Hashrate BTC and Its Influence on the Profit of Miners

Hashrate Bitcoin

Due to the possibility of mining, cryptocurrencies are often compared with precious metals or minerals. Mining of digital coins, especially Bitcoin, is a multi-billion dollar industry. In this article we will analyze what the complexity of mining depends on, find out what a hashrate is, and, of course, answer the main question: is it profitable to be engaged in mining in 2018? So, first things first.

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  1. Why is the complexity of cryptocurrency mining growing?

  2. What is a hashrate and what does it depend on?

  3. How profitable is mining in 2018?

  4. Conclusion

1. Why is the complexity of cryptocurrency mining growing?

Blockchain consists of a chain of blocks found by miners. This is basically the process of mining new coins. To open a new block, miners have to solve a complex mathematical problem, after which they receive an award in the form of an unlimited number of coins. Each coin has a different reward.

The suppressing number of cryptocurrencies has a limited number of coins, for example, Bitcoin has 21 million coins. Initially, in the Bitcoin algorithm it was put that each new block is generated every 10 minutes, that is, the last coin will be mined not earlier than the year 2140.

At the very beginning the network of the participants was very small, so the complexity was minimal. But with the increasing popularity of the coin, the number of miners increased, and in order to keep to the schedule, it became necessary to take control of the pace of mining. The Bitcoin network reconsiders the complexity at intervals of 2016 blocks. If miners open them in less than 2 weeks, then the difficulty increases, if longer, then it decreases.

2. What is a hashrate and what does it depend on?

For a regular user, such words may seem like rocket science, but everything is not as difficult as it seems at first glance.

The network hashrate is the total computing power of all active miners. The more equipment is engaged in mining, the faster the problem will be solved, and the network, accordingly, will respond with an increase in complexity.

Each processor, video card, asic-miner, etc. has its hashrate (hash / second). Depending on the power of the equipment, this speed may differ, for example, an average video card can provide as little as 15-20 MH/s, and a specialized asic-miner 14-16 TH/s.

To know the complexity of mining, you need to know the hashrate of the network. In order to obtain this data, it is better to go to the official sites of coins or use third-party services that track these indicators online. But it is important to remember that such Bitcoin mining calculators are not always accurate, since the hashrate is a very dynamic indicator. In order to have a more accurate picture, it is better to collect data from different sources and determine the average value. Here are a couple of popular services:

  • https://www.coinwarz.com/charts/difficulty-charts;
  • https://bitinfocharts.com/ru/.

3. How profitable is mining in 2018?

As you can see on this graph, the hashrate of Bitcoin network is steadily growing.

As of September 2018, it is 53 exahash per second. This is a pretty large value, which, unfortunately, makes mining of Bitcoin absolutely unprofitable for most people.

Industry experts have calculated that the complexity of networks of popular coins is growing every month by about 7-8%. For this reason, starting to mine cryptocurrencies with high complexity in 2018 is not really profitable.

There are several options:

  • Invest a large amount of cash in equipment. This will increase the share of reward, but it’s not a fact that it will pay the money invested, as due to the constant increase in complexity, calculating machines can become almost useless. In case of increased complexity even the acceleration of the video card for mining will not help, as it gives insignificant increase.
  • Expand mining of unknown coins, which does not require large capacity. This option is also quite risky, since there is a possibility that this cryptocurrency will not increase in price.
  • Mine the coins that are already widely known, but their complexity has not yet grown to enormous values. For example, Dash, BTC Cash, Monero, Litecoin, etc. In terms of risk/profit ratio, this is the most optimal and balanced solution.

4. Conclusion

The constant increase in the complexity of networks of popular coins, unfortunately, makes their mining an absolutely unprofitable business for the majority of people. In order to succeed in mining, you must always keep an eye on the hash rate and be able to move the focus on the extraction of another coin in time.

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OKEx Adds 4 Stablebcoins To Its Listing

A well-known cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced the support of four stablecoins on its official Twitter account, namely: TrueUSD, USD // Coin, Gemini Dollar and Paxos Standard Token.

Starting from October 15, the platform users will be able to make deposits with these assets. Bidding will start the next day. Tokens will be traded not only in pairs with BTC, but also with Tether.

We also remind, an Internet giant GMO Internet announced the release of its own stablecoin, which will be backed by yen:

Japanese Internet Giant Launches Its Own Yen-Pegged Stablecoin

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 15: Cryptocurrencies Are Growing

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 4.21% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6589 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are in a stable green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 3.47% over the past 24 hours and costs $462 per coin;

Ripple grew by 6.13% and costs $0.44;

EOS gained 3.55%, and its price is $5.43;

Litecoin increased by 2.15%, and its value is $54;

Cardano added 1.62%, and its cost is $0.074;

Stellar became more expensive by 3.02% and is $0.22 in price;

IOTA added 1.72%, and its cost is $0.58;

Dash gained 2.67%, and its price is $164;

Monero grew by 2.96% and is $105 in value.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 4.45%. The cost of the coin is $209.

The total market capitalization is $211 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54.2% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $114 billion.

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Bitcoin Investment: Should I Invest in Bitcoins?

Bitcoin currency has already been used as a kind of a fiat money alternative for about 9 years. It is relatively popular all around the world. The first digital currency has made many people go nuts following the impressive ups and dramatic downs of its exchange rate.

Today, in October 2018, the whole cryptocurrency industry is looking forward to observing a new crypto-“miracle”. Search engines are overflowed with all those “How to invest in cryptocurrency?”. And this is not particularly surprising. Traders and different investors who own a significant capital expect cryptocurrency to be a promising investment tool in the long term. And if we talk about cryptocurrency, that basically means Bitcoin. Well, of course, there is a number of altcoins that can be worth making investments, but the first digital currency is definitely the most popular one.  

People still talk about investing in Bitcoin and this topic is interesting for many traders, investors and casual users. So, let’s take a closer look at this issue.

How to invest in Bitcoin

Before making an investment, one should obviously choose the way he or she wants to get some BTC. First of all, it depends on financial capacities. There are indeed many different options to invest in Bitcoin, but we will focus on two main ways that are currently the most popular and probably also the most effective.

Option №1: Taking advantage of the rate differences as a way of BTC investing

You might have already come up with the question, why people are still interested in making investments in Bitcoin when it costs less than $7 thousand per a coin? Well, influencers, opinion leaders, independent experts, and different analysists are confident that we will soon observe another sustainable increase of Bitcoin rate. And that is why many people start thinking about investing in cryptocurrency to make money out of the rate differences.

But what is the way to do that? It is actually pretty simple. All you need is some basics of math. In fact, investors are not really sad about the fall of Bitcoin. Many of them are even happy, especially those who believe that the cryptocurrency has a great future ahead. Today, if a trader purchases a BTC for $6,5 thousand, he or she will manage to make a good profit, in case BTC rate increases. Some really expect it to rise up to $30 thousand, and in this case, it will really be a good bargain. The key point here is whether the rate increases or not, of course.

Option №2: BTC mining

Besides, users can invest the special equipment that is used to mine Bitcoin. You may already know, that each BTC is actually a kind of a reward, given for the performance of certain calculations, necessary to issue new coins. Today these calculations are rather complex and require special high-performance equipment called ASIC-miners. The more users are there in the system, the more difficult are these calculations. This is called Bitcoin difficulty and it ensures that it always takes around 10 minutes to create a new Bitcoin block.

Investing Bitcoin this way means that you can get a certain number of BTC and store it till the rates grow or exchange it for another digital currency like Ethereum.

However, you’d better do not think that these two investment options will bring you fast and easy profit. This is possible only if the cryptocurrency rate increases significantly and in the case of mining, if your equipment has enough performance.

By the way, here is one more option of BTC investing. It`s actually difficult to say that it is a comprehensive way to invest in the cryptocurrency, but, anyway, many people use it today.

Bitcoin faucets

These are special websites, where users can get a reward for making certain easy tasks, usually related to online advertising. These rewards are paid in satoshi. The thing is, that one BTC includes as many as 100 000 000 satoshi, so one satoshi is only 0,00000001 BTC. So it`s actually a tiny piece of the market`s largest cryptocurrency. Investing BTC using Bitcoin faucets is not really effective, as you may never manage to collect at least one single coin.

Is Bitcoin a good investment

Well, if you have already decided to invest in digital currencies then Bitcoin will probably be the best option. Not only this cryptocurrency is a market leader and the most popular digital coin, but also it has relatively good liquidity as compared to other virtual assets. Many cryptocurrency followers believe that Bitcoin has a potential to become the main means of payment in the future. However, there are also those who bet on other digital currencies, as well as those who do not consider virtual coins as an investment option at all.

By far it seems that the question is it worth investing in Bitcoin remains undetermined, so let’s make it a little bit more clear. Bitcoin is relatively anonymous, decentralized and has a limited number of coins available for mining. This is, in fact, why hundreds of thousands of cryptocurrency followers made their decision in favor of BTC.

Anonymity

Investors do not have to disclose their personal data. The information about each transaction is public and everyone can see the address of the cryptocurrency wallets of a sender and a receiver, as well as how many BTC were transferred. However, the information related to owners of cryptocurrency wallets is not disclosed, so the whole system is relatively anonymous.

Decentralization

Bitcoin worth investing, as it has a decentralized management, which means there is no single administrative center. Transactions are carried out directly between users in a peer-to-peer network. However, Bitcoin users still have to pay certain commission fees for transfers of their virtual assets, because every transaction is confirmed and recorded in the blockchain by miners who receive rewards for this. Today small transactions are often not effective at all, as the commission fee is rather big. However, if a transaction is large, the commission fee will be relatively low.

Limited number of coins

Is Bitcoin a safe investment –  “yes” is the answer of many people, who believe that a limited number of Bitcoins to be mined is a strong advantage of the digital currency. It will prevent BTC from inflation.

“Why should i invest in bitcoin?– you may ask. The answer will probably contain both pros and cons. And that`s because Bitcoin has some special features, which are:

  • 24/7 trades, that allow making investments at any time;
  • most indicators have a rather good quality;
  • high volatility;
  • possible positive prospects of cryptocurrencies and, as follows, positive expectations related to Bitcoin investments.

Bitcoin investment trust

The risk remains here almost all the time and no one can guarantee that your money is 100% safe. Here are several examples why it can be rather risky to make investments in the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Yes, Bitcoin still has a decentralized management, however, in a certain way the system is getting more and more centralized. This risk of investing in cryptocurrency is related to the fact that BTC rate starts depending on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Moreover, the significant part of all Bitcoins is owned by those who are engaged in mining or lease out high-performance mining equipment. Making new Bitcoins requires really a lot of computing power and gets more and more expensive. The competition within the system increases and it is almost impossible for casual users to join Bitcoin mining. That is why many people have already switched for other digital currencies that are easier to mine and can be later exchanged for BTC.

In some cases, Bitcoin`s anonymity is also a risk. Anonymous deals can be used for money laundering, as there is no effective state regulation of cryptocurrency transactions.

How to invest in Bitcoin stock

There are special cryptocurrency funds, similar to mutual funds that exist in the world of bonds and stocks. These funds are managed by private parties and it influences the interest rate. For instance, some cryptocurrency funds provide 1-2% per day.

Bitcoin investment strategy

There are two main types of cryptocurrency investment strategy.

The first one: investors buy BTC and sell the cryptocurrency when its rate increases.

The second one: Bitcoin holders trade their digital assets on cryptocurrency exchanges. This strategy is very similar to Forex trading.

Minimum Bitcoin investment

Many people decide to invest in Bitcoin because they hope to get huge profits in the long term. So, even a small investment is considered to be rather promising by many cryptocurrency followers. Eventually, the smaller is an investment – the lower is the risk. But, on the other hand, a really small investment can just be useless. Anyway, how much to invest in Bitcoin remains an open question and everyone has their own opinion.

Who said users can only invest their money? It is also possible to get BTC for free by investing one`s intellectual work. Well, just a bit of BTC, to be honest. Special websites offer users the opportunity to earn satoshi – the smallest fraction of Bitcoin – for the performance of different easy tasks, usually related to advertising. These websites are called Bitcoin faucets.

The main advantage of such an option is that users do not have to invest a single penny to get a piece of BTC, however, the drawback is also rather significant – it will take a really long time to get at least one BTC.

Invest in Bitcoin mining

Mining is actually how new digital currency is issued. Making investments in Bitcoin mining means buying special mining equipment or renting it from different providers. Cloud cryptocurrency mining is also possible. These services lease out their mining equipment for users to rent a particular amount of processing power.

There are some experts who think that cloud mining is actually the best way to invest in Bitcoin, as users don`t have to purchase, set, maintain and update expensive mining equipment.  

Anyway, both traditional and cloud mining still require preliminary investments.

Bitcoin investment sites

Before making investments in Bitcoin, basically, before purchasing it, you should have a cryptocurrency wallet to store your digital assets. Today Bitcoin holders and those who want to join them are lucky to have a large variety of different cryptocurrency wallets. These are, for example, mobile, hardware, online, desktop, cold, and even paper wallets.

If you are planning regular digital currency investment, we recommend having a local hardware wallet. However, it actually depends on what is more convenient for you and what meets all your requirements and there is really a number of options you can choose from. Do not forget to activate your cryptocurrency wallet.  

Usually, Bitcoin is purchased on cryptocurrency exchanges. It is really important to choose the right one, so we recommend taking the following criteria into account:

  • a region, where the exchange is registered;
  • input and output, exchange, transfer options, etc. – basically, what you can do with your funds in a digital wallet;
  • commission fee level;
  • reputation;
  • security level.

This will help you figure out whether is it safe to invest in Bitcoin.

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Founders of Alibaba, Bitmain, Binance, Huobi, OkCoin Got On the List of 2018 China’s Richest Businessmen

The Hurun Research Institute published an annual list of the richest entrepreneurs in China in 2018. This time, there are 13 businessmen who got listed there, they are somehow connected with mining cryptocurrency or owning crypto exchanges.

The highest position in the ranking among 13 crypto-personalities was taken by Zhan Ketuan, the founder of Bitmain. His assets, in total, are worth 29.5 billion yuan ($4.25 billion), which allows him to take #94 line in the list.

Next comes Wu Jihan, co-founder of Bitmain Technologies, whose capital counts for 16.5 billion yuan, he is at #240 position in the rating.

Despite the downturn in the cryptocurrency market, the founders of the world crypto exchanges still managed to make a pretty big fortunel. Zhao Changpen (Binance) – $2.1 billion, Li Ling (Huobi) – $1.4 billion, Star Xu (OkCoin) – $1 billion.

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, is also worth mentioning who tops this rating. His equity totals $39 billion, allowing him to become China’s richest entrepreneur.

We remind you

Forbes Published A Ranking Of The Wealthiest Americans, Is there Any Crypto-Related Person?

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Following Yale, Harvard and Stanford Invested into Cryptocurrency

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Famous American universities began to show an increased interest in digital currencies. Following Yale University, which conducts research on cryptocurrency, five prestigious US universities have invested in cryptocurrency funds.

This list included:

  • Harvard
  • Stanford
  • University of North Carolina
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dartmouth College

According to media reports, universities are not only investing in cryptocurrency, but also investing in digital companies.

We remind you:

Stanford University Is Going to Study Blockchain

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