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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.

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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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DGB Price Prediction For 2018 and Beyond

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With the crypto market being constantly bearish throughout this year, a lot of investors are having second thoughts about buying additional coins. While some large cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum can be considered safe investments, smaller coins like Digibyte (DGB) often receive a lot of doubt. This is why the DGB price prediction is necessary so that the investors can know what to expect.

DGB Price Prediction

DGB has had its ups and downs throughout this year, and at some point, it even went up by 70%. However, the constant bear market affected it just as much as numerous other cryptos. This has brought its value down to its current $0.025378 per coin. Some optimistic predictions from earlier dates saw the coin reaching as high a price as $9.20 by the year’s end. However, as we approach the date, it seems less and less likely that this DGB price prediction will come true.

The coin is generally seen as a profitable investment. As it is always the case with cryptocurrencies, they should be bought when their prices are down, so that a profit could be made when they spike up once more. Digibyte is no different, but it should be noted that investing in this coin means having patience. DGB is not among the coins that will make you rich overnight, and instead, it should be seen as a long-term investment.

Even though 2018 has been as…

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Why ZCash (ZEC) Is Heading to $10k

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Back in mid-May, the Winklevoss Twins made the headlines for embracing ZCash (ZEC) as one of its major digital assets on their groundbreaking Gemini exchange. When the announcement was made, ZEC rallied in the market by showing a 45% increment in value. The coin made it to $357 in a matter of hours.

Further assessing the currently available digital assets on the Gemini platform, we find that the exchange currently has USD pairings for only Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum and ZEC. There is also additional pairings of ETH/BTC, ZEC/BTC and ZEC/ETH with plans to onboard Litecoin in the coming days.

Another thing to note is that the exchange also provides custodial services for institutional investors thus giving ZEC the much-needed exposure to the firms on Wall Street. Custodial services provide a guarantee that all digital assets on the platform are stored by a licensed entity thus extinguishing any cybersecurity concerns. For an entity to be licensed in New York for custodial services, the proper due diligence and research have been done.

Another thing that makes the Gemini exchange attractive and appealing to institutional investors, is that all USD deposits are insured by the FDIC. The latter entity is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that provides insurance for USD deposits in American banks. This means that once again, the funds of individual and institutional investors are safe and insured, further making…

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Ripple XRP Mega Breakout: What’s Next?

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The Ripple XRP mega breakout that we were calling for happened and happened much quicker than anyone expected. As we said yesterday:

Nonetheless, IF, Ripple is capable of going ‘topside’ of the .38 figure at any point in the days/weeks ahead, such development, should it occur, would likely trigger its next advance into the .42 – .47 zone, representing a 30-40% move from present levels. On the flip-side, the .25 – .26 area should offer short-term potential support.

XRP is now sitting at .51704  as we write this article this morning, representing gains of 61% since we alerted our readers and our Global Elite email newsletter members.

Ripple XRP Mega Breakout

The Ripple XRP mega breakout is significant because it’s the first time XRP has been above its 50-day moving average since May. Right now, the RSI is approaching 80, so we are in overbought territory and we expect the price to consolidate around the .42 to .47 level before resuming its uptrend.

While some are looking at this as an opportunity to short XRP, we are not of that camp. While some can book some profits and use a trailing stop, any integration of XRP with xRapid has the ability to create a tremendous move in XRP. As Travis Kling said this week on the Off the Chain podcast with Anthony Pompliano, XRP could be the quickest five-bagger investors…

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