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Bitcoin: insignificant fees on a billion dollar transaction
Bitcoin: insignificant fees on a billion dollar transaction
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Bitcoin: insignificant fees on a billion dollar transaction

By Marco Cavicchioli - 27 Oct 2020

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Yesterday a $1.15 billion transaction was recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain with only $3.54 in fees

This is the single largest transaction ever in cryptocurrency in terms of volume in US dollars, and it is presumed to have been made by an exchange, probably for a reorganization of funds in custody. 

The transaction took place at 3:57 PM (UTC+1) on October 26th, 2020, and involved the sending of 88857.24519026 BTC from one address to two others, probably to store these funds in two different wallets. 

The news also prompted a series of curious tweets, such as the chat between CNBC’s CRYPTO TRADER host, Ran Neuner, and the founder of Binance Changpeng CZ Zhao.

Neuner jokingly wrote:

“Yesterday I transferred 88,857 BTC ($1.15 billion) and it only cost me $3,54”. 

CZ replied

“You could save the $3,50 and only paid $0,04 if you used BinanceSmartChain”.

However, CZ’s response deliberately ignores the fact that users prefer to hold such amounts on the Bitcoin blockchain, and particularly in BTC, which is considered a better store of value than, for example, BNB (Binance Coin). 

In other words, the difference between spending $3.54 or $0.04 on a similar transaction is not worth the risk of holding more than $1 billion in BNB instead of BTC. 

Moreover, as noted above, this transaction was most likely carried out by an exchange that only transferred funds held on behalf of its users to new wallets. 

Bitcoin, more whales and less fees

Meanwhile, Glassnode reveals that the number of so-called bitcoin whales is increasing, as the number of individual addresses holding at least 1,000 BTC (or more than $13 million) has exceeded 1,900, a level not seen since September 2016, when the price of BTC was less than one-twentieth of the current price. 

In particular, following the announcement of Paypal, they would have increased by 2%. 

In other words, this appears to be a time of accumulation of BTC by large portfolios, most likely waiting for a further increase in value. 

Marco Cavicchioli
Marco Cavicchioli

Class 1975, Marco teaches web-technologies and is an online writer specializing in cryptocurrencies. He founded ilBitcoin.news, and his YouTube channel has more than 25 thousand subscribers.

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