Bitcoin miners are behind spikes in price volatility which saw the largest cryptocurrency hit $3100 in 2018, new data suggests.
Miner Sell-Offs Preceded BTC Price Floor
In fresh analysis uploaded to social media on October 11, on-chain intelligence resource Token Analyst revealed miners selling coins directly influenced the Bitcoin price.
Specifically, large sell-offs coincided with BTC/USD dropping to $3100 late last year. Large chunks of coins moved to exchanges in June and August, which “drove the price down even further.”
“We see miners taking advantage of volatility by sitting on their mined stash and then selling aroung (sic) large price swings,” Token Analyst summarized.
The data followed up on previous findings by Decentral Park senior research analyst Elias Simos, who in August tracked to which Bitcoin mining rewards went over time. Before the 2016 block reward halving, more independent miners shared the coins.
“70% of the reward went to non-mining pool affiliated entities, in the beginning. This figure is now at ~25%,” Simos found. He described the current mining period as the “professional era.”
Miners And Price Control
Token Analyst’s data adds fuel to mounting theories about the overall role miners play in dictating the Bitcoin price.
As Bitcoinist reported, well-known commentators are also increasingly aware of the phenomenon. Chief among them is PlanB, whose stock-to-flow Bitcoin price model has demonstrated the importance of miner participation.
Another well-known hypothesis, championed by Bitcoinist contributor Filb Filb, Cole Garner and others, revolves around miners sustaining minimum BTC prices.
This week, Garner referenced Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto in endorsing the concept. In 2010,