Go big or go home. That’s the motto of one mysterious investor who put his chips on the table, buying close to $400 million of the No. 1 digital currency, bitcoin.The purchase comes as cryptocurrencies are making a comeback after a dreadful start to 2018. Major digital currencies lost as much as 50 percent to start the year as growing regulation and security fears crippled the market, seeing traders bail on their positions. However, the tide has turned.
The price of bitcoin has increased more than 60 percent since trading under $6,000 on Feb. 6, pushing back above $10,000, helped by signs of growing recognition of digital currencies from officials in Washington.“Not sure who that big buyer was but many have bought this dip and have added since the rebound and additional regulatory clarity in the US and Asia,” said Alex Sunnarborg, founding partner of Tetras Capital.The unknown trader with the bitcoin address 3Cbq7aT1tY8kMxWLbitaG7yT6bPbKChq64 purchased the coins between Feb. 9 and Feb. 12, taking his bitcoin balance from 55,000 coins to more than 96,000.The transaction, which was blasted all over social media and online chat forums, emboldened bulls who had argued that $6,000 was a bottom.