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Bitcoin Miners Slow Down Selling, A Structural Change?

Marathon Patent Group bitcoin mining facilitiesBitcoin miners are selling a lot less than at the beginning of the year, with it down to under 1,000 bitcoin on some days and usually around 1,300 bitcoin a…

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Bitcoin miners are selling a lot less than at the beginning of the year, with it down to under 1,000 bitcoin on some days and usually around 1,300 bitcoin a day.

That’s considerably less than the 3,000 daily in February last year with a 2,000 now and then, or the 5000 bursts in May 2020.

Bitcoin selling by miners, Jan 2021
Bitcoin selling by miners, Jan 2021

You can see just visually the left is a bit fatter with it thinning as you move to the right of the chart.

2,000 now is more a burst than the usual, with miners clearly turning more towards holding after presumably securing enough in the early parts of 2020.

There’s numerous reasons, but the main one is probably the ruthless mining carousel that keeps revolving.

Bitcoin hashrate distribution, Jan 2021
Bitcoin hashrate distribution, Jan 2021

Antpool once was a giant. It’s now less than 10% of the total hashrate. There’s a Huobi pool and even a Binance one which isn’t shown above for some reason.

ITHash is a new entrant, and already seems to be quite yellow, but the most important part of this chart is that huge unknown slice.

There were times when one pool would dominate and have 30% or even 50% of the hash. Now it’s the ‘unknown’ that dominates, indicating significant changes are afoot in bitcoin mining.

As an example, the Nasdaq traded Marathon Patent Group announced the closing of a $250 million registered direct offering of common stock.

“The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes and to fund ongoing operations and expansion of its business,” the company said on Friday. Their business being bitcoin mining with their asics operating in Hardin Montana pictured above.

What is very interesting about all this is that because they are publicly traded, they don’t have to sell their bitcoins to fund their operations or even expansion. They can instead sell shares and then give shareholders dividends based on bitcoin profits.

This very new model where bitcoin mining is concerned with such publicly traded miners coming to this space only a few months ago, can very well change the dynamics of bitcoin mining and make this a very different level game.

At its foundation bitcoin mining has a contradiction, or a balance, or a trap, or the ruthless game as we call it.

To operate, an industrial bitcoin miner has to sell their bitcoin. That lowers their price, and thus the value of their operation. Good management requires a balance, with mistakes very easy and bankruptcies quite common in bitcoin mining.

A publicly traded company however can play this game at optimum because they don’t have to sell their bitcoin and therefore aren’t forced by necessities to lower the value of their operations, or at least not to the same extent.

Something that logically suggests non-publicly traded miners won’t be able to play this game for much longer. Although, on the other hand, they have the experience of managing a very tight ship.

This fundamental shift in a key part of supply and demand is probably not quite the reason why this slowdown in miners selling has occurred currently. The reason is more likely that they secured their needs earlier in 2020.

It is however a shift that should begin being reflected in months to come in a structural way, rather than cyclical as this slowdown may be, with less selling in both good and bad times because these publicly traded companies can bring in fiat straight into mining, instead of relying on selling bitcoin.

We’ve named Marathon because they seem to be the biggest of these publicly traded new entrants, but there are others, like Northern Data for example.

This indicates there’s a diversification going on in mining. New talent and new methods are entering this game of wit and utter skill.

There’s also the old ones. Barry Silbert is boasting of his new Foundry pool already having 5% of the hashrate. But this is the old way.

If our analysis is correct, and all this is very new so it may well not be, then the most exciting development since mining pools were invented has occurred here though these publicly traded new miners are still at a relatively speaking small scale.

Yet they seem to be growing and somewhat quickly, and if they are smart enough to understand the dilemma in bitcoin mining as well as how to most optimally deal with it, then they might even dominate soon enough.

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The SigmaUSD stablecoin has been deployed by the community and is live and ready for all Ergonauts to use at https://sigmausd.io/

After several months of hearing whispers about a stablecoin being built and teasers being thrown around, the Ergo community enjoyed an information-packed Ergo Summit 2021 which explained everything they needed to know about the AgeUSD Protocol; a novel crypto-backed algorithmic stablecoin protocol that has been created in joint partnership by the Ergo Foundation, EMURGO, and IOG on top of the Ergo Blockchain.

A community-wide vote was held to decide on the exact names for the stablecoin and the reservecoin (the other coin part of the AgeUSD protocol). After many days of back-and-forth, the community landed on “SigmaUSD” for the stablecoin and “SigmaRSV” for the reservecoin.

For those who are new to the Ergo ecosystem, “Sigma” refers to the core of what powers Ergo’s cryptography & smart contracts, that being Sigma Protocols. No other blockchain in the cryptocurrency sphere uses Sigma Protocols, and thus this is what makes Ergo extremely unique. They enable privacy-preserving primitives to be used for cheap by anyone in the ecosystem, which has future potential for business/enterprise use cases, and more.

The Ergo ecosystem has a growing trend of Sigma Protocol-inspired themes with recently released projects such as the Ergo dApp explorer, The Sigmaverse. Thus the community-chosen SigmaUSD fits perfectly in place and is a testament to the community’s appreciation for all of the impressive tech which is embedded within Ergo itself.

The Ergo DeFi ecosystem is just beginning to bloom, and it is clear that with so much interest in this first DeFi dApp we are only going to see more and more being developed and launched. With so much excitement coming out within just the first two months of 2021, this year looks like it’s going to be one to remember for Ergo and all Ergonauts.

What are you waiting for? Head to SigmaUSD’s website and see what all of the Ergonauts are praising for yourself.

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Metis | Enabling Web 3.0 Through Easy-to-Use Layer 2 Next Generation Framework

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The next generation of web platforms is beginning to emerge, as the explosion in demand for DeFi projects demonstrates. Unfortunately, as the high gas fees and scaling issues plaguing Ethereum have shown, there are currently limitations to innovation and adoption. The technology behind Metis, however, enables a true breakthrough in blockchain business operations, allowing companies to easily launch decentralized companies with a full suite of management and community governance tools. Through the Layer 2 framework, Metis will act as the missing puzzle piece in ushering in the age of Web 3.0. 

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Bitcoin Retraces After Bouncing, Falling Below $47,000

Bitcoin is approaching a crucial support area. A strong resurgence will be mandatory for the possibility of bullish continuation to remain.   Bitcoin Bounce Retraces On Feb. 28, BTC reached the $45,000 support area and bounced upwards. It proceeded to reach a high of $52,652 four days later but has been moving downwards since. So … Continued

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The Bitcoin (BTC) price has been retracing since getting rejected by the $52,500 resistance area on March 3.

Bitcoin is approaching a crucial support area. A strong resurgence will be mandatory for the possibility of bullish continuation to remain.

 

Bitcoin Bounce Retraces

On Feb. 28, BTC reached the $45,000 support area and bounced upwards. It proceeded to reach a high of $52,652 four days later but has been moving downwards since.

So far, BTC has reached a low of $46,294 in the early hours of March 5. This is still inside the body of the bullish candlestick of March 1. Therefore, it’s still inside the parameters of a normal retracement. 

However, both the MACD and Stochastic oscillator are bearish. The latter has already made a bearish cross. On the other hand, the RSI is trying to hold on above the 50-line.

BTC Daily Movement
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Bitcoin Struggles to Find Support

The six-hour chart shows that the main resistance area is found at $52,476. This is the 0.618 Fib retracement of the most recent downward movement and a horizontal resistance area. 

Therefore, until BTC manages to clear it, we cannot consider the trend bullish — at least not in the short/medium-term.

Similar to the daily time-frame, the MACD and RSI are bearish.

BTC Six-Hour
BTC Chart By TradingView

Finally, the two-hour chart shows that BTC is still above the $46,600 support area (0.618 Fib retracement). 

However, there are no bullish reversal signs yet.

If BTC were to break down, the next closest support area would be found at $45,000. This is the 0.786 Fib level of the most recent move and a horizontal support area from the daily chart. 

Therefore, the loss of this level would be a significant bearish development for BTC.

BTC Short-Term
BTC Chart By TradingView

Corrective Decrease?

A look at the very short-term 15-minute chart shows a continued decrease that has been ongoing since March 3. 

The downward movement is perfectly channeling, and the significant overlap suggests that it’s likely to be corrective. This means that despite the lack of bullish reversal signs, an eventual breakout is expected.

BTC Correction
BTC Chart By TradingView

The most likely wave count suggests another upward move towards a new all-time high. 

However, a decrease below the Feb. 28 low would signal that BTC is likely to fall towards $40,000.

BTC wave Count
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Conclusion

Bitcoin is expected to find relief at one of the support levels outlined and continue moving higher.

The loss of the $45,000 support area would be a major bearish development, indicating that the local low might not be in yet.

For BeInCrypto’s previous Bitcoin (BTC) analysis, click here.

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Valdrin is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and financial trader. After obtaining a masters degree in Financial Markets at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics he began working at the Ministry of Economic Development in his native country of Kosovo.
In 2019, he decided to focus full-time on cryptocurrencies and trading.

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