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EOW closing Bitcoin price: $27,980
Date range: September 25 - October 1, 2023
Bitcoin Perception Index (BPI): 40/100 - some fearfulness in the air
Main Topics: Regulatory Landscape, Market Trends, Mining Trends, Global Perspectives
This week's spotlight: CNBC
Main Topics Of The Week
SEC Delays and Approvals
The SEC has been in the spotlight this week, delaying decisions on spot Bitcoin ETFs. Despite these delays, Valkyrie Funds received approval for Ether futures in their ETF, marking a regulatory milestone.
Governance and Legislation
Quarterly Losses and Gains
The Role of Influencers
Elon Musk and other key figures are still affecting market sentiment around Bitcoin amid wild price swings, making it feel like it’s 2021 again. The market remains volatile but resilient.
More Bitcoin miners are flocking to Texas, indicating a shift in the mining landscape and potentially impacting the network's decentralization.
From Vivek Ramaswamy in the U.S. to Javier Milei in Argentina, pro-Bitcoin presidential candidates are emerging around the globe, signaling that the shift in political attitudes towards Bitcoin is not a short-lived trend.
This Week's Spotlight: CNBC
Texas has emerged as a significant player in the Bitcoin mining industry, accounting for 28.50% of the U.S. hash rate as of July 27, 2023. This is a huge increase from the 8.43% it held at the end of 2021.
Needless to say, the Lone Star State has strengthened its status as a significant player in the Bitcoin mining landscape. CNBC's MacKenzie Sigalos provides a comprehensive look into this development.
The Halving Event and Its Implications
The upcoming "halving" in April 2024 is a topic of much discussion. While it's tempting to focus solely on the potential for a Bitcoin price surge, it's crucial to consider the challenges for miners. Reduced rewards could tighten already slim margins. Kevin Zhang of Foundry calls it the "ultimate test" for the industry. It's a sentiment worth noting.
The Energy Debate
The energy consumption of Bitcoin mining is a recurring topic, but Texas offers a nuanced perspective. Thanks to its flexible energy grid, ERCOT, the state is turning what could be a challenge into an opportunity. It's an innovative approach that deserves attention.
The Geopolitical Shift
The westward migration of Bitcoin mining, particularly post-China's 2021 crackdown, has been beneficial for Texas. The state's regulatory environment and energy resources make it an increasingly attractive hub for mining operations.
Economic Incentives and Strategies
Innovation is key in the Bitcoin industry, and companies like Riot Platforms are leading the way. By selling energy back to the ERCOT grid, Riot has found a way to offset operational costs. It's a smart move considering the upcoming reduction in block rewards.
A Balanced View
While the article is optimistic about the future of Bitcoin mining in Texas, it's essential to maintain a balanced perspective. The halving event and environmental concerns are significant challenges that shouldn't be overlooked.
Also, the article points out that mining is becoming less lucrative by sharing some interesting numbers, with miners making an average of $66,400 per day per exahash of mining capacity, compared to nearly $342,000 at Bitcoin's peak in November 2021.
In summary, CNBC’s MacKenzie Sigalos provides a well-rounded view of the complexities and opportunities in Bitcoin mining in Texas.
If you’re in mining, you have quite interesting months ahead of you.
As we close out the third quarter, we observed a 21% decrease in overall media coverage compared to previous periods. Positive coverage declined by 18%, while negative coverage also saw a reduction of 26%.
What can you say? Bear market woes.