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Analysis of cryptocurrency exchange wallets shows holdings are decreasing

by Larry Cermak

January 9, 2019, 10:00AM EDT  ·  2 min read

Quick Take

  • There are currently 716k bitcoin (4% of circulation), 7M ether (7% of circulation) and 1.2B tether (64% of circulation) held in the publicly known wallets of crypto exchanges
  • In the last three months, exchange wallet balances decreased by 6% for both bitcoin and ether but by 40% for tether
  • The decrease could indicate either lower levels of speculation or that customers are withdrawing their cryptocurrencies to their own wallets
  • Out of the tracked exchanges, Binance, currently stores the largest amount of crypto holdings, amounting to more than $1.5 billion just from bitcoin, ether and tether holdings combined

by Larry Cermak

January 9, 2019, 10:00AM EDT  ·  2 min read

There are currently approximately 716,000 bitcoins (4.1% of circulation), 7 million ether (6.8% of circulation) and 1.2 billion tether (63.5% of circulation) held in the publicly known wallets of crypto exchanges according to research conducted by The Block (see the table). It’s important to note that:

  • the included exchanges could control even more wallets, which are not publicly known
  • some major exchanges including Coinbase and BitMEX, which hold significant amounts of cryptocurrencies on behalf of customers, do not have publicly known wallets so they are not included in this summary

Coinbase said that it migrated as much as 5% of bitcoin in circulation and 8% of all ethereum in December due to the scheduled wallet maintenance.