Neither Bitcoin nor any of the market’s popular altcoins are the best bets to yield maximum returns. Yes, Bitcoin has more than tripled in the last year and yes, it is expected to do something similar over the next bull run, but it won’t do as much as the backbone of the Bitcoin industry – Miners.
The Bitcoin price surge has exceeded everybody’s expectations, with the crypto sitting not far from its ATH of $42,000, at press time. Clearly, this has tipped the institutional interest towards BTC as an alternative investment asset. In fact, many institutions are long on Bitcoin and have invested in it when above $30,000, expecting it to head higher. Be that as it may, Bitcoin’s mining industry is the one that is going to explode more than the price of BTC, and here’s why.
Bitcoin price v. Miners
In a nutshell, a hike in Bitcoin’s price has a cyclical effect. It starts with the anticipation of the price heading higher, something that leads investors with capital into the ecosystem. This pushes the price higher, leading to good profits and thereby attracting more investors.
However, to sustain the inflow of new capital, Bitcoin miners need to mine new blocks. A sudden surge in Bitcoin’s price leads to miners profiting more. At this point, miners have more BTCs worth more than the usual, leading to them holding the coins. The more coins the miners hold, the lower the selling pressure the entire industry faces. This causes a supply shortage, one pushing Bitcoin’s price higher.
This causes two things – Attracts more investors, and eventually, attracts more miners to mine Bitcoin, making the hashrate and difficulty rise to balance it out.
Unlike purchasing bitcoin, the mining industry isn’t just about the rewards earned by mining. It involves mining manufacturers, chip manufacturers, mining competitors, etc. as well.
Ahead of the curve
Clearly, industry leaders like Binance, OKEx, and Huobi were ahead of the curve since they launched their mining pools in 2020. Not only did this make the exchanges richer directly from their foray into mining, but it also provided the exchanges liquidity from the mined BTCs.
Even American players like Coinbase, Digital Currency Group, Blackcap, etc., have directly or indirectly, entered the market in anticipation of this demand.
While this is a huge side of the mining industry, there is another side that provides facilities needed to keep the ball rolling – companies that provide miners the capital, or finances them.
“Offer trade and risk management solutions, principal lending and equity investments, and M&A advisory services for bitcoin miners. In addition to providing financial services to miners, Galaxy Digital Mining will also mine Bitcoin on a proprietary basis.”
Although a complex network of industries is working together, the mining industry will be the sector to witness massive improvements and adoption in the coming years.
Someone paid $4,480 for an XRP transaction
Crypto Twitter was abuzz over the fact that someone spent about $,480 for an XRP transaction. A tweet from the Flare Community drew attention to a transaction that took place a few days ago. An unidentified user paid over 10,000 XRP worth more than $4K for a transaction on XRP Ledger. The community published the tweet in response to an XRP enthusiast who spotted a 1.04 XRP transaction fee on XRPL.
Flare network explained that fees on the #XRPL can be set programmatically, however, they were not sure why “someone would burn XRP unnecessarily.”
This was not the only XRP transaction to make news. Over the past 24 hours, significant amounts of the crypto were moved between leading exchanges and wallets.
According to crypto tracking firm Whale Alert 30,999,980 XRP, worth $13,481,945, at the time, was transferred from an unknown wallet to Coinbase. In total, 66 million XRP coins, worth $30 million, were moved.
The XRP transfers occurred between Coinbase’s wallets internally. It must be noted that on 30 December 2020, Coinbase announced that it has halted XRP trading, in the aftermath of US Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against Ripple. Trading XRP was expected to be fully suspended on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. However, traders can withdraw and access XRP in their Coinbase wallet even after the suspension.
Whale Alert tracked another interesting transaction, which is a part of a settlement between Ripple and its former CTO Jed McCaleb. Over 6 million XRP worth $277,683,138 was transferred from “Jed McCaleb Settlement” wallet to his TacoStand address, on 2 March.
The former Ripple chief, who has been actively selling his XRP stash, apparently has more than 2 billion XRP remaining in cold storage. According to one analyst, if McCaleb continued to sell large amounts of XRP from his wallet, he will deplete his wallet by May.
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NFTs Are Going Mainstream Fast
To say there’s too much money floating around at the moment would be the understatement of the year.
We can see it in the incredibly high valuations in the stock market overall, which is trading at about 40 times its price-earnings ratio.
Alternatively, we can drill down to specific companies like Tesla, which even after the recent dip, is still trading at more than 1,000 times the value of what those shares are actually worth.
It seems like investors are basically willing to throw money at anything that has a ticker, regardless of what that thing might actually be worth.
Don’t get me wrong, the free market is the ultimate dictator of price, but the discovery mechanism is clearly being distorted right now by global central banks who seem determined to ensure that prices keep moving up, regardless of how the economy is doing.
The latest target of this phenomena is most peculiar indeed. In fact, it is a central bank. …
Technically, there’s absolutely no reason for this sudden jump in share price, as is explained in the article, but here we are. Capitalism is now a joke. At least it’s a funny one.
I’m pretty darn sure this is the first time I’ve ever screen captured anything involving Paris Hilton, but here it is. …
It doesn’t get any more mainstream than this.
Although, it’s a bit difficult to understand Kim Dotcom’s comment about the empowerment of artists, especially in the light of Beeple, who simply doesn’t seem satisfied with his share of what the market is willing to pay for blockchain-enabled ownership of digital art.
As I write to you today, I’m listening to the three-hour stream of the confirmation hearing for Gary Gensler, who has been nominated to chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
It’s extremely doubtful that I’ll get through the entire thing, and even though these events are usually a snooze-fest, this one has a lot of very important information about how Gensler, if confirmed, will approach the regulation of financial markets and digital assets.
Meanwhile, last night, The Chicago Board Options Exchange made its latest attempt to obtain approval for the first bitcoin exchange-traded fund to be available on a U.S. exchange.
As we know, Jay Clayton, former chair of the SEC, was vehemently opposed to such a vehicle, saying that the market simply wasn’t ready. The SEC went on to deny about half a dozen such filings.
Parsing Gensler’s statements today, it certainly seems that he’ll give it a more serious consideration than Clayton did.
If we can learn from Canada, where the world’s first bitcoin ETF was just launched to much fanfare and explosive volumes, it’s quite clear that the market is certainly ready for such a product.
Back in March of 2017, when the Winklevoss twins made the first attempt at a bitcoin-backed ETF, the market was wondering whether approving one of these funds, which would allow investors to purchase bitcoin without incurring the security issues of holding coins, or deal with the regulatory uncertainty of buying from an exchange, would be a catalyst for hedge funds to start making purchases.
Today, however, we’re not lacking any particular catalyst. Hedge funds are already buying. Bitcoin does not need any catalyst. As Gensler pointed out in his hearing, bitcoin is the catalyst.
Frankly, I’m not sure what an ETF really adds at this point. It’s only a matter of market share and who gets to rake in the fees for selling bitcoin to Wall Street. That’s not a race that most of us have any horse in, unfortunately, but it’s still fun to watch.
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