16 Apr

Head of Research David Lawant of FalconX, a premier digital asset brokerage that provides trading, financing, and custody for top financial institutions, recently provided an analysis on X (previously Twitter) about how the dynamics of the market are changing as a result of Bitcoin halvings. This analysis casts doubt on the conventional wisdom that halvings have a direct and substantial impact on the price of Bitcoin by identifying a larger economic and strategic environment that may be more deeply influencing investor perceptions and market behavior. 

The Declining Effect Of Miners On The Price Of Bitcoin

Lawant starts off by talking about how the influence of Bitcoin miners on market prices is evolving. He provides a thorough graph that shows the dates of the last three halvings in clearly marked detail, comparing the total mining earnings to the number of Bitcoin that was spot traded starting in 2012. This data indicates a major change: "The chart below, rather than the price chart, is the most important one for understanding halving dynamics." With the three halving dates shown, it shows the percentage of total mining earnings to BTC spot traded volume since 2012.

The overall mining revenue in 2012 was more than the daily traded volume, indicating a period in which the market might be significantly impacted by miners' decisions to sell. Although it has since decreased, this number was still a noteworthy double-digit proportion of daily volume in 2016. "Miners remain essential to the Bitcoin ecosystem, but their influence on price formation has notably waned," Lawant emphasizes. 

He goes on to say that this decline is partially caused by the expanding diversity of Bitcoin owners as well as the development of more complex financial products in the cryptocurrency space. Furthermore, not all mining income is directly impacted by halving events because miners may decide to keep their rewards rather than sell them, which would have an impact on supply.

Lawant suggests that halvings happen in tandem with major monetary policy changes rather than in isolation and links the timing of halvings to larger economic cycles. Because they highlight Bitcoin's characteristics of scarcity and decentralization during times when conventional monetary institutions are strained, this juxtaposition strengthens the narrative impact of halvings.

Events involving the halving of Bitcoin "usually take place during pivotal moments in monetary policy, so the narrative fit is just too perfect to assume they cannot affect prices," notes Lawant. This claim raises the possibility of a psychological and strategic dimension wherein the perceived scarcity of Bitcoin gains greater prominence.

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