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Bitcoin up more than 30% in January

03 February 2020 Luno
Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of Luno

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of Luno

- Price influenced by halving in May

January has seen bitcoin climb from US$6 836 (R102 313) on 1 January 2020 to US$9 341 (R139 804) on 31 January after close to six losing months for the second half of 2019. After 11 years and as we enter a new decade many commentators believe that 2020 will be the year that the real value of cryptocurrencies is recognised.

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of Luno, commented: “Digital assets are still subject to high levels of volatility but we are seeing greater adoption, workable regulation and better access for millions of people. In 2020 the continued development of stable coins and the interest of companies like Facebook will accelerate the development of cryptocurrencies.”

Bitcoin halving

A very important event that will take place in May this year is the next bitcoin halving. It is almost guaranteed that the halving will impact the Bitcoin price. This along with the other factors, including the take-up by institutional investors, could very well be that 2020 becomes the year in which records are broken.

“The last bitcoin block reward halving took place in 2016, when the reward dropped from 25 to 12.5 bitcoins—back then cryptocurrencies were much less popular but the price still rocketed. Now with more eyes on its contracting issuance rate and as supplies are limited, we’re likely to see Bitcoin’s price soar again,” added Swanepoel.

The bitcoin block halving process consists in the halving of the reward bitcoin miners receive for each new block of transactions they produce. While miners currently receive 12.5 bitcoins (market value: $87,000) for adding a new block of transactions, from May onwards they’ll get a reward of 6.25 bitcoins - the network will programmatically adjust to provide a smaller pay out. This reduction, which occurs every 210,000 blocks happens every four years.

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