Heat Waves and ‘Halving’: Bitcoin Miners Cash in Amid Rising Prices

  • Sergey Maga
  • 4 July, 2023 05:37
Heat Waves and ‘Halving’: Bitcoin Miners Cash in Amid Rising Prices

Despite Bitcoin’s price rebound, miners are selling their tokens. This change in behavior comes as a surprise, as miners usually hold onto their assets. Recently, the number of miner revenues sent to exchanges has reached unprecedented levels, according to bloomberg.   

These miners are learning from past experiences. In previous bear markets, they liquidated their coins when Bitcoin’s price was low and cash was needed. Now, with a price surge, they are taking advantage of the situation to liquidate at higher prices.

This year, Bitcoin has seen a rally of more than 80%. The digital asset’s value has surged from $16,500 at the beginning of the year to around $31,000. The coin even reached a record high of nearly $69,000 in November 2021.

However, challenges loom for these miners. Last summer, Texas heatwaves and crypto industry meltdowns forced several public crypto-mining companies to sell substantial amounts of their coin reserves. Their production dropped, and margins became thin.

Another significant event on the horizon is Bitcoin’s ‘halving’ in 2024. This event cuts mining rewards in half every four years until the coin reaches its 21 million cap. The reduction from 6.25 to 3.125 Bitcoin could affect miners’ revenue significantly.

With these challenges in mind, miners are selling their coins and gearing up for the future. Although the data tracking transactions between miners and exchanges has some limitations, it provides a useful snapshot of miners’ behavior in the current market. Only time will tell if this strategy pays off in the long run.

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