Uneven demand across the Bitcoin market has been a significant problem since the year began. With investors soaking up more of the asset, miners have also been working round the clock to ramp up production.
Now, the problem appears to have begun affecting rig manufacturers, who now have an inventory shortage.
Rigs Out of Stock
Yesterday, Reuters reported that Bitcoin mining hardware manufacturers had seen significant inventory shortages, following upscaling efforts by several mining firms.
According to the report, Bitmain, the industry’s top mining rig manufacturer, has sold out of its inventory and most likely won’t have anything in stock until August.
Asides from being unavailable, these rigs now sells at a significant premium. Per industry news sources, a unit of Bitmain’s flagship Antminer s19 sold for $1,897 as of November 2020. However, the company’s website shows that the device now sells for $4,767.
So, anyone looking to purchase the device – which probably won’t be available for months – will be doing so at a 45 percent premium.
The current inventory shortage – especially for Bitmain – has been due in large part to expansion efforts from mining companies in North America. Last month, the Marathon patent Group, a Nevada-based mining firm, announced that it had purchased 70,000 Antminer s19 rigs from Bitmain at a $170 million cost. The delivery, which will run from July to December, adds to the 10,500 S19 Pro rigs that the company purchased in October.
Riot Blockchain, a Colorado-based firm, has emerged to be Marathon’s primary competitor. In December, the company also announced that it had bought 15,000 Antminer rigs from Bitmain, comprising 12,000 Antminer s19j Pros and 3,000 s19 Pros. Delivery and deployment will run from May to October.
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These are just two companies. There is little doubt that several other firms will be clamoring for more mining rigs as they look to upscale their operations and meet the surging demand for Bitcoin. The increased demand has primarily been from retail investors, who now appear to be feeling the crunch resulting from an influx of institutional, long-term investors.
Earlier this week, market data provider Glassnode reported that “liquid” Bitcoin wallets have shed 270,000 BTC this month – up from 175,000 BTC in December. The data showed that the liquid supply of Bitcoin had been consistently dropping for the past nine months, sitting at 21.3 percent and showing no signs of increasing.
Many heralded the influx of institutional investors into the market last year as a sign that Bitcoin was gaining traction as a store of value and a viable investment asset. However, considering that these investors tend to hold assets and not do much with them, day traders have been left with no assets to conduct activities with.
Bitcoin’s Compound Annual Growth Rate Is ‘Unmatched in Financial History’, Analysis Shows
Bitcoin’s 10-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is “unmatched in financial history,” according to analysis conducted by on-chain analytics firm CaseBitcoin, which posted its findings on social media. According to CaseBitcoin, BTC’s near 200% CAGR is an “unheard-of number” and means that BTC investors have “nearly tripled” their money every single year for the last […]
Bitcoin’s 10-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is “unmatched in financial history,” according to analysis conducted by on-chain analytics firm CaseBitcoin, which posted its findings on social media.
According to CaseBitcoin, BTC’s near 200% CAGR is an “unheard-of number” and means that BTC investors have “nearly tripled” their money every single year for the last decade, if the returns are being compounded. In terms of return on investment (ROI), this would translate to a 5.2 million percent return over said period.
CaseBitcoin, as Cointelegraph reports, compared BTC’s CAGR with that of popular stocks such as Tesla and Amazon, noting that Tesla’s CAGR is “off the charts” by normal standards at 63.8%, and is still dwarfed by bitcoin’s growth. Amazon’s CAGR, on the other hand, is 33.5%.
The researchers further defended their analysis by pointing out that even BTC’s last decade could be a “cherry-picked timeframe.” They found that “Bitcoin’s CAGR dwarfs other benchmarks over ANY multi-year period in the past decade.” Their data compared BTC’s returns against the S&P 500 index, gold, and more.
The price of bitcoin has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. In its 12-year existence, the flagship cryptocurrency went from essentially being worthless to at one point being worth over $58,000 per coin, before a correction saw BTC’s price drop to $48,900 at press time.
While initially the cryptocurrency was adopted by those agreeing with the libertarian ideology, soon more investors started seeing potential in it. Several publicly traded firms have now invested in bitcoin, with MicroStrategy putting in over $2 billion to buy 90,869 BTC.
Next to MicroStrategy comes Tesla, which invested $1.5 billion in the flagship cryptocurrency. Other companies like MassMutual, Ruffer Investment, Stone Ridge, and Square have also allocated funds to bitcoin. As reported, last month the oldest bank of the United States, Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK), has revealed it will start financing bitcoin and other digital currencies through the rollout of a new cryptocurrency custody service.
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NFTs are changing the world of art and it is just getting started
TL;DR Breakdown Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are changing the way art works in a crypto-related world. The subsector is bringing power back to the artists by ensuring authenticity and originality. The industry has seen a re-emergence in recent times as record sales are being recorded. If you mention the words “Bitcoin,” “Ethereum,” or “Cryptocurrency” next to […]
- Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are changing the way art works in a crypto-related world.
- The subsector is bringing power back to the artists by ensuring authenticity and originality.
- The industry has seen a re-emergence in recent times as record sales are being recorded.
If you mention the words “Bitcoin,” “Ethereum,” or “Cryptocurrency” next to any digital savvy individual, they probably have an idea of what you’re talking about. But if you should mention NFT, only a few familiar with the cryptocurrency market and blockchain technology would actually be able to understand you. A non-fungible token (NFT) is a cryptographic token that represents something unique. They are ideal for unique digital items. While they are built on a blockchain network like cryptocurrencies, its difference lies in the fact that one token cannot be interchanged with another.
The crypto industry has been with us for close to a decade but NFTs did not start gaining public attention until the Crytptokitties project became popular around 2017. Cryptokitties is a game on the Ethereum network in which players buy, sell, and breed cats which are represented by unique tokens that are created by a smart contract. The game made many people aware of NFT and opened many to its potential, however this was short-lived. But towards the tail end of 2020, the crypto subsector began to re-emerge and today, news of how multimillion sales are being made dominates the headline.
One sector that has benefited most from NFT is the art world. For years, digital artists have struggled with protecting their copyrights and monetizing their works online. This has now changed with NFT. With these tokens, digital artists are able to create their works and sell them online, with the buyer getting a unique token which certifies authenticity.
NFTs and its Smart contract possess unique attributes like owner identity, accurate location of the artwork, web links, etc., which can be embedded in the work of art. Beyond this, Defi platforms and apps such as Raribles, Zora, Nifty Getaway, Foundation, and SuperRare have also emerged. All these platforms enable creatives of any kind, including digital artists, to monetize their creations.
What has spurred the growth of this space is the quest to own collectibles. For years, people have paid huge amounts of money to own physical collectibles like baseball cards, Pokémon Go cards, etc. This mania is now re-enacting itself in the digital space as well. Dapper Labs, the company that created CryptoKitties is leading the scene with NBA Top Shots.
The growth of the digital art space due to non-fungible tokens is unprecedented. In the opinion of some analysts, it is reminiscent of the Renaissance period in art. According to Ben Gentili, the digital artist whose work Block 21 sold for more than $130,000 back in 2020, “non-fungible tokens have created a paradigm shift in the art world with power returning to the hands of the artist.” He made reference to a similar scenario during the Renaissance.
What he forgot to mention is that the present phenomenon has more in common with the Renaissance than just giving the artists the power back. According to Art historian Alexander Nagel, concepts such as authenticity and forgery meant nothing in art until the Renaissance period. Today, it is that same concept of authenticity that NFT is bringing back to art. This is what made it possible for Chris Torres to sell his Nyan cat meme for $590,000 by adding an NFT, which distinguished that particular copy from the millions that are on the internet.
Recently, the musician Grimes collaborated with the digital artist Max Boucher to release the WarNymph collection that sold for a record $5.8 million. This is quite close to the record made by Beeple with his $6.6 million sale of CROSSROADS on Nifty Getaway. At present, the total value of NFTs sold is over $250 million.
The traditional art auctioneers are not missing out on the action either. As far back as October 2020, Christie’s auctioned Ben Gentili’s digital artwork, Block 21, which had 18 bidders and sold for more than $130,000. In its first purely digital art auction, a collection of Beeple artworks reached over $1 million in bids under 10 minutes of going up for sale. These further point to how in-demand NFT artworks are at present.
NFT and the crypto space
The crypto market stands to benefit a lot from the growing popularity of NFT. This boom also means that the adoption of crypto will increase substantially as the transactions for these non-fungible tokens are usually in cryptocurrencies. Even Christie’s is accepting ETH for its latest digital art collection auction.
With the ability of NFT to be applied across various industries such as art, gaming, ticketing and events, collectibles, and even in real estate, the growth of NFT will spur crypto adoption at an incredible rate.
Is NFT all glittering?
While NFT is already making waves and has a lot of uses and potential, it is important to understand that it is still in its early stages. Even the blockchain technology it is built on is still evolving. Thus, it is not without its challenges.
At present, the technicalities involved in using NFT platforms are a major challenge. The additional charges also represent a challenge, and the safety of the artwork, which is generally not stored on blockchain but a different website, remains questionable. However, it is too early to know how these challenges will be dealt with.
There is no doubt that NFTs have disrupted the paradigm of the art world, giving digital artists control over their works. While many critics have criticized the simplicity of the artworks that sell for so much, it is impossible to ignore the positive possibilities that this means for the industry as a whole.
Marc Lasry and former CFTC chair Giancarlo invest in BlockTower Capital
BlockTower Capital, a crypto industry investment firm, has received investments from billionaire hedge funder Marc Lasry and J. Christopher Giancarlo, the former CFTC chair.
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BlockTower Capital, a crypto industry investment firm, has received investments from billionaire hedge funder Marc Lasry and J. Christopher Giancarlo, the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
The investments were reported by Bloomberg. With the investments, the amount of which was not disclosed, BlockTower is added the co-founder of private equity firm Avenue Capital Group as well as a former regulator and proponent of a digital dollar to its investor ranks.
Lasry notably predicted in the summer of 2018 that bitcoin’s price could top $40,000, as reported by CNBC at the time. He also said that he’d personally invested in bitcoin. At press time, the price of bitcoin is roughly $47,750, according to Coinbase.
According to Dealroom, BlockTower’s portfolio includes Dapper Labs, the blockchain startup behind NBA Top Shot and CryptoKitties, Solana and Origin Protocol.
Disclosure: BlockTower is an equity investor in The Block.
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