VictorCobra

Litecoin Shows The Way - Part II

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COINBASE:LTCUSD   Litecoin / U.S. Dollar

In November, 2020, I wrote an analysis about how I thought Litecoin's major downtrend break could signal that some life would return to the cryptocurrency market. The call ended up being correct: A year before that, I wrote about why I thought the bottom could be in for the cryptocurrency market, but also why I didn't expect Litecoin to do much for a while:
More recently, I made a call for Litecoin to make a new all-time high. Although it briefly skimmed the high from the previous bull market, it failed to sustain - and my analysis ended up being incorrect for the time being. I did note the possibility of the broadening wedge breakdown, and subsequent updates gave some of those lower targets.
What's up with Litecoin now? By all appearances, it's dead. Well, at least if you compare it to Ethereum . Against Bitcoin , LTC has not yet made a new low, but against the #2 cryptocurrency, Litecoin has certainly underperformed, and has been doing so for 2 years straight. Will that ever change? Not unless it can break out of the massive downtrend against ETH (righthand chart). However, I have now accumulated Litecoin at both touches of the lower trendline of the downtrend channel since February, with the hope of using it to increase some of my other crypto positions (mainly ETH), once the ratio becomes more favorable for selling. My goal, which may be unachievable, is to sell LTC once the ratio against ETH gets to 0.5, and once LTCUSD gets well above the long term bullish channel (preferably above $1000). After all, I managed to sell LTC to ETH at 0.5 once before in 2019, after first buying LTC at $32. The last two times this happened, it signaled a major market top. So, does this mean we haven't yet reached a major market top? Or...is Litecoin losing relevance in the cryptocurrency market? There are arguments to be made for both cases.

Despite how Litecoin has underperformed, I've been buying Litecoin only during this huge crypto market correction. My reasoning might seem a little odd, but I see it as a bit of an outlier and an interesting opportunity. Plus, after reducing my initial risk in January, Litecoin dropped the hardest, and even went below my sell price. So, I redeployed about 15% of my initial risk to accumulate a more substantial Litecoin position. Maybe I'm just stubborn, and I need to simply let go of the position. Just because I made a great LTC trade in 2019 doesn't mean I'll get lucky again. Maybe I'm seeing things I just want to see. It hasn't been a fun one to hold this year. Even leading up to its eventual top near the previous all-time high (above $400), each move up resulted in a violent retrace. It almost seemed like it would never truly break out. Then, once it looked like it was finally about to make a new all-time high, the entire market crashed. Anyone who was already growing tired of Litecoin probably sold. Meanwhile, mysteriously, grayscale has continued to accumulate a sizeable amount of LTC for its trust (almost 38,000 LTC in the last month, while it sold 1000 BTC ).

I think it's possible Litecoin's drop was exacerbated by the China mining crackdown. As a legacy proof-of-work coin, Litecoin also requires substantial energy to mine. The Litecoin network is also used to mine DOGE, which is why perhaps LTC and DOGE peaked at around the same time in May, 2021. Despite this major black swan event, LTC price has stabilized for now above $130, which is still near the peak level from 2019. It's also holding above the middle of the long term bullish channel (lefthand chart). However, Litecoin is starting to drift below the 50 week MA (red on the chart below).
Since the 50 week MA is currently Bitcoin's support, weakness from Litecoin could spell trouble for Bitcoin as well. Litecoin is really trying hard to hold above the downtrend against Bitcoin , which is perhaps why it's outperforming the market a little bit today. If it cannot hold above this downtrend, I can see it making new lows: If this happens, Litecoin could break below the middle of the longer term bullish channel and eventually touch the bottom, putting it well below $100 again.

I was hoping for Litecoin to make a move like its previous cycle (circled below). Again, it's possible the China crackdown created an anomaly. In this case, I would expect LTC to do what no one expects - pump right up to the longer term downtrend and triple on the ratio in a matter of just a couple weeks. This would also allow it to test the 0.2 level against Ethereum .
For this to happen, Litecoin needs to break the downtrend on my chart for starters. This could push price all the way up to $240-250 to test the channel resistance. The last time LTC broke a major downtrend, Bitcoin broke its all-time-high shortly thereafter. Maybe Litecoin's performance today shows some hidden strength in the market. The crypto fear/greed index has maintained below 30 for the longest time in its 3.5 year history. The other times this happened were towards the end of 2018 (last bear market bottom) and in March, 2020. Both were great buying opportunities, with Bitcoin at roughly 1/10th the current price. The fact that sentiment is so low, with Bitcoin being priced that much higher is very interesting. It tells me that a correction this severe and this long was perhaps needed.

This is not financial advice! This is meant for speculation and entertainment only. Thank you for your support. I plan on starting a small podcast some point in the near future, so stay tuned for updates about that. It'll be about markets, humanity, psychology, and all that good stuff.

-Victor Cobra


Comment: Verrrry slight bullish divergence on the lower candle close. I bought more at $108 yesterday. Let's see if it can get back above the trendline and break the wedge.

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Great example on how to reflect on past decision making. One more thing to consider: Doge is being minded with litecoin miners afaik, and i heard that miners constantly sold litecoin and held onto doge to sell the hype peaks. This "ratio" could see a flip and change the dynamic again a little bit. But for now i agree, it looks weak. It is weird as litecoin has " a lot to offer". I mean it works and does the one job very well. With the mimble wimble update it can hold up to other privacy coins; so what are Litecoins core function? Fast, cheap and reliable payment with a + in privacy, a truly decentralized network that has proven it is here to stay. That alone is worth a lot in the crypto space. Other hype coins are not truly decentralized yet or exist for a very short time. Litecoin is being used for many payments in the web, right next to monero and bitcoin. Just my 2 cents
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VictorCobra Tommy_bnks
@Tommy_bnks, Thank you for your thoughts! I very much agree with you. I did mention that Litecoin is being mined with Doge, but thank you for making the connection to the actual price relationship between the two. It makes sense that Litecoin miners would sell LTC and pump DOGE, especially with Elon's hype.

-Victor Cobra
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Thanks for your thoughtful opinion
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LTC is sitting on the bottom of the 365d ma multiplier
What Tommy_bnks said and the fact that grayscale is accumulating is what makes me think that this is the bottom and we are going to touch the red again at some point
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i found LTC to be very tightly correlated to BTC lately (more than usual) and look what just happened. Unusual, maybe meaningless...but still noticeable:

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VictorCobra Tommy_bnks
@Tommy_bnks, Thank you! I noticed this as well, which is partially why I wanted to post this analysis today. I think we did see a de-correlation like this before the May crash though, so it's probably best to be on the lookout. Could be bullish or bearish for the market, depending on whether or not Bitcoin follows.

-Victor Cobra
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