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Average BTC Transaction Fee Hits Lowest Level Since January As Market Cools Down

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Average BTC Transaction Fee Hits Lowest Level Since January As Market Cools Down

Average BTC transaction fees have sunk to lows of $7, according to data from blockchain analytics site BitInfoCharts. Fees haven’t been this low since January. 

The BTC blockchain charges a fee for each transaction and distributes the proceeds to miners.

Fees rise when demand for processing transactions outstrips the supply of miners. On April 21, average fees hit a record high of $62.8 per transaction.

Conversely, fees fall when mining supply outstrips demand. The drop in fees suggests Bitcoiners aren’t as interested in placing transactions as they were just over a month ago.

That could have something to do with the recent crash in the crypto markets, which sent the price of BTC down from $60,000 to $36,000 in just a few weeks.

BTC miners are also not as interested in processing transactions. Mining difficulty—the amount of computing power required to validate BTC transactions—fell by 16% on Sunday—the sharpest decline in over a year. BTC mining becomes easier when the overall hash power backing the blockchain decreases. 

ETH fees are down, too, thanks to a general cooling-off in the crypto market. The global crypto market cap fell from peaks of about $2 trillion last month to current levels of $1.6 trillion, according to metrics site CoinGecko.

Lower prices, fees, and hash power follow government crackdowns on BTC mining in China, where the majority of miners are located. Crypto exchanges Huobi and OKEx have already started limiting certain transactions, and officials in Inner Mongolia are considering banning BTC mining outright.

Chinese Province Proposes Social Credit Blacklisting of BTC Miners: Report
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