Why Keeping Bitcoin On An Exchange Is Driving The Price Down

Why Keeping Bitcoin On An Exchange Is Driving The Price Down

When you purchase Bitcoin from a centralized exchange, you never know whether your account is credited with actual Bitcoin or paper Bitcoin. Paper Bitcoin is a "I owe you" Bitcoin, implying that the exchange owes you a certain amount of Bitcoin. The only way to ensure that the Bitcoin you purchased is genuine is to withdraw it to a self-storage wallet or sell it for another asset or product. To save on transaction fees, most exchanges will not create a separate wallet for your account and transfer your Bitcoin to that address. The Bitcoin balance displayed on your centralized exchange account is a number next to your name on a spreadsheet. This explains why, despite Bitcoin's 10-minute block time, exchanges can instantly transfer Bitcoin to your account. That is, the …
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