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Here’s Why Now Is A Great Time To Pick Up Litecoin (LTC)

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Litecoin (LTC) has had a rough start to the year. From highs of more than $366 a piece back on December 19, LTC has dropped more than 64% to current pricing in and around $129. Sentiment is weak and the potential for near-term regulatory action out of the US has essentially put a dampener on any near-term recovery taking hold.

One thing we’ve been watching for, however, against the backdrop of what can really only be described as a bloodbath in the markets, is fundamental developments related to one or more of the top tier coins.

LTC Daily Chart

LTC Daily Chart

Our thesis is relatively simple – markets are basically blind to any fundamental advance right now. Developments that would normally push a coin higher as and when they hit press are going unnoticed and, as a result, the impact that they would normally have on price is being registered as null. For us, this translated to an opportunity. Why? Because we’re looking at these ignored developments from the standpoint that they are being stacked up in the background and that, eventually, when the markets recover and the weakened sentiment clears and then reverses, the stack of ignored developments is going to finally have an impact on price.

Developments in the bank, if you will.

And with Litecoin, a brand new such development just hit press and, as expected, is being roundly ignored by the wider cryptocurrency markets.

The news is that a company called LitePay is about to launch the first ever point of sale technology that will allow retailers to accept Litecoin from customers. The technology allows for real-time exchange of Litecoin to fiat (local fiat, that is) meaning the retailer isn’t having to take on any fluctuation risk and it’s supported by a fee payment of 1% (which compares to the 3% or more that’s associated with current POS methods – MasterCard, Visa, etc.

It’s worth noting here that the report hit press through the Express website, so initial claims of a near-term launch (especially given that the outlet based its report on ‘insider information’) were dubious.

Shortly after the reports hitting press, however, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee Tweeted the article, suggesting that there’s some credence to the near term launch expectations. He also followed up the Tweet with another detailing the near-term launch of UnoCoin (and Litecoin’s listing as one of a handful of coins that will be available through the exchange) and a report outlining the launch of Litepal, which again looks to be a full suite Litecoin payments processing company.

To put all this another way, it’s about to get a whole lot easier for people to use Litecoin to buy things in the real world and for brick and mortar retailers to accept cryptocurrency for goods and services.

If this had hit press a couple of months ago, we’d be seeing a spike in the price of LTC in anticipation of the realization of improved access translating to an increased demand for the asset.

Instead, however, you only have to look at the chart above to see what’s actually happened – LTC is down another 16% versus fiat and is even a few points lower against BTC over the last twenty-four hours.

The thing to recognize here is this: these developments cannot stay unnoticed forever.

Once the current sentiment cloud lifts and markets start to act rationally (in the sense of responding to developments as opposed to selling off on assets regardless of what’s going on under the hood), the LTC space is going to cash in on the stack of news and developments that’s waiting under the radar right now.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.


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Stepping off the rollercoaster: Why I’ve fallen out of love with Bitcoin

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The very word Bitcoin has almost become synonymous with that of cryptocurrency. It’s basically just a medium of conducting digital transactions – it’s a virtual currency and one of many. So how has it taken on a definition of its own and asserted itself as a leader in the digital financial ecosystem?

Bitcoin has been crowned king of altcoins, probably because it was one of the earliest and most successful of its kind. The trendsetter has ushered in a wave of cryptocurrencies built on decentralised P2P networks and has inspired a growing number of followers and spinoffs. But is Bitcoin struggling to keep up with the newcomers who have made considerable developments to the stability, security, and usability of the crypto world?

The supporting case for Bitcoin has been a clear one. Its pioneering infrastructure has situated it in a position of dominance in the altcoin realm. Bitcoin has a proven usage case as a store of value. Having existed over 8 years without failure, it has a large lead over most altcoins and has withstood the test of time as younger counterparts join the market. However, it seems to be on a downward slope, or at the very least, not progressing at the speed of the market.

In May this…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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