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Bitcoin Halving 2024: A "Sell the news" in perspective?

Tue 09 Apr 2024 ▪ 4 min of reading ▪ by Evans S.
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At the heart of the crypto universe, Bitcoin continues to captivate, mystify, and sometimes even divide. As we approach the 2024 halving, a cyclically anticipated event that halves mining rewards, the crypto community is preparing for a major event. Often referred to as a potential “Sell the news,” this event could temporarily reshape the economic landscape of this digital currency. 

Bitcoin halving

The Bitcoin Halving Phenomenon: Between Anticipation and Reality

Bitcoin, by its ingenious design, aims to simulate a form of digital scarcity. Indeed, this process is orchestrated through a very specific mechanism, called the halving. This event, taking place approximately every four years, plays a crucial role in this ambition.

This procedure cuts the rewards allocated to miners, historically going from 50 BTC to 25, then to 12.5 and finally to 6.25 during the last event in 2020. These moments have often been milestones of speculative increases, followed by more measured market realities. 

According to Steno Research, the upcoming event could mirror the 2016 halving, where selling pressure increased up to four months after the event. 

This anticipation, coupled with the growing interest of Bitcoin ETF holders, sets an intriguing stage. The pre-halving rise in value, followed by a potential correction, suggests a dynamic of “buy the rumor, sell the news”. This deserves particular attention.

The Economics of Mining and Its Impact on the Market

The most tangible aspect of the halving affects the miners, these key actors in the Bitcoin network. With the reduction of rewards, the monetary value of their work experiences significant volatility. 

The record revenues of miners in recent months, juxtaposed with a Bitcoin price flirting with historical peaks, reveal a double edge. On one hand, the high value of post-halving issuance (estimated at $224,512 for daily mining rewards) offsets the reductions in reward. On the other hand, this same value encourages potential selling to cover operational costs, adding sell pressure post-halving.

As miners revise their approaches and speculators swing between anticipation and realization, the halving event emerges as a potential catalyst for Bitcoin. This transition phase suggests a metamorphosis of the market.

Later, when the selling pressure has faded, an opportunity arises: the initiation of a new era of prosperity. It will be propelled by a deeper reconsideration of Bitcoin’s intrinsic value, rooted in its programmed scarcity.

Analysts, such as Mads Eberhardt from Steno and Alex Wice, suggest a bullish dynamic in the longer term, positing that the true impact of the halving will manifest once initial market adjustments and “weak hands” have cleared out.

The 2024 halving promises to be a fascinating chapter in Bitcoin’s saga.

Beyond short-term fluctuations, this event stands out. It highlights the constant solidness and innovation of the crypto ecosystem. Market reactions prove it. So do miners’ adjustments. Interest in Web3 is growing. Together, these elements underline the dynamics and resilience of the sector, even in the face of challenges.

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Evans S. avatar
Evans S.

Fasciné par le bitcoin depuis 2017, Evariste n'a cessé de se documenter sur le sujet. Si son premier intérêt s'est porté sur le trading, il essaie désormais activement d’appréhender toutes les avancées centrées sur les cryptomonnaies. En tant que rédacteur, il aspire à fournir en permanence un travail de haute qualité qui reflète l'état du secteur dans son ensemble.

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