Litecoin Outperforms the Market With 19% Jump as Its Halving Approaches

The price of Litecoin, a cryptocurrency seen as the silver to bitcoin’s gold, has jumped 19% in the last 24-hour period, in what appears to be a recovery fueled by the upcoming halvening event.

According to CryptoCompare data litecoin is currently trading at $93.8, after rising 19% from about $78 in only a day. In the last 30 days the cryptocurrency is down by about 29% because of a strong correction the cryptocurrency space endured this month.

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Year to date, LTC is up by about 210% as it started off 2019 close to the $30, as it was already recovering from a $22 low it saw in the 2018 bear market, which took the price of most cryptocurrencies down by well over 80%.

The cryptocurrency’s market cap is now of $5.6 billion, down from $8 billion in late June when it was trading close to the $130 mark. While most cryptocurrencies are up in the last 24 hours LTC is outperforming the market thanks to its upcoming halving event.

The event is expected to occur on August 6, and will see block rewards on the Litecoin blockchain drop from 25 LTC to 12.5 LTC per block. On Litecoin the halving event occurs once every 840,000 blocks.

It’s going to decrease inflation, which according to some analysts will remind users of the cryptocurrency’s limited supply and will, in turn, see them value LTC higher and accumulate more as scarcity increases demand.

Another factor that could be behind litecoin’s price performance is a recent partnership the Litecoin Foundation signed with American football team Miami Dolphins, which saw LTC become the team’s “official cryptocurrency” for its 50/50 raffle.

Back in December the Foundation partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) a leading mixed martial arts organization, to display the Litecoin logo in a title match. The publicity the cryptocurrency might’ve gotten from these partnerships may have contributed to the surge.

Steemit Moves to Limit Justin Sun’s Influence after Its Acquisition

Justin Sun, the founder of TRON, has announced he was going to acquire Steemit earlier this month, and shortly after those currently running the Steem blockchain executed a soft fork to limit his voting influence.

In a blog post describing the move, Steem’s witnesses [similar to bitcoin miners or EOS block producers] detailed that while it’s exciting to see a well-resourced entity get involved with Steemit, the witnesses are now moving to ensure the security of the Steem blockchain. The blog post reads:

To this end, we have updated to a temporary protective protocol to maintain the status quo currently established in regards to Steemit Inc's stake and its intended usage.

Steem is a delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS) blockchain, similar to EOS, in which a small number of entities – the witnesses – work to protect the blockchain and represent the community. The soft fork was deemed necessary because Steemit owns a large amount of STEEM tokens that could be used to take over the blockchain.

Given Justin Sun’s move to acquire Steemit, it’s believed he now owns those tokens and could use them to move Steemit in a specific direction. The soft fork blocks STEEM held by specific accounts from voting on who governs the network and from participating in ways that could see it seize control.

While the tokens have always been there, when co-founder Ned Scott ran the platform the community was comfortable with his approach to governance. Justin Sun has responded to the soft fork with an open letter to the Steemit community, in which he explains some of his potential plans for the Steemit platform itself.

The post reads:

We have so much to work to do to make Steemit.com the power that it really can be. And there are many ways we can get it there, from bridging TRX, TRC10’s and TRC20’s into Communities to marketing and growing Steemit.com. From invitations and referrals to simpler and instant signups.

Sun added his plans would also include listing STEEM on other major cryptocurrency exchanges and attracting large influencers to the platform, which is a mix of Reddit and Medium. He added he is organizing a summit called STEEMit 2.0 Town Hall, where he’s inviting the top 50 witnesses to participate.

It’s worth noting the Steem blockchain has several decentralized applications built on top of it, with Steemit being the most influential one.

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