Bitcoin is precious, and there is a limited supply of world’s biggest crypto currency. Cryptocurrency wallet and tracking website Blockchain.info shows on Saturday that total amount of Bitcoins in circulation crossed 16.8 million mark, that equals 80% of total bitcoins that could be mined (21 million).
According to the whitepaper issued by Satoshi Nakamoto, total bitcoin supply is limited at 21 million and 16.8 million have already been mined means 80% of Bitcoins are mined.
With less than 4.2 million tokens left to be mined, cryptocurrency is only 20 percent away from reaching its hardwired 21 million token limit.
There are currently just over 16.8 million tokens in circulation with market price of around $14000, and market cap of $240 billion.
Mining is getting tougher
Each bitcoin is mined from what is known as a block , a data set on the blockchain which releases a handful of tokens each time it is successful broken down.
But the computer algorithms behind the blocks are getting harder to crack. It is a feature of the system that encouraged early adoption and now fights off inflation.
The current block reward is 12.5 bitcoin, but approximately avery 210,000 blocks the reward is cut in half. This will happen sometime in 2020.
The original mining reward stood at 50 tokens before it was halved to 25 and then 12.5. The next reward will only account for 6.25 tokens per block, thus making mining unprofitable.
Price is expected to rise
The increasing difficulty is clear because all bitcoin were already mined by 2017, but between 2016 and 2017 only 7 per cent were released. Then from 2017 to 2018 only another 3 percent were mined, and next year this number is expected to be even lower.
Some experts have suggested that once the number of available tokens decreases, bitcoin’s price tag could go through the roof.
Jamie Redman, contributor to Bitcoin.com, said: “In most cases when an asset is limited and resources are harder to come by, the supply causes demand for the market.
“The supply of bitcoin shows a significant gap between how many there are and those who want to obtain some”
Price is expected to go higher by the time as mining rewards are shrinking and demand is getting higher.
6K support loosing strength
$6000 support level for Bitcoin is holding pretty well since Feb 2018, but every time price bounces off from 6K level it marks a lower top
Bitcoin support level is losing its strength day by day, traders expect a nice bounce from this level and strength in the rally to breach the $10000 mark but its not happening and now price is making lower tops every time there is a small rally.
Take a Look at the one week chart of Bitcoin at Bitfinex
According to many Technical analysts, weekly chart is looking scary and they are expecting as massive crash in prices if price breaks below the $6000 level and stays there.
Another alarming situation for Bitcoin is low volumes, Bitcoin ‘s trading volume has dropped significantly in the last few months , in fact this month has been the lowest in more than 1 year and that shows investors are taking a back seat in this market, institutions are not yet ready to jump into the market and without money from big investors, it is not possible for Bitcoin to rebound or reach All-Time-High levels in near future.
$6000 support history
$6K support for Bitcoin started in Feb 2018, when Bitcoin crashed from $12000 to $6000 within few days after a wild crash. But price rebounded once it touched the $6K level and then after that it started making lowers highs (lower tops) and price rejected from $10K level then $9K and then $8K , made it ever so difficult for Bitcoin to rebound, but one thing was there all the way through, $6000 support level, although price broke below this level 1 or 2 times but not for long, price stayed above $6000, but now as the time is passing by it is getting more and more difficult for Bitcoin to keep this level of support as there is massive pressure from the bears and they can take the price down anytime in near future and if that happens, there will be panic in the market and selling pressure can take price down to $5000 or even $4000 as well, on the other side Bulls must be hoping that $6000 support is protected once again.
Crypto Market cap reached $275 billion
Market cap of crypto currencies reached the level of $275 Billion after a spike on 4rth July 2018, Bitcoin maintaining its dominance at 42% , making it the biggest crypto currency in the world.
Bitcoin price currently trading at around $6700 after a 3% spike in the price , making it jump from $6500 to $6700 within minutes, analysts are predicting that this recent upside movement in crypto market in weak and need to sustain these levels in order to attract more buyers, otherwise overall bearish market is still in control.
$7000 is a key level for Bitcoin
$7000 is very important level for bitcoin according to many technical analysts, If it breaks above $7000 and stays there then chances are that upside move will be healthy, otherwise bear will look forward to take control of the situation again.
Switzerland merging Cryptocurrencies with conventional banking
Switzerland is on the right track to become a Crypto nation and country is making efforts to allow cryptcocurrencies to fully access conventional banking .
Bitcoin and other crypto currencies has taken a big hit in brutal bear market of 2018 but that’s not stopping Switzerland to allow cryptocurrencies to fully access conventional banking system within the country. Switzerland is currently in progress and drafting rules and regulations for such collaborations.
Heinz Tännler, Swiss expert & finance director of Zug canton, told media earlier that politicians were moving to allow crypto companies to work with banks, adding that Switzerland’s central bank, financial supervisor and federal government “are willing to help”.
He said: “We hope to clarify relationships by the end of the year at the latest.
“Time is pressing, other jurisdictions such as Malta and Singapore are very active and making a lot of effort to attract these companies. The lack of access to bank services is a significant competitive disadvantage.”
“We have to push certain national institutions to resolve this problem quickly and effectively, but that now seems to be going well.”
Blockchain becoming the global phenomenon
The concept of Blockchain is interesting and attractive for all the countries, many countries may disagree on the existence and usage of cryptocurrencies, but all of them agree with the fact concept of blockchain is not going anywhere and governments can benefit from this technology in various fields, but if you ask any expert of blockchain, he would tell you that success of Blockchain technology has to be linked with existence of crypto currencies, without crypto currencies, and ecosystem can’t exist, many governments around the world are slowly recognizing the fact and Switzerland is definitely on the right track if they allow crypto currencies to work in collaboration with the Banks, because many banks around the world are not allowing crypto currencies to offer services through them, but this initiative will open many doors in that regards.
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