Bitcoin [BTC] Flash Drop Adds Another $500 Million to Tether [USDT] Supply

By Nivesh Rustgi
Published August 10, 2020 Updated August 10, 2020
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Bitcoin [BTC] Flash Drop Adds Another $500 Million to Tether [USDT] Supply

By Nivesh Rustgi
Published August 10, 2020 Updated August 10, 2020

Another effort by Bitcoin [BTC] bulls to surpass $12,000 gets rejected with a flash drop to lows at $11,500. According to Datamish, the move liquidated $30 million in Bitcoin longs. 


Nevertheless, the market is witnessing a quick reversal to $11,950 looking to break resistance around $12,000. The trader sentiments are bullish despite the drop. It is further reinforced by $500 million in added supply at Tether.

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BTC/USD 1-Hour Chart on Coinbase (TradingView) (The verticle line marks the hour of USDT mints and Binance Transfers)

Reportedly, before the reversal above $11,750, Tether mints $500 million USDT taking the total USDT treasury at $11.856 billion. Around the same time, WhaleAlert also finds $200 million in transfers to Binance. The $200 million were transferred in two sets of around $100 million each. The details of which can be found on links below,

As reported earlier on CoinGape, stablecoins are increasingly finding utility as a Store of Value (SoV) and medium of transfer. According to a report by Chainalysis,

In this last quarter of global crises, Tether may have found a new use case as a store of value. With the supply of Tether on Bitcoin and Ethereum having increased by 50% in Q1 and 27% in Q2, there is now enough Tether to go around.

Hence, the added supply of Tether can also be for arbitrage trading and added liquidity across exchanges for USDT.

Bitcoin Flows on Exchanges Indicate Bulls Are Strong

Moreover, in the last few weeks, the flow of Bitcoin [BTC] across exchanges have been bullish as well. According to Phillip Gradwell, the Chief Economist at Chainalysis, the exchange

#bitcoin inflows to exchanges this Sunday were back to normal levels, so less bitcoin has been added to be sold. Exchange balances have been increasing so there is still liquidity, but interesting that additional supply may be slowing

As mentioned earlier on CoinGape, the relative flow of deposits and withdrawal across exchanges builds the trend in the market. Greater outflows would represent self-custody or other investments; hence, bullish. Conversely, larger inflows represent sell-off on exchanges.

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Bitcoin [BTC] Exchange Inflows (Source)
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Bitcoin [BTC] Exchange Outlows (Source)
It is evident that since the beginning of the month, the exchange outflows (>60k) have been greater than the inflows. According to a seperate update from Glassnode for exchange flows in the last week, the net flow of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT (ERC-20) has been negative (greater outflows).

Do you think Bitcoin will be able to breach above $12000 resistance? Please share your views with us. 

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Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Analyst at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)

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