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Despite Red Bitcoin, On-Chain Signals Flip Green

9 Dec, 20213 min readBitcoin
Despite Red Bitcoin, On-Chain Signals Flip Green

Bitcoin on-chain signals have remained green despite the recent red week. Bitcoin’s price had taken a plunge towards $40K and had brought a lot of losses with it as billions of dollars in long positions were liquidated on December 4th in one of the sharpest declines of the year. Mostly this has brought down a number of metrics associated with the asset but on-chain signals remain resistant.

On-chain data all ranging from miner revenues, transaction fees, hashrate, and daily transaction volumes have all shown positive trends for bitcoin. None of this has been affected by the price decline.

Hashrate Continues Recovery Trend

Bitcoin hashrate had taken a big heat with the China crackdown on mining that took place earlier in the year. The region had gone from providing about 70% of the mining power to almost zero in a matter of weeks, leaving the hashrate to suffer greatly. This has since been rectified as bitcoin miners have found new locations to resume their mining activities.

Since then, hashrate has been gradually picking back up and in the past week saw a significant increase. Bitcoin hashrate is up for the past seven days after the first difficulty reduction following ten difficulty adjustments. As the difficulty has dropped, so has the profitability of mining activities increased. Given this, more miners have gotten back in the game and set up their mining rigs once more, leading to a rise in hashrate.

Arcane Research also reported that this increased hashrate has led to an increase in block production rate. As more miners come back on board, an average of 6.46 blocks have been created each hour in the past week. This represents a significant increase of 11% in the same time frame.

Bitcoin Transaction Fees Rise

Bitcoin transactions fees have remained low through the past weeks, but there was a recorded increase in fees in the past seven days. On average, bitcoin transaction fees grew by 33%. This growth however does not do much for miner revenue. Even though fees are up, they are still relatively meager and only bring in about 1.7% of the total miner revenues.

Average transaction value also jumped in the past week. As investors rushed to sell their holdings during the crash, the average transaction volume climbed by 8.3%. This was mostly due to holders who hold larger volumes moving their BTC to exchanges to sell, not only increasing average transaction volume, but also transaction fees at the same time.

Bitcoin daily miner revenues in the first week of December was $52,271,223 compared to daily revenues of $49,975,895 from the previous week. Fees per day, as well as transactions per day, were up at $891,499 and 276,680 respectively.

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