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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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4 Reasons Why the New Bitcoin Rally Is Unlikely to Stop Now

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After more than a year of declining prices, the crypto market is finally seeing a period of serious recovery — one that has already brought digital currencies to heights not seen in over half a year now.

Only days ago, Bitcoin surged past several major resistance levels and managed to exceed its yearly high of over $8,000. Already, many skeptics are predicting the soon end of the bull run, and the possibility of yet another sharp decline. However, there are signs that suggest otherwise — that this bull run is only getting started, and that it will not end anytime soon.

There are four reasons why this is the case, and they are as follows:

1) Bakkt

There is the long-awaited Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, which recently announced that the July test date for Bitcoin futures is soon to be set. Bakkt’s launch was delayed multiple times already, so the announcement came as quite a surprise. However, it appears that it will happen quite soon, after all.

As soon as its arrival becomes a certainty, Bitcoin will likely skyrocket even further, just like gold did when gold ETF appeared in 2013.

2) Bitcoin completely ignored the hacking of Binance

Binance has been the largest crypto exchange by trading volume for a while now, and as such, many expected that, if anything were to happen to it, Bitcoin…

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The New Rally Has Arrived: Crypto Market Cap Goes up by $24 Billion Within a Day

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The crypto market’s recovery progresses further, and at a rapid pace, at that. Bitcoin has just surpassed the $8,000 mark, which is the first time its price has been that high since July of last year. In addition, the entire crypto market is making billions within hours.

Bitcoin (BTC) sees another serious surge

In the past 24 hours, the total crypto market cap has gone up by around $24 billion. Meanwhile, BTC price has grown by $1,000 within the same period, as the largest coin traded barely above $7,000 on early Monday. At the time of writing, the coin’s price sits at $8.014.31, with a 14% growth in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the BTC market cap has gone up to $141.85 billion, and even the coin’s trading volume surged to over $31 billion.

While many are wondering whether this is a return to the massive heights seen back in 2017 or only a temporary surge which will soon see a correction — no signs of an upcoming decline have been noticed as of yet. In fact, new heights were made and then exceeded multiple times in the past week, with a massive 33% gain during that time. And, with Bitcoin’s dominance at 60%, many are expecting that massive altcoin surges are to be expected as well.

The growth of altcoins can already be seen, as Bitcoin

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The Crypto Market Reaction to Bitcoin (BTC) Recent Surge

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Bitcoin (BTC) is finally back on track, with the world’s largest cryptocurrency recently reaching heights that were not seen in over half a year. The coin’s last big milestone was $7,100, and while it has gone beyond it, at the time of writing, a slight correction has started taking place.

However, while all of the attention is on BTC, it is also interesting to see how the altcoins are reacting to the new development. The market, as a whole, is looking a lot better these days, and it continues to improve constantly.

Bitcoin dominates the market

Bitcoin is currently once again dominating the market, with the belief that it needs to reach 60% in order to bleed out the overvalued altcoin markets. These days, its dominance is between 58% and 62%, depending on where you get your data from. This provides excellent conditions to try and predict what might happen to the rest of the market, as a similar situation already took place in the past.

Back before the new surges of 2019, and even before the bear market of 2018, and even further back, before  BTC reached its peak — Bitcoin saw similar levels of dominance on December 4th, 2017. Back then, the list of the top 10 largest cryptos by market cap had barely any similarities with the list as it is these days.

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