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May 9, 2020

Is Bitcoin’s Price a Function of Its Miners’ Costs?

With the Bitcoin Halving Event due next week and much discussion of how it will affect bitcoin’s price, it’s a great time to consider what factors actually determine the price.

There are many thoughts floating around:

  • Is it simply supply and demand?
  • Is it just market cycles playing out?
  • Is it fear and greed?
  • Is it media hype or indifference?
  • Or is it just the “Bitcoin Whales” manipulating the market to their advantage?

Certainly it is a bit of all of the above.

But for an underlying or baseline factor, we need to consider the breakeven cost to actually create (or “mine”) bitcoin.

The breakeven price, of course, is the basis of ALL production, be it oil, gold mining, farming, business, … you name it.

If price is above cost, you profit; if below cost for any significant length of time, you shut down temporarily or go out of business.

Thus, it is essential to have an idea of what bitcoin price the miners need to stay in business and keep the entire Bitcoin ecosystem afloat.

And it’s not just the mining of new bitcoin, it’s also the continuing support and validation (the “hash power“) of the entire global network.

Bitcoin (BTC), the token, is the reward system for the entire enterprise, so its price is all-important.

There are basically two main costs for a miner: the mining rig setup and the electricity cost to run it.

Most people believe that the miners with the lowest costs (especially electricity) will be the survivors and the ones who flourish.

But according to an article by Blockchain Solutions, the reality is different.That’s because the consistent improvements in mining rig technology allow those with higher electricity costs to stay in the game and compete with the lower-electricity-cost, but older-tech, miners.

Another important point made in the article is that the breakeven price is NOT the floor.

In reality, it is the miner capitulation and loss of hash power of the network that creates the price floor. In other words, the price floor will be LOWER than the breakeven price.

This creates another important dynamic: the fact that the bitcoin miners are almost always the main selling pressure on the bitcoin markets, because they HAVE to sell to cover their costs and make a profit to ensure survival.

Bitcoin holders (“HODLers“) and investment funds can hold or sell anytime, based on sentiment or market cycles.

Bitcoin mining rigs have a 3+ year life cycle.

Larger mining facilities have  5+ year life cycles, while small individual miners take approximately 18 months to break even on their capital costs.

As you can see, quite a financial commitment.

So, what happens when bitcoin’s price drops too low?

The inefficient miners eventually capitulate; they either shut down temporarily or close up shop forever.

Their rewards go to the efficient miners.

Therefore, only the most efficient miners keep running.

(As a side note, there are new lending platforms available to miners today that allow them to collateralize their bitcoin holdings and get cash or stablecoins to stay in the game longer. This can reduce or delay selling pressure on the markets.)

Now, what happens if the price of bitcoin drops further and stays low for an extended period, as it occasionally does?

The hash rate (or hash power) of the entire network drops. That is not good, as it weakens the security and integrity of the entire ecosystem.

What then occurs is that the Bitcoin algorithm for block mining automatically adjusts and becomes easier. In this way, the existing miners save energy and get rewarded easier so that they can stay in profit.


This self-adjusting protocol is what allows bitcoin miners and the hash power to survive any and all price movements and ensure Bitcoin’s survivability.

Then when the price eventually recovers and the reward starts becoming more profitable, both the blockchain difficulty algorithm and the entrance of new and previously-shut miners create the impetus for the next up cycle.

Now if only the world’s central banks worked on a self-adjusting basis!

Well, wishful thinking can’t hurt.

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Top 10 Cryptos by Market Cap (Updated Daily)

Name Price24H (%)
Bitcoin (BTC)
Ethereum (ETH)
Binance Coin (BNB)
Tether (USDT)
Litecoin (LTC)
Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
Tezos (XTZ)
Bitcoin SV (BSV)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Bitcoin and other cryptoassets get their value? Are they money?

Bitcoin was set up to be a decentralized, trustless, immutable source of value. It allows peer-to-peer transfer of value between anyone anywhere in the world. There is a finite amount of bitcoin that will ever be created, and as its usefulness increases, so will the value. As with all forms of “money”, it is based on the faith of those who use it. It has been invented as a better form of money than fiat currencies, since it can’t be controlled, manipulated, or printed out of thin air like government money can. The vast majority of “money” and transactions globally is digital;Bitcoin has been developed to be the ultimate digital currency and store of value.

Other cryptoassets (i.e.,”altcoins”) are often very different from Bitcoin, but most are set up as variations of blockchain technology and distributed ledger technology. Their value comes either from use as a utility (like fuel or electricity), security ( like stocks or real estate) or stability (tied to the value of a currency, precious metal, or commodity). There are now third-generation cryptoassets being developed with even more advanced capabilities.

Just as the Internet spawned huge companies and platforms, so to will cryptoassets utilizing the latest blockchain and associated technologies. There will almost certainly be new “ Googles” and ”Amazons” of the crypto asset market.

Can the U.S. or other country’s government shutdown or outlaw cryptocurrency ownership or trading?

Bitcoin is so decentralized throughout the world that it would be impossible for any government to shut it down. A government can certainly outlaw trading on crypto exchanges in its country, but crypto users would be able to trade on exchanges outside the country. Just like the Internet, people always find a way around restrictions. The other important thing to consider is that blockchain technology, the underlying platform of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is an enabling technology, just like the Internet. Any country that would outlaw use of cryptos would only be setting itself up for lagging the rest of the world, thus doing itself and its citizens irreparable harm.

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This subscription has been specifically developed with the intention of giving any individual the knowledge and guidance to understand cryptoassets and get started as quickly and safely as possible. Once you have receive the introductory information and portfolio details, you will be guided to the best places and methods for setting up accounts. To begin with, you will need to have at least three different exchange accounts, which will give you access to buying and trading the vast majority of our portfolio recommendations. Each account will usually take up to an hour to set up.

Why shouldn't I wait until a Bitcoin/cryptocurrency ETF or mutual fund is available, rather than the hassle of setting up several accounts for buying, trading, and storing cryptos?

First off, there is presently no available crypto ETF or mutual fund available for individual investors.

Secondly, as of this writing, there is no definite timetable as to when one will be available.

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I understand that you get your crypto knowledge and advice from several different crypto research groups. Can you name them or tell me where you find them?

Since I have spent over two years and hundreds of hours researching the crypto space, I’ve come across many different research groups and subscriptions, some excellent and many not so good. I personally selected those with what I believe to have a unique insight based on their evaluation methods. Several were new additions to other investment groups to which I already subscribed. Since the crypto market and technology is so revolutionary and rapidly developing, I discovered that there was no one expert who had the ability to understand and evaluate the whole space. Therefore, one-by-one, I invested in these additional various subscriptions.

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What are the tax consequences of buying and selling cryptos?

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