Bitcoin institutional buying ‘could be big narrative again’ as 30K BTC leaves Coinbase

Bitcoin (BTC) may be heading under $40,000 but fresh data shows that demand from major investors is anything but decreasing.

For Ki Young Ju, CEO of on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant, institutional BTC buying “could be the big narrative” in the crypto space once more.

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Coinbase Pro shifts serious amounts of BTC

Ki highlighted figures from Coinbase Pro, the professional trading offshoot of United States exchange Coinbase, which confirm that large tranches of BTC continue to leave its books.

Those tranches totalled 30,000 BTC in a single day this week, and the event is not an isolated one, with March seeing similar behavior.

Coinbase Pro BTC reserves vs. BTC/USD chart. Source: CryptoQuant

“30k BTC flowed out from Coinbase today,” he noted,

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“Institutional buys might be the big narrative again because the Executive Order did not create any hurdle.” 

Last month’s U.S. executive order, designed to investigate various aspects of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, seemingly has not acted as a deterrent to large-volume investors looking for exposure.

Bitcoin exchange outflows annotated chart. Source: Ki Young Ju/ Twitter

The trend is apparent across exchanges, as Cointelegraph reported this week, and April is currently attempting to match March in terms of overall outflows.

The reduction in supply contrasts with a troubling macro picture which continues to pressure risk assets including crypto.

Bitcoin’s correlation to equities, themselves at the mercy of central bank policy, needs to break in order for conditions to improve, but analysts say that the process will be anything but smooth when it happens.

“Correlation breaks eventually – for multiple reasons,” commentator Dylan LeClair explained earlier this week.

My guess: Eventually credit system breaks and volatility explodes. BTC follows but more because of deriv traders and not spot selling. BTC bears conditioned to fade every rally get rekt as spot supply continues to constrain.”

Terra keeps up the buying pressure

Meanwhile, the major buyer story of the year, that of Blockchain protocol Terra, continues. The Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), the nonprofit organization attached to Terra, has added around 2,633 BTC ($105.3 million) to its reserves over the past 48 hours.

Related: Bitcoin price levels to watch as Terra buys 2.5K BTC to nearly match Tesla

The Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), the nonprofit organization attached to Terra, has added around 2,633 BTC ($105.3 million) to its reserves over the past 48 hours.

According to data from monitoring resource BitInfoCharts, its wallet is now the 18th largest Bitcoin wallet, containing more BTC than Tesla’s corporate treasury allocation.

LFG Bitcoin wallet (screenshot). Source: BitInfoCharts

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