Bitcoin Exceeds 1Million Active Addresses While Coinbase Custodies $1.3B In Assets
Coinbase Custody Holds $1.3B In Assets Under Custody, Expects To Hit $2B ‘Soon’. Bitcoin Exceeds 1Million Active Addresses While Coinbase Custodies $1.3B In Assets
Coinbase Custody revealed that it holds $1.3 billion in assets under custody (AUC) and the firm expects to hit $2 billion AUC soon in a Twitter thread published on June 13.
In a series of tweets, what is evidently the official Coinbase Custody Twitter account reported that last week the company’s CEO, Sam McIngvale, and its chief information security officer, Philip Martin, visited the United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit was reportedly “to discuss the institutional cryptoeconomy with a range of prospects and clients.”
During the meeting, the firm’s representatives argued that, while many believe that there are no institutional-grade offerings in the cryptocurrency space, Coinbase Custody is in fact such an offering. The firm’s representatives stated that the company is insured, regulated and secure custodian. The thread also specifies:
“We have $1.3bn AUC and expect to hit $2bn soon. We have no intention of stopping there. […] Coinbase Custody services over 90 clients. Of those, approximately 40% are outside of the US.”
Lastly, the tweet also claims that — as cryptocurrencies mature as an asset class — financial hubs such as London are becoming centers for crypto innovation.
During an on-stage discussion at Consensus in mid-May, Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, said that its custody service had already received $1 billion in assets under management.
As Cointelegraph reported in March, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission is soliciting industry input as it potentially reconsiders existing custody rules in specific cases of digital asset trading and settlement.
In April, Hong Kong trading and asset management firm BC Group announced that it is launching an insured custody service for cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin Surpasses 1 Million Daily Active Addresses
Bitcoin just passed an interesting milestone today, one we haven’t seen since November 27, 2017. According to CoinMetrics.io, there are now over a million daily active addresses, a number that is defined as the number of unique “from” or “to” addresses used per day
When Bitcoin first broke 1 million active addresses (Nov 27, 2017), 1 BTC was $9,352 and the median tx fee was $3.23.
Yesterday 1 BTC was $8,230 and the median tx fee was $1.33.
To put this number in perspective, however, we can point to Uber’s estimated 14 million rides per day or the estimated 798,877 iPhones a day Apple sold in 2017. While these are Apples to oranges comparisons, it is interesting to note that bitcoin is doing the transaction volume of some of the biggest brands in the world.
Bitcoin Addresses Worth $100,000 or More Hits All-Time-High
The number of Bitcoin (BTC) wallet addresses holding a minimum of 10 BTC — worth over $100,000 to press time — has hit an all-time high, multiple data sources reveal.
According to BitInfoCharts’ Bitcoin Rich List, as of Sept. 17, there are 157,210 addresses holding between 10 and 1,000,000 BTC.
Earlier this month, Coin Metrics’ State of the Network report had plotted the latest data historically to reveal that these mega-holders are at an all-time high for the network.
The Bitcoin Rich List reveals that the holdings of the 10-100 BTC group — split between 140,940 unique addresses — are worth in excess of $46.1 billion.
Meanwhile, among the 1,942 addresses holding between 1,000 and 10,000 BTC each, the total value of their holdings is greater than $48.2 billion.
Just 4 addresses hold between 100,000 and 1 million BTC, worth a total of $5.35 billion.
Notably, the top 4 addresses on BitInfoCharts are centralized exchange wallet addresses, meaning that each reflects assets held in custody for tens of thousands of individual users.
As Cointelegraph reported, the number five spot was just taken by a mystery 94K BTC transaction that occurred earlier this month.
In a separate chart devoted to unique wallet addresses analyzed in terms of fiat currency value alone, BitInfoCharts’ data indicates there are 2,118 wallets worth over $10 million each and 17,273 addresses with holdings worth $1 million or more.
The top 1%
Parallel to data on these Bitcoin mega-holders, XRP users have been circulating metrics for the token this week revealing that holders of 70,000 XRP or above — worth $18,900 to press time — qualify as falling within the top 1% of XRP holders.
This June, as crypto winter saw the first sign of thawing, Cointelegraph reported that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, founders of the Gemini crypto exchange, saw their fortune more than double to hit a combined $1.45 billion — restoring the twins’ erstwhile status as Bitcoin billionaires once again.
Growth of BTC Millionaires Now Matches Bitcoin’s Early Years: New Data
The number of Bitcoin (BTC) addresses containing more than 1,000 BTC ($8.3 million) is growing at the same pace in 2019 as before 2014, new data shows.
Woo “Super Bullish” On Wallet Trend
Uploaded to social media by Bitcoin statistician Willy Woo on Oct. 11, a chart of Bitcoin address growth by balance shows the network is now repeating a trend from its earliest years.
“The rate of growth of 1000BTC addresses now matches the early growth in Bitcoin’s network,” he summarized.
Woo was expanding on original data from blockchain analysis resource Glassnode.
According to him, fresh desire for major Bitcoin balances at vastly higher prices than five years ago speaks to wealthier individuals coming into the space.
If those generating addresses with over 1,000 BTC at that time were doing so out of technical curiosity, the incentives in 2019 are purely financial. Woo concluded:
“IMO we’re likely in a new renaissance of Bitcoin, this one is powered by capital influx of high net worth investors, while the early one was from the tech savvy who were bootstrapping the network. Super Bullish.”
Bitcoin Rich List Highs
The data suggests the trajectory of balances topping 1,000 BTC picked up at the start of 2019 after a period of flat growth, which began in late 2013 just prior to the implosion of major exchange, Mt. Gox.
As Cointelegraph reported last month, the number of addresses containing more than $100,000 has also hit an all-time high.
At press time, 3,070 address held more than 1,000 BTC each, representing just 0.01% of the total, according to BitInfoCharts’ Bitcoin Rich List. It should also be noted that many of the richest addresses — specifically the top four — belong to exchanges such as Binance, which hold Bitcoins belonging to millions of users.
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