Seasoned Bitcoin (BTC) hodlers are about to spark a new price run-up by hoarding BTC, data reveals this week.
According to on-chain monitoring resource Glassnode, the Bitcoin supply is due to put in a fresh aging process.
1-year-old supply bottoms out
Highlighting its active supply metric, Glassnode researchers noted that the percentage of the Bitcoin supply, which last moved a year ago or more, is forming a local bottom.
Under such circumstances in the past, holders or “hodlers,” fresh from selling those older coins, began accumulating, making the overall dormant supply age increase. This, in turn, created a “supply squeeze” where demand increased relative to the BTC available, and the price benefited as a result. Selling recommenced into the local price top, whereupon the process began again.
Such a circular pattern was in play in late 2017 during Bitcoin’s run to $20,000, and the April 2021 all-time high appears to be no exception.
The numbers, however, are different between the two years.
“The Bitcoin supply that has been dormant for at least 1yr is starting to bottom out at 54.2%. Compared to the 2017 top, this indicates that a larger relative proportion of BTC remains in cold storage,” Glassnode commented.
“However it also indicates the spending of fewer coins ‘put the 2021 top in.’”
More and more “hodlers of last resort”
Cointelegraph frequently reports on hodler behavior and cohorts of BTC of different ages influencing the market.
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Most recently, data showed that overall, strong hands now control more of the BTC supply than at any time since October 2020.
The slice of the pie belonging to speculative traders likewise continues to see local resets during deleveraging events such as those in May and September this year.