The 21st Money Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 4:45pm

Crypto News & Analysis


  • Is cryptomining still a viable business?
  • Can individuals create enough revenue to produce a profit from cryptomining?
  • What does the future hold for cryptomining operations?


The new way to make money crypto mining in Sweden is by not paying the electric bill. It sounds funny but this may be the policy of one crypto mining operation that was based in Sweden, NGDC. NGDC’s crypto mining operations in a northern county of Sweden compiled an electric bill equal to an amount of $1.55 million during the time they were actively engaged in cryptomining. NGDC’s administrators are now nowhere to be found.  And a $1.55 million bill is still waiting to be paid. When you look past the sensationalism of the headline. A new creature may be appearing above the horizon. A creature that has lost hope in creating wealth through crypto mining, the disenfranchised and discouraged crypto miner.


The cost of electricity in Sweden is relatively inexpensive compared to other 1st world countries. The cost to mine one Bitcoin is on average about US $4,700. That fact made Sweden a prime location to set up cryptocurrency mining operations. Even in today’s Bitcoin bear market, with Bitcoin worth about $3,900 at the time of this writing, there is still the potential of Bitcoin gaining value above $4,700 again.

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So why would NGDC walk away from machines that generate value when you turn them on? Do they know something the rest of us don’t? There could only be one of two reasons why NGDC bailed out of their operations in Sweden. 1) They knew how to take advantage of an unsuspecting Swedish utility company and municipality that did not expect or prepare for this type of cyber theft. Or 2) NGDC lost confidence in the revenue source of crypto mining and no longer wished to capitalize their crypto mining operation.


If theft was the motivation for NGDC's enterprise from the beginning, then let's see what they were able to get away with. The electricity bill was $1.55 million. The approximate cost to mine one bitcoin in Sweden is $4,700. Therefore NGDC may have been able to mine about 329 Bitcoins. 329 Bitcoins have a current market value of $1,286,000, certainly not worth the cost of the electricity. But 329 free Bitcoins can have significant value at some point in the future if Bitcoin's value climbs to its record high price of $19,000 per coin.


The second possible reason for NGDC's departure from their cryptomining operation could be that crypto mining is not a profitable business anymore, for start up operations. It is also very difficult to profit from crypto mining as an individual at this stage in the development of the cryptocurrency market. The sophistication of the hardware owned by well financed crypto mining operations, and the short amount of time it takes for computing hardware to become obsolete add to the difficulty of individuals making a profit from crypto mining. The latest piece of information to determine whether crypto mining is still a profitable enterprise is the fact that 8BTC, a Chinese crypto outlet, reports that major cryptomining operations like Bitmain are selling off their hardware by the kilogram instead of by the unit. Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) hardware that sold for approximately $2900 a year ago is now being sold for about $140.


The evolution of the cryptocurrency market has moved Ethereum and EOS to choose the proof of stake method to verify the data added to their blockchains. The proof of stake protocol requires forgers to stake at least $1,000,000 just to be eligible to forge cryptocurrencies within a protocol. Be advised that a $1,000,000 stake in the cryptocurrency still does not guarantee you get the opportunity to verify data on the blockchain. You still need the votes of others that have a stake in the cryptocurrency to get the right to forge a block of data to the blockchain and receive the forging fee.


Tying all this information to the action taken by the NGDC crypto mining operation. It seems, most likely, that cryptomining became unprofitable. Unprofitable to the point that NGDC abandoned all their hardware and skipped town to avoid paying for the electricity used during the period of time their mining operation was functioning. If there is a consolation for the electrical utility company and the municipality, they may have acquired free cryptomining hardware that can be used in some way to compensate for the money lost from NGDC not paying their bill.


Forex News & Analysis


Bitcoin  continued to lose substantial value this week. The cryptocurrency price fell through its prior lower level of resistance, and appears to have settled in at a level near $4,000. The United States Dollar gained value against Bitcoin this week. The USD started the week pairing with Bitcoin at an exchange rate of $5483/ 1 Bitcoin. The pair ended the week exchanging at a rate of $4244 / 1 Bitcoin. The USD recorded a 29.19% increase in value when paired with Bitcoin by the week's end.

The USD index (.DXY) compares the USD to 6 globally dominant currencies. The USD gained ground when compared to its global counterparts towards the end of the week. The .DXY index recorded a value of 96.19 at the beginning of the week. The Index closed at 96.94 recording a 0.780% increase in value by the week's end.


The GBP gained marginal ground against the USD from the previous week. The dollar ended the week exchanging with the GBP at $1.288 losing 0.782% from the previous week's level of $1.278 / 1 GBP. The United States Dollar (USD) ended the week weaker in value when compared to the Russian Ruble (RUB), exchanging with the RUB at 65.63 RUB/ 1 USD a 0.533% decrease in value from the previous week's level of 65.98 / 1 USD.


This Week's Biggest Winners in Cryptocurrencies


1) +47.60% Factom (FCT) Started the week at $5.765 Ended the week at $8.509


2) +43.10% Buggyra Coin Zero (BCZERO) Started the week at $0.00789635 Ended the week at $0.0113


3) +19.53% Dentacoin (DCN) Started the week at $0.00023681 Ended the week at $0.00028306


Crypto Chart of the Week


Factom FCT

Chart Courtesy of CoinValuator

Factom (FCT) ranks 45th on the list of cryptos ordered according to their market capitalization. Factom's current market cap is $99,400,000. Factom describe themselves as a blockchain innovations company transforming the way organizations use and interact with their data, by allowing you to build data integrity and trust capabilities into applications and systems. Factom solves the core issues of Bitcoin by providing a smaller block size and faster transaction speeds. $2,854,821 worth of Factom changed hands at an average price of $8.78 on November 24th.


Heard Through the Grapevine

Upcoming ICOs and Events


Upcoming Events


November 24, 27, 30 - European Blockchain Hub Tour, Manila, Ho Chi Minh, Jelu, Bangkok,

November 28 - 29 - Blockchain Expo North America 2018 Santa Clara, California


November 29 - 30 - Monaco International Blockchain Forum Monaco


March 19 - 21, 2019 -  Money20/20 Asia Singapore


Upcoming ICOs


Craider (RAID) Sale Starts November 24, 2018 Sale Ends January 18, 2019 / A next-gen digital platform consisting of a mobile messenger bot, a web based portal and a cloud based exchange, all powered by data driven analytics


MiMiner (MIT) Sale Starts November 25 Sale Ends December 25 / A combination of specifically designed rooms, outdoor sites, associated utilities supporting systems and staff. This forms a common physical space and technology environment for mining equipment as well as readiness to operate 24/7


Dream Real (DR) Sale Starts November 26 Sale Ends December 31 / A first in global social networking based on blockchain technology, where users can share their dreams with the whole world, and cryptocurrency of the ecosystem creates incentives for content generation


InnovaMinex (INX) Sale Starts November 26 Sale Ends January 26,2019 / An innovative business model that uses blockchain technology to guarantee the traceability of precious metals


Trade Pharma Network (TXP) Sale Starts November 26 Sale Ends December 31 / A EU-licensed brokerage platform and an international pharma-centric marketplace of choice for buyers & sellers performing routine transactions of medicines


ONe Network (OBT) Sale Starts November 27 Sale Ends January 22, 2019 / A next generation social network that uses the latest technologies to provide a wide range of services that are digitally secure and private for our users


BDXAlliance (BDX) Sale Starts November 28 Sale Ends February 28 / Offering you a safe and secure cryptocurrency ecosystem of blockchain-connected businesses.


Bitacium (XBCU) Sale Starts November 28 Sale Ends December 27 / Bringing in sensational innovations to blockchain and media services, integrating business and social activities into one network to enhance lifestyles all over the world Bitacium offers cross border payment worldwide and a distributed token sharing exchange for token holders


Elisia (ELSA) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends January 19, 2019 / Providing lightning fast transactions with no fee


IDAC (IDAC) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends December 30 / Creating the world's leading decentralized digital assets for disability and serving the public welfare ecosystem of 650 million people around the world with disabilities, Let the 650 million people with disabilities around the world live with more dignity


LivenPay (LVN) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends January 1, 2019 / An incentive-based mobile payments gateway and ecosystem built for the lifestyle and dining industry


One+1 (CHK) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends February 15 / A token allows you to turn crypto money into real purchases and discounts and allows you to create a new charity system


Run2Play (RUN) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends December 31 / A game where the user gets stronger and more fit, as well as their character in the game. Incentivizing fitness and addressing the growing problem of childhood obesity


Twogap (TGT) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends December 7 / The largest scalable stop-loss product for Crypto investors


Venus (VNS) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends January 31, 2019 / A Worldwide Decentralized Social Networking Site


XCHNG (XCHNG) Sale Starts November 30 Sale Ends December 31 / A game-changing blockchain project to equip the digital advertising ecosystem with an open and unified protocol-based marketplace and ledger framework for buying and selling media


Click here for 21st Money’s complete list of upcoming and ongoing ICOs