Bitcoin mining difficulty set for sharpest drop since FTX collapse

Bitcoin’s mining difficulty is on the brink of its most significant downward adjustment since the FTX collapse in December 2022. Newhedge forecasts a reduction of over 4% on May 9, which would mark a substantial trend shift after the Bitcoin halving. The network’s hash rate has already dropped by 10% from its peak on a seven-day moving average.

In March, CryptoSlate accurately predicted this hash rate correction, citing the anticipated disruption caused by reduced miner rewards post-halving. The delay in the correction’s onset is attributed to the elevated fees following the launch of Runes.

Despite these developments, Glassnode’s hash ribbon indicator hasn’t confirmed a miner capitulation event. This metric signals a potential Bitcoin bottom when mining expenses outweigh profits. While the convergence of the 30-day and 60-day moving averages shows an increased risk of miner capitulation, the indicator has not been triggered.

Graph showing the hash ribbon indicator from April 2022 to May 7, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)
On the other hand, data regarding miner balances suggests a potential resilience within the network. Despite approximately 30,000 BTC being offloaded between October 2023 and March 2024, miner reserves have risen over the last five weeks. This indicates that weaker miners may have already exited the network, alleviating sell-side pressure as the remaining participants maintain their holdings.

Graph showing the amount of Bitcoin held in miner wallets from April 2022 to May 7, 2024

Graph showing the amount of Bitcoin held in miner wallets from April 2022 to May 7, 2024

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  1. Great analysis on the current state of Bitcoin mining! It’s interesting to see how the network is adjusting to the reduced miner rewards post-halving. The significant drop in mining difficulty and the 10% decrease in hash rate from its peak are clear indicators of the challenges miners are facing.
    However, I find the resilience shown by the miner balances quite encouraging. The fact that weaker miners may have already left the network, and the remaining participants are holding onto their Bitcoin, suggests that the network is stabilizing. This could potentially alleviate some of the sell-side pressure and provide a more stable foundation for Bitcoin’s future growth.
    It will be fascinating to keep an eye on the hash ribbon indicator in the coming weeks to see if a miner capitulation event is confirmed. Overall, despite the current challenges, I remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s long-term prospects and the network’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances.