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Bitcoin: What should you know about the new generation of BTC HODLers

Bitcoin had a rather eventful March, with the cryptocurrency seeing its value fall dramatically to just over $51k in a matter of hours, before recovering to trade near its ATH before the end of the month.

While this was expected, especially since most analysts believe that a move to $100k cannot be negated in 2021, the sheer speed at which the bounceback was accomplished illustrated Bitcoin’s robustness as an asset, along with the market’s confidence in Bitcoin’s long-term prospects past its latest ATH.

Interestingly, data from Glassnode highlighted a few key elements that may have played a part in enabling Bitcoin to climb to its latest valuation. According to the data-analytics platform’s findings, long-term holders have now slowed their spending significantly, with hodled coins now maturing.

In addition to this, one can also argue that an uptick in outflows from exchanges demonstrates that accumulation is not slowing down, with the same once again substantiating claims that Bitcoin may even have enough bullish momentum to hit the $80k price range before the end of this month.

Image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay
Image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay

While price-based targets cannot be ascertained for sure, taking a look at a few metrics that are key to understanding the market may shed light on the dominant sentiment around BTC.

While a lot of BTC was accumulated during the height of the bull run, data would suggest that these coins are now entering a key phase in their cycle. According to Glassnode, coins that are aged or hodled beyond 5-6 months are likely to remain dormant and can be reclassified as a Long term holder (LTH) coin once their lifespan exceeds 155 days. This is currently taking place in the BTC market, something that is leading to the creation of what one could call the ‘next gen’ of hodlers participating in the Bitcoin market.

Additionally, the data also pointed out how coins aged 1m-3m (accumulated in the orange zone) grew by +830k BTC, while coins aged 3m to 6m (accumulated in the blue zone) grew by +394.5k BTC. This also supplemented the argument that long-term holders are fairly reluctant to sell their coins, despite a valuation of close to $60k.

Further, on the question of the many investors who entered the BTC market when the price was well past its long-held ATH of around $20k, there has been a noticeable slowdown in LTH spending, especially after the first price dip of the year during which BTC fell from $42k and hit $29k.

Strong hodler sentiment has always benefited the price, kept it immune to sell-offs at local price tops, and it is key if BTC is to achieve its stellar price projections in the coming months. Given that Bitcoin is now seeing the creation of a new class of hodlers, its price stands to benefit substantially over the next few months.

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BTC Closes Best Quarter in History, While ETH Price Revisits $2,000

The BTC price surged to local highs of $60,110 on Bitstamp on Friday, marking the first time it has surpassed the psychological $60K level in two weeks.

The climb higher now means that bulls have canceled out the flash crash from earlier this week and ensured that bitcoin closed the historically red month of March in the green.

BTCUSD has also logged the best quarterly close in its short history, raising prospects that the pair would keep soaring higher into the new quarter.

At the time of writing, bitcoin has shed some of its gains to trade at $59,338. However, the flagship cryptocurrency’s slow grind back to all-time highs will likely give traders plenty of reasons to be bullish in the short term.

Filbfilb, the co-founder of trading suite DecenTrader, shared a bullish outlook for BTC in his latest market update, noting that bitcoin is now recovering following the BTC options’ expiry.

He predicted after buyers bought the dip last week, the king coin was currently on the verge of a strong breakout.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Top BTC Analyst Warns of “Overheated Retail Action”
Despite bitcoin prices closing Q1 almost 100% higher, one analyst suggests that the latest surge higher has resulted from “overheated retail action.”

According to OKEX researcher Robbie Liu, rising premiums for the quarterly contract BTCUSD0625 rose from about $3K last Friday to current levels of $5,200.

He explained that the premiums are nearing a dangerous range, as was the case when the digital coin pulled back after establishing a new all-time high above $61K.

“If the price does not break out to the upside in a short period of time, then traders attempting to chase the rally high with high leverage will have to close their positions, thus putting downward pressure on the price,” Lui added.

Ethereum Price Returns to ATH
ETH traded to a new weekly high above $2K on Friday after breaking the stubborn resistance near $1,920 and $1,950.

The largest altcoin by market cap is now trading higher than its previous all-time high of $2,040 established on Feb. 20. As of this article’s writing, ETHUSD is up over 5% to change hands for $2,048.

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On-Chain Analysis: Dipping Stablecoin Supply Ratio (SSR) Signals a New Bullish Rally For Bitcoin (BTC)

Bitcoin has remarkably bulged above its consolidation range and is on track for new price discovery. Since the first-ever digital currency dropped from its earlier attained all-time high of around $61,683.86, market trends have been remarkably unfavorable, creating a barrier for the coin from crossing above the $60,000 psychological level.

Less Bitcoin Sellers In the Market
There is the likelihood of a twist in the market as on-chain metrics indicate a bullish Stablecoin Supply Ratio (SSR). The SSR is the metric that is used to showcase the selling trends featuring the influence of stablecoins in relation to Bitcoin. It is obtained by dividing the total BTC reserve on exchanges by the total stablecoin reserves.

As data provider CryptoQuant noted, the total stablecoin reserve on trading platforms is high owing to the increasing supply of USDC. At this time, the SSR is low, depicting a reduced intention to sell Bitcoins and take profits amid the on-going bull run.

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

The occurrence of a low SSR is highly noteworthy in the market and barring any unforeseen change in fundamentals, a bull run is imminent. Prior to the beginning of the ongoing price rise in the market, a low SSR was observed back in November according to technical analysis provider, Seer.

The on-chain metric is significantly impacting the current price of Bitcoin which is trading at $58,158.60, a 3.90% growth in the past 24 hours according to CoinMarketCap. As seen on the BTC-USD 4-hour chart on TradingView, the MACD indicator is well above the signal line reaffirming the ongoing bullish momentum. Additionally, the Awesome Oscillator and the price run of the coin around the upper Bollinger Band are indicative of intense bull action in the market.

While a healthy correction may be introduced as the bears are appearing concentrated at the tip as shown on the chart, it may signal room for the buyers to gather momentum and ultimately push the price above the $60,000 resistance, a move that may usher in a new ATH.

A recent Glassnode data also revealed the number of retail holders with at least 0.1 BTC is rising. Together with the influence of the market whales and institutional investors, an imminent price breakout in the near to long-term is inevitable.

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Visa To Begin Accepting Cryptocurrency To Settle Transactions On Its Payment Network

Visa has today announced that it has successfully processed a USDC payment directly on the ethereum blockchain using crypto stablecoin USDC. The payments giant plans to introduce this new capability to its partners later this year.

Bitcoin is back above $58,000 in the wake of the Visa news.

Visa Leverages Ethereum To Process Cryptocurrency Payments On Its Network
According to a blog post on March 29, Visa has teamed up with card issuer and crypto exchange Crypto.com to make cryptocurrency payments more efficient. In a pilot program conducted earlier this month, Crypto.com sent a USDC transaction to Visa’s ethereum address at institutional blockchain security firm Anchorage. The announcement describes this as “one small step for Visa’s settlement platform, one giant step forward for the integration of digital and traditional fiat currencies”.

The firm’s use of the ethereum blockchain eliminates the need to convert crypto into fiat money before the transaction is completed — basically getting rid of the current complexities for many businesses.

Visa Chief Product Officer Jack Forestell explained:
“Crypto-native fintechs want partners who understand their business and the complexities of digital currency form factors. The announcement today marks a major milestone in our ability to address the needs of fintechs managing their business in a stablecoin or cryptocurrency, and it’s really an extension of what we do every day, securely facilitating payments in all different currency all across the world”

Visa notes that its payments system presently handles “billions of dollars” every day. Going forward, the credit card behemoth is set to “support reconciliation and currency conversion for stablecoins such as USDC” and a “settlement report” for crypto wallets.

Bitcoin Ready To Go Mainstream
Notably, Visa’s foray into the cryptocurrency industry does not end there. Visa CEO Al Kelly recently indicated that the firm is planning to add support for bitcoin purchases on its credentials.

The move comes at a time when institutional investors like Mastercard, PayPal, MicroStrategy, Square, bitcoin mining firm Marathon, Tesla, and others have all embraced bitcoin. After investing a staggering $1.5 billion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced just days ago that the electric vehicle manufacturer will be accepting bitcoin payments.

Bitcoin price reacted positively to the announcement. The world’s largest cryptocurrency is trading at $58,271.02, up 3.60% on the day. Suffice to say, Visa’s bold move will likely bring bitcoin a step closer to mainstream adoption.

One BTC Will Be Worth A Lamborghini By Year-End And A Bugatti In 2022, Kraken CEO Makes Interesting Prediction

Bitcoin has been on an incredible uptrend and bulls have come out in plenty to predict the future price of the world’s largest and oldest cryptocurrency. But surprise, surprise, Jesse Powell, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken strongly believes dollar-based BTC price forecasts are flawed due to fact that fiat money is prone to substantive inflation. Powell suggests that luxury marques like Lamborghinis and Bugattis are more accurate measures of bitcoin’s price in the future.

Kraken CEO Gives Flashy BTC Targets
During an interview with Bloomberg, Powell was asked where he sees the price of bitcoin by the end of this year to which he noted: “I think I said bitcoin is going to infinity and that’s kind of hard to comprehend because I’m measuring it in terms of dollars.”

A better measure, according to the Kraken CEO, is measuring the value of the asset based on premier luxury machines. One bitcoin is currently equivalent to Tesla Model 3. He posits that BTC investors will be able to purchase a Lambo by the end of the year. As for the end of next year, one bitcoin will be worth a Bugatti.

Powell indicated that it’s difficult to measure the value of bitcoin against the U.S. dollar due to its inflationary nature.

“To me and to the crypto community, I think those kinds of assets are easier to measure Bitcoin against because you never know where the dollar is going to be. There could be 10 times as many U.S. dollars out there a year from now, so it’s really hard to measure Bitcoin against the dollar.”

What Of Other Cryptocurrencies?
Responding to a question about the future of other alternatives to bitcoin, Powell mentioned Ethereum and Polkadot as the top cryptos gaining a lot of interest from investors.

For Ethereum, he opines that there’s currently a process to move coins to the new proof-of-stake Ethereum blockchain which involves burning the old blockchain coins, essentially squeezing the ether supply. Powell also noted the non-fungible token (NFT) buzz that is boosting the use of the Ethereum blockchain. He predicts “north of 2,000 dollars a coin” for ETH by the end 2021.

Powell describes Polkadot as the “next Ethereum” owing to its advantage of lower fees.

“There are a lot of other coins that are being launched on top of this network, and I think you’ll see a lot of things that were on Ethereum be ported over to Polkadot for like lower transaction fees.”

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Historical Data Reveals BTC Price Could Rally to $80K in April

Bitcoin started the week on a positive note after logging a clear break above the $53,200 resistance. The coin soared higher above the $55K and $56K levels on bullish news of more potential mainstream crypto adoption.

As reported by the Daily Chain earlier today, Visa has approved the use of the USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network. As per the initial Forbes report, the credit card giant has launched a pilot for the programme with payments platform Crypto.com. Visa plans to offer the option to more of its business partners later in 2021.

Following the news, BTCUSD jumped over 3% and formed highs above $58K heading into the European session. The coin is currently facing resistance in the lower-$58,000 zone but could rally higher if it steadies above $57K.

April Could Be Even Bigger For BTC Price, Says Data
Bitcoin has soared over 500% since October of 2020 when the current bull cycle began. The digital asset’s momentum dwindled this month after prices surged past $60K and formed a new lifetime high above this level.

The stalled rally came as no surprise to many BTC analysts, who view March as the bloodiest month historically for crypto markets. Bitcoin has faced a series of rejections at its ATH and traded as low as $50K over the past week.

Bitcoin triumphant (Image: Maxpixel)
Bitcoin triumphant (Image: Maxpixel)

According to historical bitcoin price data, the downtrend could soon end as markets head into April, a month where BTC has been known to break fresh ground in the past.

According to Danny Scott, the CoinCorner crypto exchange CEO, analysis of BTC price data over the last decade shows a 51% average gain for the flagship crypto in April. If the data holds true, then bitcoin would soar to highs of just over $80K by the end of next month.

Speaking via Twitter DM, Scott added that given the historical price trajectory of BTC, prices “may stack up” this coming month:

“As with any month, the potential price prospects of bitcoin can be split into a number of different thought processes. Time of the year can be a factor, and the month of April is always highlighted, as it’s the end of the U.K. and U.S. tax year,” Scott shared with Forbes.

ETH Price Gains Momentum Above $1,800
Ethereum recovered above $1,700 on Monday and even tested $1,800 against the U.S. Dollar. The top altcoin rallied higher after Visa announced support for the native token of the Ethereum blockchain.

The payments giant revealed it would offer its crypto partners the option to settle transactions in USDC over the ETH network. The move makes Visa the first major payment services provider to integrate a stablecoin into its legacy systems.

Following the news, the ETHUSD pair surged by almost 7% to currently reach an intraday high of $1,834.

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Become a Bitcoin millionaire: 0.01 BTC is said to be enough to become rich in 10 years

In 10 years, the finite supply of Bitcoin (BTC) will be almost exhausted. This means that investors will only need 0.01 BTC to be among the top 13% in the world in the future.

While it may only cost $500 to buy 0.01 Bitcoin (BTC) today, current global wealth distribution trends and the inevitable realization of limited Bitcoin supplies could mean that 0.01 BTC will be worth $1 million future.

According to Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report 2020, there are 51.9 million people with a net worth of more than $1 million. The index considers a person’s net wealth, together with their financial and real estate assets, after deducting their debts and liabilities. Although they make up only 1% of the world’s population (excluding children), these millionaires own 43% of the world’s wealth.

According to Credit Suisse’s individual wealth breakdown, 175,700 people were worth more than $50 million. Of this elite circle, 55,800 owned at least $100 million, and 4,410 had over $500 million assets.

Bitcoin’s finite supply will reach 98% in 10 years.

Bitcoin Cryptocurrency (Image: MaxPixel)
Bitcoin Cryptocurrency (Image: MaxPixel)

As of 1 March, Bitcoin’s total supply consists of 18.64 million BTC, with 2.37 million coins still mined. In 10 years, the supply will reach 20.6 million, 98% of the 21 million coins in the total supply.

Subtracting the 1.9 million coins that have not been touched over a decade from the Bitcoin supply limit leaves a maximum limit of 19.2 million BTC for the world’s millionaires. Conclusively, this leaves 0.37 BTC per millionaire, including coins not yet mined, assuming that the Bitcoin supply is divided equally among said millionaires.

However, if every bitcoin that has remained unmoved for five or more years is lost, a maximum of 14.57 million BTC will be available for accumulation. In this scenario, each of the world’s millionaires could own only 0.28 BTC. Assuming the supply is evenly distributed.

In the future, the wealthy will fight over 0.01 BTC

In addition to certified millionaires, there are 590 million people whose net worth exceeds US$100,000. These people should not be disregarded as potential owners, even if their purchasing power is lower.

Assuming that the global wealth ratio shown in the chart above remains the same, millionaires represent 6.32 million BTC of the remaining Bitcoin supply, meaning that each individual would have the opportunity to buy just 0.12 BTC.

The remaining 590 million individuals currently worth $100,000 or more could effectively hold another 5.9 million BTC, resulting in just 0.01 BTC per adult. Note, of course, that the likelihood of more Bitcoins being lost forever over the next 10 years is quite high.

In summary, buying 0.01 BTC, which at current prices equates to an investment of around $500, can secure one a top 13% position in the world. If you compare the fiat and bitcoin markets’ relative wealth concentration, being among the top 13% of BTC holders is as exclusive as being a fiat millionaire.

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Bitcoin price prediction: Another correction-turned-accumulation targets $60k

Bitcoin price is in the habit of touching fresh new all-time highs almost every month. At the time of writing, the BTC/USD is trading near $55,772 and within close range of the all-time peak. The buyers will try to use the thin weekend liquidity to push the prices higher amid a growing chorus for scaling new heights.

In the past week, the BTC/USD has survived bearish pressure from various corners. The price slid towards $52k, which only reignited fresh buying interest from the bulls. The $53,500 pivot point has been a prime accumulation spot, particularly for large investors. Bitcoin price prediction suggests that a recovery can target a region north of $60k.

The hourly trading volume is dipping as the weekend dawns, but the liquidity is ample for an up move. Last week’s 5 percent price drop appears to have subsided. Speaking of the entire March month, the BTC/USD moved within a tight range of $50k to $60k. Analysts believe that the current range is serving as consolidation for the pair. The recent bounce back does support the accumulation perspective in Bitcoin price prediction.

Bitcoin price movement in the last 24 hours: Grinding towards $60k
The daily charts speak a bullish story where the buyers are targeting $60k. However, there is extreme resistance between $58k to $60k. Bitcoin price prediction analysis shows a slight dip in the buying momentum compared to January 2021. Bitcoin will likely cross the $60k resistance in the next few weeks, provided the bulls maintain a solid upward momentum in Bitcoin price prediction.

Bitcoin Electronic Money (Image: MaxPixel)
Bitcoin Electronic Money (Image: MaxPixel)

The long-term technical indicators are showing a flip towards the bullish side. The buying momentum is highlighted towards the MACD indicator that is displaying the characteristic bullish crossover. The last week’s bearish crossover on the hourly charts didn’t materialize on the longer timeframe. Therefore, a reversal isn’t imminent, and the price is likely to continue its journey north of $58k in the coming days.

The current price range of $53,300 to $55,770 seems a more settled one where Bollinger Bands supports a muted movement. Whether this is a consolidation or not will be proven in the next few days.

The current daily price range seems immune to extreme corrections since the bears cannot dip the price under $52k. The RSI indicator is giving good signals for BTC bulls. Even though it is in the neutral zone, the upward bias is evident on the hourly charts. The seller’s market seems to have been over as far as technical indicators are concerned.

If Bitcoin price prediction maintains its natural course, the upward trajectory will bring the first line of resistance at $58,000. In the next 5-7 days, the BTC/USD will move towards $58,000 backed by long orders and bullish chart movement. The BTC reserves on the exchange are dropping, and sellers are reducing. Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that HODLing is being undertaken by the traders and investors alike.

Institutional investors are safeguarding their investments and also accumulating more. There is no urge to book short-term profits. Their long-term HODLing strategy will only support higher price levels in Bitcoin price prediction.

Bitcoin price prediction conclusion: Next bull run momentum building up
The rising institutional adoption of Bitcoin is helping BTC cement its credentials as a mature asset. Also, Bitcoin ETFs are gaining steam in the crypto realm. The repeated attempts to touch fresh all-time highs show that Bitcoin is ready to give a serious challenge to the BTC critics. The entry of a diverse range of investors in the crypto realm sends huge positive signals to the investor community.

The 20-day exponential moving average is giving ample support at the $54,426 level. The ascending price channel and the long-wick candle are helping the bulls set up more long positions. The 50-day simple moving average at $51,278 is another support underneath the current wave.

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Bitcoin (BTC) RSI Level Shows We Are Still Early In the Bull Run

After staying under pressure last week, Bitcoin (BTC) has bounced back strongly making a move above $56,000 levels over the weekend. At press time, BTC is trading at a price of $56,369 with its market cap surging past $1 trillion once again.

Bitcoin has shows volatile trading patterns over the last two weeks swinging between the $53K-$61K range. While profit booking has ensured at some point, longer-term investors are still better-off! Bitcoin’s relative-strength-index (RSI) levels show that we are still very much early in the Bitcoin bull run.

PlanB, the author of the Stock-to-flow (S2F) model states that during the previous bulls runs of 2011, 2013, and 2017, the Bitcoin RSI levels crossed 95 and stayed there for nearly 3 months.

Further citing the chart of his S2F model, PlanB writes: “IMO we are only ~4 months into the bull market and nowhere near the end of it .. #bitcoin is just getting started”.

There’s been a lot of discussion as to where is Bitcoin (BTC) heading from the current levels. Also, a few popular analysts have suggested that BTC is poised to easily cross $100K levels by the end of this year.

Image by VIN JD from Pixabay
Image by VIN JD from Pixabay

Another on-chain data provider Santiment notes that the social sentiment for BTC and ETH is bearish at this point. Interestingly, the data provider points out that every time this has happened, prices have moved north.

Bitcoin’s Role At the Macro Levels and Rising Institutional Interest
Before the COVID-driven financial crisis of 2020, BTC’s role with the global financial market was largely uncorrelated. However, as institutions have started participating on a large scale, Bitcoin’s Correlation with the S&P 500 has jumped significantly.

As Glassnode reports: “This drastic shift in correlation pattern is primarily driven by the increasingly overlapping investor base of crypto and equity markets”.

Mike McGlone, the senior commodity analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence notes that Bitcoin (BTC) is on a transition to becoming the Risk-off reserve asset in 2021. He also notes that Bitcoin institutional products like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) are gaining much popularity and outperformed giants like 50% this year. However, the increasing probability of a U.S. Bitcoin ETF is pushing the GBTC to trade at a discount.

Finally, he goes on to add that the biggest benefit that Bitcoin (BTC) enjoys over other asset classes is its limited supply. As per McGlone, what really matters for BTC is its increasing demand and adoption. “The potential launch of Bitcoin ETPs in the U.S. should keep the price buoyed. Increasing institutional demand, notably into corporate treasuries and accolades from a few billionaires, are part” he adds.

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‘I Was Wrong About Bitcoin’: Billionaire Crypto Critic Invests in Norway’s Biggest BTC Exchange

Norwegian billionaire and investor Øystein Stray Spetalen has secretly purchased bitcoin and bought into Norway’s largest Bitcoin exchange to become a shareholder in an unexpected twist of events.

Spetalen, one of Norway’s most distinguished and experienced stock market investors is the latest Bitcoin convert to join a pool of many institutional investors who have in the past dismissed bitcoin as an investment asset and a practical, sound virtual currency.

According to a report by Norwegian news site Dagens Naeringsliv, Spetalen bought bitcoin and invested in MiraiEx, Norway’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange after meeting with its two founders who helped to change his mind about Bitcoin.

Miraiex crypto exchange is specifically designed for the Norwegian crypto market, enabling people to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and XRP directly using the Norwegian Kroner (NOK).

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Spetalen: I was wrong about Bitcoin
Earlier in March, during a DNB Invest conference, Spetalen talked about bitcoin but showed no interest in investing in digital assets. In fact, he reportedly said Bitcoin’s energy consumption is higher than that of his country’s entire consumption and therefore extremely environmentally hostile.

Spetalen added that the current payment systems in place today are doing well and then suggested that the EU intervene and take action against bitcoin’s usage in the region.

“If one really meant anything about bitcoin the authorities and the EU should ban this immediately. Then you cut CO2 emissions considerably.”

However, in a new interview with the same news site, the 58-year-old oil and petroleum investments guru said that he changed his mind about Bitcoin after he met MiraiEx founders, Thuc and Øyvind.

“When the facts change, I change. I met Miraiex founders Thuc and Øyvind the day after the podcast was recorded in March and realized that I had been wrong.”

Norwegian Energy Giant Influenced Spetalen’s Decision
Spetalen said his perspective was also altered by Kjell Inge Røkke, the Norwegian energy giant that also acted in favor of its bitcoin interest in early March. The company formed the bitcoin unit Seetee, a crypto company dedicated to investing in bitcoin and other crypto-related projects.

Seetee had an initial purchase of NOK 500 million worth of BTC, at a price which Spetalen referred to as higher than what he paid for his BTC.

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