major selling on distribution should new institutional buyers choose to take profit.

For popular trader Scott Melker, such a scenario is a matter of “if,” not “when,” and the idea that institutions will hodl ad infinitum is a myth.

Both MicroStrategy and Grayscale added to their positions this week, the former purchasing 295 BTC on Tuesday while the latter’s Bitcoin assets under management now total $22.5 billion.

Grayscale BTC holdings. Source:

“Regardless of all of the reports surfacing about hedge funds exploring Bitcoin, it is our belief most are going to lock in profit at some point, whether they own GBTC or custody their own coins. So, our answer is yes, institutions will sell their bitcoin,” he wrote this week.

“But it is reasonable to believe many companies and funds will add Bitcoin to their balance sheet in some denomination as an inflation hedge rather than a short-term profit opportunity, leaving some Bitcoin off the market for good.”

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