Bitcoin Halving

March 7, 2024 by
Ryan M. Vance, CTCE

The next Bitcoin halving is expected to happen next month. To understand Bitcoin halving, it's important to know how mining works.

So what is Bitcoin mining?

Bitcoin mining is the process through which new bitcoins are created and transactions are verified and added to the public ledger called the blockchain.

It involves using powerful computers to solve complex mathematical problems.

Miners compete to solve these problems, and the first one to solve it gets to add a new block of transactions to the blockchain.

As a reward for their efforts, miners receive newly created bitcoins and transaction fees.

Mining is crucial for the functioning and security of the Bitcoin network, as it helps validate transactions and maintain the integrity of the blockchain.

Now, what is a Bitcoin halving?

A bitcoin halving is an event that happens roughly every four years where the reward for mining new blocks is cut in half. This means miners receive 50% fewer bitcoins for verifying transactions.

The purpose of halvings is to control the rate at which new bitcoins are created, ultimately capping the total supply at 21 million coins.

The upcoming bitcoin halving is anticipated to happen in April 2024, coinciding with the creation of the 840,000th block. During this event, the block reward will decrease from 6.25 to 3.125 bitcoins.

What does all this mean for my Bitcoin?

  • For traders, halvings are significant because they reduce the rate of new bitcoin entering the market, potentially leading to an increase in price if demand remains high.
    • However, the impact on price can vary with each halving, as it depends on the specific market conditions and demand for bitcoin at the time.
  • The Bitcoin halving event does not affect ownership status. If you own the private keys to a Bitcoin address, you still maintain control over the bitcoins in that address.
    • The halving primarily impacts the rate of new Bitcoin creation, rather than affecting existing bitcoins.