Only 3.5 million bitcoin or 19% of total circulating supply is actively traded throughout the world, while the rest is being held long-term by investors.
nearly 18.6 million bitcoin (BTC) has been mined as of June 2020. Of this, around 60% BTC is held by entities – either people or businesses – that have never sold more than 25% of the bitcoin they’ve ever received. Chainalysis labeled this BTC supply as “held for long-term investment.”
Another 20% of the existing bitcoin supply has not moved from its current set of addresses in five years or longer – what Chainalysis called “lost bitcoin”. The remainder – 3.5 million of all mined BTC – is used for trading, primarily between exchanges.
“The data shows that the majority of bitcoin is held by those who treat it as digital gold: an asset to be held for the long term,” said Chainalysis in the report published this week. “But this digital gold is supported by an active trading market for those who prefer to buy and sell frequently,” it added.