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10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019

  • Alex Morris
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    From the Internet-of-Things (IoT) convergence to startups for the unbanked — find out what to expect from Blockchain in 2019 with U.Today. It’s been more than ten years since Blockchain was introduced in Satoshi’s famed white paper. The technology has expanded far beyond cryptocurrencies, disrupting plenty of industries. We will reveal why Blockchain will stay no matter what happens to Bitcoin.

10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
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While cryptocurrencies took a hammering, 2018 was huge for Blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin and a myriad of other coins. Blockchain has plenty of use cases outside of the cryptocurrency space with IBM, Oracle, and Amazon and other multi-billion dollar companies trying to capitalize on the disruptive technology. Now, it’s time to find out what major Blockchain trends will define the current year.   

STOs replacing ICOs

 Security tokens (STOs) have been a hot topic in the crypto space, and it looks like they will continue to be hot now that Overstock’s tZERO announced the launch of the new STO platform on Jan. 21. The Blockchain-powered platform will provide any company with the opportunity to raise funds by launching its own STOs. Prior to that, the startup made an announcement about the completion of its utility token distribution.
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
STOs, which combine the best features of the stock market and cryptocurrencies, arose as a fully regulated alternative to ICOs, which turned out to be the passing fad of 2017.   

Tokenization creating more investment opportunities

The launch of the Estonia-based DEX, which buys the shares of the biggest companies in the world in the form of ERC20 tokens, proved that 2019 is all about tokenization. The Ethereum-powered startup will allow non-US investors to engage in the US stock market without any limitations pertaining to their location or investment amount.  
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
Crypto startup Zilliqa also recently introduced Hg Exchange, a fully regulated exchange that allows accredited investors to buy US stocks.   

Tokenization already became a pervasive trend in 2018, going far beyond the stock market, but this is the year when pretty much everything will be tokenized – art, wine, real estate, etc.

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Blockchain and IoT forming an alliance

Back in January, leading digital security company Gemalto released a report that states that 23 percent of responders think that Blockchain technology could be a boon for securing IoT-powered devices. Meanwhile, almost 91 percent of businesses who do not utilize Blockchain consider making use of the technology in the future.

The number of IoT-powered devices is expected to reach 26.66 bln in 2019, but less than half of all businesses can detect whether their device experienced a security breach.   
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
IBM also illustrated the benefits for this convergence with the help of their game-changing platform Watson IoT. Apart from bringing more security to the table, Blockchain significantly simplifies the task of managing different devices and increases the efficiency of the transaction.

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Wall Street transitioning from dabbling to actions

The fact that cryptocurrency prices took a nosedive in 2018 doesn’t mean that the global financial industry is going to suddenly give up on Blockchain. As U.Today reported earlier, Bakkt, the ICE-backed exchange, was supposed to go live in January, but its launch was eventually delayed due to the longest government shutdown in history. Speaking of other ‘big-fish’ players, NASDAQ and the NYSE plan to launch Bitcoin futures while also being keen on Blockchain. Since the crypto hub died down, there is a good reason to believe that 2019 will be the year of exciting developments in the Blockchain space.
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019

More decentralized exchanges appearing on the horizon

Decentralized exchanges, while actually living up to Satoshi’s vision, have numerous usability issues that take a toll on their popularity. There is no centralized authority that manages the users’ funds, but it’s also a double-edged sword problem – there is no way to revert a certain transaction if private keys are stolen or lost. Keep in mind that there are certain degrees of centralization. Case in point: the Bancor DEX, which suffered from a $13.5 mln hack, though Charlie Lee later claimed that no decentralized exchange can lose its funds.   
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
With that being said, major crypto startups – from Binance to Tron – have launched their own DEXs in order to spearhead the shift towards decentralization in the crypto world.     

Governments will continue looking into Blockchain

The wide variety of Blockchain applications are being explored by governments across the globe (even those ones who are openly hawkish towards cryptocurrencies). China cracked down on Bitcoin, but this country is hell-bent on becoming the leader in the Blockchain race. Shanghai, Guangzhou and other major cities are all supporting Blockchain developments. As reported by U.Today, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) launched an initiative to incentivize business who are working with the DLT technology. Moreover, there are specific Blockchain guides in China for educating government officials.
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
Estonia is yet another country that is focused on the e-Estonia program that will digitize the government. Meanwhile, Dubai could become the very first government that is powered by Blockchain. The implementation of Blockchain could help Dubai save up to $1.5 bln per year by cutting the red herring and creating a fully paperless government.

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Blockchain-powered startups banking the unbanked

Africa, where a substantial part of the population remains unbaked, represents a breeding ground for different startups that utilize Blockchain technology in order to increase economic inclusiveness. The Rohingya Project went even further by using Blockchain to restore the identity of stateless Rohingyas and give them access to banking services.  
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019

Real-word use cases beyond fintech  

It is worth noting that Blockchain is the most disruptive technology of the last decade, but it remains unknown to the general public. Yes, along with Bitcoin, Blockchain was one of the buzzwords in the tech space, but it’s all about real-world adoption. According to PwC research, 84 percent of companies have dipped their toes into Blockchain, but they are not ready to embrace it due to numerous ‘trust issues.’ Those who will be able to integrate Blockchain into their businesses will turn out to be the true winners of 2019.
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019

Scalability becoming one of the main issues

Without a doubt, scalability is one of the major bottlenecks of Blockchain, which poses a major hindrance to mainstream adoption. That became very evident when CryptoKitties, one of the best-known dApps, created congestion on the Ethereum network. Bitcoin and Ethereum are only able to handle seven and 25 TPS (this level of scalability doesn’t hold a candle to mainstream payment processors in the likes of VISA).
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
Hence, many promising solutions, such as sharding and sidechains, are expected to be implemented in 2019. Bitcoin’s Lightning Network (LN), for example, is witnessing growing popularity with major industry players, with an eye-popping 830 percent surge in half a year. LN will significantly boost Bitcoin adoption while solving scalability pain points.   

Blockchain jobs will become more common

Despite Bitcoin, the major use case of Blockchain, taking a hammering in 2018, the number of Blockchain-related jobs continued to grow throughout the year. Moreover, as reported by CNBC, the salaries of Blockchain engineers skyrocketed to $175,000 per year, which means that they receive the highest salaries in the software development niche on par with AI specialists. According to Hired CEO Mehul Patel, ‘there’s a ton of demand for Blockchain.’ On top of that, Upwork, the leading freelance platform, had a 35,000 percent uptick in the number of Blockchain freelancers (it’s the fastest-growing freelance sector).
10 Major Blockchain Trends in 2019
However, earning a six-figure salary is not an easy feat. Blockchain developers have to code in numerous languages, including Go and Solidity. As mentioned above, major companies do not want to miss the boat on Blockchain, so they are striving to hire talented programmers.

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Nem Price Prediction 2019-20-25 — How Much Will XEM Cost?

  • Denys Serhiichuk
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    📖🤓Most of the cryptocurrencies lost their value during 2018, however, some of them have potential for future growth. NEM or “New Economic Movement” is such a coin. This digital asset is a unique one, as it is not similar to the most popular cryptos, like Bitcoin or Ethereum, for example. In this article, we analyze the potential of NEM and predict its price within the next few years.

Nem Price Prediction 2019-20-25 — How Much Will XEM Cost?
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The cryptocurrency NEM stands out from the rest of altcoins. This is a young digital currency that has become especially popular among users in Asia.

NEM Platform Features

The founder of the cryptocurrency NEM (XEM) is considered to be a member of the popular portal bitcointalk.org, which is known by the nickname “Utopian Future”. In the second half of January 2014, the user began to discuss the created digital asset and received support from other forum participants.

NEM is an abbreviation for New Economic Movement. The title of digital money is the mission of the project.

The goal of the NEM platform is to create a digital asset that is used in all areas of the economy. Later, an organization called the NEM Foundation was founded, the main task of which is the development of digital currency.

NEM logo

The release of the NEM platform with the XEM coin took place at the end of March 2015. The new cryptocurrency quickly gained popularity in the “Land of the Rising Sun”, and later among users of other Asian countries. The success of the digital money has been driven by its unique features and benefits.

The coin has the following advantages:

  • Unique PoI algorithm (proof-of-importance), which ensures stable operation of the system and automatic confirmation of new units. Today, PoI looks the most successful and fair in comparison with PoW, as well as PoS and its modifications. The amount of remuneration to participants depends on several factors: the number of coins in the wallet, the number of transactions performed, the duration of participation in the system. Block generation time is only 60 seconds, which is one of the highest rates in the industry.

  • Convenience for users. The program used by the platform supports all operating systems. It can be downloaded from the official NEM website.

  • High security. Algorithm Catapult has its own system of self-diagnosis, eliminates the possibility of duplicate payments and prevents system failures. All this provides a high level of protection against cyber attacks.

  • Transaction Rate. The processing of operations on the NEM network takes just seconds, throughput is up to 4 thousand / sec.

  • The limited supply of 9 billion XEM tokens helps to maintain a stable exchange rate.

  • Adaptation of NEM wallets for any, including mobile devices.

  • The constant amount of commission - 0.01% of the transaction.

In the near future, the team is planning to implement solutions to increase the scalability of the network, to develop an innovative COMSA platform focused on supporting ICOs, and to focus on further cooperation with the banking sector. Many Asian and European banks are testing the benefits of the NEM blockchain in terms of using smart contracts and faster and cheaper transactions.

COMSA ecosystem

In addition, this year the project’s founders are about to open a science lab and the NEM Blockchain Innovation coworking center. The objective of the project is to promote the platform and assist in its practical use. It is reported that there are investors who are ready to invest $40 million in this idea. It is difficult to say how this is combined with the recent news about serious financial difficulties and the possible dismissal of employees.

Another project awaiting implementation is its own cryptocurrency exchange.

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NEM Price Prediction 2019

At the turn of 2017-18, in the period of an unprecedented rise in the cryptocurrency market, experts and specialized agencies vividly published forecasts, in which they announced even more intensive growth of XEM in the near future. Many promised the rise to $40-50 and called for investing with the expectation of 20 to 30-fold income. It is clear that any predictions, especially those related to numbers, can be risky.

NEM Price Prediction

But even today, the majority of analysts estimate XEM as still positive. They do not associate the current state of affairs exclusively with the general bearish trend of the market.

Experts also emphasize that the XEM token has the main advantages of two high-tech cryptocurrencies at once: Ethereum and Ripple. The first is related to the use of smart contract technology, and the second is focused on working with the traditional financial sector. Japan, which was the first to legalize cryptocurrencies, recognized XEM as an official means of payment.

At the same time, Japanese commercial structures wishing to use the coin as a financial instrument are required to purchase a license for $300 thousand and have at least $100 thousand in an XEM coin account.

According to various forecasts, by the end of 2019, the rate of XEM may increase several times and reach the level of $0.10 - $0.20. However, much will depend on general industry trends.

NEM Price Prediction 2020 and beyond

NEM logo

In the past, we have already seen the cost of XEM to be near $2, after which a slow decline in value began, but it was caused by a general market correction. Achievement of the price of $1.92 was caused by the fourth Elliot Wave. From the fifth wave and the upcoming general news background in the cryptocurrency market, we expect an increase in value to 4-6 dollars by the end of 2019.

Re-testing of the $1.92 level can happen much earlier, and there are all the prerequisites that this will happen in the first half of 2020. According to some forecasts, the cost of the cryptocurrency can rise to 20-30 dollars in a couple of years.

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Is it worth buying NEM now?

In general, investment in XEM, given the current rate around the lower boundary, seems quite attractive. However, experienced players warn newbies about the need to “put eggs in different baskets”. The NEM blockchain updates planned for 2019, in addition to increasing the speed and throughput, are fraught with potential failures, bugs, and hacker attacks. When making a decision to invest, you need to take all this into account.

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