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Blockchain technology is becoming more mature as we enter 2020. Cryptocurrencies are settling down and becoming more mature. There are more coins and ledgers utilizing blockchain as a core technology for maximum security.

Transactional blockchain networks are also becoming more common. You can still pay for products using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and all payments are processed faster and more efficiently than ever.

It is, however, interesting to see where blockchain technology will be implemented next, especially in 2020. So, what’s next for blockchain?

Edutech on Blockchain

The most immediate trend of blockchain utilization is affecting the education industry. Top names such as Suffolk University are already making their programs available online. You can, for example, pursue healthcare management degrees through online MHA programs.

The availability of online programs and degrees means a switch to a blockchain-powered education network is only a step away. Since blockchain provides ledgers with high integrity, elements of the online courses (i.e. grades, exam results, assignments, etc.) can be stored in a blockchain network.

Blockchain may also influence other parts of the education landscape. Among the most popular scenarios of implementation are:

  • Using blockchain to store grades and exam results for students in public and private schools
  • Blockchain powering the distribution of course materials and entire online learning platforms
  • Education information security being enhanced using blockchain’s distributed nature
  • The implementation of blockchain to decentralize education entirely

These may seem like big steps for edutech, but they are steps that some have already taken. It is only a matter of time before blockchain becomes a crucial technology for education.

Blockchain for Healthcare

Blockchain has some characteristics that make it fit the healthcare industry perfectly. The decentralized nature, the particular attention to security, the way blockchain maintains the integrity of stored information, and the flexibility of blockchain networks make the technology the perfect solution for electronic medical recordkeeping.

Today, healthcare institutions rely on cloud servers or on-premise hardware to store EMRs. Unfortunately, despite the high HIPAA security standards, the approach still presents some serious and unmitigated security risks.

Blockchain eliminates those risks completely.

  • Instead of being stored in a database, EMRs are stored in a network without a single point of failure
  • Stored EMRs can be tracked down to the very first entry with blockchain’s ledgering approach
  • Blockchain itself is more efficient, which means it will lower the cost of maintaining large volumes of EMRs over time

Blockchain-Based Single Identity

Speaking of EMRs and personal information, there are talks about using blockchain to power a single-identity system in several countries. Japan and South Korea are the closest to a real implementation, but other countries also consider the flexibility of blockchain as appealing.

The banking industry is looking at blockchain for the same reason. By establishing a single customer identity and using blockchain to log transactions, better data integrity can be maintained for years to come.

Which of these possible implementations are the most exciting to you? The possibilities are endless for blockchain as a technology. Expect to see 2020 as the year when blockchain becomes more common in more industries.

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TA: Bitcoin Price Back Below 100 SMA, Why BTC Could Retest $45K

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Bitcoin price failed to stay above $50,000 and $49,000 against the US Dollar. BTC is now below the 100 hourly SMA and it is likely to continue lower towards $45,000

  • Bitcoin started a fresh decline below the $50,000 and $49,000 support levels.
  • The price is now trading well below $50,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance near $49,000 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could extend its decline towards $45,000 as long as it is below $50,000.

Bitcoin Price Turns Red

After forming a short-term top near the $52,600 level, bitcoin started a fresh decline. BTC traded below the $51,200 and $50,000 support levels to move back into a negative zone.

There was also a break below a major bullish trend line with support near $49,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair even broke the $48,000 support level. There was a clear break below the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward wave from the $43,050 swing low to $52,650 high.

It is now trading well below $50,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. It seems like the bulls are trying to protect the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the upward wave from the $43,050 swing low to $52,650 high.

Bitcoin Price

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

If they fail and the price trades below $46,500, there are chances of more losses. The next key support is near the $45,000 level, below which the bears might aim a test of the $43,000 support zone.

Fresh Increase in BTC?

If bitcoin stays above $46,500, it could correct higher. An initial resistance on the upside is near the $48,000 level. The first major resistance is near the $49,000 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

There is also a connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance near $49,000 on the same chart. To move into a positive zone, the price must clear the trend line resistance and then gain pace above the $50,000 barrier.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is now gaining momentum in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now well below the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $46,500, followed by $45,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $48,000, $49,000 and $50,000.

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Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/btc/bitcoin-btc-could-retest-45k/

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Analyst tells Tesla to dump Bitcoin for buybacks as shares plunge alongside MSTR’s

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A former equities CIO of Goldman Sachs drew an strong response on Twitter after suggesting Tesla should sell its Bitcoin and buy back company shares.

The price of TSLA shares have fallen 28% from $863.42 to $621.44, since news broke on Feb. 8 that Tesla had made a $1.5 billion BTC acquisition.

MicroStrategy’s shares have fared even worse in the short term. The company, which is headed by Bitcoin bull Michael Saylor and just completed its latest acquisition of $15 million in BTC on Mar. 3, is now down 50% from its all-time high of $1,315 from Feb. 9.

Tesla’s share market woes are likely due to a number of factors. In early February, it was reported that Tesla had been reprimanded by the Chinese government over quality control issues after receiving consumer complaints. The broader stock market has also experienced volatility, with the S&P 500 down 4.1% in the last 30 days. 

But the tweet from longtime Tesla analyst Gary Black, who has several decades of financial management experience, sparked a debate on whether Tesla’s purchase of $1.5 billion in Bitcoin last month had benefited investors.

“I don’t want them buying back stock,” said Twitter user Techgnostik. “I want them investing in growth, and making another billion on their BTC position.”

Black countered by suggesting TSLA would also draw inclusion by more fund managers with a share buyback program, considering it of greater value to the investor than buying BTC “with excess cash.”

Some users on Twitter agreed that a stock buyback seemed to be a more appropriate use of funds, while others felt too much attention was being paid to what Tesla did with 8% of their cash reserves.

It’s not easy to ascertain the impact buying Bitcoin has had on a company’s bottom line. While MicroStrategy’s share price has halved in a month, shares of MSTR are still up 340%, (from $146.63 to $645.66), since the company announced its first purchase of 21,454 BTC on Aug. 11, 2020. The price of BTC is currently up 310% from the same date.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/analyst-tells-tesla-to-dump-bitcoin-for-buybacks-as-shares-plunge-alongside-mstr-s

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Experts divided on BTC predictions: Bullish or super bullish?

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Despite the current battle between Bitcoin bulls and bears around the $50,000 price mark — and an 8.7% pullback over the past 24 hours — a raft of analysts and commentators have got out their crystal balls to tip a glittering future for Bitcoin prices.

On Mar. 4, Senior Commodity Strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence Mike McGlone pointed to historical data to suggest that Bitcoin is on the way to $100,000.

McGlone’s logic revolves around the growing discount for shares in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust which is at the same level as last year’s Black Thursday collapse. The discount refers to when shares in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust trade for less than the value of the underlying Bitcoin (normally they trade at a premium).

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Twitter user “Lee Hendricks” wasn’t convinced, suggesting the catalyst for Grayscale’s discount could be the result of pressure from upcoming ETFs and other crypto funds. (Although that’s arguably bullish too.)

The Bloomberg strategist isn’t the only expert with high expectations for BTC, with influencer and YouTuber Lark Davis stating on Mar. 4 that “we are just now past the first major price wave,” with two more, larger waves to come.

On March 2, technical analyst Kaleo posted a chart predicting BTC will hit $100,000 near the start of April this year.

It’s a follow-up on his “Bitcoin Halving Reward Era Price” analysis chart two years ago predicting the price would reach $200,000 around mid-2021. He tweeted two weeks ago that he still has faith in it:

“It is by far the most accurate, long-term chart prediction I’ve ever seen for Bitcoin… $BTC will hit $200K+ this cycle.”

Another analyst who goes by the Twitter name MasterChangz, told his 10,000 followers he believes Bitcoin will hit the $200,000 mark even earlier than mid-2021, potentially at the start of April. The next rise, he said, is to $77,000 over the next two weeks.

Other predictions are even bolder with Kraken CEO Jesse Powell stating the cryptocurrency could reach $1 million or even “infinity” in a Bloomberg television interview on Mar. 4, adding that it will eventually become the world’s currency.

“We can only speculate, but when you measure it in terms of dollars, you have to think it’s going to infinity,” he said. “The true believers will tell you that it’s going all the way to the moon, to Mars and eventually, will be the world’s currency.”

Kraken Head of Growth Dan Held, echoed this prediction on Mar. 5, claiming on Twitter that:

“Bitcoin is more likely to hit $1,000,000 than $0.”

Even past Bitcoin skeptics are becoming crypto converts with investment firm Sanders Morris Harris CEO George Ball admitting to Yahoo Finance on Mar. 4 that he believes cryptocurrencies are now “attractive” as a “small part” of any portfolio.

“With the cryptocurrencies, I think there is a fundamental hydra-headed shift that makes them attractive as a part, a small part, of almost any portfolio,” Ball said.

Despite this wave of optimism, history also suggests March could be a bloody month, with Bitcoin’s price falling across the month in six of the past nine years by an average of 5.8%. The most recent of these occurred last year on Black Thursday when the price plunged by 50%. That said, the second-biggest monthly candle in BTC history happened in March 2013, when the price shot up 179%.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/experts-divided-on-btc-predictions-bullish-or-super-bullish

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