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Is It A Good Idea To Mine Litecoin?

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Mining cryptocurrencies under the right conditions can be a good way of making extra profit. Additionally, miners are extremely helpful to the crypto world, as they validate transactions and make the entire process possible.

However, before the mining process starts, and even before you buy the necessary mining equipment — you first need to decide which coin you wish to mine. Mining Bitcoin, for example, used to be easy back when it first appeared. However, it was not profitable. Still, those who saw the potential of this coin decided to go through with it, and have quickly made a fortune once the prices spiked up.

These days, mining Bitcoin is not only a difficult game to get into, but it is also extremely expensive. Because of this, a lot of would-be miners choose not to bother with it. Instead, they decide to mine Litecoin (LTC).

About Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin is a cryptocurrency that is similar to Bitcoin in a lot of ways. It was created back in 2011, under Bitcoin’s heavy influence. After all, there were not a lot of other cryptocurrencies back then which could have had a stronger influence on it.

So, similarly to BTC, LTC is also used for sending payments between users. It is P2P and decentralized, which means that no single entity controls the coin or its blockchain. Over the years, Litecoin has become popular and accepted by numerous exchanges that allow users to trade it for a variety of other coins, or even traditional currencies.

What does it mean to mine Litecoin?

As we have already mentioned, Litecoin does not have a central authority or a governing entity that would control the money, its supply, or the way it moves. For traditional currencies, this is done by banks and financial institutions. In the world of cryptos, this is done by the community itself.

Every mineable cryptocurrency has a group of people that are called miners. Miners are using their computers, resources, and time in order to confirm transactions made on a specific blockchain. Once the group of transactions (called a block) is validated, miners who worked on ‘solving’ it, receive a reward. This reward comes in form of cryptocurrencies that were previously not a part of the circulating supply.

That way, miners are influencing cryptocurrencies in two ways — by validating transactions and thus making them possible, and by bringing new coins to the circulating supply. All of this can be applied to Litecoin as well, which is why mining cryptocurrencies are one of the most important aspects of their existence.

Should you mine Litecoin?

Litecoin’s current price is $58.88 per coin. While this doesn’t make it the most expensive coin out there, it is still a pretty good price, which means that mining LTC can be profitable. However, this is only true under certain conditions. As mentioned earlier, mining cryptocurrencies was really easy when they first appeared, almost a decade ago.

Profit was made even if people only mined with their CPUs and GPUs, without any specialized equipment. Today, however, things are different, and this can no longer be done with such ease. Mining hardware that specializes in mining digital coins was introduced, and mining has since become a game for those who can afford it.

These days, CPU and GPU mining cannot be profitable, since the rewards cannot cover the cost. Even if you had free electricity, the profits that you would make would not be worth the effort. Specialized mining gear is expensive, and it is definitely not a safe investment either. Some mining rigs might consume too much power, and they sometimes cannot handle the network difficulty (which is rising almost constantly). Additionally, mining rigs often take a long time to be delivered after you order them, but it is also very difficult to sell them afterward.

On the other hand, in contrast to individual mining, miners can also join various mining pools. These are groups that are dedicated to mining a single coin by sharing a percentage of their own computing power and resources. After a block is solved and a reward provided, each member receives a part of that reward in accordance with the resources they provided during the process of solving the block.

Basically, what you give is what you get. Mining pools are often a good choice for beginners and miners who do not want to invest huge amounts of money into equipment. Additionally, they also have much better chances of getting to a new block than a single individual.

Final thoughts

So, what is the verdict? Should you mine Litecoin or not? Well, there is no definitive answer. The choice always comes down to what the miner wishes to do. Since everyone’s situation is different, especially when it comes to mining gear quality, the price of electricity, and like — everyone has to make their own calculations.

A profit can be made by those who choose to mine Litecoin, of course, However, the question is only whether or not it can match the cost of doing so. If doing something like this interests you, doing an additional research is the smartest thing to do right now. Collect all the information, and then make the final decision.

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Why Binance May Be Crucial for Tron (Trx) to Reach $1

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TRON (TRX) has been one of the most popular crypto projects in the past year. The coin has received a lot of attention from the entire crypto community, and although the impressions may differ —  the fact is that TRX is one of the most talked-about coins, even today.

However, while the project managed to achieve a lot in less than a year — launch its MainNet, start multiple massive projects, launch dozens of dApps, hundreds of smart contracts, its own DEX, new token, and more — its price remains quite low. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons for this is its massive supply. TRX circulating supply is over 66 billion coins, while the total supply is over 99 billion.

Even so, the coin is believed to be massively undervalued, with its current price sitting at $0.028129, according to TradingView. This price, together with a market cap of $1.88 billion, pushed the coin out of the list of top 10 largest cryptocurrencies, and it currently sits at 11th spot. But, many believe that this is not a permanent position for TRON. In fact, its community believes that it is only a matter of time before TRON rises through the ranks, and its price hits $1. And, the way for the coin to achieve this is believed to be through Binance.

TRON and Binance

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Why Tron (TRX) Price Won’t Remain Low for Long

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TRON (TRX) has been one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in recent years. The project has achieved a tremendous amount of success in less than a year, and while the first birthday of its MainNet is approaching, TRON certainly continues to impress to this day.

With that said, its price is still noticeably low, and many would agree that the project is heavily undervalued. The low price even allowed other projects to push it out of the top 10 list, with TRX currently being the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap. However, it is likely that TRON will not remain undervalued forever, and that its price might soon see a surge that its entire community has been waiting for, for a long time now.

Why TRX might see growth soon

As many undoubtedly know, TRON is a lot more than just a cryptocurrency. It has developed a massive ecosystem, which offers a development platform for coins, smart contracts, and dApps. It also acquired BitTorrent last year for its Project Atlas, which will allow torrent users to earn crypto through participation in content sharing.

For this purpose, it also launched BitTorrent (BTT) token, which saw its launch on January 28, 2019 on Binance Launchpad. This was dubbed the most successful ICO in history at the time, although several coins launched since then have broken its record.

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3 Cryptocurrencies Most Likely to Follow Bitcoin’s Performance

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For more than a year, the cryptocurrency market has been dominated by bearish influence, with most coins seeing constant drops, or stagnation, at best. This all changed in the past few months, starting with Bitcoin which once again started leading the market up, bringing one minor rally after another.

BTC itself experienced massive losses in 2018, with its price going down by around 84%. Most other coins among the top 10 mirrored its performance, and some of them experienced even greater losses. However, now that Bitcoin sees gains again, these cryptocurrencies are still following its example, and many of them have seen massive breakouts. Some of the more notable altcoins that followed Bitcoin’s recent example are Ethereum (ETH), Stellar (XLM), and Cardano (ADA).

Ethereum performance mirroring Bitcoin’s price

As mentioned, Bitcoin led every rally so far, but before it did, its price first went through what is known as an ascending triangle pattern. The pattern held for around five months, which is exceptionally long for the crypto world. However, once the pattern was finally broken — the coin’s price skyrocketed, more than doubling itself within only two months.

One thing to note is that Ethereum performed in pretty much the same fashion. After five months of struggle and confusion for investors, the second largest cryptocurrency also managed to break the pattern and skyrocket as well. It…

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