How to Buy Litecoin in 3 Simple Steps
Create your free Kraken account
Provide your email address, country of residence and secure your account with a strong password
Connect your funding method
Connect your card or bank account after Kraken verifies your account
Buy LTC with as little as $10
Check the price of Litecoin and
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Check the current Litecoin price on Kraken to help inform your LTC purchase.
LTC to USD Converter
Use our simple LTC to USD converter to see how much Litecoin you can buy with USD.
You can also check LTC's price in USD as well as important metrics such as LTC's trading volume, the percentage change in LTC price, and the past 24 hours’ highest and lowest prices.
Why buy Litecoin?
You may want to buy LTC if you want to:
Support the development of a leading altcoin
Invest in cryptoassets that facilitate cheap, fast digital payments
Purchase everyday items using the Litecoin Visa debit card
Mine LTC to earn block rewards
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What is Litecoin (LTC)?
Litecoin (LTC) is one of the oldest digital currency projects in the crypto market, first developed from Bitcoin's open source code (Bitcoin Core) in 2011. LTC is the project's native digital currency designed to improve upon the foundations of BTC with cheap payments and faster transaction speeds.
Litecoin achieves this by having shorter block transaction times (2.5 minutes instead of bitcoin's 10 minutes) and using the Scrypt hashing algorithm which is faster than the SHA-256 algorithm used in the mining of bitcoin and many other proof-of-work blockchains.
Want to dive deeper? Read Kraken’s What is Litecoin? (LTC) to learn more.
Who created Litecoin?
Litecoin was created in October 2011 by former Google software engineer, Charlie Lee, and managed by a non-profit organization called the Litecoin Foundation. This body serves to promote the growth and development of the Litecoin blockchain and its native digital asset, LTC.
How is Litecoin used?
Litecoin (LTC) is predominantly used to make low-cost, fast digital payments more efficiently than traditional currencies. To date, it is one of the most popular cryptocurrency assets and is supported by a wide range of major exchanges and payment platforms including PayPal.
The project has its own Litecoin-specific wallet where users can safely store their LTC tokens. The Litecoin digital wallet is a mobile-based crypto wallet, but it's also possible to store LTC on other types of hot wallets like desktop wallets and exchange wallets. LTC is also supported by cold wallet solutions like hardware wallet devices.
There is also a Litecoin Visa Debit card which allows users to purchase any item by seamlessly converting LTC into cash at the point of sale.
What makes Litecoin unique?
One of Litecoin's unique selling points is its prestige as being one of the oldest altcoins in the digital asset industry and has successfully survived more than a decade in the turbulent crypto market. Like Bitcoin or Ethereum, Litecoin has become a staple of many people’s crypto investment portfolio thanks to its resilience and staying power.
It's also widely renowned as a reliable platform that was one of the first blockchain networks to support scaling solutions like the Lightning Network and Segregated Witness (SegWit) to improve its fees, throughput and speed. Because of this, many still choose Litecoin as a reliable form of payment.
How many LTC coins are in circulation?
There are currently more than 71 million LTC tokens in circulation. This represents ~85% of its maximum supply of 84 million tokens. At current prices, Litecoin ranks among the top cryptocurrencies by market cap available today. This figure changes constantly, however, due to the nature of LTC being a volatile asset that changes price based on market movements.
Why buy Litecoin with Kraken?
With more than a decade of experience, Kraken has established itself as a pillar of the cryptocurrency industry. While we have grown to now offer over 200 crypto assets, we remain one of the best places to buy LTC.
At Kraken, our focus has and will always be on:
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How to buy Litecoin with a credit card or bank account on the Kraken app
The official Kraken app is the perfect way for you to conveniently buy or sell LTC from the palm of your hand. You can buy Litecoin from anywhere as soon as you:
- Download our app from Google Play or the iOS App Store
- Create your account in minutes
- Connect your bank account or credit card
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How much LTC can I buy with Kraken?
You can buy Litecoin on Kraken with as little as $10 since each LTC is divisible into smaller units. While you do not need to execute larger orders, Kraken’s advanced price discovery and execution technology helps offer some of the best rates of any cryptocurrency exchange.
Your verification level determines what you can do with your Kraken account. This can be located by signing into your account, selecting your name in the upper right and then selecting Get Verified. You will then see highlighted your current (pending or verified) level.
Dollar cost averaging is a popular strategy that allows you to invest in an asset at regular time intervals using fiat currencies (cash) and other payment methods like a bank transfer, regardless of its price. This sort of recurring buy strategy is designed to help build wealth over time while minimizing the impact of unpredictable price changes.
How to keep your LTC investment safe
Kraken works hard to protect your LTC
When you buy Litecoin with Kraken, your crypto is automatically stored in our hot wallet — an accessible but highly secure place to keep your LTC safe.
Kraken allows you to hold your own Litecoin
Our rigorous security standards ensure that our users’ crypto is always safe on our platform. However, if you want to hold or transfer your Litecoin, Kraken allows you to take full custody of your LTC in the wallet of your choice, unlike many other fintech services. Litecoin can easily be stored on hardware wallets, web, or mobile wallets.
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