Germany Dumps 16k Bitcoin Yet Again Despite Criticism

The government has resumed the transfer of BTC across exchanges as fears of market dumps intensify.

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  • The German Government’s Bitcoin portfolio remains active.
  • The government’s actions have triggered concerns across the market.
  • Bitcoin recently recorded a good turn despite the major market disruptions.

The ongoing crypto market rollercoaster has placed the industry on high alert, with heightened scrutiny on activities threatening to disrupt price trends and asset performance. The increased vigilance has particularly focused on the shuffle of assets by major portfolio holders, with the German government thrust into the spotlight for significant Bitcoin (BTC) movements over the past weeks.

While concerns about the continuous large-scale transfers have yet to settle, the government has once again made headlines with another multi-million-dollar movement.

German Government’s BTC Wheel Still Turning

The German government has once again rattled the crypto industry with its Bitcoin bag, moving another substantial portion of its holdings. On Monday, July 8, 2024, Arkham Intelligence spotlighted the latest transaction on the German government-linked wallet, totaling the transfer of over 16,400 BTC across exchanges and market makers.

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The German government’s BTC spree, worth approximately $917 million, continued around 11:00 UTC with the initial transfer of 3,133.7 to Flow Traders, Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Kraken, among others. Not stopping there, the government proceeded with an additional movement of 13,300 BTC across the same recipient addresses, valued at approximately $748 million at press time.

The German government’s Bitcoin transaction history as highlighted by Arkham Intelligence.

The continuous Bitcoin shuffle persists despite criticism from German politician Joana Cotar, who asserts that the ongoing sell-off threatens counterproductive consequences for the country.

“I can only speculate as to why the government is selling right now. As we have massive budget shortfalls in Germany at the moment, that could be one of the reasons. The upcoming elections may also play a role,” Cotar said.

MP Cotar emphasized that the government’s actions underscore its lack of a clear strategy to handle its holdings, calling for better use to avoid future regrets from its selling spree.

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Despite the scale of its latest transactions, Germany’s Bitcoin bag still holds nearly 30,000 BTC in balance. The recent transactions mark the government’s biggest asset movement in recent times, surpassing its record transfer from days prior.

Germany’s Bitcoin Transfers 

Last week, the Germany-linked BTC wallet moved 1,300 BTC to crypto exchanges Bitstamp, Coinbase, and Kraken. Shortly after, an additional 1,700 BTC, valued at $99 million, was transferred. 

The Bitcoins were similarly sent across crypto exchanges Bitstamp, Coinbase, and Kraken, as well as an undisclosed address speculated to be related to institutional services or over-the-counter (OTC) trading.

The frequency of the government’s transactions heightened fears of a potential asset sell-off, which is likely to further exert downward pressure on the crypto market giant. However, despite the concerns, recent market events point to a positive trajectory for Bitcoin.

At press time, Bitcoin is trading at $56,233, having led the positive inflows recorded by the crypto industry in the past week with a total of $393 million.

On the Flipside

  • Besides the German government, others, such as the US and UK governments, also hold significant Bitcoin portfolios.
  • HTX’s Justin Sun recently expressed interest in purchasing the government’s BTC stash.
  • Experts are forecasting a potential recovery in Bitcoin’s price for this month. 

Why This Matters

While the intentions behind the German government’s BTC movements are undisclosed, the potential for a significant sell-off raises concerns, particularly given Bitcoin’s current fragile state. Such a sell-off could exert downward pressure on BTC, negatively impacting the broader market.

Read more on past asset movements by the government here:
German Government Shifts $46.3M Bitcoin to Multiple Addresses

Find out more about the interesting hack case on a notorious hacker group in this article:
Crypto Hack Uno Reverse as Notorious Phishing Group Loses $30K

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.