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Litecoin vs Bitcoin: Could Bitcoin be outshined by Litecoin soon?

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When we talk about cryptocurrencies, it is impossible not to mention the leader in this matter, Bitcoin. Nonetheless, this number one position may be at risk due to a whopping increase in the price of Litecoin.

Although Litecoin is not as consolidated as Bitcoin, this crypto is actually on its way to the top of the list. Let’s recall that Litecoin was founded in 2011, only two years after the well-known Bitcoin was released, but despite this, it currently ranked as the fifth cryptocurrency in value.

During the last year Litecoin has increased its value in a remarkable number of 4119.82 percent, and if we compare that to Bitcoin, it appears as small with only 13.4 percent the last year.

One of the reasons why this cryptocurrency is emerging is because of its simplicity; users find it very practical and easy to use. In fact, the Winklevoss twins recently stated they are considering Litecoin as a new possible allied for a market exchange; and if everything works out well, they would be adding the cryptocurrency to their platform during this year.

At the very moment only Ethereum and Bitcoin are offered on the platform of the Winklevoss brothers, Gemini Exchange, but as one of them said: “…potential tokens for expansion are from the Satoshi Nakamoto family tree – bitcoin, Litecoin”.

Why Litecoin’s popularity?

As all the cryptocurrencies, Litecoin was designed to be decentralized and with the hope of being a faster and more simplified currency; and in this matter, Litecoin is achieving its goal.

The primary key is the time variable; while Bitcoin creates a block of information with data encrypted in about 10 minutes, Litecoin does it in 2 and half minutes; this represents an operation speed of four times faster.

Consequently transaction fees are much lower, and of course, the whole operation process is simpler. Furthermore, the benefits of this cryptocurrency are under the spotlight of multinational companies such as Starbucks and Amazon, who are actually thinking of adopting Litecoin on their sites this year.

Could Litecoin price topple bitcoin?

Litecoin showed a remarkable growth in last year when it passed from having a price of $4.05 to $175.26. On the other hand, Bitcoin has been struggling to stay above $9,000 after dipping below the crucial pricing marker on many occasions lately.

However, neither of them (Bitcoin or Litecoin) are exempt from falling upon the market pressures. Regarding this matter Charlie Lee, who is a former Google employee, stated the market, in general, is very volatile:

“I expect us to have a multi-year bear market like the one we just had where LTC dropped 90% in value ($48 to $4). So if you can’t handle LTC dropping to $20, don’t buy!”

He later explained that he wasn’t asseverating the market was going to drop, but he thinks this is something to be considered since the cryptocurrency market has proved to be a constantly changing one.

Why is the crypto market so volatile?

The uncertainty of crypto-market gets attributed to a lack of supervision, regulation, potential hacking and a sell-off of tokens from the Tokyo Whale.

Subsequently, a crackdown on the crypto-assets is expected for better and more consolidated monitoring, and international standard-setting as the G20 financial leaders reportedly are going to push for that in annual summit being held in Buenos Aires on March 20. And in case of regulations, all the cryptocurrencies probably will be affected (at least at some extent for a while) but as Bitcoin is the big brother of them all; it might get to bear the brunt of the traders and short sellers more.

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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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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

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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.

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The Bitcoin Revolution: Everything You Need To Know To Take Profits

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Bitcoin is soaring high in the cryptomarket once again, and experts are expecting a return of the bullish trend of 2017. The current Bitcoin price is $7,615 as of 23 May 6:56 AM UTC. This significant jump comes just six months after the Bitcoin price plummeted to a low of $3150 in December 2018. Since then, Bitcoin has experienced steady growth and gain in the market. However, in the last 30 days, the Bitcoin price peaked to $8,320.82, its highest price ever. This phenomenal jump occurred in a span of only 10 days breaking the Bitcoin record so far of significant gains made in short time frames. This positive growth has led to experts forecasting the Bitcoin price to hit the $20,000 mark by the end of this year.

Since entering the market almost 11 years ago, Bitcoin is still at the top of the global cryptocurrencies list. The current circulating supply of Bitcoin is at unbelievable 17,708,875 BTC. The market trend of the Bitcoin price has remained positive even when the currency did not maintain an uptrend. Cryptocurrency researchers believe that Bitcoin has the potential to grow up to a high of USD 50,000 within the next two years.

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