Since the last Litecoin halving event, the Litecoin network has not remained the same. The Litecoin halving event 2019 took place on the 5th of August. The event saw the reduction of the mining reward on the network by 50%, from 25 LTC down to 12.5 LTC. Since the reward on the network was slashed, the mining hash rate on the Litecoin’s network has dropped by 28 percent.
Litecoin Mining Difficulty Has Dropped to 11.4 million from 15.93 million prior to the Halving – Litecoin News Today – Cryptocurrency News Today – Crypto News Update
The mining difficulty of Litecoin (LTC) was 15.93 million a day before the halving of the reward on the network – August 4. However, that number has gradually reduced to about 11.4 million as of August 22. This data was gotten from a BTC.com – a mining pool. According to the data from the mining pool, the hash rate of the Litecoin network has plunged by 28 percent since the block mining reward halving occurred.
Mining difficulty and hashing power are a measure of the amount of computing power being contributed to the network of a digital currency, including securing transactions on the blockchain. Mining difficulty and hash rate also give a snapshot of the rivalry involved for miners looking for the reward of a block.
Litecoin (LTC) Price Today – LTC / USD
Litecoin (LTC) Is Feeling the Aftermath of the Halving – Litecoin News – Crypto News – Cryptocurrency News Update
After the Litecoin halving event, miners on the Litecoin network now receive only 12.5 LTC for mining a block. This reward value is half of what they used to receive prior to the halving event. In addition, LTC USD price has been on a downward trend since the beginning of this month. A few weeks to the halving, LTC to USD price was over the $100 mark. However, the beginning of this month saw LTC to USD price fall below the $100 level. On the day of the halving, the price of Litecoin (LTC) surged to a high of $107. However, the digital currency has plunged heavily below that level and it is now struggling around the $74 range.
Some crypto analysts predicted that the digital currency market would experience turmoil after the Litecoin halving event. The supply of Litecoin has reduced in form of regular block rewards. However, the uncertainty around profitability and mining has caused the price of Litecoin to dip. The founder of Litecoin – Charlie Lee – predicted that an event like this would occur. However, he also said that the readjustment in mining difficulty would smooth things out for Litecoin to a large extent.
Bitcoin (BTC) Cannot Trade Sideways For Long
Bitcoin (BTC) made a big move to the downside after we last talked about it on Friday but in the days that followed it has practically traded sideways. However, now it has run into a key trend line resistance and is once again on the verge of a sharp decline. The last time this happened, we saw the price decline massively and if the same happens again then we are looking at BTC/USD declining towards the bottom of the descending triangle that we see on the daily chart. This is a bearish development for the overall market but it is in line with what is happening in other markets.
If we take a look at what is happening in the EUR/USD forex pair, we can see consistent rejections at the 50 day EMA. This has been happening for a while now and EUR/USD has failed to break past the 50 day EMA. All of this points to the strong probability of a sharp decline in this pair followed by a similar decline in BTC/USD in the near future because movements in this pair directly affect movements in Bitcoin (BTC). A quick glance at ETH/USD tells us that the Ethereum (ETH) and the rest of the altcoin market share the same outlook despite temporary bullishness. The pair has done pretty much nothing except for making big moves to then invalidate those moves. This has given traders better entry points to short sell this pair.
The daily chart for the S&P 500 (SPX) shows us that the entire time what the index has been doing is just delaying the inevitable. We have now seen a close above the 50 week EMA on the S&P 500 (SPX) but that hardly changes anything. Trend line resistance on the daily chart shows us that the index does not have much room to rally and it is only a matter of time before it begins its downtrend. We have the LTC/USD chart pointing to the same outlook. The manner of its rise and fall is quite symmetrical and it is easy to see what might follow next which is why traders that are trying to buy cryptocurrencies at this point need to exercise extreme caution.
Bitcoin Could Soon Incur Major Volatility as Bears Gain Upper Hand
Bitcoin (BTC) has failed to garner any significant buying pressure after facing a sharp influx of selling pressure yesterday that sent it reeling to the lower-$8,000 region – which is where it was able to find enough support to halt its drop and stabilize its price.
Analysts are now noting that multiple indicators signal that the crypto is positioned to incur notable volatility in the near-term, which could mean that the direction that BTC will trend for the coming few months will soon grow clear.
Bitcoin Drops Towards $8,300; Is a Big Movement Inbound?
At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading down just over 1% at its current price of $8,300, which marks a notable retrace from its recent highs of $8,900 that were set last week when BTC’s bulls quickly pushed the crypto towards this price level, which is where it found significant resistance that sparked a short-term downtrend.
This downtrend was perpetuated yesterday when bears quickly pulled the rug out from beneath BTC and sent it to lows of roughly $8,100 before it rapidly climbed back towards its current price levels.
In the near-term, it is highly probable that Bitcoin and the aggregated crypto markets will soon incur notable volatility, as BTC is currently forming “spinning top candles” within the middle of its tight Bollinger Bands – both signs that a big movement is imminent.
“$BTC #Bitcoin – Todays spinning top falls right in the middle of the bands- When volatility hits we could see $7900 to the downside or $8600 to the upside, so prepare accordingly,” Big Cheds, a popular cryptocurrency analyst on Twitter, explained in a recent tweet.
Could BTC Still Target $8,600 in Near-Term?
Despite the bearish price action as of late, it is important to note that there are still analysts who anticipate an upwards movement for Bitcoin in the near-term, with Mayne explaining in a recent tweet that he believes BTC could target $8,600 next.
“$BTC: Expected a test of $8150 and we got it. Preemptively long expecting another bullish week. Will compound above the weekly open/monthly open ($8278 & $8300),” he said while pointing to the below chart.
If Mayne’s analysis does prove to be accurate and Bitcoin is able to break above $8,600, this could mark a bullish break that sparks massive volatility that favors the cryptocurrency’s bulls.
UK Forex Giant Launches New Bitcoin Service as Brexit Fears Grow
UK-based FXCM Group has introduced a new bitcoin trading service right around the time when investors weigh the possibility of a hard Brexit.
The forex brokerage giant announced in a press release published on Monday that it is launching CryptoMajor. It is a basket that contains five popular cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ether, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin – in equal proportions. CryptoMajor behaves as a single unit representing the combined value of the said assets. It means FXCM users would be able to collate and offload multiple cryptocurrencies at one go, without the need to manage each one of them independently.
Brendan Callan, the chief executive officer of FXCM, treats CryptoMajor as an ideal hedging risk management tool for retail traders. He projected the basket as a “great opportunity” for traders who want to start trading cryptocurrencies but do not want “to risk too much exposure.”
“Trading a basket of cryptocurrencies means our users are freed from the hassle of constantly monitoring the markets,” Callan said.
FXCM’s announcement arrived on the day when Pound slipped 0.71 percent against the US dollar. The drop, in turn, came on the back of pessimism surrounding Brexit. European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal is too complicated and needs more time. That put clouds over Johnson’s promise to deliver Brexit before October 31.
GBP/USD down 0.71% on Brexit Fears | Image credits: TradingView.com
The news erased part of the gains Pound, as well as the UK stocks, had made at the end of the last week. Strategists at ING called the downside correction a “reality check” for Brexit bulls, adding that the sterling is now under threat of a further price breakdown.
“GBP gains have, in part, been caused by meaningful short speculative positioning, exaggerating the effect of the news flow,” they explained.
Holger Schmieding, the chief economist of Berenberg Bank, further stressed:
“Striking a deal in time for the EU summit on 17-18 October and getting it passed by the U.K. parliament in an extraordinary Saturday session on 19 October poses a huge challenge with a highly uncertain outcome, to put it mildly. Also, the EU may need a technical extension to ratify the deal on its side anyway.”
Meanwhile, with Callan mainly confirming on the “risk” part of the bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it is safe to assume that FXCM is looking to make CryptoMajor an attractive alternative for CFD traders who might want to ignore Brexit-hit markets.
No Base Currency Specified
FXCM did not reveal the base currency for the CryptoMajor basket in its announcement. The brokerage, which offers three similar baskets, typically uses the US dollar as its underlying currency to value the different assets. FXCM would likely employ the dollar for the crypto basket, considering the brokerage has a presence all across the globe.