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OTC is Much Larger Than Bitcoin Exchange Volume: Where Real Whales Trade – CCN

For many years, the majority of bitcoin analysts predicted billions of dollars to be traded on a regular basis in the OTC market, by billionaire investors, institutions, and miners. While cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, Huobi, OKEx, and UPbit process hundreds of millions of dollars worth of trades every day, the liquidity on these platforms are not sufficient to process multi-billion dollar buy and sell orders.

The lack of liquidity on major exchanges is the first amongst many other issues that could emerge in processing large trades for high profile investors. Selling hundreds of millions of dollars of bitcoin on a public exchange in a short period of time could crash the market, especially if there are not enough buy orders set in place to liquidate large sell orders.

As such, billionaire traders and institutions have relied on the OTC market to buy and sell batches of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like ether, mostly from miners and other major investors. This week, TABB Group claimed that the OTC market of bitcoin is at least two to three times larger than exchange market. Given that the bitcoin exchange market processes around $4 billion worth of trades per day, if the TABB’s assessment is accurate, the OTC market of bitcoin is processing more than $12 billion worth of trades on a daily basis. For instance, on July 17, many analysts attributed to the fall in the price of bitcoin from $8,300 to $7,800 to the rejection of the Winklevoss bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). However, it is entirely possible, given the sheer size of the OTC market, that the drop was caused by a sell-off of a major investor outside of the bitcoin exchange market.

OTC is Much Larger Than Bitcoin Exchange Volume: Where Real Whales Trade, CCN, Aug 1
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