The announcement by SALT coin to accept Litecoin (LTC) as collateral in their blockchain lending platform led to an explosion in the price of their ERC-20 token. In a 24 hour shake-up that rocked the altcoin market just before the weekend, this crypto-lending favorite rose over US $0.82 on Friday morning. SALT (SALT) shot up 55% overnight while the rest of the market stagnated in a prolonged malaise. The announcement was made on the SALT (SALT) platform blog Thursday.
The SALT Lending platform allows users to make real-world expenditures without losing potential gains from their cryptocurrency holdings. By allowing fiat loans backed by crypto-assets, SALT coin aims to bring needed liquidity to the market. While traditionally allowing loans backed by Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), the addition of Litecoin (LTC) will likely bring a multitude of hodlers to its service. Litecoin (LTC) enthusiasts are understandably anxious to benefit from their accumulated stockpiles of yester-years crypto-darling.
Litecoin (LTC) has benefitted recently from a number of articles surrounding its acceptability. As reported by Forbes, Litecoin (LTC), along with Ethereum (ETH), may soon be traded in the futures markets. While investors are excited by the potential for upward price movement related to this development, it is easy to point out that futures trading did not help stem the losses of Bitcoin (BTC), which subsequently fell over 60% from its highs late last year.
Litecoin (LTC) is gaining in usability and is now accepted as payment for a variety of goods, from luxury cars to gift cards. Founder Charlie Lee recently purchased an Amazon gift-card with Litecoin (LTC), and quickly tweeted the transaction to the delight of followers and enthusiasts.
SALT coin announced a few other changes to its service along with the addition of Litecoin (LTC) as acceptable collateral. The platform now offers USD loans at a 5.99% interest rate (for loans less than US$75,000) and has removed the cap on maximum loan amounts. Having expanded their reach into 15 additional US jurisdictions, the company is gaining trust with a serious investor community that includes individuals, mining operations, exchanges, and blockchain institutions. According to their blog, “This rapid expansion of services comes on the heels of our 20-state expansion in August, bringing us closer to our goal of being fully operational in all 50 states.”
SALT (SALT) was founded in 2016. The lending platform launched in 2017. Having peaked with a price of US $17.68 in late December of 2017, the past months have been a bit more harrowing for their investors than for the typical Bitcoin (BTC) hodler. However, as the general market stabilizes, and the SALT (SALT) platform expands, the potential for gains may again be realized for the properly positioned investor in a brand new crypto-market.
The current price of SALT coin has fallen from it’s high Friday morning, retracing to its current value of approximately US $0.65. This marks a nearly perfect 62% Fibonacci retracement and will signal a buying opportunity for investors waiting for the right opportunity to jump in.
If you missed the recent announcement and were hoping for the right opportunity to add SALT coin into your portfolio, now may be your best chance.
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