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Winklevoss Twins Eyeing Litecoin for Gemini Exchange

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Litecoin is gaining traction as one of the major cryptocurrencies on the market. Where Bitcoin has dominated the digital currency landscape, Ethereum is the same for smart contracts. However, Litecoin’s strong advantages compared with Bitcoin have made them a near parallel option. As exchanges expand and increase their offerings beyond the big two, Litecoin is almost always in the running for initial product offerings. Recent announcements by the Winklevoss Twins have suggested that the two are actively seeking to include Litecoin in their Gemini exchange. This is a major triumph for the cryptocurrency referred to as ‘The Silver to Bitcoin’s Gold.’

Litecoin’s Exchange Proliferation

Although technically an altcoin, Litecoin has repeatedly proven that they have the ability and the desire to compete with the major blockchains. It is still surprisingly difficult to purchase cryptocurrency directly with fiat. Most gateways focus on Bitcoin, but Litecoin has racked up a considerable amount of LTC/USD trading pair locations. Major exchange Kraken offers a direct fiat exchange for Litecoin, as does Bitfinex. While these are significant options, they still pale in comparison to the key gateway; Coinbase.

Above all other exchanges, Coinbase is the easiest to use and the highest volume for direct fiat exchanges. They offer only four cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. Due to their ease of use, Coinbase is the choice of most new investors. All inter-currency trading happens on sister site GDAX. Even the slightest rumor of addition to Coinbase can cause a currency’s value to skyrocket. That Litecoin is available on this site is a major feather in their cap.

The Gemini Exchange

As one of a select few cryptocurrency related businesses legally operating in New York, Gemini is an up and coming fiat gateway. Their slick presentation and ease of use are easily competitive against Coinbase. Further, the work that Gemini has put into obtaining licenses and certifications makes them one of the most reputable exchanges on the market. It helps that the owners and operators of Gemini are the vaunted Winklevoss Twins – known for a multitude of successful tech-based projects.

During recent interviews, the Winklevoss Twins have stated that they hope to introduce new coins to their exchange. When further questioned, they added that their immediate focus is on coins within the Satoshi family – Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. This would open up new avenues for the futures offered by CBOE Global Markets, which operate exclusively with prices backed by Gemini. Obviously, this would also have a huge effect on the valuation of Litecoin itself.

Greater Adoption of Litecoin

Litecoin is in the middle of a marketing blitz. They have announced two separate products that seek to bring Litecoin use into the real world – LitePay and LitePal. LitePay’s recent release has hit a roadblock in the face of the recent cryptocurrency rejection by major credit card companies. However, it still provides the ability for merchants to fully integrate Litecoin transactions into their business. LitePal’s release is scheduled for later this year and will create a digital landscape for Litecoin use that operates in a similar fashion to Paypal.

If Litecoin continues to be adopted by large exchanges, we may see the overtaking of Bitcoin Cash’s market cap. This event is dubbed ‘The Flappening’ by the founder of Litecoin. This is a play on ‘The Flippening’ that investors anticipate happening between Bitcoin and Ethereum. While we are still quite some distance from this occurring, the array of positive news gives the idea a lot of credibility.

Crypto Quicksilver

The ‘Silver’ cryptocurrency has a bright future ahead of it. The low transaction fees and rapid processing already give Litecoin a massive edge over the competition on Coinbase. Users may buy into Ethereum or Bitcoin, but the smarter investors don’t leave the exchange using these coins. The ability to trade ETH and BTC for Litecoin on Coinbase’s GDAX exchange severely reduces the fees associated with funding an exchange account.

The same will almost certainly be true of Gemini if they do decide to add the upstart digital currency. Should we see Litecoin futures as a part of Gemini’s futures agreement, that will further increase its value? The propensity towards crypto index funds is also a potential positive, as any fund will include the major currencies – of which Litecoin is one of the best.

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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

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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.

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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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