It’s Bitcoin Whales vs Institutions: Who Shall Win the Ultimate Battle?

By Bhushan Akolkar
Published May 20, 2021 Updated May 20, 2021
Best Buy In



Source: Pixabay

It’s Bitcoin Whales vs Institutions: Who Shall Win the Ultimate Battle?

By Bhushan Akolkar
Published May 20, 2021 Updated May 20, 2021

Bitcoin (BTC) and the overall crypto market witnessed one of the most historic crashes on Wednesday, May 19. While the entire crypto market registered a $750 billion intraday dip, Bitcoin saw its valuations tumbling by more than $150 billion in a single day.

At press time, BTC is trading at $38,307 levels with a market cap of $716 and a classic battle between Bitcoin whales and Bitcoin institutional buyers has emerged. The Bitcoin price crash followed after major whale deposits taking place at the exchanges over the last week. These deposits started even before Elon Musk’s tweets which only the fuel to the ignited fire.

Currently looking at the Whale-Dump indicator, CryptoQuant CEO Ki-Young Ju seems to be holding a bearish bias. He writes:

“Whales started depositing $BTC to exchanges when the price was $50k. Tbh, I was super bullish before Elon’s tweets, and then this shit happened after his tweet. Can’t blame him, but it seems like a butterfly effect. Until this indicator cools off, I’ll keep my bearish bias”.

Courtesy: CryptoQuant

Ki-Young Ju mentions that the whale dumping indicator has hit a one-year high since the March 2020 market crash. “If this is an orchestrated effort, it will go down again. If not, we may retest the bottom again at least,” he adds.

Bitcoin (BTC) Institutions Continue Buying

As the BTC price tanked all the way to $32,000 on Wednesday, institutional players rushed to Coinbase and other exchanges to make the most of the opportunity. In a FOMO buying taking place on Coinbase, the Bitcoin premium on the exchange surged to above $3000.

On the other hand, the Bitcoin exchange outflows, probably going to cold wallets, also surged massively. Over $750 million worth of Bitcoins were reported moving out of the exchanges in a flash.

Industry giants like Michael Saylor and Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood also seemed confident about Bitcoin prospects in the future. Saylor said that all entities under his control still continue holding their $111,000 Bitcoin without selling anything.

Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood said that she’s confident of Bitcoin going to $500,000 in the future. After Wednesday’s plunge, Wood told Bloomberg that Bitcoin was on “sale”. Finally, the man behind this entire show, Elon Musk said that Tesla has “Diamond Hands”. Meaning, they continue to hold their Bitcoin purchase strongly.


The presented content may include the personal opinion of the author and is subject to market condition. Do your market research before investing in cryptocurrencies. The author or the publication does not hold any responsibility for your personal financial loss.
About Author
Bhushan Akolkar
890 Articles
Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.