Halving Bitcoin

The halving takes effect once the range of ‘Bitcoins’ given to miners following their successful production of this block is cut in half. Thus, this phenomenon will reduce the given ‘Bitcoins’ out of 25 coins to 12.5. It’s not a new item, but it does have an enduring impact and it’s not yet known if it’s bad or good to ‘euro to ethereum‘.

People, who aren’t acquainted with ‘Bitcoin’, typically inquire why can the Halving occur if the consequences can’t be predicted. The solution is simple; it’s pre-established. To offset the dilemma of currency devaluation, ‘Bitcoin’ mining was created in such a manner that a total of 21 million coins could be issued, which can be accomplished by cutting down the reward given to miners in half each four decades. Because of this, it’s a vital part of ‘Bitcoin’s existence and not a decision.

This task is assigned to the miners, so, for the system to perform as planned, there has to be diversification among them. Having a few ‘Miners’ will give rise to centralization, which may result in a number of risks, including the likelihood of the 51 % attack. Although, it would not automatically occur if a ‘Miner’ gets a control of 51 percent of the issuance, yet, it could happen if such situation arises. It means that whoever gets to control 51 percent can either exploit the records or steal all of the ‘Bitcoin’. However, it should be understood that if the halving happens without a respective increase in price and we get close to 51 percent situation, confidence in ‘Bitcoin’ would get affected.

It doesn’t mean that the value of ‘Bitcoin’, i.e., its rate of exchange against other currencies, must double within 24 hours when halving occurs. At least partial improvement in ‘BTC’/USD this year is down to purchasing in anticipation of the event. So, some of the increase in price is already priced in. Moreover, the effects are expected to be spread out. These include a small loss of production and some initial improvement in price, with the track clear for a sustainable increase in price over a period of time.

This is exactly what happened in 2012 after the last halving. However, the element of risk still persists here because ‘Bitcoin’ was in a completely different place then as compared to where it is now. ‘Bitcoin’/USD was around $12.50 in 2012 right before the halving occurred, and it was easier to mine coins. The electricity and computing power required was relatively small, which means it was difficult to reach 51 percent control as there were little or no barriers to entry for the miners and the dropouts could be instantly replaced. On the contrary, with ‘Bitcoin’/USD at over $670 now and no possibility of mining from home anymore, it might happen, but according to a few calculations, it would still be a cost prohibitive attempt. Nevertheless, there might be a “bad actor” who would initiate an attack out of motivations other than monetary gain.

Therefore, it is safe to say that the actual effects of “the Halving” are probably favorable for current holders of ‘Bitcoin’ and the entire community, which brings us back to the fact that ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, who designed the code that originated ‘Bitcoin’, was more fortunate than some of us as we peer into the future.