Skip to content

Supply shock alert: ‘9 months’ left of Bitcoin supply on exchanges

Supply shock alert: ‘9 months’ left of Bitcoin supply on exchanges

Bybit, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges, warns about a possible supply shock for Bitcoin (BTC). The alert comes amid high expectations for the Bitcoin halving and a record diminishing BTC supply on exchanges.

On April 15, Bybit published a report making bold claims regarding Bitcoin’s available supply in the cryptocurrency market. According to the company’s research team, the 2 million BTC standing in exchange reserves will only last for nine more months.

Bitcoin exchange reserves. Source: CryptoQuant/Bybit

For that outcome, Bybit assumes a daily inflow of $500 million to Bitcoin Spot ETFs. This would hypothetically result in a 7,142 BTC outflow from exchanges, ending within the 9-month suggested period.

Moreover, the company points out the Bitcoin halving effects over the newly issued supply of the maiden cryptocurrency. On this aspect, the block subsidy halving may diminish the reserves inflow from Bitcoin miners, fueling a potential supply shock.

Do exchange reserves only have nine months left of Bitcoin supply?

However, Bitcoin miners are not the single source of supply for BTC inflows to exchange reserves. The cryptocurrency currently has 19.68 million BTC already circulating, held by investors, traders, users, and institutions.

Most of these units are held liquid, which means they can become a supply inflow to exchanges at any moment.

Usually, the free market flows to find a balance within the supply and demand dynamics. Bitcoin is demanded and supplied all the time by a variety of entities with different goals and management strategies.

A diminishing supply facing an increased demand may cause prices to rise. Meanwhile, a rising price may encourage traders and investors to realize profits and deposit to exchanges to sell.

As observed in the chart, the exchange reserves have been kept between 2 million to 3 million BTC since April 2021 – for over three years.

In closing, the Bitcoin halving could potentially intensify the current downtrend of exchange reserves, which may positively impact its price. Nevertheless, positive price action balances the suggested supply shock with a renewed inflow, following investors’ potential rising interest to sell and realize profits.

Despite the study’s forecast of only nine months left of Bitcoin reserves in exchanges, organic market dynamics may prevent that from happening.

Disclaimer: The content on this site should not be considered investment advice. Investing is speculative. When investing, your capital is at risk.

Best Crypto Exchange for Intermediate Traders and Investors

  • Invest in 70+ cryptocurrencies and 3,000+ other assets including stocks and precious metals.

  • 0% commission on stocks - buy in bulk or just a fraction from as little as $10. Other fees apply. For more information, visit

  • Copy top-performing traders in real time, automatically.

  • eToro USA is registered with FINRA for securities trading.

30+ million Users
eToro is a multi-asset investment platform. The value of your investments may go up or down. Your capital is at risk. eToro USA LLC does not offer CFDs, only real Crypto assets available. Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest.

Read Next:

Weekly Finance Digest

By subscribing you agree with Finbold T&C’s & Privacy Policy

Related posts

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute financial, legal, tax, or investment advice. This site does not make any financial promotions, and all content is strictly informational. By using this site, you agree to our full disclaimer and terms of use. For more information, please read our complete Global Disclaimer.