Crypto Week in Review: Bitcoin (BTC) Finishes Volatile Week on a High Note


This guest post is written by Voyager, a crypto brokerage firm with a commission-free trading app.

This week, Bitcoin (BTC) continued its downward trend, hitting a 7-month low of $6,498.41 Wednesday. Just hours later, BTC spiked nearly 14% to $7,447, before finding stability and is currently trading at more than $7,500.

Some are blaming Bitcoin’s flash crash on reports that many mining pools are unprofitable or barely breaking even. According to CoinShares, the average cost to mine a Bitcoin is $6,300, sometimes more or less expensive, depending on the efficiency of mining equipment and the country’s energy costs.

The good news? As Bitcoin approached $6,300, it quickly rebounded back above $7,000, leading¬†experts¬†to believe that it’s unlikely to drop below its profitability-level.

Despite the crypto market‚Äôs recent volatility, Bitcoin claimed the title of “Best Investment of the Decade.” According to CNN, if you invested $1 in Bitcoin in January 2010, it would now be worth roughly $90,000.

In comparison, a $1 investment in Gold, the commodity Bitcoin is most often compared to, would only be worth about $1.34 today. The stock market yielded slightly better results, with a $1 investment growing to $3.46 over the last decade. Still, no other investment came close to Bitcoin’s 8,999,900% ROI.

This year alone, Bitcoin is up close to 100%, with a halving on the horizon. Historically, halving events, a rule in Bitcoin’s code that reduces miners’ rewards by half, has resulted in exponential growth.

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The original Voyager post can be found here. You can earn $25 in BTC by signing up for the Voyager app and trading $100 (or use code SLUDGE25).

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