What is the Bitcoin Halving?
About every four years or more specifically every 210,100 blocks, Bitcoin networks’ issuance rate is cut in half. This is known as the Bitcoin Halving.
There have already been two Halvings since Bitcoin’s inception. The first was in 2012, and the second in 2016. These events have also lead to significant rises in the price of Bitcoin as well, with gains of over 1000% being common. The third Halving is quickly approaching and is set to occur sometime in May 2020. The block reward will be reduced to 6.25 BTC following this Halving.
This post focuses on how the previous two Halving’s affect Bitcoin’s price, and examines what trends, if any, are present.
The First Halving
The first-ever Halving took place on November 28, 2012. One BTC during this time was worth about $12. An uptrend in the price of Bitcoin began to form about 1 year before the Halving. About 1 year before the event, 1 BTC was worth about $2.50, and 6 months before the event, 1 BTC was worth about $5.
The price of Bitcoin rallied massively only 6 months after Halving. Bitcoin rallied by 1025% to about $125 per BTC in only 6 months. From the Halving event to the November 2013 peak (about 1 year), the price of BTC rallied by 9666% to about $1160 per Bitcoin! In addition, from the uptrend that started on November 2011, to the peak on November 2013, the price of BTC rallied by a massive 46400%!
While the percentage gains following the first Halving were astronomical, the Mt. Gox saga in late 2013, amongst other things, caused Bitcoin to lose over 80% of its value. This was also the start of a long bear market for Bitcoin as well as it took almost two years for a reversal of this long downtrend.
The Second Halving
The second Halving took place on July 9th, 2016. One BTC during this time was worth about $650 (an increase of about 5400% from the first halving price). An uptrend in the price of Bitcoin began to form about 9 months before the Halving. About 1 year before the event, 1 BTC was worth about $275, and 6 months before the event, 1 BTC was worth about $380.
The 2nd Halving started a massive bull run that lasted about 18 months. The price of Bitcoin rallied by about 3085% from the Halving date, to about $20,000 per BTC at the peak of the bull trend. This bull run lasted about 18 months and peaked in late 2017. From the uptrend that started on October 2015, to the peak on December 2017, the price of BTC rallied by a massive 6666%!
While the gains were massive (to say the least), the drop in price and the long retrace that occurred after the peak have been similar in many aspects to the 1st Halving. Bitcoin dropped nearly 85% over a 12 month period following its 2017 peak. The price hit a bottom at around $3100 in December of 2018.
The Third Halving
The third Halving is estimated to occur sometime in late May of 2020. Since Bitcoin hit its bottom of $3100 back in December of 2018, it has rallied to its current price of about $7200. Were Bitcoin to follow what it did during the previous two Halving’s, then a gain of at least 3000% post-Halving would not be uncommon. From the current price, a gain of 3000% puts BTC at $216,000.
- Bitcoin halvings have been important catalysts that bring about a new bull market for Bitcoin.
- Bitcoin tends to start its new bull trend about a year before the Halving. It then enters an extended bull market after each Halving, which last for at least a year.
- A retrace follows after a new market cycle high is set. These retraces last, on average, at least 1 year. Bitcoin also loses at least 80% of its value during these retraces/bear markets.
- Bitcoin reaches a new all-time high after every Halving, but it takes several months after the Halving for such to be reached (at least 1 year).
- Bitcoin rallies at least 3000% after each of its halving dates.
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