Upcoming ‘Halving’ Event May Propel Bitcoin’s Value

Could Bitcoin’s Price Skyrocket After the Upcoming Halving?

Upcoming 'Halving' Event May Propel Bitcoin's Value

As the digital currency world braces for the biennial ‘halving’ event, the price of Bitcoin has surged past the $64,000 mark, a significant rebound from its recent dip below $60,000. This anticipated event, expected to occur between late Friday night and early Saturday, marks a critical juncture where the rewards for Bitcoin mining are reduced by half—a strategic move designed to curtail the influx of new coins into the market.

The Bitcoin Halving Process: A Mechanism to Curb Supply

During this upcoming halving, the reward for unearthing new bitcoins will halve from 6.25 bitcoins to 3.125. Such adjustments are scheduled to continue until around 2140, at which point Bitcoin will have reached its maximum supply limit of 21 million. Presently, about 19.65 million bitcoins circulate globally, with approximately 1.35 million left to be mined.

This reduction in mining rewards is more than a mere supply cut; it is anticipated to lead to a “supply shock” that could significantly boost Bitcoin’s price. Historical data from similar events in 2020, 2016, and 2012 supports this theory, each instance followed by considerable price hikes.

“The halving helps naturally increase price due to supply and demand over a medium- to long-term outlook, which in turn brings new people in as the price increases past previous all-time highs. So, indirectly, it plays a huge part in shaping investor sentiment and market speculation,” said Danny Scott, chief executive of crypto platform CoinCorner.

Bitcoin Institutional Interest and Market Trends

The pattern of growth following halving events suggests a continuation of this trend, particularly given the burgeoning institutional interest. Kadan Stadelmann, Chief Technology Officer of the blockchain firm Komodo Platform, notes,

“Historically, the value of Bitcoin has increased after each halving event. This trend is likely to continue during the current market cycle, considering the high amount of institutional interest,”

Further bolstering the market is the January approval by the US Securities and Exchange Commission of the first Bitcoin spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This approval has introduced substantial institutional capital into the Bitcoin market for the first time, intensifying demand.

Despite the inherent volatility, Bitcoin’s performance remains robust, having increased by 40% since the start of 2024 and more than doubling its value compared to the same period last year.

Bitcoin Projections and Expectations

Investor optimism is palpable, with many expecting Bitcoin’s price to surpass its recent peak of $70,105. Tim Draper, the founder of Draper Associates, goes a step further, suggesting that the halving could catapult Bitcoin’s value to as high as $250,000 by July.

This upcoming halving thus stands not only as a technical adjustment but as a potentially transformative event that could redefine the financial landscape of Bitcoin, drawing both seasoned and new investors into the fold. The collective gaze of the crypto community is fixed on the impacts of this pivotal moment, waiting to see if the historic patterns of growth will repeat themselves.

What do you think?


Written by Bobby Boucher


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