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Litecoin Celebrates Its Eighth Anniversary with $500 Bln Worth of LTC Transactions

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    Litecoin, the silver to Bitcoin's gold, has been up and running for eight years, defying all gloomy predictions

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In case you didn't notice, Litecoin, one of the oldest cryptocurrencies, has turned eight. While there is no point in denying that the O.G. altcoin has always been in Bitcoin's shadow, its journey was still remarkable. 

The public launch of the Litecoin network took place on Oct. 13, 2011, after the first block was mined on Oct. 5, 2011, the day the world was devastated by the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Before the advent of Ripple's XRP and Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin would steadily remain the second most-traded cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. 

Charlie Lee, the mastermind behind Bitcoin-lite, points out that the network has been endlessly running for all these years without any downtime despite a plethora of doom-laden predictions.

Over the span of these eight years, LTC has recorded around $500 bln worth of transactions.

“A lot has happened in 8 years, we have seen two major bull market cycles that have propelled crypto to the forefront of public consciousness and new technologies such as Segwit, Lightning, and MimbleWimble emerge advancing the usability and prospects of the space,” the Litecoin Foundation claims.    

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It's also worth mentioning Litecoin's most controversial moment — Lee selling almost all of his LTC right on the verge of the market crash at the beginning of 2018 to avoid conflict of interest.   

Back in August 2019, Lee once again faced some criticism after his leaked conversation suggested that Litecoin developers stopped working on the project. However, as reported by U.Today, Lee later dispelled these rumors

With that being said, Litecoin is still doing just fine, quietly sitting at 6th spot with a market cap of $3.6 bln, CoinStats data shows. 

Will Litecoin manage to survive another eight years? Share your take in the comment section!   
 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Bitcoin Price Likely to Decline to $7,800: Crypto Analyst

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    Bitcoin is to find support at $7,800 or recover to $8,300, an analyst writes, but either way ‘continuation of the ranging on either of the levels is going to occur’

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Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here is not investment advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of U.Today. Every investment and all trading involves risk, so you should always perform your own research prior to making decisions. We do not recommend investing money you cannot afford to lose.

Over the last few days, Bitcoin has been trading below the $8,500 area. At the moment, it has recovered to $8,258 after the recent slip below the $8,100 level.

Analysts have been bullish on BTC in the long run, however, the nearest BTC price movements are expected to be bearish.

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The crypto analyst @CryptoMichNL believes that there are two paths ahead of Bitcoin at the moment. If it fails to recover to $8,300, he says on his Twitter page, then the market should be ready for the flagship coin to drop and find support at the $7,800 or $7,300 levels.

Whichever way it goes, ‘continuation of the ranging on either of the levels is going to occur’.

The analyst tweeted this forecast twice with an hour pause.

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Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today.

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