A Closer Look At LiteCoin

Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by
Shain Vernier

There is no doubt about it, cryptocurrencies are becoming a buzzword across the financial community. Fortunes have been made investing in Bitcoin and Ethereum as well as many others. Active trading strategies, like the one outlined earlier in the session by my colleague Rowan, have proven to be effective ways to engage this market.

 

What Is LiteCoin (LTC)?

Until recently, LiteCoin (LTC) has been an afterthought in the digital money environment. However, as of late LTC is gaining popularity among small cap investors.

Digital MoneyLiteCoin May Just Be “The Next Big Thing”

The truth is LiteCoin has been around since 2011. As with the other cryptocurrencies, it is a peer-to-peer mode of transfer dependent upon blockchain technology. Its performance metrics for 2017 are impressive:

  • Up over 1400% year-to-date

  • Up 32% last month

  • A market value of over $3 billion

  • Ranks as the fifth largest cryptocurrency (by market cap)

From an investment perspective, LTC’s price is attractive. Currently, LTC is trading around $60 per coin, a fraction of Bitcoin and Ethereum. For a cryptocurrency with the longevity and relative stability of LTC, $60 is a relative bargain for a long-term position.

As an active trader, I like the daily pricing volatility. It is not out of the ordinary to see a 10% swing in pricing over a 24 hour period. Volatility equals opportunity, and LTC brings plenty of it to the table.

 

Bottom Line: Cryptocurrencies are still very much in their infancy. As the market finds its place in contemporary finance, there will be some ups and downs. For now, LTC can be an affordable way to play the market using an active or hands-off trading strategy.

 
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About the author

Shain Vernier is our US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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