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Bitcoin reached $ 10,480 at 4:15 am on Thursday morning (13), renewing the 2020 high. In the following minutes, the price eased and started to fall until 6:25 am, when it registered $ 10,058. At 10 am, the price remains stable at around $ 10,150.

In Brazil, the cryptocurrency registered an increase of R $ 45,658 during the night but fell to R $ 44,600 this morning. The rise in the dollar, which is quoted at R $ 4.36, is contributing to an even bigger push for Bitcoin in the Brazilian market.

Overall, the trend remains optimistic, with an accumulated increase of 42% in the first weeks of 2020. BTC is trading well above the 200-day average at $ 8,867.

Driven by halving

The good moment lived by bitcoin is mainly due to the expectation of the next halving.

Halving is an event scheduled to occur every 210,000 blocks mined from the Bitcoin network, which takes approximately 4 years. The next one will take place in the first half of May, in approximately 87 days.

This event reduces the issuance of digital currency by half, reducing the supply and increasing the scarcity of the asset in the market.

In November 2012, when the first Halving took place, the emission was reduced from 50 BTCs to 25 BTCs every 10 minutes (block mining time).

In the second Halving, which took place on July 9, 2016, that figure dropped to 12.5 BTCs. Starting with Halving in May, production per block will be 6.25 BTCs. Instead of 1800 new BTCs per day, only 900 BTCs will be generated.

At the current price, it is as if less than R $ 40 million were injected into the market per day. Bitcoin's annual inflation will drop from 3.60% to 1.80%.

High expectation

After the last two halvings, Bitcoin saw a sharp rise in the following months, which is creating a certain expectation that the same may happen during this year and the next.

Graphic with emphasis on the price zone of the last two halvings

In the first halving, in 2012, BTC was quoted at US $ 12.31. The following year, the price exceeded $ 1,000. In the second halving, in 2016, the price was $ 650. The following year, in 2017, bitcoin registered the historic high of $ 20,000.

In addition, Bitcoin's mining power has been breaking new records every month, which shows a large investment focused on the asset's long-term. In the past twelve months, mining power has tripled.

Featured cryptocurrencies

This beginning of the year is not only good for bitcoin. Some of the major cryptocurrencies are even outpacing bitcoin gains.

Ethereum accumulates 106% appreciation in 2020. Bitcoin Cash 127%, Litecoin 89% and Dash 205%.

With the sharp rise of other cryptocurrencies, bitcoin lost marketshare, returning to 63%, a level that it has not reached since July 2019.

The capitalization of the crypto market, however, remains high, exceeding US $ 300 billion.

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