Bitcoin investors believe the world’s biggest cryptocurrency is in for material gains in 2020 due to a network quirk.
The halving -- or sometimes referred to as the halvening, in a nod to the fantasy film and TV franchise ‘Highlander’ -- is due on or around May 18 and is the process in which the reward Bitcoin miners receive for creating fresh Bitcoins will be cut in half. That’s by design and has happened twice before. In 2012, when the block reward went from 50 to 25 bitcoins, prices rose nearly 8,200% in a year. The gain in the 18 months after the second halvening in 2016 was more than 2,200%.