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Litecoin (LTC) could cross $100 barrier soon, thanks to its recent hits

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Charlie Lee must be a delighted man. It’s been a fantastic week for Litecoin, and while we all keep talking about other cryptocurrencies and Litecoin slips under everybody’s radar, they are scoring incredible achievements that can take the token’s value all the way up to 100 USD and maybe even beyond.

Just look at this three outstanding achievements and keep in mind that they all happened within a single week:

The Litecoin Foundation acquired a 9.9% stake in Germany’s WEG Bank.

Last July 10th announced a strategic partnership that is nothing short of spectacular. In Charlie Lee’s own words:

“This partnership is a huge win-win for both Litecoin and Tokenpay. I’m looking forward to integrating Litecoin with the WEG Bank AG and all the various services it has to offer, to make it simple for anyone to buy and use Litecoin. I’m also excited about Litecoin’s support in Tokenpay’s decentralized exchange.”

Other announcements for new strategic partnerships announced along the week were:

  • Multisignature Transaction Engine
  • TPAY Cryptocurrency
  • eFin Decentralized Exchange (DEX)
  • WEG Bank FinTech Platform

All of the above will be using Litecoin’s blockchain technology to develop their blockchain initiatives. But owning a piece of a bank is the real story here. Litecoin didn’t buy the shares. They were TokenPay’s, and they gave it to the Litecoin foundation against the technology, expertise, and work of the LTC team and founding members.

It’s 9.9% only because that’s as high as you can go to Germany without running into the regulatory red tape. But TokenPay is still positioned to buy up to 70% of the bank, and they will remain a very close partner to Litecoin.

Let’s take a minute to think about what this means. Here we have a cryptocurrency that owns (at least partially) a real-life bank. Let’s face it. Nobody saw this coming; everybody expects banks to buy cryptocurrencies if they get involved in the cryptocurrency game at all. So this alone is a fantastic example of original thinking and bold strategic planning from Charlie Lee.

But that’s the least of it. The hardest obstacle any cryptocurrency has to overcome is to jump from a bunch of esoteric code running on a geek’s hardware into a real-life product that can solve real-life problems for real-life average people with no expertise in cryptography, programming, mathematics or IT. And this is precisely what this event can do for Litecoin.

Just imagine that now the Litecoin foundation can use its brand new bank to issue Litecoin-based credit and debit cards. That would allow all kinds of people from all over the world to rely on Litecoin for their daily financial needs. Without having internet service, without owning a digital wallet at all.

Can you imagine using Litecoin to buy your cigarettes, to pay for your groceries in any place in the world that takes Visa or Mastercard? Well, you can start now, it’s much closer than everybody thought.

If that kind of common financial technology becomes available through Litecoin, that will mean a huge boost in demand and new users who maybe won’t have the faintest idea they’re on a blockchain. And that will translate into market performance for Litecoin.

The Robinhood App adds Litecoin support.

The Robinhood App is a mobile phone application with an emphasis on ease of use and lack of transaction fees for cryptocurrency trading. It’s currently available in seventeen states in the US (with more to come). In this magical Litecoin week, the app announced it would include Litecoin among the coins available to its users. They also listed Bitcoin Cash.

The #PayWithLitecoin campaign keeps advancing, only now it looks real

Litecoin has been encouraging its users to use Litecoin in the real world. The campaign includes a Twitter hashtag. While nothing so revolutionary has happened with that, the fact is that it keeps moving forward and it seems to be working. This more moderate good news is still good news as using a coin begets demand and demand prompts performance.

So now you know. Litecoin has been doing great while we were all just looking the other way. Maybe we should not make that mistake again, especially when they reach the USD 100 mark.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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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.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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