“Since the advent of bitcoin futures in early 2018, we are now seeing massive market manipulation and suppression by whales and experienced futures traders,” Phillip Nunn, chief executive officer at Wealth Chain Capital, told The Independent at the time.
It is not the largest transaction in terms of bitcoin volume, though at bitcoin’s current price of around $10,600 it is by far the largest in terms of value.
In 2011, a transaction of 550,000 bitcoins was recorded on the blockchain, though at the time this amount of cryptocurrency was only worth around $1.6 million.
Cryptocurrency analysts have attempted to trace the bitcoin but have been unable to pin it to a particular individual or group.
Blockchain analysis firm TokenAnalyst discovered that a significant portion of the bitcoin came from addresses registered with Huobi Global, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange.
“$1 billion of bitcoin was transferred in one transaction… Where did that come from?” the firm tweeted. “We took a look and saw that a large percentage of it could be traced to @HuobiGlobal addresses.”
The funds are yet to move since being transferred last week, though small amounts of bitcoin continue to be added to the address.
Theories about who controls the address have been circulating online. They range from an early adopter who decided to consolidate their addresses, to a large company that is stockpiling cryptocurrency in the event of a global financial crash.
Another theory suggests that bitcoin futures provider Bakkt is using the address to store customer funds. The company’s announcement of a new digital “warehouse” for bitcoin deposits and withdrawals came just hours after the billion-dollar transaction.