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What is the Bitcoin halving?

Gear Up for Bitcoin's Next Big Moment: The 2024 Halving" - Discover what this event means for Bitcoin and how it could affect you.

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Get ready for the next great Bitcoin halving: everything you need to know

Before Bitcoin was launched in 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto designed the cryptocurrency to have a maximum supply of 21 million coins. As part of the greater plan, the number of new Bitcoin that enter circulation decreases at regular intervals, thus maintaining the total supply. These intervals are known as halvings, which we’ll get more into below. 

What is the Bitcoin halving?

Roughly every 4 years, or every 210,000 blocks that are mined, the network undergoes a halving where the block reward for miners is reduced by 50%. This reward is earned for verifying transactions and adding a new block to the blockchain. 

The halvings process decreases the rate at which new Bitcoins enter circulation, gradually depleting the remaining supply until the final satoshi is mined, expected to be around 2140. After that, miners will solely rely on transaction fees as an incentive to validate blocks.

Bitcoin having history

The next Bitcoin halving is expected to take place in April 2024, when the mining reward will reduce from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC. 

Why does the halving occur?

The Bitcoin halving is pre-programmed into Bitcoin's core code and is not something that can be changed - it's set in stone. Designed to control and slow down the release of new Bitcoins over time results in fewer and fewer Bitcoin being minted after each halving event. 

This limited supply is a key part of what gives Bitcoin its deflationary nature and potential for increasing value. As the supply is capped at 21 million, the dwindling new supply hitting the market reinforces Bitcoin's artificial scarcity.

Previous Bitcoin halvings

Below we look at previous halvings and how these affected the price of Bitcoin. Historically, 12 - 18 months after halvings, Bitcoin has reached a record high. While this is not the rule of thumb, it has certainly been witnessed. 

2009 - Bitcoin launches

Date: 3 January 2009

Block reward: 50 BTC

2012 - Bitcoin’s first halving

Date: 28 November 2012

Block: 210,000

Block reward: 25 BTC

Price before halving (November 2012): Around $12

Next all-time high after halving: $1,156 (November 2013)

2016 - Bitcoin’s second halving

Date: 9 July 2016

Block: 420,000

Block reward: 12.5 BTC

Price before halving (July 2016): Around $650

Next all-time High after halving: $19,891 (December 2017)

2020 - Bitcoin’s third halving

Date: 11 May 2020

Block: 630,000

Block reward: 6.25 BTC

Price before halving (May 2020): Around $8,800

Next all-time high after halving: $69,000 (November 2021)

Taking a look at the future dates, the next halving is expected to take place in 2024, when the block reward will be reduced to 3.125 BTC. Thereafter, in 2028 (block reward 1.5625 BTC) and 2032 (block reward 0.78125). This will continue until all Bitcoins have been mined, expected to be in 2140. 

Potential impacts of the upcoming halving

The next Bitcoin halving event is expected to have several potential impacts on the cryptocurrency. First and foremost, it will reduce the supply of new Bitcoins entering circulation by 50%, substantially decreasing the inflation rate. This scheduled supply rate reduction enhances Bitcoin's hardcoded scarcity which could lead to increased demand if investors view reduced supply as more desirable. Higher demand coupled with tightened supply could potentially drive up Bitcoin's price.

However, the halving will also cut block rewards for miners by 50%, which could force some smaller mining operations to shut down if their expenses outweigh newly reduced revenues. This may result in mining becoming less decentralised as larger entities with greater economies of scale are able to continue operating profitably. This could lead to further consolidation of the mining hashrate among a smaller number of big players.

Regardless of price movement, the 2024 halving will continue Bitcoin's disinflationary issuance schedule until the final Bitcoin is mined around 2140. This systematically dwindling supply reinforces one of Bitcoin's key value propositions as a deflationary asset with absolute scarcity built in by design.

The bottom line

The Bitcoin halving is a highly significant event worth learning about as it enforces the cryptocurrency's hardcoded disinflationary monetary policy. While past halvings have led to powerful bull markets and substantial price appreciation, as illustrated above, it's important to understand that future price movements remain unpredictable and cannot be relied on. 

Bitcoin's value is influenced by a complex array of factors beyond just supply dynamics, including adoption rates, regulatory developments, and overall market sentiment. Though artificially constrained supply can increase scarcity, demand is ultimately the driving force behind long-term valuations.

Simplifying Your Spending: Why Tap’s New Partnership with TapiX Matters to You

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Hey there, Community! ✨

We've got some exciting news to share, and it's all about making your life a little bit easier and a whole lot clearer. We're thrilled to announce our partnership with TapiX – and before you wonder what this is all about, let me break it down into plain English, just for you.

No More Guessing Games 🎲

Ever looked at your transaction history and thought, "Where on earth did I spend that money?" We've all been there, scratching our heads, trying to decipher cryptic names or puzzling out just which coffee shop that was.

Here's where TapiX comes in – and why we're so excited about it. TapiX turns those confusing codes and names into information you can actually understand. We're talking real names of stores, complete with local language and all the details to make it click instantly. Yes, that means no more guessing games!

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words 📷

But why stop at names? When you look at your transactions, you can now see actual logos and images – making it even easier to spot at a glance where you've been shopping. It's like turning your transaction history into a colourful gallery of your spending habits.

Pinpoint Shopping Locations📍

Ever got a charge from a store and wondered, "When did I go there?”. Now, you won't just see the name; you'll get the exact location. We're talking street address, city, even zip codes – perfect for those "Aha!" moments.

Extra Details at Your Fingertips 🫰

And there's more. Want to revisit a store but can't remember the name? You can now access additional details like website links, opening hours, and more for the store and companies that support it. It's like having a little assistant tucked away in your transaction history.

Why This Matters to You 👀

We believe managing your money should be as straightforward as shopping. That's why we partnered with TapiX – to transform your transaction list from a boring spreadsheet into a clear, understandable, and even helpful part of your daily life.

Here's what it boils down to: less time puzzling out your past spends and more time enjoying your present. Whether you're a budgeting pro or just trying to keep track of where your money's going, we think you'll love this new feature.

It's All About You 💙
At Tap, everything we do is aimed at giving you a better experience. We listen, we care, and we act on what you need. This partnership? It's all about making your financial life clearer and simpler.

We're here to help you make sense of your spending, save time, and maybe even discover some new favourite spots along the way. And this is just the beginning – we're always looking for ways to improve your experience.

So go ahead, take a look at your updated transaction history, and see the difference for yourself.

Here's to clearer, simpler, and more enjoyable finances.


The Tap Team.

Fintech market outlook 2024

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Curious about what's in store for fintech this year? Get our Fintech market outlook 2024 ebook, we'll give you a glimpse into the trends and challenges shaping the industry this year.

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Tap temporarily suspends XTP locking/fees in compliance with FCA regulatory requirement

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Tap, announces a temporary suspension of XTP locking/fees payment for all its users, reflecting a steadfast commitment to regulatory compliance and global collaboration.

In alignment with our regulatory-first vision, Tap announce the temporarily suspending XTP locking and fee payment in XTP. This strategic move reflects our dedication to regulatory compliance in every aspect of our operations.

At Tap, we prioritize responsibility alongside innovation. This temporary suspension underscores our commitment to regulatory compliance and our ability to effectively serve all our users in the United Kingdom, aligning with the new FCA regulations set in place.

In accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) financial promotion rule, we regret to inform our UK residents that the utilization of XTP for locking or payment is temporarily suspended. The FCA has classified the use of digital assets for obtaining discounts as a financial incentive, thus preventing its extension to any UK resident.

The temporary suspension of services in the UK has necessitated a pause in functionality across our entire platform due to its unified nature. Nevertheless, our team remains unwavering in our commitment to restoring Locking/Paying Fees in XTP for our global community. 

While this transition may present temporary challenges, it also represents an opportunity for growth and collective progress.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our users for their unwavering support and patience as we navigate through this transition. Rest assured, Tap remains steadfastly committed to delivering an unparalleled digital asset experience that is compliant, secure, seamless, and transformative for users worldwide.

Overspent this festive season? 5 tips to bounce back quickly

Feeling the post-festive season financial pinch? Discover 5 useful bounce-back tips.

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Alors, vous avez passé un joyeux Noël et peut-être, juste peut-être, vous avez un peu exagéré avec les dépenses. Eh bien, cela arrive aux meilleurs d'entre nous et vous n'êtes certainement pas le seul à entamer janvier avec un déficit en conséquence. Sans être trop dur envers vous-même, réorientons-nous et mettons en œuvre ces 5 conseils pour revenir sur la bonne voie et rebondir rapidement. Avant de commencer, il est préférable d'avoir une idée réaliste de votre situation financière. Vous ne pourrez pas résoudre la situation si vous n'en êtes pas conscient. Assurez-vous de consulter toutes vos cartes de crédit et comptes afin que nous puissions affronter la réalité ensemble.

Évaluez les dégâts

Si vous avez puisé dans vos économies ou utilisé vos cartes de crédit pour pimenter vos projets de décembre, notez clairement le montant que vous devez et prenez note des remboursements d'intérêts correspondants. Il existe de nombreuses façons de s'attaquer à la dette, il est donc important de trouver une stratégie qui convienne le mieux à votre situation financière. Si vous ne savez pas par où commencer, voici deux options adaptées aux débutants : la méthode de la "Dette Avalanche" et la méthode de la "Dette Boule de Neige".

Dette avalanche : commencez par rembourser d'abord les dettes à taux d'intérêt élevé pour économiser des intérêts à long terme tout en effectuant toujours les paiements minimums sur les dettes à taux d'intérêt plus faible.

Dette boule de neige : commencez par rembourser le solde le plus bas de la dette pour obtenir rapidement des victoires et de la motivation, tout en effectuant les paiements minimums sur toutes les autres dettes.

Optez pour ce qui vous semble le plus confortable. Si vous avez puisé dans vos économies, essayez d'augmenter vos économies mensuelles au cours des prochains mois pour les ramener à leur niveau initial, en particulier si vous avez utilisé votre fonds d'urgence. Non, la sangria n'est pas une urgence. Même en hiver.

Rationalisez vos économies

En entrant dans le mois prochain, mettez en place un virement automatique afin que vos économies sortent directement de votre compte et que vous ne soyez pas tenté de vous réconforter avec un autre café au pain d'épice. Écoutez, les cafés au pain d'épice sont formidables, mais l'être financièrement stable l'est aussi.

Si vous avez plusieurs objectifs d'épargne, vous pouvez également envisager de créer plusieurs comptes d'épargne (assurez-vous de vérifier les frais mensuels) et d'allouer votre salaire en conséquence. Des points bonus si vous utilisez un compte d'épargne à rendement élevé qui accumulera des intérêts supplémentaires.

Désintoxication financière

Parfois, lorsque nous avons dépensé un peu trop, il peut être judicieux de donner un nouveau départ à nos finances. Une manière de le faire est d'avoir un "mois sans dépenses". Ça ne semble peut-être pas passionnant, mais écoutez-nous. Vous faites une pause dans l'achat de choses qui ne sont pas absolument nécessaires. Cela fonctionne mieux si vous établissez des règles strictes, en vous concentrant uniquement sur l'essentiel.

Définissez vos règles en identifiant les nécessités, planifiez vos repas à l'avance, évitez les tentations comme les centres commerciaux et les influences des médias sociaux, recherchez des divertissements gratuits et suivez les économies réalisées. Un mois sans dépenses peut également vous aider à réinitialiser votre réflexion sur ce dont vous avez vraiment besoin de dépenser de l'argent. Par exemple, pendant la période des fêtes, vous avez peut-être absolument eu besoin de nouvelles tenues pour vos rencontres sociales.

Cependant, en janvier, prenez le temps de parcourir votre garde-robe et trouvez des pièces fantastiques que vous aviez depuis longtemps. Voyez cela comme une façon de prendre du recul et de réévaluer vos habitudes de dépenses tout en économisant de l'argent.

Allouez chaque centime de votre budget

Une tendance récente dans le domaine de la budgétisation est d'allouer chaque centime de votre salaire à différentes catégories, en veillant à ce que chaque euro que vous gagnez serve à un but précis. Une fois votre budget établi, vous avez toujours la flexibilité de déplacer des fonds, mais l'idée est que vous réfléchirez à deux fois avant de transférer des fonds d'une chose importante à quelque chose de plus trivial. Cela vous aidera également à comprendre vos priorités et à réparer les dégâts.

Révisez et ajustez

Pendant que vous sirotez quelque chose chez vous lors de votre mois sans dépenses, c'est aussi bon moment que n'importe lequel pour élaborer un budget hypothétique pour les fêtes de l'année prochaine. Tant que tout est encore frais dans votre esprit, notez les coûts les plus importants et essayez de mettre en place un budget vers lequel vous pourrez travailler et économiser au cours des prochains mois.

Les choses à planifier peuvent inclure les voyages, les frais de réception d'une fête, les cadeaux, les factures de gaz supplémentaires pour le chauffage, et peut-être une tenue qui vous fera vous sentir encore mieux. N'oubliez pas, budgétiser ne consiste pas à vivre au minimum, mais à établir des priorités, à planifier et à anticiper.

Dernières réflexions

La frénésie de dépenses de la période des fêtes a peut-être laissé votre portefeuille un peu vide, mais ne vous inquiétez pas, vous n'êtes pas seul à entamer janvier avec quelques ajustements financiers à faire. En suivant ces cinq conseils, vous pouvez rebondir rapidement et même vous préparer aux festivités de l'année prochaine. Avec un peu de discipline et une nouvelle perspective, vous serez bien parti pour rebondir et retrouver rapidement votre stabilité financière. À votre santé pour une nouvelle année financièrement solide !

News and updates

Tap Opens Greek Offices, Expanding Its Global Reach

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Simplifying Your Spending: Why Tap’s New Partnership with TapiX Matters to You

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Public Announcement from the Tap Team Regarding Bittrex Global's Upcoming Closure

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Tap temporarily suspends XTP locking/fees in compliance with FCA regulatory requirement

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Tap Teams Up with Notabene for Cryptocurrency Travel Rule Solutions

Tap is excited to announce its partnership with Notabene, enhancing compliance operations and ensuring adherence to cryptocurrency Travel Rule.

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TAP to pause U.K. client onboarding whilst taking steps meet new FCA Financial Promotions Regime

Tap hits pause on new UK customer onboarding until completion of a review to fully comply with the new FCA Regime.

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Tap partners with Total Processing

Tap's new partnership with Total Processing enables smoother Visa debit deposits, elevating Tap users satisfaction and payment convenience.

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The Journey to 200K Users: A tale of talent, tenacity, and tremendous support

Get ready to dive into a captivating fintech saga, where talent, determination, and community support lead us to 200K users!

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Tap now supports Ethereum Name Service (ENS).

We are delighted to announce the listing and support of Ethereum Name Service (ENS) on Tap!

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Tap now supports Loopring (LRC).

We are delighted to announce the listing and support of Loopring (LRC) on Tap!

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Tap partners with Sweatcoin

Tap partners with Sweatcoin for a healthier and financially inclusive world

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Tap now supports Kyber (KNC)

We are delighted to announce the listing and support of Kyber (KNC) on Tap!

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Tap now supports Balancer (BAL)

We are delighted to announce the listing and support of Balancer (BAL) on Tap!

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Tap announces key additions to executive leadership team

Tap, today announced the appointment of Kriyakant "Kriya" Patel as a Chief executive officer.

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Tap now supports PAX Gold (PAXG)

We are delighted to announce the listing and support of PAX Gold (PAXG) on Tap!

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