If you’re involved or invested anywhere in the cryptocurrency space, then you know that the Bitcoin halving is the biggest event on everyone’s minds. If you’re someone who invests in cryptocurrency mining companies, then you’re probably busy looking at how your investments stack when competing against other companies, and you should be. The halving is going to produce a seismic shock in the way miners do business, and send ripples through the entire community. This is the only asset class where the entire infrastructure shifts every four years to meet an artificially induced change in supply.
The bitcoin halving is coming and it’s anybody guess as to what companies are going to survive. The game is going to get a lot tighter next month when the risk-to-reward ratio involved in mining Bitcoin greatly favours risk.
Bitcoin’s volatility is hard to gauge. Minor spikes and dips happen all the time, and what cryptocurrency enthusiasts consider to be minor are catastrophic and atmospheric bounces to traditional stocks and bonds. But when the shit hits the fan it really distributes the proceeds widely, as we saw earlier this month as the effects of the coronavirus caused a monumental dive in Bitcoin’s fortunes. Since then, though, it’s been in recovery. First in drips and drabs, and then occasionally in large 10% bounces and finally to where we are today, with Bitcoin’s price resting at roughly between $9,000 and $9,500, which is up from its lowest point three weeks ago at $6,773.20.
Hut 8 Mining (HUT.T) went into damage control over the weekend following Bitcoin’s precipitous 46% crash in the wake of the coronavirus, optimizing their mining operations by running its equipment in the most cost-efficient modes possible.
Let’s be real for a moment here. There aren’t a lot of blockchain companies out there worth your attention. Most are floundering around with business plans that sounded prosperous in 2017, while others have pivoted away in search of greener pastures. Others have diversified—extending past base cryptocurrency mining or blockchain services into artificial intelligence, IoT and cloud computing—all of which are excellent uses of blockchain tech.
Getting involved in Bitcoin mining used to be as easy as kicking your little brother off of World of Warcraft long enough to log into the server and start the process. It cost little, and gave you a few neat little tokens to shore up your geek cred among your fellow nerds, and maybe your little brother could get a kickback for his time if you order him a pizza or something.