Proposed by ARK Invest and Glassnode, a new Bitcoin economic analytics framework emerges, introducing Cointime Economics and a new measure: the coinblock. This innovative representation of Bitcoin dynamics considers the time held in custody and assigns transaction weight in favour of hodlers.
The founders of this system, David Puell from ARK Invest and James Check from Glassnode, argue that a Bitcoin’s importance should vary based on its last time of movement. The market activity of hodlers, who represent the most savvy market participants in Bitcoin’s history, can thus be given greater importance when assessing Bitcoin activity.
In this model, a coinblock represents the number of Bitcoin multiplied by the number of blocks produced while the Bitcoin do not move. About 144 coinblocks per day are generated by one coin. Coinblocks are “destroyed” correlating with the duration the Bitcoin was held immobile, indicating high activity by hodlers.
While seeming to offer an enhanced layer of analysis, the glass may not shine equally across the light spectrum for Cointime Economics. The traditional Unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) model gives equal weight to all Bitcoins, producing different portraits of the market compared to Cointime Economics. In the latter, the “vaulted supply” replaces the inactive stocks of the UTXO model, contributing to a shifted perception of the market.
The Cointime Economics framework proposed by ARK Invest and Glassnode is undeniably a promising advancement in Bitcoin analytics. However, it muddles the water in terms of its reception among observers utilising the UTXO model with mixed reports. The debate remains open on the appropriate weight to be given to veteran hodlers versus newcomers to this ever-evolving cryptocurrency world.
Developing on this frontier, Cointime Economics also brings with it a new set of metrics and an advanced version of the white paper for blockchain adepts, coupled with genuine use cases. The resulting complexities may intimidate some, but they can be key to navigating the changing seas of economic analysis and investment strategies in Bitcoin.
To conclude, the innovation by ARK Invest and Glassnode attempts to refine the analysis of Bitcoin activity, with a promising new metric and an appeal to hodlers’ weighty transactions. Yet, it is clear that this vantage point may disorientate more traditional users. The future usages of Cointime Economics and its acceptance by the community remains to be seen, marking another exciting chapter in the Bitcoin narrative.