Returns as of 11/27/2021
Returns as of 11/27/2021
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Bitcoin (CRYPTO:BTC) is the best known of the cryptocurrencies, and it’s seen a rapid increase in price since the virtual coin was introduced. Many prominent financial experts have endorsed investing some money in Bitcoin, including Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman.
But even if putting some money into Bitcoin could potentially be a valid investment approach, you definitely shouldn’t make it the centerpiece of your retirement saving efforts. Here’s why.
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Bitcoin has seen explosive gains since the virtual coin was created, and there’s definitely an argument to be made that you could make a lot of money by investing in it.
But the problem is that its real-world utility is still currently limited, and it has a relatively short track record compared to many other assets you could invest in. It’s impossible to know what the future holds for Bitcoin. And with the coins only having value because people believe they do, there’s a very real chance that an investment in Bitcoin could end up being a loser over the long term.
While Bitcoin may be riskier than many other investments, such as index funds or stocks in established companies, that’s not the only reason you shouldn’t count on it to make you a retired millionaire. You shouldn’t base your entire retirement portfolio around any single investment, whether Bitcoin or shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) or even an S&P 500 index fund.
That’s because putting all of your eggs in one basket is simply too risky when it comes to retirement. Retirees cannot live on Social Security alone as it is meant to replace just 40% of your pre-retirement earnings. You need to have a sizable nest egg to cover the necessities without a lot of financial struggle, so you need a retirement portfolio that doesn’t expose you to too much risk.
The best way to build such a portfolio is to invest in a wide mix of assets, including stocks, bonds, index funds — and cryptocurrencies, if you’re interested in buying them. By mixing some higher-risk assets with the potential for higher returns (such as Bitcoin) and others with lower risk that limit the returns you can earn (such as S&P 500 ETFs), you can maximize your chances that your retirement nest egg will be large enough to live on.
Aside from these issues, there are some other practical considerations. Most 401(k)s won’t allow you to buy Bitcoin. And you likely want to put at least some money into your 401(k) so you can earn your company match.
If you’ve done your research, you believe in the future of Bitcoin, and you want to add some of it to your savings, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t make it your sole investment to provide for your future. You could end up seriously regretting it if the virtual currency can’t stand the test of time.
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0.2 Zettahash: Bitcoin's Hashrate Taps New Lifetime High, Mining Difficulty Nears ATH – Mining Bitcoin News – Bitcoin News
by Jamie Redman
Bitcoin’s hashrate tapped a lifetime high on the first day of 2022 reaching 209.39 exahash per second (EH/s). During the last 12 months, Bitcoin’s hashrate has increased by 47.92% from the 141.55 EH/s recorded on January 3, 2021.
The processing power and security dedicated to the Bitcoin (BTC) network has never been higher, and the network tapped a milestone in 2022. According to the one-year hashrate chart hosted on coinwarz.com, BTC’s hashrate tapped a high of 209.39 EH/s on January 1, 2022. At the time of writing, the hashrate is still coasting along the two hundred three quintillion hashes per second (H/s) zone, and 30-day statistics indicate the network briefly tapped 224.32 EH/s on Saturday.
Bitcoin.com News recently reported on the BTC network reaching 194.95 EH/s not too long ago on December 8, 2021. It’s also worth noting that the Ethereum (ETH) network also reached an all-time high tapping 1 petahash per second (PH/s).
On December 22, 2021, the Ethereum network reached 1.0122 PH/s and today’s metrics show ETH’s hashrate is still above the 1 PH/s on Sunday. On January 3, 2021, Bitcoin’s hashrate was 141.55 EH/s or 47.92% lower than today’s BTC hashpower statistics.
Moreover, on June 28, 2021, China’s crackdown against BTC miners caused the hashrate to plummet to 69.11 EH/s. The network’s hashrate has grown 202.98% since that day as a great majority of mining operations relocated to other countries. At the time of writing, the largest bitcoin mining pool is Foundry USA with 19.45% of the global hashpower or 34.79 EH/s. The second-largest mining pool in terms of global hashrate is Antpool with 16.91% of the hashrate or 30.25 EH/s.
There’s only 11 known mining pools mining BTC today and 3.81% of the global hashrate stems from unknown hash or stealth miners. BTC miners have faced two bitcoin mining difficulty increases during the last two epochs. On December 11, the difficulty jumped 8.33% and on the 25th of December, it increased by 0.32%. Bitcoin’s next mining difficulty change will bring it awfully close to the difficulty’s all-time high at 25 trillion. In just over five days, the difficulty is expected to increase by 2.90% to 24.98 trillion.
What do you think about Bitcoin’s global hashrate growing 47% during the last 12 months and tapping an all-time hashrate high on January 1, 2022? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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This Tesla owner says he mines up to $800 a month in cryptocurrency with his car – CNBC
North America’s Largest Bitcoin Miner Goes Public With a SPAC Merger (Report) – CryptoPotato
Core Scientific Inc. started trading on Nasdaq through an estimated $4.3 billion merger with Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp.
Investors of Core Scientific Inc. (a leading US bitcoin mining company) have reportedly approved a plan to get listed on Nasdaq. The firm started trading under the symbol CORZ.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg, the blockchain infrastructure provider – Core Scientific Inc. – will proceed through an estimated $4.3 billion merger with the special-purpose acquisition company Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. (ticker XPDI).
The latter’s price shares have been on a downtrend after peaking to an all-time high of nearly $15 in November 2021. Since then, it has lost approximately 32% of its valuation.
Speaking on the partnership was Mike Levitt – Co-Founder and CEO of Core Scientific Inc.:
“We’ve worked hard to lay the groundwork that will enable us to achieve our 2022 projections. Our objective is to be the best. Being the best means doing all that we can for our business, the industry in which we participate, and for the bitcoin network.”
The Texas-based company assured it is the largest in the USA in terms of processing power as its combined mining capacity of 6.6 exahash at the end of last year significantly surpassed its rivals. In comparison, Marathon Digital Holdings had a 3.5 exahash in December 2021, while Riot Blockchain was third with 3.1 exahash.
It is also worth noting that Core Scientific mines for itself and provides Internet hosting services for other large-scale miners. Currently, the entity has a stockpile of nearly 5,300 BTC.
A month ago, the American bitcoin miner – TerraWulf – raised $200 million in debt and equity financing from a group of individual and institutional investors to expand its mining capacity. Furthermore, the firm revealed plans to become a Nasdaq-listed public company through a business combination with IKONICS Corporation (IKNX).
In turn, Marathon Digital, which is already a publicly-traded entity, spent almost $900 million to acquire 78,000 Antminer S-19 XP Miners from the Chinese manufacturer – Bitmain. The organization will receive the machinery in the second half of 2022.
Riot Blockchain was also active in the space. In December last year, it purchased the electrical equipment provider – Ferrie Franzmann Industries (known as ESS Metron) for $50 million. As a result, the latter started providing a steady infrastructure supply for Riot’s new mining machines.
Dimitar got interested in cryptocurrencies back in 2018 amid the prolonged bear market. His biggest passion in the field is Bitcoin and he was fascinated with its journey. With a flair for producing high-quality content, he started covering the cryptocurrency space in late 2018. His hobby is football.
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