Is America Becoming the New Leader in Crypto Currency?
By: Jacob Machine
As China blocked all bitcoin mining and has declared a crackdown on its use, the United States is quite possibly becoming the leader for the future of cryptocurrency. With the recent changes in the global economy, markets are experiencing drastic and sudden change. But this news shouldn’t deter investors from seeking financial freedom here, as our nation is swiftly taking the lead in standing up for cryptocurrency. China has been the leader in the mining of bitcoin specifically, but now that they are deciding to stop its operations in the field many other nations are stepping up to take its place as China leaves itself behind in the market.
As of April of this year, the United States accounts for 17% of all of the world’s bitcoin miners. This is a 151% increase from September of 2020, forecasting that no matter what the markets currently show, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are here to stay for the sake of continued financial freedom. Since these numbers do not include the Chinese mass exodus from the marketplace, the numbers could potentially be even much higher than that.
Darin Feinstein, founder of Blockcap and Core Scientific, says, “For the last 18 months, we’ve had a serious growth of mining infrastructure in the U.S. We’ve noticed a massive uptick in mining operations looking to relocate to North America, mostly in the U.S.”
Fred Thiel of Marathon Digital says, “500,000 formerly Chinese miner rigs are looking for homes in the U.S. If they are deployed, it would mean North America would have closer to 40% of global hashrate by the end of 2022.”
The United States has been in the background preparing for such an event as this Chinese exodus to occur. We have been silently building up our infrastructure and hosting capability in expectation that we would see a future where more mining operations would desire to come and operate within our nation. Since the bitcoin fall in late 2017, investors took the risk and have been investing to prepare for the changes to come.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the recent changes with China, bitcoin mining engineer Brandon Arvanaghi said, “People were looking for places to park their cash. The appetite for large-scale investments had never been bigger. A lot of that likely found its way into bitcoin mining operations in places outside of China.”
All of this happening together helped plant the financial seeds for a blossoming future for bitcoin miners, investors and cryptocurrency. We’re still in a transitional phase, where the global market is seeing the effects of China dropping out, but confidence remains high for those who believe in the power and freedom of cryptocurrency. But as said in a previous article I wrote, there is a time to buy and a time to sell. With the market today and with a bit of patience in mind, this could quite possibly be a wonderful time to buy.
As of today, bitcoin prices are below 30,000. Still remember, at the end of last year, bitcoin was still under 25,000. Earlier this year in April before the decision from China to change, bitcoin hit an all-time high of well over 60,000. With prices this low, you may think that the market is crashing or that the idea is falling apart, but you may also be proven entirely wrong by that assessment. Now may actually be another one of the best times to buy into the market with prices so low and the infrastructure established for the United States to continue further growth. China leaving the market may ultimately be wonderful news for those who appreciate and love the power of free market capitalism.
Of course, fear mongering in the marketplace currently continues to spread for the moment. Fox News has been spouting the ‘scary’ news of 100 billion wiped off the crypto market recently. This short-term thinking is miniscule compared to its future potential, and Fox is again playing the heartstrings of the moment for fast clicks of immediate concern. Yahoo! Finance had a recent headline reading, “Crypto Traders Loved Big Leveraged Bets Until Inexplicable Crash”, further touching on those fears. Even one of the co-founders of the cryptocurrency Ethereum has been out in the news speaking of being “done” with cryptocurrency due to his own fears of financial “safety”.
The co-founder, Anthony Di lorio, says, “It’s got a risk profile that I am not too enthused about. I don’t feel necessarily safe in this space. If I was focused on larger problems, I think I’d be safer.”
Playing it safe never wins in the game of life. You’ve got to take calculated risks and make bold investments in time and money to find success in the modern world. For investors, I would say to assess the market and see how China’s decision will not be the end of cryptocurrency. Just as one nation, even if it was the leading mining operation, chooses to leave the market, that does not stop the rest of the world from continuing to pursue those efforts and establishing a better future for the entire cryptocurrency market. From the looks of things now, it seems as if the United States has already taken the proper preparations for an event just like this to occur. Not only that, but we’re far from the only nation to take action in the face of modern events here. Again, instead of being afraid and leaving the market, maybe you should pay attention to the possibility that the future holds and make an investment today while the market is so low. You never know, it may never be this low again.