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Litecoin (LTC) struggles to keep gains obtained in Abra adoption

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Recent reports confirm that the celebrated commitment for a payment network between Litecoin (LTC) and Abra, related to the smart contracts of the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, reached a massive failure today after the asset happened to have an opposite effect and instead of broadening the gains, ended up reversing previous earnings.

Let’s recall that Abra raised the critical number of $40 million during its last funding round, an event after which the company announced that at the end of March it would run its plans of using the smart contracts from Litecoin with the purpose of powering their exchange and wallet platform.

Following this declaration, LTC went up with a significant gain of 20 percent, a number that according to the cross-exchange information provided by CoinMarketCap, made the cryptocurrency hit a fantastic price of $136 on Tuesday, 3rd April.

Moreover, regarding the partnering decision with Litecoin, Bill Barhydt, the CEO of Abra, explained the situation by highlighting the importance of being congruent with the market.

He stated that by choosing Litecoin smart contracts over the ones powered by Ethereum, the company was being more conscious of what was going on around the market; and that, in fact, by doing so they were actually closer to be compatible with the leader of the sector, Bitcoin.

Subsequently, he detailed:

“We went with Litecoin as the second asset class, after bitcoin, for our smart contract investing solution for 3 primary reasons: 1. commitment to bitcoin compatibility: core roadmap, p2sh support, lightning support, etc; 2. slightly better scalability than bitcoin in short term (block size and block times); 3. mining fees which are primarily a function of #2 although this is more of a short term benefit as mining fees would likely sky rocket if we’re successful anyway!”

Furthermore, the CEO declared as well that according to the company’s goals, Litecoin would more likely become Abra’s “primary asset class” within a few weeks to come.

After all the declarations given by Barhydt on behalf of Abra, most of the Litecoin investors felt encouraged to believe in a brighter future for Litecoin. Nonetheless, since last week the prices of the coin went into a tailspin in response to the sudden closure of the merchant medium LitePay.

The abrupt event was very unexpected since the retailer gateway had only opened its doors a couple of weeks earlier, and just when they were starting the business got down.

This way, the whole landscape for the Litecoin currency doesn’t seem very promising, in fact, the virtual coin created by the company lost almost all of the earnings made because of the alliance with Abra, even reaching a price of $118 today.

Regarding the facts, last week, Charlie Lee, the creator of LTC established a very demotivational statement by expressing:

“Like everyone else, we got too excited about something that was too good to be true and we optimistically overlooked many of the warning signs,”

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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

The crash that analysts are predicting right now comes as a direct consequence of all the hype that has been building up in…

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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.

In the past few…

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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