Posts Tagged ‘Bitcoin block reward halving

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The second Bitcoin block reward halving is going to happen in a bit less than 3 days from now with a little over 400 blocks remaining. The amount of Bitcoins rewarded for each block decreases over time, getting halved once every 210000 blocks (approximately every four years). When Bitcoin was created in 2009, the initial block reward was 50 BTC, then in November 2012, it dropped to 25 BTC after the first halving. As a result of the block reward getting reduced once more in a few days finding a new Bitcoin block will start rewarding the miner that found it with just 12.5 BTC instead of 25 BTC like it is still at the moment. Following this development in 4 more years or sometime in 2020 the next Bitcoin block reward halving is expected to take place further reducing the block reward in half to just 6.25 BTC and so on. This will continue until the total limit of 21 million Bictoins are mined, though this will take quite a lot of years. The total number of BTC after the halving of the block reward should be about 15 Million and 750 Thousands out of the 21 Million total and with the continuing reduction of the reward over time the remaining over 5 Million of coins will take years and years and more halvings to be mined (estimated time is around 2140).

One more useful website dedicated to tracking the Bitcoin block reward halving…

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The Bitcoin exchange rate has jumped significantly going all the way up to $500 USD on many EU and US-based exchanges and skyrocketing even higher on some Asian exchanges. The jump seems to be caused mostly the Chinese BTC markets driving the price up as as the national currency apparently suffers another devaluation and people are moving to investing their money in Bitcoins. The side effect from this jump in BTC exchange rate however is the drop in price for many altcoins that might suffer loosing some of their value, but it might be just temporary. This creates a good opportunity for profiting by doing some arbitrage trading between different exchanges and buying the right altcoins at the right price, it is risky, but might result in a good profit later on. Another thing that might be influencing the recent uptrend in the BTC price on exchanges is the upcoming block reward halving that should hit in about a month and a half around the start on July. So be smart and do trades carefully during this turbulent moment…

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After hovering around $380 USD for quite some time since the beginning of this month, Bitcoin has finally moved past the $400 USD exchange rate again and is pushing to get higher. While BTC has been somewhat low in terms of price, but with a network difficulty that is continuing to grow rapidly with another 20 or so percent increase in the network difficulty right around the corner some altcoins have managed to do great. We are talking about Ethereum (ETH) that has had its price skyrocket to over 5 Euro and over 6 USD in the last days and that has also sparked some temporary, but huge interest in some of the Ethereum forks such as Expanse. The way things are moving with more big jumps in the difficulty and the second upcoming block halving this summer people are expecting to see Bitcoin doubling its price, but we are yet to see if that will happen this summer or not…


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