Bitcoin: The woes of BTC miners continue as prices crash
- As BTC’s price crashed, it caused a big dent in miners’ total earnings.
- Miner reserve increased substantially indicating a hoarding mentality.
Bitcoin [BTC] miners’ predicament was set to continue as revenue earned through creating new blocks on the chain sank to new depths.
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As per an update shared by on-chain analytics firm Glassnode dated 19 August, the total transaction fees paid to miners fell to a new 5-month low of $21,256. This drop was worse than the previous 5-month low, recorded more than a month ago.
Previous 5-month low of $21,272.32 was observed on 13 July 2023
— glassnode alerts (@glassnodealerts) August 19, 2023
Miners’ woes continue
The fall in fee revenue came even as Bitcoin recorded its steepest drop of 2023 over the last week. After wiggling in a tight trading range for more than a month. the king coin broke steeply to the downside with weekly losses of 11% at press time, data from CoinMarketCap revealed.
It is a known fact that miners rely on fiat currency to finance their ever-increasing hardware and other infrastructure costs. Hence, they convert their BTC holdings into cash frequently.
However, as prices crashed, it caused a big dent in miners’ total earnings, as reflected in the graph below.
Notice how the drop in revenue came abruptly following a sustained period of increase. This possibly threw their liquidation plans into disarray.
As per CryptoQuant, the amount of BTC held by miners increased substantially over the past week, forming a negative correlation with the price. As a result, miners developed a hoarding mindset and waited for prices to rebound slightly before dumping their stashes.
Hash rate continues to rise in the long-term
Despite the ebbs and flows of the mining sector, it was pertinent to note that the overall hash rate for Bitcoin has only trended upwards over the years. A higher hash rate is imperative for the overall security and decentralization of the blockchain. It helps in preventing malicious players from launching assaults like the 51% attack.
— Maartunn (@JA_Maartun) August 19, 2023
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However, a rising hash rate demands installation of sophisticated and expensive mining equipment. With the decline in revenue as highlighted earlier, less-efficient miners might be eventually forced to shut down their rigs.