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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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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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Encrypgen’s New HODLING Incentive Program May Send DNA Token Soaring

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Cryptocurrency traders have enjoyed a Bitcoin moon shot during the past few months.  Those gains have created a much more enjoyable environment for crypto bulls.  Whether it’s a temporary or permanent increase remains to be seen but hitting the 10,000 level has put everyone in a better mood.  Unfortunately, altcoins have not had experienced the same type of gains and are lagging significantly behind Bitcoin.

I’ve written articles in the past year that there is at least a decent chance that many altcoins won’t survive the current environment.  The ones that do will do so because they created a platform that has real world usage.  After spending countless hours researching many of the existing altcoins, I’ve yet to see a company that is more promising than Encrypgen (DNA).

Encrypgen Background Information

Encrypgen is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored privately and sold (if a person wishes to do that). A person’s DNA can also be shared privately and securely with their physician for their personalized care.

Typically, people can send their DNA off to a lab to find out who they are and where they come from. As fun as that might sound, there is a significant security problem…

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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