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June 12, 2011, 02:01:14 PM
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From what I can see, Bitcoin exchanges have 5 fundamental groups of investors. In order of trade volume :
 - New Money looking for BTC exposure (speculation)
 - Old Money (miners) looking to get out at a good price
 - New BTC miners looking sell to hedge their hardware costs
 - Merchants selling their BTC to cover real world costs
 - New Money looking for BTC to buy merchants' products

One factor which concerns me is the number of old-time miners with large bitcoin holdings. Approx 7.2mm bitcoin had been mined by the start of 2011 [1], and the total trade volume on MtGox since then has been very approximately 1mm BTC (20mm USD / $20) [2]. If the old-time miners all got out at the same time (eg. fear due to the price crashing 75%), there would be a rout.

Thoughts? Anyone have trade volume estimates on the other groups?

References :
  1)  https://en.bitcoin.it/w/images/en/e/e3/Total_bitcoins_over_time_graph.png
  2)  http://i.imgur.com/HHlnd.png
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