This Statistic Proves Bitcoin Is Not a Bubble

Bitcoin’s trading range continued to narrow on Saturday, the latest sign of consolidation following a more than 10% correction earlier in the week.

While bitcoin’s short-term trajectory remains uncertain, one statistic should put to rest any concern that the largest cryptocurrency is a manipulative bubble (more on that below).

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price hovered within a $130 range on Saturday, according to Bitstamp data. The BTC/USD exchange rate was last seen hovering just north of $9,600, up 0.3%. Immediate resistance is likely found at $9,680, the 100-day exponential moving average.

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) consolidates in a narrow range on Saturday. | Source: TradingView.

Bitcoin plunged more than 7% on Wednesday, a move that dragged the relative strength index (RSI) below 40 for the first time since February. When the RSI approaches 30, an asset is generally believed to be oversold and due for a correction.

Trading in BTC has fallen sharply over the past 48 hours. Spot trading on Saturday fell to around $440 million, according to Bitwise, which tracks the data of ten verified exchanges.

At current price levels, the Bitcoin network has a value of $172.2 billion, which accounts for 69.2% of the total cryptocurrency market.

Read: Bitcoin on Track for Second Consecutive Monthly Decline; Ethereum’s Plunge Could Be a Death Knell for Altcoins

Bitcoin’s Most Bullish Statistic

The idea that ‘bitcoin isn’t backed by anything’ is one of the biggest arguments made against owning the virtual currency. But according to Rhett Cryptography, bitcoin miners spend a whopping $4 billion per year maintaining the world’s largest cryptocurrency network.

Charlie Shrem called this the “most bullish fucking statistic” on bitcoin – one that should put to rest any assertion that bitcoin is merely a bubble being propagated by whales who happened to get in on the market very early.

Although proof-of-work mining is controversial due to its alleged environmental impact, there’s no denying that miners have skin in the game. The same cannot be said for central banks, which have given financial institutions free reign to expand the money supply through ultra-low interest rates.

On Friday, Coin Metrics reported that bitcoin mining revenue has topped $14 billion, with $9 billion of that total accrued in the last two years. Mining bitcoin is still profitable despite the unprecedented surge in hash rate, which makes the process less lucrative. A higher hash rate means miners are deploying higher levels of computational processing power to validate blocks. They receive 12.5 BTC for every block mined. That number will fall to 6.25 BTC following the next halving event in May 2020.

Coin Metrics says mining revenue will break $15 billion in early 2020, just before the next halving event.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Chief Editor to and Contributor to, Sam Bourgi has spent the past nine years focused on economics, markets and cryptocurrencies. His work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE and Forbes. Avid crypto watchers and those with a libertarian persuasion can follow him on twitter at @hsbourgi