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Inside the Belly of WHALE: Understanding its Impact on Crypto

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of cryptocurrency, the term “whale” frequently garners attention and headlines. However, it’s not related to the magnificent marine creatures we know. Within the realm of crypto, a “whale” denotes an individual or entity that accumulates a substantial amount of a specific cryptocurrency. Due to their massive holdings, these whales wield significant influence over the market, rendering them a subject of immense interest and speculation among the crypto community. Traders and enthusiasts closely monitor their actions as their decisions can sway prices and shape market trends, making the presence of whales a crucial aspect of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Start your Bitcoin investment by using a reputable trading platform such as Coraldex trading.

What is a Whale in Crypto?

In the vast ocean of cryptocurrencies, a whale represents an individual or organization with a substantial volume of a specific digital asset. The term draws an analogy to the large and mighty whales that dominate the seas. In the crypto space, these whales can have a profound impact on the market due to their ability to initiate significant buy or sell orders. Their actions can lead to sharp price fluctuations, causing ripples throughout the crypto market.

Differentiating Whales from Retail Investors

Whales are distinguished from retail investors primarily based on the quantity of cryptocurrency they hold. While retail investors usually possess smaller amounts of tokens, whales hold a massive number, often accounting for a considerable percentage of the overall supply. This concentration of wealth grants them considerable influence over the market.

How Whales Accumulate Their Holdings

Whales usually acquire their extensive crypto holdings through various means:

Early Adopters and Mining:

Some whales became early adopters of cryptocurrencies when they were still in their infancy. These visionary individuals recognized the potential of digital assets and invested in them when the prices were significantly lower. Mining is another way whales accumulate crypto, wherein they validate transactions on the blockchain and earn coins as rewards.

Investments and ICOs:

Strategic investments in promising blockchain projects and participating in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are other avenues through which whales amass their crypto wealth. Their financial backing helps projects grow and gain momentum.

Institutional Investors:

Institutional investors, such as hedge funds and large corporations, also play a role in becoming whales in the crypto space. Their substantial capital allows them to acquire significant amounts of cryptocurrencies.

The Impact of Whales on Crypto Market

The presence of whales in the crypto market can lead to both positive and negative effects:

Price Volatility:

Whales’ substantial buy or sell orders can cause rapid price fluctuations, leading to volatility. When a whale sells a significant portion of their holdings, it can trigger a market downturn, whereas large purchases can lead to bullish trends.

Market Manipulation Concerns:

The influence whales wield over the market has raised concerns about potential market manipulation. Some argue that whales could orchestrate coordinated actions to sway prices in their favor.

Liquidity Provision:

On the positive side, whales can provide liquidity to the market, especially during times of low trading activity. Their significant holdings ensure that there are buyers or sellers even during periods of market stress.

Taming the Whales: Whale Watching and Regulations

As the impact of whales on the crypto market becomes more apparent, the need for monitoring and regulatory measures has grown. Whale watching, which involves tracking and analyzing the activities of significant holders, has become a practice embraced by many traders and analysts.

Transparency Measures:

Blockchain technology offers transparency, enabling anyone to track whale addresses and analyze their movements. This transparency helps detect suspicious activities and provides insights into potential market trends.

Regulatory Intervention:

Regulators are increasingly stepping into the crypto space to address concerns related to market manipulation and price volatility caused by whales. Striking a balance between regulation and the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies remains a challenge.

Strategies for Retail Investors in Whale-Dominated Markets

Navigating a market dominated by whales can be daunting for retail investors. However, some strategies can be employed to minimize risks and maximize opportunities:


Diversifying your crypto portfolio across multiple assets can help reduce the impact of sudden price swings in any single cryptocurrency.

Fundamental Analysis:

Conducting a thorough fundamental analysis of projects before investing can aid in identifying strong long-term prospects, irrespective of short-term market fluctuations.

Technical Analysis:

Employing technical analysis can assist in spotting potential entry and exit points, empowering investors to make informed decisions.


Whales play a crucial role in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, possessing the power to influence market sentiment and prices. Their actions are closely monitored by traders, analysts, and regulators alike. While they can cause short-term market turbulence, the crypto industry continues to evolve, seeking ways to balance the power dynamics between whales and retail investors. Understanding the impact of whales on crypto markets is essential for making well-informed investment decisions in this ever-changing landscape.

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African 2026 World Cup Qualifying Fixtures

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Although the 2026 FIFA World Cup is still years away, the African qualifiers are set to begin soon. The next World Cup will be held in three locations for the first time in history – the US, Canada, and Mexico. CAF has secured 9 slots for African teams who will battle it out for a chance to play on the global stage. Below, we review the African 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification schedule and fixtures.

New Qualification Format

Nine CAF teams will make it to the World Cup. This is a change from the previous five, which means local and international betting sites have to update their betting lines even as the CAF adjusts its qualification format. The CAF announced this new format on May 19 this year. Now, participating teams will be drawn into nine groups of six teams, with each group winner qualifying directly for the World Cup. 

Draw and Groups

On July 13, the CAF performed the draw for the qualifications in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. All 54 CAF football associations will be represented, and the teams will be divided into the following groups:

  1. Group I: Chad, Comoros, CAR, Madagascar, Ghana, Mali
  2. Group H: Sao Tome and Principe, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia
  3. Group G: Somalia, Botswana, Mozambique, Uganda, Guinea, Algeria
  4. Group F: Seychelles, Burundi, Gambia, Kenya, Gabon, Ivory Coast
  5. Group E: Eritrea, Niger, Tanzania, Congo, Zambia, Morocco
  6. Group D: Mauritius, Eswatini, Libya, Angola, Cape Verde, Cameroon
  7. Group C: Lesotho, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Benin, South Africa, Nigeria
  8. Group B: South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Mauritania, DR Congo, Senegal
  9. Group A: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Egypt


The qualifiers will be held across 10 match days with some combined dates for the playoff semifinals and finals. The closest dates to look forward to are:

Matchday One: Nov. 13-21, 2023

  1. Group I: Comoros Vs. Central African Republic, Ghana Vs. Madagascar, Mali Vs. Chad
  2. Group H: Liberia Vs. Malawi, Equatorial Guinea Vs. Namibia, Tunisia Vs. Sao Tome e Principe
  3. Group G: Botswana Vs. Mozambique, Guinea Vs. Uganda, Algeria Vs. Somalia
  4. Group F: Burundi Vs. Gambia, Gabon Vs. Kenya, Ivory Coast Vs. Seychelles
  5. Group E: Niger Vs. Tanzania, Zambia Vs. Congo Brazzaville, Morocco Vs. Eritrea
  6. Group D: Eswatini Vs. Libya, Cape Verde Vs. Angola, Cameroon Vs. Mauritius
  7. Group C: Rwanda Vs. Zimbabwe, South Africa Vs. Benin, Nigeria Vs. Lesotho
  8. Group B: Sudan Vs. Togo, Senegal Vs. South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo Vs. Mauritania,
  9. Group A: Ethiopia Vs. Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso Vs. Guinea-Bissau, Egypt Vs. Djibouti

Matchday Two: Nov. 13-21, 2023

  1. Group I: Chad Vs. Madagascar, Comoros Vs. Ghana, CAR Vs. Mali
  2. Group H: Sao Tome Vs. Namibia, Liberia Vs. E. Guinea, Malawi Vs. Tunisia
  3. Group G: Somalia Vs. Uganda, Botswana Vs. Guinea, Mozambique Vs. Algeria
  4. Group F: Seychelles Vs. Kenya, Burundi Vs. Gabon, Gambia Vs. I. Coast
  5. Group E: Eritrea Vs. Congo, Niger Vs. Zambia, Tanzania Vs. Morocco
  6. Group D: Mauritius Vs. Angola, Eswatini Vs. Cape Verde, Libya Vs. Cameroon
  7. Group C: Lesotho Vs. Benin, Rwanda Vs. S. Africa, Zimbabwe Vs. Nigeria
  8. Group B: S. Sudan Vs. Mauritania, Sudan Vs. DR Congo, Togo Vs. Senegal
  9. Group A: Djibouti Vs. G. Bissau, Ethiopia Vs. B. Faso, S. Leone Vs. Egypt

Wrapping Up

The African (CAF) qualification campaign will kick off in November and set the stage for the 54 participating countries to compete for the 9 World Cup slots. Meanwhile, Morocco’s run in the 2022 World Cup has revitalized enough hope on the continent for a real shot at the trophy.

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We do not recognise Mnangagwa as President – says opposition as MPs boycott 10th Parliament opening, SONA address

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By Staff Reporter

CITIZENS Coalition for Change legislators have snubbed the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the opening of the 10th Parliament.

According to a source, the decision to steer clear of the SONA along with the official opening of the 10th Parliament came from the party.

This is the latest protest by the opposition party following the conclusion of the general elections in August.

President Mnangagwa emerged winner with a 52,6% share of the vote while Chamisa got 44%.

CCC has since disputed the election results while calling for a rerun.

“We have been told to remain in our constituencies. The directive came as a party position,” revealed the source.

Opposition spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi said: “We are boycotting the processes that Mnangagwa wants us to undertake on the basis of the fact that we as CCC do not recognize an election that put him there. The election was a sham, it did not go well. If fell abysmally short of the expected standards of a free and fair election in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe as well as in terms of SADC and AU protocols on free and fair elections.

“Accordingly, we are not attending that process. We want to send a clear message that there should be a free election in Zimbabwe under the auspices of SADC. So, that is the message that will be sending out.”

After the contested 2018 general election, then MDC-Alliance MPs walked out as soon as Mnangagwa began his SONA in protest.

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Zanu PF dispels any hope for Transitional government, maintains August elections were free and fair

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By Leopold Munhende | Chief Correspondent

ZANU PF Treasurer General Patrick Chinamasa has dispelled hopes for a transitional government or rerun, options being pushed regionally after Zimbabwe’s heavily criticised August polls.

Chinamasa took to Twitter Monday to declare that, despite regional and international criticism of the election, Zanu PF maintained it was free and fair.

He described calls for a rerun of the elections won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as neocolonial.

Mnangagwa claimed 52.6% of the presidential vote against main contender Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) President Nelson Chamisa’s 44%.

“I ask the CCC class and its Prefect, Nelson Chamisa, to repeat after me the following that the 23rd of August 2023 was free, fair, transparent, and credible; that there will be no rerun of the elections,” said Chinamasa.

“There will be no Government of National Unity (GNU), there will be no so-called Transitional Authority (whatever that may mean), Zimbabwe, under Zanu PF’s watch will never be a banana republic.

“Zanu PF will forever say “NO” to neocolonialism and hegemonism and an emphatic “NO” to subjugation by sanctions-imposing Western countries, Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo, Ichitongwa Nevene Vayo, Ichinamatirwa Nevene Vayo, Ichichengetedzwa Nevene Vayo, Ichidzivirirwa Nevene Vayo. 

Zimbabwe will never, never, never be a colony again.”

Mnangagwa’s re-election has received massive criticism after heavy bungling by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on August 23.

Late provision of voting material, allegations of voter intimidation by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) backed Forever Associates Zimbabwe (FAZ), barring of opposition rallies, arrest of opposing politicians and accusations ZEC had been captured by the military all worked against its credibility.

The European Union (EU), Commonwealth, United Kingdom (UK), regional body SADC and AU all questioned its fairness.

Zanu PF has spent the greater part of Zimbabwe’s post election period to lay into Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema whom it accuses of orchestrating negative reviews of Zimbabwe’s polls by SADC.

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