Citigroup: by 2022 Bitcoin mining can become unprofitable

According to the Citigroup research, by 2022 Bitcoin mining will be profitable only with BTC price above $300 000
10 November   1081

In five years, the bitcoin mining will become absolutely unprofitable because of the too rapid growth in the prime cost of the first cryptocurrency. This conclusion was reached by analysts of financial conglomerate Citigroup, reports Bloomberg.

According to the analyst of the company Christopher Chapman, by 2022, mining will be cost-effective only with a bitcoin cost above $ 300,000. By the same time, the total electricity consumption for bitcoin production will be equal to the consumption of all Japan and will be limited to the governments.

We don’t think that those levels of mining can be reached, and that governments will regulate/tax miners as a way of reducing the power consumption.
 

Christopher Chapman
Analyst, Citigroup

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It is noteworthy that the expert also believes that the cryptocurrency community will have to change the earnings model and switch to the Proof-of-Stake algorithm. In this case, the winners will be participants, who initially had more cryptocurrency.

As the current arms race is not in the interests of established miners we think that the BTC network may move to a proof-of-stake model; particularly if such a change is implemented by major rival ethereum. Such a move would not be uncontentious, but may be necessary for the survival of the currency.
 

Christopher Chapman
Analyst, Citigroup

 

Largest Nordic Bank Bans Employees' Bitcoin Trade

Employees who currently own cryptocurrencies will not be forced to sell them, but they will not be allowed to buy more
23 January   177

Nordea, the Nordic region’s biggest bank, said Monday it will ban its roughly 31,000 employees from trading cryptocurrencies as of February 28 due to the unregulated nature of the market and high risks. This is reported by Reuters.

The reason why employees are prohibited from investing in cryptocurrencies is that the risks are considered too high and the protection for both employees and the bank is insufficient.

 

Nordea said in a statement

The bank added that unlike trading of securities and currencies, trade of cryptocurrencies is not regulated by any authority, and as such investors who buy cryptocurrencies have no protection against illegal business practices and money laundering.

Employees who currently own cryptocurrencies will not be forced to sell them, but they will not be allowed to buy more, bank said.

In early December, we have reported that Merrill Lynch bank banned its customers and consultants who carry out transactions on their behalf to buy bitcoin through the Grayscale Investment Trust.