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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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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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