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German Government Continues Bitcoin Sales Amid Exchange Liquidity Challenges

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  • The German Federal Criminal Police Office continues to sell confiscated Bitcoin, though the amount sold has decreased due to liquidity issues on exchanges.
  • A significant portion of Bitcoins sent to exchanges and market makers were returned, indicating a struggle in processing large transactions.

Continued Pressure on Bitcoin Markets

The German government’s ongoing sale of Bitcoin, initially seized by authorities from a piracy website, showcases significant challenges in the cryptocurrency market, particularly concerning liquidity on major exchanges. According to data from Arkham Intelligence, the total Bitcoin holdings of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) decreased from 26,686 BTC on the morning of July 9 to 23,964 BTC by July 10, marking a substantial sell-off but also highlighting the difficulties in liquidating such large amounts.

In the last 24 hours, the BKA attempted to transfer 6,306.9 BTC to various exchanges and market makers, aiming to convert these assets into fiat currency. However, a stark liquidity shortage led to 3,584.9 BTC being returned to the BKA’s address. This phenomenon underscores a critical issue on platforms like Kraken and Coinbase, where the capacity to absorb large transactions is evidently lacking.

Impact on Bitcoin Prices

Despite the government’s increased efforts to sell off its Bitcoin inventory, the actual volume of sales has seen a decline. This shift comes as exchanges struggle to facilitate large orders, which has, in turn, lessened the selling pressure from the government on Bitcoin prices. Interestingly, as the amount of government-held Bitcoin decreased, the market responded positively, with Bitcoin’s price rising by 3.0% from the previous day, reaching $57,909 per unit.

This recent price movement suggests that the market is beginning to adjust and stabilize despite the large volumes being introduced by governmental activities. As the government halves its Bitcoin holdings, the reduced impact on the market could signal a new phase where Bitcoin’s price might experience less volatility from such large-scale governmental sales.

This scenario presents an evolving landscape in the cryptocurrency markets, where governmental actions intersect with trading dynamics, highlighting the need for more robust liquidity solutions on major exchanges to accommodate significant transactions without disrupting market stability.

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Bhushan Akolkar
Bhushan Akolkar
Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and possesses a strong aptitude for understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance has drawn his attention to the emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering. He is continually engaged in a learning process, keeping himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In his free time, he enjoys reading thriller fiction novels and occasionally explores his culinary skills. Business Email: [email protected] Phone: +49 160 92211628