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Over 450,000 BTC Were Moved From Exchanges and Hot Wallets to Cold Wallets in 2022

Over 450,000 BTC Were Moved From Exchanges and Hot Wallets to Cold Wallets in 2022

Last updated 10th Jan 2023
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  • Cold storage allows for the diversification of crypto holdings by allowing investors to store their funds in multiple wallets.
  • More than 450,000 BTC worth of crypto was moved to cold storage wallets last year.
  • Moving large amounts of BTC to cold wallets affected the crypto market.

Cryptocurrencies have been highly volatile this past year, with dramatic shifts in the market. These events have resulted in exchange reserves losing significant amounts of their size several times throughout the last 12 months. According to BanklessTimes.com, more than 450,000 BTC were moved from hot wallets to cold wallets in 2022.

Jonathan Merry, the CEO of BanklessTimes:

Cold wallets offer offline storage and are much more secure than hot wallets connected to the internet, as they are less vulnerable to external attacks. Some investors may have moved their funds to cold wallets in order to safely store them until the market stabilizes. For those who are not familiar with cryptocurrency technology, it could be a sign of caution or uncertainty around the future of cryptocurrencies and their reliability as an investment vehicle.
BanklessTimes CEO, Jonathan Merry

Moving Significant BTC to Cold Wallets Affects the Cryptocurrency Market

Regarding crypto storage, there are two main types of wallets: hot and cold. Hot wallets are connected to the internet and therefore are more vulnerable to hacks, while cold wallets are offline and much more secure.

The moving of BTC has impacted the crypto market. One effect is that it took a large amount of BTC out of circulation. Thus, it reduced the volume of BTC available for trade. Subsequently, it led to a decrease in demand and a corresponding drop in price.

The move also indicates that holders are losing confidence in Bitcoin's short-term prospects. Thus, they opt to hold onto their coins for the long term. This led to further sell-offs and a further price decline.

Why a Cold Wallet Is Ideal

Cold wallets are secure because they are not connected to the internet. This makes them ideal for storing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as they can't be hacked or stolen. Additionally, cold wallets offer an additional layer of protection against potential hard forks that may occur in the future. This can help protect holders from losing their investments due to a sudden change in the blockchain's protocol.

Finally, cold wallets can also help holders avoid capital gains tax as transactions are not recorded on the blockchain. This allows investors to hold onto their cryptocurrency for extended periods without incurring any tax liabilities.

Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth is a financial content specialist from Manchester. Her specialities include cryptocurrency, data analysis and financial regulation.