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Litecoin (LTC): A radiography for everyone interested in cryptocurrency

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How much do you really know about cryptocurrencies in the market, honestly? This is an important question because many coins have a particular purpose and you can only asses their value if you can judge whether they’re delivering on their purpose or not. This is true of Litecoin (LTC) as much as of any other asset so let’s delve into it a little in this article. That can give you confidence in the way you are managing your digital assets, especially Litecoin.

LTC 101

Litecoin (LTC) got created by Charlie Lee. Mr. Lee who was a software engineer at Google and Engineering Director at Coinbase so his credentials are immaculate when it comes to either computer science or cryptography. LTC is used for direct transactions between individuals or businesses without any third-party intervention (such as a bank). Exchanging Litecoins is no harder than sending emails.

This currency is known as Bitcoin’s little brother or as Bitcoin silver (the original Bitcoin being gold). Why is it called Litecoin? Because it’s Bitcoin, exactly, only lighter in terms of the mining power it requires.

What is Litecoin’s purpose?

Just as it’s with Bitcoin, Litecoin gives you total control over your wealth. When was the last time you tried to withdraw $10000 in cash? Maybe you haven’t but if you tried (and could) your bank would either deny it or make you jump through hoops. You’d be reported to fiscal authorities at least.

Why should that be so? Isn’t it your money in the end? Yes, but the bank imposes daily, weekly and monthly maximums for the cash you can withdraw. Also, you can’t spend as much as you want daily, only as much as your bank allows. If you want to spend or withdraw more you have to ask for your bank’s permission and give them a very good reason.

The thing is: it’s your money. You’ve worked hard for it. So why can the bank tell you how much you can spend per day, week or month? Besides, the bank charges you for transactions, and it charges you commissions every month because they’re keeping your savings “safe” for you.

Bitcoin and Litecoin remove this problem. You don’t need to ask them for permission. If you have the coins, you can spend them anytime you want in any amount you want. The Litecoin system gives you full control of your assets without any red tape to cut. Is it reliable and secure? Of course, it is, that’s the point in the blockchain.

Is Litecoin better than Bitcoin?

In order to answer this question, we must first explain the difference between both coins.

We start with speed and cost. A Litecoin transfer costs about $0.05 and takes 2.5 minutes to be settled at max. Bitcoin takes 10 minutes (if you’re lucky, it can be up to an hour) and is ten times more expensive.

Is that much of a difference from $0.5 to $0.05? Maybe not, but that’s not the only factor. But if you’re using either coin to transfer sums as small as five USD why should you pay and wait more time if you could do it quicker and cheaper?

Litecoin is indeed better because of costs and transaction speeds. Bitcoin is still and will remain, the mother of all coins, so it pays to be in Bitcoin. The fact remains that many other tokens are cheaper and faster than Bitcoin and Litecoin (think Cardano, Tron, XRP, XLM, among others) but they’re not as famous.

So what’s with all this interest in Litecoin, anyway?

Bitcoin is considered to be a way to store wealth, and Litecoin too. But hedging your bets is always a good idea. As they say, don’t put all your eggs in a single basket.

Litecoin is now the world’s seventh digital asset in terms of market capitalization at $3,197,008,940. It’s a far cry from Bitcoin to be sure. But it’s still one of the most solid options you can find in the cryptosphere.

What’s next for Litecoin?

There’s further development in Litecoin’s plans. Next comes the implementation of “confidential transactions” which means that the transaction’s amount will be available only to the sender and the receiver. Nobody else will be able to figure it out because “Litecoin values these personal liberties and putting you in complete control of your money”.

We hope you understand the Litecoin project in a better way now, but if you are still interested in getting some more details, and see the live official updates from the Litecoin team, you can always download the Totem app at Google’s play store.

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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 and read our full disclaimer.

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Can Libra help the crypto industry to reach new heights?

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Libra is motivated and determined to change the face of payment procedures across the globe and make the blockchain-based project the leaders of payments.
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The market for cryptocurrencies started with the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, and since then, so many cryptocurrencies have been launched that it gets hard to keep track of them. The crypto market has seen massive growth in the past 3-4 years as it started gaining attention from mass media, which helped in this boom.

From the past 2-3 years, several new cryptocurrency projects were launching in the market. Amid all this, the social media giant – Facebook announced the launch of their cryptocurrency platform, and this news got viral like wildfire. The announcement came forward in June, and the upcoming cryptocurrency is known as Libra, and it’ll come with its dedicated wallet called Calibra.

What is Libra?

Libra is a permissioned blockchain-based digital currency which is being developed under the supervision of Facebook’s vice president, David A. Marcus. The cryptocurrency is under development in partnership with an independent, non-profit member Libra Association. Facebook is the second member of the project, and these companies aim to use Facebook’s user base for the promotion of the digital currency when it is launched. The transactions and the cryptocurrency will be managed and cryptographically entrusted by the Libra Association.

Note: Libra Association was established by Facebook to look after the cryptocurrency and the transactions, and it was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

The development of…

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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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