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As Bitcoin Turns 10, Its Investors Face Year-On-Year Loss

Investors who bet early on bitcoin and have stuck with it have faced a roller-coaster ride in its first decade.

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Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York. VOA

Bitcoin was heading towards a year-on-year loss on Wednesday, its 10th birthday, the first loss since last year’s bull market, when the original and biggest digital coin muscled its way to worldwide attention with months of frenzied buying.

By 1300 GMT, bitcoin was trading at $6,263 on the BitStamp exchange, leaving investors who had bought it on Halloween 2017 facing yearly losses of nearly 3 percent.

A year ago, bitcoin closed at $6,443.22 as it tore towards a record high of near $20,000, hit in December.

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People use a bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. VOA

That run, fueled by frenzied buying by retail investors from South Korea to the United States, pushed bitcoin to calendar-year gains of over 1,300 percent.

Ten years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s still-unidentified founder, released a white paper detailing the need for an online currency that could be used for payments without the involvement of a third party, such as a bank.

Traders and market participants said the Halloween milestone was inevitable, given losses of around 70 percent from bitcoin’s peak and the continuing but incomplete shift towards investment by mainstream financial firms.

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Transactions in cryptocurrencies occur the same way that you make transactions using any other fiat currency. pixabay

“The value mechanisms of crypto and bitcoin today are based more on underlying tech than hype and FOMO (fear of missing out),” said Josh Bramley, head trader at crypto wealth management firm Blockstars.

Growing use of blockchain – the distributed ledger technology that underpins bitcoin – is now powering valuations of the digital currency, he said, cautioning that some expectations for widespread use have not yet materialized.

Others said improvements to infrastructure such as custody services may allow mainstream investors who are wary of buying bitcoin to take positions.

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Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. Wikimedia Commons

“We see behind closed doors financial and non-financial institutions beavering away to create the infrastructure,” said Ben Sebley, head of brokerage at NKB Group, a blockchain advisory and investment firm.

Bitcoin has endured year-on-year losses before, according to data from CryptoCompare, most recently in 2015.

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Retail investors still account for a strong proportion of trading, market players said.

Investors who bet early on bitcoin and have stuck with it have faced a roller-coaster ride in its first decade. Many told Reuters they are optimistic that they are still onto a winner. (VOA)

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The Best Litecoin Wallet this Year

As you can see an array of best Litecoin wallets in 2019 available for storing Litecoin which is a cryptocurrency that facilitates an instant transfer of funds

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Cryptocurrency, Litecoin. Flickr

Cryptocurrencies are gaining robust popularity amongst the masses due to its decentralised approach. Since cryptocurrencies eliminate the intervention of institutions and Governments in its transactions, it is more transparent in its operations. People might be well aware of the popular crypto Bitcoin, but there are many other better performing coins like Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Ripple. If you intend to buy litecoin, then you should have a crypto wallet which can store the litecoins for you. A crypto wallet acts like a regular wallet to keep the money safe, but it does not actually hold any physical form of cryptos. 

Find below some of the Litecoin wallets to secure your LTC:

Ledger Nano S: It is a hardware wallet which can be easily plugged into your system like a USB device. Ledger nano s is considered safer than online wallets as they can be physically carried and plugged off the device thereby providing less space for any fraudulent activities. Ledger nano is equipped with private keys for better security and is the best choice if you have LTC in large numbers.

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As technology advances, you can see many more wallets pitching in with its own innovative ideas to store and safeguard cryptocurrencies. Flickr

Trezor wallets: Trezor was a child from the Satoshilabs and is the first hardware wallet meant for providing more security to the coins. Trezor renders its support to many coins like Dash, ZCash, Litecoin and Dogecoin. It provides a 9-digit pin code to store your Litecoins even offline. Trezor is one of the lightest and portable Litecoin wallets.

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Exodus: Exodus is a popular desktop wallet which provides space for storing many cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Litecoin, ZCash and Ripple. Exodus has an inbuilt connection with famous cryptocurrency exchange Shapeshift allowing easing access to LTC to BTC converter and BTC to LTC exchange.  Exodus is a multi-currency wallet and hence is a favourite for many crypto enthusiasts.

Jaxx: Jaxx wallet supports desktop and mobile applications. Jaxx provides a user-friendly experience for all the 13 cryptocurrencies it supports. One amongst them is Litecoin. Jaxx wallet can be used in IOS, Android, Windows and Linux devices. It has a tie-up with Shapeshift which is a leading crypto exchange thus allowing you to buy Bitcoin anonymously with credit card. 

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A crypto wallet acts like a regular wallet to keep the money safe, but it does not actually hold any physical form of cryptos. Flickr

Electrum LTC: To get away with the slow speed of heavy Litecoin core wallets, you can shift to a lite wallet like Electrum LTC to store Litecoins. Electrum is a desktop wallet which works without downloading the entire Litecoin blockchain.  Electrum LYTC wallet is protected by a 12 digit seed key and is available for different types of desktops like MAC, Windows and Linux.

Conclusion

As you can see an array of best Litecoin wallets in 2019 available for storing Litecoin which is a cryptocurrency that facilitates an instant transfer of funds from one end to the other through a peer-to-peer network. Look at the pros and cons of different crypto wallets before choosing the one which suits your needs. As technology advances, you can see many more wallets pitching in with its own innovative ideas to store and safeguard cryptocurrencies.