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Bitcoin Miners See Reduced Profits as Mining Difficulty Increases

source-logo  coinspress.com 17 April 2023 01:41, UTC

Recently, the Bitcoin difficulty-adjusted puell multiple has remained below one, which could suggest ongoing pressure on BTC miners.

According to an analyst at Glassnode, miners currently earn approximately 12% less than the yearly average. The puell multiple is a key metric used to determine this, measuring the ratio between daily Bitcoin miner revenue (in USD) and the 365-day moving average of the same.

🧵/5. By adjusting the difficulty change, the Puell Multiple can show a more realistic estimation of contraction in miners' revenue. Investigating the Adjusted-Puell Multiple shows that miners are still earning 12% less than their yearly average income. pic.twitter.com/uMxTx0QNJX

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When the puell multiple is greater than one, miners are making more than their average for the past year, which is typically profitable for them. Conversely, values below this threshold imply that miner revenues are below the yearly average, which could mean miners are coming under pressure.

The puell multiple solely focuses on the cryptocurrency’s price and disregards mining difficulty. Mining difficulty is an inherent aspect of the Bitcoin blockchain, regulating the complexity of mining blocks on the network. The objective is maintaining a constant block production rate by adjusting the mining difficulty.

As the hashrate goes up, miners can hash blocks faster, decreasing individual miner revenues due to the fixed block rewards.

Therefore, the “difficulty-adjusted puell multiple” is a modified version of the indicator that provides a more accurate representation of the miners’ situation as it accounts for mining difficulty.

Although the regular puell multiple crossed above the one mark earlier this year when the ongoing rally in Bitcoin’s price started, the difficulty-adjusted version remains below one, indicating that miners are making 12% less than the yearly average.

However, this is not as severe as during the bear market lows.