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Bitcoin halving, BTC ETF hype driving price up into 2024 — NBX Berlin

Bitcoin halving, BTC ETF hype driving price up into 2024 — NBX Berlin

The potential approval of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the looming BTC mining reward halving and major regulatory and enforcement actions are having a profound psychological effect on market prices. 

This is a major takeaway from the Next Block Expo conference in Berlin in early December, just as Bitcoin tipped past $42,000 for the first time in over a year.

Animoca Brands CEO Robby Yung, gumi Cryptos Capital managing partner Miko Matsumura, Binance regional manager Jonas Jünger and Polkastarter business development lead João Leite weighed in on whether the current cryptocurrency bear market was coming to an end in a conversation with Cointelegraph.

Bitcoin halving is a psychological phenomenon

Considering the influence of the four-year cycle between Bitcoin mining reward halvings, Matsumura likens the rhythm to that of a medieval battering ram.

“Every four years, we swing the ram, and we smash. Four years is long enough that the people inside the castle think we’ve gone away,” the VC investor explains.

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Matsumura says that the halving cycle involves an inherent Schelling focal point mechanism, a game theory concept and a social phenomenon where people or organizations are able to coordinate without communication.

“It’s important to think about it as a psychological training phenomenon, because each time it works, it inclines people to go with it the next time it happens.”

He also suggests that Bitcoin’s stock-to-flow model clearly shows that the actual cut in BTC supply is getting smaller with each halving, which means “the actual mathematical economic effect is smaller”. 

Cointelegraph’s Gareth Jenkinson alongside Miko Matsumura, Robby Yung, Jonas Jünger and João Leite during Next Block Expo in Berlin.

Jünger echoes these sentiments by highlighting the deflationary mechanism of Bitcoin’s protocol and the fact that society never hears talk of halving fiat money supply.

“It’s just such a foreign concept to everything with fiat money that every time it occurs, it’s just such a celebration of we’re doing something completely different here.”

Yung provides another interesting perspective, noting that while Animoca Brands has just two projects that directly work in the Bitcoin ecosystem out of some 500 investments, the preeminent blockchain remains “very impactful” in what it does.

The Animoca CEO says the effect is similar…

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