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Litecoin (LTC) price prediction 2021
What factors affect the price of Litecoin and what does the future hold for this popular cryptocurrency?
Founded in 2011 by former Google engineer Charlie Lee, Litecoin (LTC) was created with the aim of improving Bitcoin. Designed to offer faster processing times and lower fees than Bitcoin, Litecoin is now one of the world’s 10 largest cryptocurrencies in terms of market cap.
As a well-established coin backed by a strong development team, Litecoin has attracted the attention of many traders seeking further growth. However, this digital currency will also face a few key challenges moving forward, so let’s take a look at what the future might hold for Litecoin’s price.
Litecoin (LTC) price prediction 2021
It looks as if the best days for Litecoin (LTC) are behind it, with only 24% of panelists thinking the coin will find its way back into the top 10 coins by market cap. But, is there any hope for Litecoin? We asked our panel of 42 experts what’s in store for the coin.
At the time of writing this, Litecoin is worth US $138.43 and our panel expects the price of LTC to roughly double by the end of the year, giving an average price prediction of US $266.43 for December 2021.
Technologist & Futurist at Thomson Reuters Joseph Raczynski gave one of the more bullish predictions for the end of 2021. However, he does not necessarily see its price rising based on its own merits.
“Since it is one of the early names in crypto, it will likely be around for years to come, but its relevance will decrease with time. Still as all of these assets grow, while diminished, I still see LTC lifting with the tide, just not nearly as dramatically,” Raczynski said.
Senior lecturer at the University of Canberra John Hawkins is at the other end of spectrum, giving the lowest end of year projection from the coin saying, “Litecoin now has little media profile and seems to offer no advantage over Bitcoin.”
CEO of Unocoin Technologies Private Limited Sathvik Vishwanath is the most bullish on the coin, giving the max predictions for each year with predictions of US $900, US $3,000 and US $6,000. In fact, if we remove his end of year prediction from the panel average, it drops to US $217.69.
Co-founder of Trade The Chain, Ryan Gorman's long term outlook is also bullish on the coin based on the infrastructure already in place.
"People new to the space will continue to trade Litecoin because it is always one of the first crypto assets added to new on-ramps like PayPal, Venmo, etc. That built-in support should help it continue to gain value despite being mostly irrelevant," says Gorman.
Decred's international ops lead Jonathan Zeppettini sees the value of the coin dissipating over the coming decade likening it to Dogecoin fad: "Litecoin is a meme coin similar to Dogecoin, the market will get smarter over time." He predicts Litecoin will be worth US $130 at the end of 2021, US $50 at the end of 2025 and just US $5 at the end of 2030.
When do you think Litecoin will make its way back into the top 10 coins by market cap?
Just 24% of panelists think LTC will ever find its way back into the top 10 coins by market cap, with 15% saying it'll worm its way back in by the end of 2021 and 9% saying it will happen by 2025. However, that leaves 76% saying the coin will never see those heights again.
As to why our panel thinks that LTC has lost prominence in recent years, the bulk of the panel (81%) put it down to Litecoin losing relevance as other coins have established themselves in the market. The next most common reasons cited were the rise of ETH as the more widely known alternative to BTC (39%) and the 2017 asset sale of one of Litecoin's founders tarnishing LTC's reputation (33%).
For both Zeppettini and Token Metrics senior cryptocurrency investment analyst Forrest Przybysz, innovation (or the lack thereof) is holding back the coin.
"Litecoin does not provide any innovation or additional utility over other existing projects," Przybysz said.
Morpher's CEO Martin Fröhler it's that there is "no unique use case and no active developer community."
While CEO at Cake DeFi Julian Hosp simply said: "It's a useless coin."
Meet our panel
|Sagi Bakshi, CEO, Coinmama||Kate Baucherel, Digital Strategist, Galia Digital||Sarah Bergstrand, COO, BitBull Capital|
|Konstantin Boyko-Romanovsky, CEO & Founder, Allnodes||Jeremy Cheah, Associate Professor of Cryptofinance and Digital Investment, Nottingham Trent University||Justin Chuh, Senior Trader, Wave Financial|
|Paul J. Ennis, Lecturer/Assistant Professor, University College Dublin||Pedro Febrero, Head of Blockchain, RealFevr||Josh Fraser, Founder, Origin Protocol|
|Martin Fröhler, CEO, Morpher||Martin Gaspar, Research Analyst, CrossTower||Ryan Gorman, Co-founder, Trade The Chain|
|James Harris, Director, CryptoCompare||Justin Hartzman, CEO, CoinSmart||John Hawkins, Senior lecturer, University of Canberra|
|Julian Hosp, CEO, Cake DeFi||John Iadeluca, CEO, Banz Capital||Sukhi Jutla, COO, MarketOrders|
|David Klinger, Founder, Coteries Corporation||Paul Levy, Senior Lecturer, Brighton Business School||Vetle Lunde, Analyst, Arcane Crypto|
|Nicholas Mancini, Research Analyst, Trade The Chain||Desmond Marshall, MD, Rouge International & Rouge Ventures||Alex Mashinsky, CEO, Celsius Network|
|Bobby Ong, Co-founder, CoinGecko||Daniel Polotsky, Founder/Chief Advisor, CoinFlip||Forrest Przybysz, Senior Cryptocurrency Investment Analyst, Token Metrics|
|Joseph Raczynski, Technologist & Futurist, Thomson Reuters||Dr Iwa Salami, Senior Lecturer in FinTech Regulation, University of East London||Fred Schebesta, co-founder, Finder|
|Xavier Segura, General Partner, Morgan Creek Digital||Avinash Shekhar, Co-CEO, ZebPay||Matthew Shillito, Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool|
|Ajay Shrestha, PhD Candidate, University of Saskatchewan||Lee Smales, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Western Australia||Elvira Sojli, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales|
|Aleks Svetski, CEO, Amber||Simon Trimborn, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong||Jean-Philippe Vergne, Associate Professor, UCL School of Management|
|Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO, Unocoin Technologies Private Limited||Imran Yusof, FX/Crypto Market Strategist, Quantum Economics||Jonathan Zeppettini, International Operations Lead, Decred|
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What's next on Litecoin's roadmap
At the time of writing, Litecoin had not yet released the 2018 version of its roadmap outlining the upgrades and developments planned for the next 12 months. Keep an eye on the Litecoin Core website for details of what the development team will be working on in coming months.
However, one important piece of technology that could have a substantial impact on the price of LTC is LitePay. This Litecoin payment system is designed to offer an easy way to accept Litecoin payments, store and spend Litecoin securely, or turn LTC into dollars with the LitePay debit card. While not an official Litecoin project, Lee confirmed on Twitter in January 2018 that the Litecoin team works "closely" with LitePay.
The system was scheduled to launch on February 26, 2018, but was postponed indefinitely at the last minute "due to recent hostile actions by card issuers towards crypto companies". In other words, it was postponed in response to several major banks prohibiting their customers from buying cryptocurrencies using their credit cards.
This resulted in a price dip for Litecoin and means that a new launch date will need to be announced in the future. If successful, LitePay could potentially drive further adoption of Litecoin as a viable alternative to fiat currency, so this is one development to keep a close eye on.
- Bitcoin (BTC). The biggest cryptocurrency of them all needs no introduction, but it is one of Litecoin's key rivals. It's also worth pointing out that, as the first mainstream cryptocurrency and the largest player in the crypto world, bitcoin's own price fluctuations can also have a significant impact on the prices of other digital currencies, including Litecoin.
- Litecoin Cash (LCC). Created in February 2018 as a hard fork of Litecoin, LCC is designed to provide improved transaction processing and to enable older mining hardware to be put to use. However, some critics of the project have labeled it a scam.
- Ethereum (ETH). The smart contracts platform is the second-biggest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap and has a wide range of use cases. The wide availability of ETH on a host of exchanges also makes it a direct competitor to LTC among new buyers looking to break into the crypto market.
- Zcash (ZEC). A cryptocurrency based on privacy and user protection, Zcash uses zero-knowledge cryptography to provide anonymous transactions.
- Dash (DASH). Another crypto with a focus on privacy, Dash is designed to offer fast, secure and anonymous transactions. It's also one of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap at the time of writing.
- Ripple (XRP). Designed to provide a fast and affordable real-time payments network, XRP is currently one of the top five cryptocurrencies in terms of market cap.
Beyond 2021: What does the future hold for Litecoin?
Predicting the future performance of any cryptocurrency is an extremely difficult task. In the case of Litecoin, there are a few key opportunities and challenges that could impact the coin's value in the months and years ahead.
Launched in 2011, Litecoin is one of the oldest and most established crypto coins out there. This means it's widely available on a wide range of exchanges, has a reputation for credibility and also offers some key advantages when compared to bitcoin.
That said, it faces stiff competition from a host of other coins and, like all cryptocurrencies, faces a battle to achieve widespread adoption. The launch of LitePay, should that ever successfully occur, could be a key factor to support growth.
It's also worth pointing out that Litecoin founder Charlie Lee made headlines in December 2017 when he announced that he had "sold and donated" all of his Litecoin holdings. This caused a backlash from some quarters, with critics pointing to the fact that Lee had cashed out when LTC was trading at five times the price it had been a month previously, and that he had also caused uncertainty about the future of Litecoin.
In his announcement, Lee wrote that it was a "conflict of interest" to hold LTC and tweet about it because he has so much influence. "I have always refrained from buying/selling LTC before or after my major tweets, but this is something only I know. And there will always be a doubt on whether any of my actions were to further my own personal wealth above the success of Litecoin and cryptocurrency in general."
Lee also pointed out that he would continue to spend all his time working on Litecoin, and some commentators have even suggested that Lee's sell-off should help LTC in the long run.
Just like bitcoin, Ethereum and other popular cryptocurrencies, it'll be very interesting watching the future of Litecoin unfold. Market competition and the battle to break into the mainstream are key obstacles, and the success (or lack thereof) of the LitePay system could have a big impact on Litecoin's growth.
As always, remember that cryptocurrencies are speculative and complicated, so make sure you thoroughly research all the pros and cons of Litecoin before deciding whether or not you should buy.
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