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How does the dollar value of all bitcoin compare with the total cost of the electricity required to generate it?

The world's Bitcoin mining in the aggregate uses surprisingly large amounts of electricity. Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan estimates that Bitcoin mining now uses about five gigawatts ...
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Why do graphic card prices rise due to bitcoin miners?

I thought it would mean more sales thus more production and more profit, so why does nvidia and amd simply dont ramp up production if the trend has been now quite a long one? And as far as I can see ...
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Can the function of the Central bank become automated?

How plausible is the idea of the central banks function becoming automated. Central Banks seem to function as a feedback depending on the flow of money, inflation and fractional reserve. If the ...
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Theoretical market capitalisation of a crypto currency?

Here’s the context. I want to know what the theoretical market capitalisation (say eg $US / Bitcoin times Q the number of coins - it doesn’t have to be Bitcoin) of a crypto currency? Assume that the ...
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What are the most common methods of determining valuation used by economists that claim Bit-Coin is on the verge of being a bubble

I have seen many economists saying that bit-coin is highly overvalued and on the verge of a massive corrections. What are the most popular models being used to determine the proper price for bit coin?...
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How can all the bitcoin in the world be worth more than McDonald's Corporation?

What makes bitcoin so valuable? It has already surpassed the value of almost all publicly traded companies. I understand it can be used to buy things like digital money but why does the price go up? ...
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What does the value of bitcoins depend on?

I've been looking up stuff about bitcoins for some time now and i have two question stuck in my mind: How is the value of bitcoins so unstable? And can there be bitcoin inflation?
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How should I interpret (BTC/CNY) / (BTC/USD)?

So, I've been following bitcoin for a number of years now and I decided to look at how it plays with the dollar and the Chinese yuan. I'm wondering if someone can help me interpret the graph below. I ...
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because bitcoins do not generate earnings, then (it is a ponzi scheme)?

What does the author mean with: Since Bitcoins do not generate any actual earnings, they must appreciate in value to ensure that people are willing to hold them. Why must they appreciate in ...
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How can 1 BTC gain value in USD if inflation is happening?

So, right now, 1 BTC (bitcoin) is worth ≈ 578.25 USD. But, with the inflation of the USD, how can 1 BTC still hold its value at 578.25? Why doesn't it decrease? Let's set this example: 1 BTC = 1 USD....
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The independence of Central Banks [closed]

How do such digital currencies such as Bitcoin affect the independence of Central Banks? Thank you
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Why is deflation not considered the opposite of inflation?

In this article from 2013 on bitcoin, the author casually states the importance of knowing that "deflation is not the opposite of inflation", without expanding or elaborating. I'm sure that there are ...
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Why in localbitcoins Spain, the selling price is the same as the buying price?

I use to buy bitcoins through localbitcoins.com in my country, Argentina, and I noticed that there is an important gap between the buying and the selling price. This gap is around 200 ARS (~20 EUR). ...
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Does Dogecoin or Bitcoin have a more appropriate rate of monetary inflation?

The supply of new Bitcoins and Dogecoins is depicted in the graph below. The Bitcoin inflation rate is currently higher than the Dogecoin rate, but it reduces sharply to a rate close to zero. It ...
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What determines the exchange rate of two fiat currencies if the supply of each is known?

In this blog post, economist Steve Landsburg posed a question about the value of Bitcoin which he didn't know the answer to. Imagine a future in which Bitcoins (or some other non-governmental ...