The Bank for International Settlements

In the days that immediately followed the collapse of the cryptocurrency firms FTX and Terraform Labs, there was an increase in the amount of trading activity that took place on significant exchanges, according to a report that was released by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

According to a report released by the BIS on February 20 and headlined “crypto shocks and retail losses,” after the announcement of the bankruptcy of Terra and FTX, the number of daily active users at some exchanges such as Coinbase and Binance “rose considerably.” This discovery was made in spite of the fact that the prices of Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and a variety of other cryptocurrencies all fell in 2022. The bank provided the appearance that “customers wanted to weather the storm” by shifting their money into stablecoins and other tokens that were likely not looking as gloomy at the time. This was done in order to give the bank the impression that “customers sought to weather the storm.”

In contrast, the BIS reported that whales at the aforementioned exchanges “probably cashed out at the expense of smaller holders” by reducing their BTC stockpiles as retail investors bought cryptocurrency. This occurred as whales reduced their BTC stockpiles as retail investors bought cryptocurrency. This took place when whales sold off their BTC holdings while regular investors purchased bitcoin. The financial institution said that its experts had looked at the number of times bitcoin investing apps were downloaded. Assuming that each user bought $100 worth of bitcoin during the first month and each month thereafter, they found that approximately 75% of users had downloaded an app when the price of bitcoin was higher than $20,000. This was determined by assuming that each user bought $100 worth of bitcoin during the first month.

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