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Litecoin Core v0.18.1 Release

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We are pleased to release Litecoin Core 0.18.1. This is a new major version release, including new features, various bugfixes and performance improvements, as well as updated translations. It is recommended for all users to upgrade to this version.

If you are running an older version, shut it down. Wait until it has completely shut down (which might take a few minutes for older versions), then run the installer (on Windows) or just copy over /Applications/Litecoin-Qt (on Mac) or litecoind/litecoin-qt (on Linux).

The first time you run version 0.15.0 or newer, your chainstate database will be converted to a new format, which will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the speed of your machine.

Note that the block database format also changed in version 0.8.0 and there is no automatic upgrade code from before version 0.8 to version 0.15.0 or later. Upgrading directly from 0.7.x and earlier without redownloading the blockchain is not supported. However, as usual, old wallet versions are still supported.

Litecoin Core is supported and extensively tested on operating systems using the Linux kernel, macOS 10.10+, and Windows 7 and newer. It is not recommended to use Litecoin Core on unsupported systems.

Litecoin Core should also work on most other Unix-like systems but is not as frequently tested on them.

From 0.17.0 onwards, macOS <10.10 is no longer supported. 0.17.0 is built using Qt 5.9.x, which doesn’t support versions of macOS older than 10.10. Additionally, Litecoin Core does not yet change appearance when macOS “dark mode” is activated.

In addition to previously-supported CPU platforms, this release’s pre-compiled distribution also provides binaries for the RISC-V platform.

Wallet GUI

For advanced users who have both (1) enabled coin control features, and (2) are using multiple wallets loaded at the same time: The coin control input selection dialog can erroneously retain wrong-wallet state when switching wallets using the dropdown menu. For now, it is recommended not to use coin control features with multiple wallets loaded.

Mining

  • Calls to getblocktemplate will fail if the segwit rule is not specified. Calling getblocktemplate without segwit specified is almost certainly a misconfiguration since doing so results in lower rewards for the miner. Failed calls will produce an error message describing how to enable the segwit rule.

Configuration option changes

  • A warning is printed if an unrecognized section name is used in the configuration file. Recognized sections are [test], [main], and [regtest].
  • Four new options are available for configuring the maximum number of messages that ZMQ will queue in memory (the “high water mark”) before dropping additional messages. The default value is 1,000, the same as was used for previous releases. See the ZMQ documentation for details.
  • The rpcallowip option can no longer be used to automatically listen on all network interfaces. Instead, the rpcbind parameter must be used to specify the IP addresses to listen on. Listening for RPC commands over a public network connection is insecure and should be disabled, so a warning is now printed if a user selects such a configuration. If you need to expose RPC in order to use a tool like Docker, ensure you only bind RPC to your localhost, e.g. docker run [...] -p 127.0.0.1:9332:9332 (this is an extra :9332 over the normal Docker port specification).
  • The rpcpassword option now causes a startup error if the password set in the configuration file contains a hash character (#), as it’s ambiguous whether the hash character is meant for the password or as a comment.
  • The whitelistforcerelay option is used to relay transactions from whitelisted peers even when not accepted to the mempool. This option now defaults to being off, so that changes in policy and disconnect/ban behavior will not cause a node that is whitelisting another to be dropped by peers. Users can still explicitly enable this behavior with the command line option (and may want to consider contacting the Litecoin Core project to let us know about their use-case, as this feature could be deprecated in the future).

When creating a transaction with a fee above -maxtxfee (default 0.1 LTC), the RPC commands walletcreatefundedpsbt and fundrawtransaction will now fail instead of rounding down the fee. Beware that the feeRate argument is specified in LTC per kilobyte, not litoshi per byte.

  • A new short document about the JSON-RPC interface describes cases where the results of an RPC might contain inconsistencies between data sourced from different subsystems, such as wallet state and mempool state. A note is added to the REST interface documentation indicating that the same rules apply.
  • Further information is added to the JSON-RPC documentation about how to secure this interface.
  • A new document about the litecoin.conf file describes how to use it to configure Litecoin Core.
  • A new document introduces Litecoin Core’s BIP174 Partially-Signed Litecoin Transactions (PSBT) interface, which is used to allow multiple programs to collaboratively work to create, sign, and broadcast new transactions. This is useful for offline (cold storage) wallets, multisig wallets, coinjoin implementations, and many other cases where two or more programs need to interact to generate a complete transaction.
  • The output script descriptor documentation has been updated with information about new features in this still-developing language for describing the output scripts that a wallet or other program wants to receive notifications for, such as which addresses it wants to know received payments. The language is currently used in multiple new and updated RPCs described in these release notes and is expected to be adapted to other RPCs and to the underlying wallet structure.
  • A new --disable-bip70 option may be passed to ./configure to prevent Litecoin-Qt from being built with support for the BIP70 payment protocol or from linking libssl. As the payment protocol has exposed Litecoin Core to libssl vulnerabilities in the past, builders who don’t need BIP70 support are encouraged to use this option to reduce their exposure to future vulnerabilities.
  • The minimum required version of Qt (when building the GUI) has been increased from 5.2 to 5.5.1 (the depends system provides 5.9.7)
  • getnodeaddresses returns peer addresses known to this node. It may be used to find nodes to connect to without using a DNS seeder.
  • listwalletdir returns a list of wallets in the wallet directory (either the default wallet directory or the directory configured by the -walletdir parameter).
  • getrpcinfo returns runtime details of the RPC server. At the moment, it returns an array of the currently active commands and how long they’ve been running.
  • deriveaddresses returns one or more addresses corresponding to an output descriptor.
  • getdescriptorinfo accepts a descriptor and returns information about it, including its computed checksum.
  • joinpsbts merges multiple distinct PSBTs into a single PSBT. The multiple PSBTs must have different inputs. The resulting PSBT will contain every input and output from all of the PSBTs. Any signatures provided in any of the PSBTs will be dropped.
  • analyzepsbt examines a PSBT and provides information about what the PSBT contains and the next steps that need to be taken in order to complete the transaction. For each input of a PSBT, analyzepsbt provides information about what information is missing for that input, including whether a UTXO needs to be provided, what pubkeys still need to be provided, which scripts need to be provided, and what signatures are still needed. Every input will also list which role is needed to complete that input, and analyzepsbt will also list the next role in general needed to complete the PSBT. analyzepsbt will also provide the estimated fee rate and estimated virtual size of the completed transaction if it has enough information to do so.
  • utxoupdatepsbt searches the set of Unspent Transaction Outputs (UTXOs) to find the outputs being spent by the partial transaction. PSBTs need to have the UTXOs being spent to be provided because the signing algorithm requires information from the UTXO being spent. For segwit inputs, only the UTXO itself is necessary. For non-segwit outputs, the entire previous transaction is needed so that signers can be sure that they are signing the correct thing. Unfortunately, because the UTXO set only contains UTXOs and not full transactions, utxoupdatepsbt will only add the UTXO for segwit inputs.

Note: some low-level RPC changes mainly useful for testing are described in the Low-level Changes section below.

  • getpeerinfo now returns an additional minfeefilter field set to the peer’s BIP133 fee filter. You can use this to detect that you have peers that are willing to accept transactions below the default minimum relay fee.
  • The mempool RPCs, such as getrawmempool with verbose=true, now return an additional “bip125-replaceable” value indicating whether the transaction (or its unconfirmed ancestors) opts-in to asking nodes and miners to replace it with a higher-feerate transaction spending any of the same inputs.
  • settxfee previously silently ignored attempts to set the fee below the allowed minimums. It now prints a warning. The special value of “0” may still be used to request the minimum value.
  • getaddressinfo now provides an ischange field indicating whether the wallet used the address in a change output.
  • importmulti has been updated to support P2WSH, P2WPKH, P2SH-P2WPKH, and P2SH-P2WSH. Requests for P2WSH and P2SH-P2WSH accept an additional witnessscript parameter.
  • importmulti now returns an additional warnings field for each request with an array of strings explaining when fields are being ignored or are inconsistent, if there are any.
  • getaddressinfo now returns an additional solvable boolean field when Litecoin Core knows enough about the address’s scriptPubKey, optional redeemScript, and optional witnessScript in order for the wallet to be able to generate an unsigned input spending funds sent to that address.
  • The getaddressinfo, listunspent, and scantxoutset RPCs now return an additional desc field that contains an output descriptor containing all key paths and signing information for the address (except for the private key). The desc field is only returned for getaddressinfo and listunspent when the address is solvable.
  • importprivkey will preserve previously-set labels for addresses or public keys corresponding to the private key being imported. For example, if you imported a watch-only address with the label “cold wallet” in earlier releases of Litecoin Core, subsequently importing the private key would default to resetting the address’s label to the default empty-string label (“”). In this release, the previous label of “cold wallet” will be retained. If you optionally specify any label besides the default when calling importprivkey, the new label will be applied to the address.
  • See the Mining section for changes to getblocktemplate.
  • getmininginfo now omits currentblockweight and currentblocktx when a block was never assembled via RPC on this node.
  • The getrawtransaction RPC & REST endpoints no longer check the unspent UTXO set for a transaction. The remaining behaviors are as follows: 1. If a blockhash is provided, check the corresponding block. 2. If no blockhash is provided, check the mempool. 3. If no blockhash is provided but txindex is enabled, also check txindex.
  • unloadwallet is now synchronous, meaning it will not return until the wallet is fully unloaded.
  • importmulti now supports importing of addresses from descriptors. A “desc” parameter can be provided instead of the “scriptPubKey” in a request, as well as an optional range for ranged descriptors to specify the start and end of the range to import. Descriptors with key origin information imported through importmulti will have their key origin information stored in the wallet for use with creating PSBTs. More information about descriptors can be found here.
  • listunspent has been modified so that it also returns witnessScript, the witness script in the case of a P2WSH or P2SH-P2WSH output.
  • createwallet now has an optional blank argument that can be used to create a blank wallet. Blank wallets do not have any keys or HD seed. They cannot be opened in software older than 0.18. Once a blank wallet has a HD seed set (by using sethdseed) or private keys, scripts, addresses, and other watch only things have been imported, the wallet is no longer blank and can be opened in 0.17.x. Encrypting a blank wallet will also set a HD seed for it.
  • signrawtransaction is removed after being deprecated and hidden behind a special configuration option in version 0.17.0.
  • The ‘account’ API is removed after being deprecated in v0.17. The ‘label’ API was introduced in v0.17 as a replacement for accounts. See the release notes from v0.17 for a full description of the changes from the ‘account’ API to the ‘label’ API.
  • addwitnessaddress is removed after being deprecated in version 0.16.0.
  • generate is deprecated and will be fully removed in a subsequent major version. This RPC is only used for testing, but its implementation reached across multiple subsystems (wallet and mining), so it is being deprecated to simplify the wallet-node interface. Projects that are using generate for testing purposes should transition to using the generatetoaddress RPC, which does not require or use the wallet component. Calling generatetoaddress with an address returned by the getnewaddress RPC gives the same functionality as the old generate RPC. To continue using generate in this version, restart litecoind with the -deprecatedrpc=generate configuration option.
  • Be reminded that parts of the validateaddress command have been deprecated and moved to getaddressinfo. The following deprecated fields have moved to getaddressinfo: ismine, iswatchonly, script, hex, pubkeys, sigsrequired, pubkey, embedded, iscompressed, label, timestamp, hdkeypath, hdmasterkeyid.
  • The addresses field has been removed from the validateaddress and getaddressinfo RPC methods. This field was confusing since it referred to public keys using their P2PKH address. Clients should use the embedded.address field for P2SH or P2WSH wrapped addresses, and pubkeys for inspecting multisig participants.
  • A new /rest/blockhashbyheight/ endpoint is added for fetching the hash of the block in the current best blockchain based on its height (how many blocks it is after the Genesis Block).
  • A new Window menu is added alongside the existing File, Settings, and Help menus. Several items from the other menus that opened new windows have been moved to this new Window menu.
  • In the Send tab, the checkbox for “pay only the required fee” has been removed. Instead, the user can simply decrease the value in the Custom Feerate field all the way down to the node’s configured minimum relay fee.
  • In the Overview tab, the watch-only balance will be the only balance shown if the wallet was created using the createwallet RPC and the disable_private_keys parameter was set to true.
  • The launch-on-startup option is no longer available on macOS if compiled with macosx min version greater than 10.11 (use CXXFLAGS=”-mmacosx-version-min=10.11″ CFLAGS=”-mmacosx-version-min=10.11″ for setting the deployment sdk version)
  • A new litecoin-wallet tool is now distributed alongside Litecoin Core’s other executables. Without needing to use any RPCs, this tool can currently create a new wallet file or display some basic information about an existing wallet, such as whether the wallet is encrypted, whether it uses an HD seed, how many transactions it contains, and how many address book entries it has.

This section describes planned changes to Litecoin Core that may affect other Litecoin software and services.

  • Since version 0.16.0, Litecoin Core’s built-in wallet has defaulted to generating P2SH-wrapped segwit addresses when users want to receive payments. These addresses are backwards compatible with all widely-used software. Starting with Litecoin Core 0.20, Litecoin Core will default to native segwit addresses (bech32) that provide additional fee savings and other benefits. Currently, many wallets and services already support sending to bech32 addresses, and if the Litecoin Core project sees enough additional adoption, it will instead default to bech32 receiving addresses in Litecoin Core 0.20. P2SH-wrapped segwit addresses will continue to be provided if the user requests them in the GUI or by RPC, and anyone who doesn’t want the update will be able to configure their default address type. (Similarly, pioneering users who want to change their default now may set the addresstype=bech32 configuration option in any Litecoin Core release from 0.16.0 up.)
  • BIP 61 reject messages are now deprecated. Reject messages have no use case on the P2P network and are only logged for debugging by most network nodes. Furthermore, they increase bandwidth and can be harmful for privacy and security. It has been possible to disable BIP 61 messages since v0.17 with the -enablebip61=0 option. BIP 61 messages will be disabled by default in a future version, before being removed entirely.

This section describes RPC changes mainly useful for testing, mostly not relevant in production. The changes are mentioned for completeness.

  • The submitblock RPC previously returned the reason a rejected block was invalid the first time it processed that block, but returned a generic “duplicate” rejection message on subsequent occasions it processed the same block. It now always returns the fundamental reason for rejecting an invalid block and only returns “duplicate” for valid blocks it has already accepted.
  • A new submitheader RPC allows submitting block headers independently from their block. This is likely only useful for testing.
  • The signrawtransactionwithkey and signrawtransactionwithwallet RPCs have been modified so that they also optionally accept a witnessScript, the witness script in the case of a P2WSH or P2SH-P2WSH output. This is compatible with the change to listunspent.
  • For the walletprocesspsbt and walletcreatefundedpsbt RPCs, if the bip32derivs parameter is set to true but the key metadata for a public key has not been updated yet, then that key will have a derivation path as if it were just an independent key (i.e. no derivation path and its master fingerprint is itself).
  • The -usehd configuration option was removed in version 0.16. From that version onwards, all new wallets created are hierarchical deterministic wallets. This release makes specifying -usehd an invalid configuration option.
  • This release allows peers that your node automatically disconnected for misbehavior (e.g. sending invalid data) to reconnect to your node if you have unused incoming connection slots. If your slots fill up, a misbehaving node will be disconnected to make room for nodes without a history of problems (unless the misbehaving node helps your node in some other way, such as by connecting to a part of the Internet from which you don’t have many other peers). Previously, Litecoin Core banned the IP addresses of misbehaving peers for a period of time (default of 1 day); this was easily circumvented by attackers with multiple IP addresses. If you manually ban a peer, such as by using the setban RPC, all connections from that peer will still be rejected.
  • The key metadata will need to be upgraded the first time that the HD seed is available. For unencrypted wallets this will occur on wallet loading. For encrypted wallets this will occur the first time the wallet is unlocked.
  • Newly encrypted wallets will no longer require restarting the software. Instead such wallets will be completely unloaded and reloaded to achieve the same effect.
  • A sub-project of Litecoin Core now provides Hardware Wallet Interaction (HWI) scripts that allow command-line users to use several popular hardware key management devices with Litecoin Core. See their project page for details.
  • This release changes the Random Number Generator (RNG) used from OpenSSL to Litecoin Core’s own implementation, although entropy gathered by Litecoin Core is fed out to OpenSSL and then read back in when the program needs strong randomness. This moves Litecoin Core a little closer to no longer needing to depend on OpenSSL, a dependency that has caused security issues in the past. The new implementation gathers entropy from multiple sources, including from hardware supporting the rdseed CPU instruction.
  • On macOS, Litecoin Core now opts out of application CPU throttling (“app nap”) during initial blockchain download, when catching up from over 100 blocks behind the current chain tip, or when reindexing chain data. This helps prevent these operations from taking an excessively long time because the operating system is attempting to conserve power.

To download, please visit the download page here. Alternatively, you can view the download folder here.

Please use GPG to verify the integrity of the release binaries. This ensures that the binary you have downloaded has not been tampered with. Linux, MacOS and Win32 cygwin command line GPG instructions are available here. Please also note that we GPG sign the binaries as a convenience to you, the ultimate way to verify the integrity of the builds is to build them yourself using Gitian. Instructions on how to perform these builds, can be found here.

For this release, the binaries have been signed with key identifier FE3348877809386C (thrasher’s key).

Despite this version being heavily tested, this version may still contain bugs. Always backup your wallet.dat file before upgrading. If you encounter any issues, please let us know by posting to the bug reporting section below.

The master branch contains the latest commits to the next stable releases of Litecoin Core.

Build instructions for Linux can be found here.

Build instructions for OSX can be found here.

Builds instructions for Windows can be found here.

Submit any issues you encounter here and one of the Litecoin developers will assist you.

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These are the SHA-256 hashes of the released files:

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Thanks to everyone who directly contributed to this release:

  • The Bitcoin Core Developers
  • Adrian Gallagher
  • aunyks
  • coblee
  • cryptonexii
  • EP1JUNE
  • gabrieldov
  • jmutkawoa
  • Loshan
  • Martin Smith
  • NeMO84
  • OlegKozhemiakin
  • ppm0
  • romanornr
  • shaolinfry
  • spl0i7
  • stedwms
  • ultragtx
  • VKoskiv
  • voidmain
  • wbsmolen
  • xinxi

Source: https://blog.litecoin.org/litecoin-core-v0-18-1-release-233cabc26440?source=rss—-d41bceeb173b—4

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Ethereum Classic (ETC) Price Poised for a Surge to $100

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  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) looks poised for a surge
  • Technical indicators show that ETC could go up to $105
  • Also, one reason that could help the altcoin surge is its upcoming ECIP-1103 upgrade

Ethereum Classic price poised for a surge. The altcoin has been outperforming the market recently but can it bounce back over the $100 resistance level?

The crypto market has been experiencing a rough ride. Many altcoins have sunk to less than half their value in less than a month. However, Ethereum Classic managed to rebound faster than most of the market. In addition, the altcoin has managed to hold its ground against the bearish market.

In fact, looking at Ethereum Classic price charts, the asset looks poised for a surge.

Ethereum Classic price charts

At the time of writing, ETC is trading at $55.01, down 67% from its May 8 all-time high of $167.09. However, looking at the crypto’s Fibonacci levels, ETC could go up to ranging from $74 to $105. The price rise depends on whether ETC manages to breach the $60 resistance level. Looking at RSI, ETC is just above 40 and is thus in the safe zone.

On the other hand, ETC price could fall to $9 if the market turns on the crypto.

Possible reasons why ETC has been outperforming the market could be the crypto’s recently announced new upgrade scheduled for July 21. The upgrade will implement ECIP-1103 and include ETH’s Berlin Upgrade.

Also, perhaps investors deem the altcoin a good asset to diversify into and hedge against Bitcoin and ETH volatility. ETC has a limited coin supply of 210 million. In comparison, sister blockchain ETH has an unlimited supply. As such, ETC’s token value is likely to appreciate once the blockchain reaches its maximum token supply.

In addition, the underway ETH 2.0 upgrade will help further differentiate ETC from its more popular sister ETH. In this case, ETC could prove to be a good way for investors to diversify their portfolios.

Finally, ETC holds sentimental value for those who wish to see what ETH would look like if the platform followed its initial roadmap.

Source: https://coinquora.com/ethereum-classic-etc-price-poised-for-a-surge-to-100/

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Shiba Inu Drops Hard Below Critical Support Level

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  • Shiba Inu’s price hit below its critical support level of $0.000007.
  • Its price is now is going for new lows of $0.00000630.
  • SHIB needs to reach above $0.000007 to change the momentum and go up.

Notwithstanding a recent drop in the crypto market, Shiba Inu (SHIB), the meme-based coin named as “Dogecoin killer” has not disappeared. However, there are still some struggles that SHIB has to face.

As of writing, SHIB’s price hit below its critical support level of $0.000007 and is headed for new lows of $0.00000630. Meanwhile, If Shiba Inu breaks through the $0.00000630 support level, it will go to the $0.00000440 support level.

Now, to acquire momentum and make it go up, SHIB needs to reach above $0.000007. Otherwise, if SHIB is able to break through this resistance, it will go on to the next level of resistance at $0.000008.

Numerous individuals think that the SHIB’s rise recently is merely because of the community. In any case, there are different conditions that help the crypto gain investor’s interest. Respectively, SHIB announced its listing in Binance last month.

Furthermore, Shiba Inu will establish its own exchange soon called ShibaSwap. With this,   another decentralized exchange (DEX) like UniSwap or PancakeSwap will be available in the market. Of note, the platform has been operational for a while, but it is still undergoing some tests for security and transparency development.

On another note, many experts and analysts have shared their predictions for SHIB. Market experts even outlined a strategy for Shiba Inu to hit the $1. To reach $1, SHIB needs to increase around12,000,000%.

Consequently, the coin has increased by around 2,000,000 percent monthly since January. Moreover, according to Market Realist, if SHIB  continues to expand at this rate, it might touch $1 by the end of 2021.

Lastly, based on Wallet Investor, Shiba Inu’s price is expected to hit $0.000030 by June 2021 and could rise to $0.000048 at the end of the year.

Source: https://coinquora.com/shiba-inu-drops-hard-below-critical-support-level/

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US Financial Giants Tread Carefully Into Crypto Trend

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  • A large number of financial players continue to move into the crypto space.
  • Its volatility may be holding it back from reaching its potential value.
  • The future of crypto seems uncertain as both community interest and risks stay high.

Even as the pressure around entering the crypto space has cooled down, a large number of big players continue to move in. Many US finance giants are treading forward, cautiously.

Jamie Dimon, Chief Executive at JPMorgan and Chase, said recently, “My own personal advice to people: Stay away from it.” He added, however, “That does not mean the clients don’t want it.” The biggest US bank in terms of assets, JPMorgan is currently assessing how it can help its clients transact in crypto.

Early 2021 saw the financial industry brimming with excitement and possibilities for cryptocurrency. Part of this was due to Bitcoin’s unprecedented jump in value from late 2020 to early 2021. Some of the most recent players attracted by crypto’s novelty are:

  • Online trading firm Interactive Brokers, who promised that it will establish online trading of crypto on its platform by summer end. At this moment, it doesn’t offer crypto payments. Still, it gives its clients the option to invest in assets that include crypto or Bitcoin futures.
  • ForUsAll, a platform managing retirement accounts for small businesses, has also stepped in. It announced on Monday its decision to work with Coinbase for clients to invest up to 5 percent of their balances in crypto.
  • Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, have both recently targeted crypto enthusiasts within their clients. The former stated that it would allow its richer clients to invest in Bitcoin funds, while the latter opened its doors to crypto trading with a newly assigned team.
  • Brokerage firm Fidelity Investments also filed papers with US securities regulators for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Previously, it created a digital assets division in 2018 to trade crypto for hedge funds.

Despite the steady, yet cautious increase in digital asset investors, concerns remain high. This has also to do with high volatility in the market, especially reflected in Bitcoin’s most recent bull run. BTC went from $63,000 in mid-April 2021 to half its value, $34,000 in June.

Ian Gendler from Value Line, a research firm, sheds light on the influx of investors saying, “Speculators and those suffering from FOMO (the ‘fear of missing out’) will surely continue to flock to cryptos in the hopes of achieving huge returns.”

He, however, directs clients to avoid crypto investments due to high risks and the lack of tangible assets. He also noted, Bitcoin and other digital money is not backed by governments.

Cryptocurrencies are only worth what the next investor is willing to pay.

It seems likely that crypto’s lack of a steady trend may be holding the currency back and blocking possible investments. Be that as it may, but investor interest in the digital asset is far from going down. We’ll just have to keep waiting to see what the future holds for cryptocurrency.

Source: https://coinquora.com/us-financial-giants-tread-carefully-into-crypto-trend/

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