Litecoin prices spike, separate from bitcoin

Andrew Munro 12 December 2017 NEWS

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Bitcoin's little sibling might now be looking a bit undervalued.

Bitcoin (BTC) has become known for its meteoric price rises, and Litecoin has historically tended to follow close behind, as the silver to bitcoin's gold. This has mostly held true through bitcoin's rise.

But recent days have seen their prices start to separate, with LTC rising even faster even as bitcoin hits a trough. Litecoin and bitcoin might not be going their separate ways yet, but it's still an unusual decoupling.

Litecoin prices

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Updated: 25 May 2018 09:02:38 UTC

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Why?

The bitcoin network has been under an extremely heavy load recently, and it's become increasingly normal to have over 100,000 unconfirmed transactions and US$10+ bitcoin transaction fees.

These problems on bitcoin's side of the fence might be doing a good job of highlighting the features of Litecoin and drawing new investors. It's also possible that many bitcoin buyers are simply exchanging their BTC for LTC in order to facilitate multiple transactions, and then changing it back when they want to consolidate it.

However, bitcoin has seen a massive surge of new buyers in recent months and it's possible that they've simply started exploring altcoins more widely. Previous surveys have found that a fair proportion of bitcoin users (roughly 25%) diversify their investment with other coins. As new users come into the cryptocurrency ecosystem through bitcoin, many will naturally move along to other coins and spread the investment around.

Litecoin is a natural next step for many It's being well-known, well-developed and has a lot of clear parallels with bitcoin.

There's a whole world of cryptocurrencies out there, and Litecoin probably won't be the only one to start climbing rapidly as more users get involved.

Where and how to buy Litecoin.

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