July Mining Halving Could Cause Bitcoin Values to Surge

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The popularity of bitcoin, much like its value, has been in a state of flux for the past several years, but the fact that it has stuck around this long lends further credence to the staying power of the cryptocurrency. There have been questions as to how it will continue to grow in 2016 and whether or not it has the room to do so. Thankfully, due to measures coded in the very fabric of the currency itself, not only are we ensured of the capacity for continued growth, but a sharp increase in bitcoin’s value as well.

Most people with even a passing interest in bitcoin are aware that bitcoins are developed through the process of mining. In layman’s terms, mining entails calculations being performed with specially designed software and hardware. However, many might not be aware that “a maximum of 21 million bitcoins can be in existence at any one time” and that the value of mining is regulated in order to maintain this number. To prevent miners from surpassing this limit, the currency is designed to cut the value of mining in half every four years. This is one of the biggest differences between bitcoin and a “fiat” currency such as the dollar, which can be printed in unlimited amounts to increase or decrease its value.

There are 15 million bitcoins in circulation as of April 2016 and the next halving of the mining value is set to take place July 11, 2016. In short, if 150 bitcoins are able to be produced each hour, then after July 11 only 75 will be produced in that same amount of time. This could have a major impact on the overall value of the currency, which has been on a steady rise in 2016 after recovering from a 2015 drop. If demand for bitcoin continues to grow while the number of coins that can be mined is drastically decreased, the value should naturally surge. Really, it’s the basic law of supply and demand at work.

The last time the mining value was halved took place on November 28, 2012 but back then the currency was still in its infancy. If you can imagine back then, a bitcoin was valued at around $12 with a market capitalisation barely more than $100 million. Considering that the value is now worth more than 30 times that with a market cap of $7 billion, this year’s halving will have much larger ramifications on the market and the economy as a whole.

This potential spike in the value of the currency has many speculators looking to invest in it. The likelihood of bitcoin’s value raising this summer has some comparing it to a cheap growth stock. We’ve already seen one meteoric rise and fall of bitcoin back in 2013, but since then it has steadily regained value. And it has only continued to stabilise and become a more legitimate option for both casual investors and consumers. The current value of bitcoin is hovering around $450 and we expect that to steadily increase following the mining announcement this July.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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