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Cryptocurrency Mining Profitability In 2020: Is It Possible?

August 9, 2020

The profitability metrics for mining are based on a handful of factors that regulate difficulty and expense. These are encoded in the attributes of the blockchain so that they are predictable. While predictability is not always an immediate synonym for profitability, gives a blockchain certain parameters for trust by predicting when cryptocurrency mining will become profitable, at what price level and at what level of difficulty during the issuance cycle.

Some cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin (BTC), Issue cycles with events like going through Halving or halving the reward per block mined. In the case of Bitcoin, Halving occurs once every 210,000 blocks. about every four years, until it was dismantled The maximum supply of Bitcoin is 21 million.

This property of self-adapting difficulty, provides an incentive for an individual miner to join or leave the network based on the current Bitcoin price level. Together, these incentives form a logarithmic price regression curve. This corresponds to an average exchange rate of Bitcoin and thus the predictability of profitability in the current issuance cycle. When the price of bitcoin falls below this regression curve, for which the end result is roughly around the 200-week moving average in this emission cycle, Almost all miners should have a net loss. When the price holds up above that number, At least some of the miners should make a net profit.

Cryptocurrency Mining Profitability In 2020: Is It Possible?Cryptocurrency Mining Profitability In 2020: Is It Possible?

The difficulty of mining bitcoin is currently at an all-time high between 110 and 120 million terahashes per second (TH / s), This suggests that a large amount of new mining capacity has been added to the network. However, since the price has not fully recovered from the decline caused by the emergence of COVID-19, We should expect most miners to experience temporary losses. howeverif the price of Bitcoin rises again in the current issuance cycle and go for a bull run The economic risk that the miners would have taken at the time should largely be rewarded.

Mining in Ethereum has been among the most profitable in the altcoin space for some time, largely due to the high average price of its token. However, Ethereum As a network, it mainly focuses on building a blockchain with a slightly different purpose than Bitcoin. Ethereum is an intelligent contract platform. During the mining phase, the network was previously assisting in the phase where it has not been widely used for transactions, In the future, the network will be forced to take over stakeout nodes as validators in order to provide enough capacity for the execution of transactions. In the long run this can have a positive effect on mining if we assume that mining will end. It is predicted that a significant amount of coins will be locked out when staking. which makes the price go up.

Participation is a mechanism that enables users Drop some of your coins at a stakeout address owned by a validation node and block them for a period of time. The validator node then it secures the network by creating blocks related to the number of coins placed in it. Blocks are made according to a coded voting mechanism This will calculate the participation reward from the total number of coins in the network for each node.

The price of electricity is a critical factor in the profitability of mining. Currently most of them are miners live in electricity purchase agreements with electricity producers in countries with cheap electricity from hydropower to solar energy. Most miners in retail They depend primarily on fluctuations in retail prices and should include this factor in their investments. Also the price of electricity It’s not a factor in mining profitable altcoins with GPU-based rigs.

Equipment prices (for mining) They tend to fluctuate due to price cycles. Equipment to purchase is relatively affordable at the end of each cycle, but towards the peak of each cycle, equipment, if not available, may not be affordable. At this point it would likely be profitable take a moderate risk in mining, especially in GPU mining. Only when it comes to profitability Bitcoin mining would likely require an investment that is out of reach for most miners at the initial cost to be felt at the height of this issuance cycle.

Besides making profit, Mining is one way of making coins without the need for a history. For users who care about their privacy, Mining stands for economic freedom, to make a means of payment accessible without links to a specific entity. This unique feature is only available in PoW (proof-of-work) cryptocurrencies and connects many people on the fringes of society with often legitimate use cases for the whole world that act as guarantors of human and social rights.

For some organizations Holding a blockchain with a nominal loss can serve as an investment. either by supporting profitable services or by maintaining the infrastructure for the operation of public use services. This type of arrangement is comparable in legacy systems to the civil service or a utility company.

When offering a utility This can be beneficial for a network of entities running on a licensed blockchain or in PoW blockchains intended for well-defined use in open public blockchains. In the long run, miners can be expected to be profitable. With levels of difficulty and profitability With public blockchains with significant utility like Bitcoin, mining can be seen as a profitable business for the foreseeable future.

The only credible factor that can do that change the status quo In PoW-based cryptocurrency mining, it currently seems to be the theoretical introduction of the quantum computer widely used with enough tools accessible to incentivize attacking public blockchains. However, This type of risk can be excessive because quantum computer test algorithms exist and are likely to be carefully developed to mitigate any risk that arises from this fairly predictable factor.

With that in mind, mining probably won’t be profitable in the next bull market, but it will be more relevant in ways that aren’t just cheap.

This article does not contain any investment recommendations or recommendations. Every step in investment and trading involves risks. Readers should do their own research in making their decision.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Iskander Khasanov He is a cryptocurrency trader and miner. He first established himself as a real estate entrepreneur and then worked in the cryptocurrency business in 2016. Iskander is Community Director Crypto Accelerator and gives insights into the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.

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