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Bitcoin transaction fees are rising

Written by  May 14, 2020

Bitcoin is seeing an uptick in transaction fees in the past few weeks, now on similar levels to fees during the summer of 2019.

During periods of increased activity on Bitcoin’s network, transaction fees tend to spike, fees on Bitcoin have been rising since late April.

Post halving the fess have increased by 10%

Bitcoin-Avg-Transaction-Fee-chart

Chart by bitcoin.org

Bitcoin Transaction Fees Spike

Starting in late April, Bitcoin saw a spike in transaction fees. This trend continued into May and, at the time of press, average Bitcoin transaction fees are around $2.76.

The last time fees were this high was in July 2019. You might recall that during this time, BTC blasted past the $10,000 price point and went as high as $13,200.

This comes only months after some of the lowest transaction fees recorded in recent times. As BeInCrypto reported in February, fees were only around $0.50, mostly due to transaction batching and SegWit adoption.

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Post-Halving Adjustment

There is some speculation that the high fees are representative of Bitcoin ‘adjusting’ after its halving. Now that miners are making half as much BTC as before, they need a much higher price to break-even. At this current price level, miners are struggling.

However, it should be noted that the top cryptocurrency has still not resolved its transaction fee

That’s partly why other blockchain networks have been ‘wrapping’ Bitcoin to compensate for slow speeds on its own network. Wrapped BTC on Ethereum

Still, Bitcoin remains much cheaper than mainstream banking which often charges excessive amounts for international transfers. Bitcoin still has an advantage — but the uptick in transaction fees will have to have to eventually be addressed with some ingenuity

If you are new to the Cryptocurrency world and would like to open an account we recommend Cex.io.

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Peter Flynn

Senior Editor and self confessed Crypto addict, bringing a variety of Crypto tech news, help and advice in the UK. I have worked in various fields throughout my career such as a Systems Administrator, Cyber Security Consultant and other technical related roles, these days I concentrate on Cryptocurrency journalism and technical writing.

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