Bitcoin Price Surges Past $44,000: What’s Driving the Rally?

Bitcoin has climbed above $44,000 for the first time since January, and several factors are believed to be behind this price surge.

Bitcoin Whales Accumulate More BTC

  • According to crypto analyst Ali Martinez, Bitcoin whales have been actively accumulating more BTC.
  • In the past two weeks, around 73 new addresses have acquired 1,000 BTC or more, marking a 3.66% increase.
  • This accumulation trend follows a buying spree by whales after Bitcoin dropped below $40,000.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs Gaining Traction

  • The launch of Spot Bitcoin ETFs has boosted institutional demand for Bitcoin.
  • Asset managers like BlackRock have accumulated a significant amount of Bitcoin to meet this demand.
  • Currently, these asset managers hold over 657,000 BTC, representing more than 3% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply.
  • Spot Bitcoin ETFs (excluding Grayscale) alone hold about 187,000 BTC and are on track to surpass MicroStrategy’s 190,000 BTC holdings.

Potential Launch of Spot Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong is considering launching Spot Bitcoin ETFs, with 10 applications submitted to financial regulators.
  • This news has generated excitement, similar to the impact of approval rumors in the US last year.

Thailand Removes VAT on Crypto Trading

  • Thailand has recently eliminated VAT (Value Added Tax) on crypto trading, further boosting enthusiasm for digital assets in Asia.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading around $44,800, showing a 4.4% increase in the last 24 hours.