Cryptocurrency Trading Strategies

Bitcoin trading is a new concept. Ten years ago, “cryptocurrency” was a foreign word. Today, cryptocurrencies have a market cap of over $100 billion USD.

Despite that enormous market cap, there are few good tutorials on bitcoin trading strategies. Today, we’re going to help by listing some of the introductory things new bitcoin traders need to know before they begin.

Understanding the Nature of the Bitcoin Market

The first and most important thing you need to know about bitcoin is that people aren’t really treating it as a currency right now. Sure, you can spend bitcoin at a growing number of places around the world. People have bought houses with bitcoin. Some people have contactless bitcoin debit cards they can spend anywhere in the world.

However, most investors aren’t treating bitcoin as a currency: they’re treating it as a financial commodity that might provide a return on investment.

The value of bitcoin comes from its potential uses. Bitcoin completely bypasses traditional banking institutions. It removes third parties – with all their fees and slowdowns – from the financial system. It broadcasts transactions to the network (the blockchain) in a transparent way.

Like many unknown commodities, bitcoin is subject to price volatility. Some investors see this as an opportunity, while risk-averse investors want to stay away.

Bitcoin isn’t just an unknown commodity: it will always be an unknown commodity. Bitcoin doesn’t have the fundamentals that investors typically use to analyze an asset. Most stocks or bonds can be analyzed based on some trait of the instrument. Stocks have P/E ratios and dividends, for example, while bonds have return percentages. Bitcoin has no fundamentals that can be easily measured.

Bitcoin Exchanges

Bitcoin trading occurs on exchanges. These exchanges accept your fiat currencies (like USD and EUR) in exchange for a cryptocurrency (like BTC). These exchanges maintain a liquid pool of bitcoin, allowing users to withdraw their bitcoin at any time. Investors who wish to trade on that exchange can deposit bitcoin into their personal wallet on the exchange, or make a wire transfer to the exchange’s bank account. The exchange notices this transfer, then credits your account.

At that point, you can begin trading. You can submit market or limit orders. The orders will be filled as soon as your buy/sell order can be matched to a corresponding one. Most exchanges only offer this limited structure for placing orders. However, a growing number of exchanges now allow more complex orders, including the option to go long/short on a stock and to employ leverage.

Today, the largest bitcoin exchanges by market volume (in June 2017) include Poloniex, Bithumb, Kraken, GDAX, Coinone, Bitfinex, and OKCoin.

You’ll find that different exchanges cater to different markets. Today, most countries have at least one cryptocurrency exchange specializing in their own currency. There are exchanges that can accept New Zealand Dollars in exchange for bitcoin, for example. Other exchanges are known for certain pairs. Bithumb, for example, has particularly strong liquidity in the ETH/KRW (South Korean Won) pair at the moment (and it’s easily the most popular cryptocurrency exchange in Korea).

CoinMarketCap.com has a ranking of the top bitcoin exchanges by their 24 hour volume. Anything in the top 50 allows for good liquidity. However, you can also sort the list by specific currency pairs – so if you want to trade in a more obscure cryptocurrency, you can find the market with the best liquidity.

Bitcoin Trading Technology

Most bitcoin traders make their own trades manually – just like you would execute ordinary trades. However, bitcoin trading technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Today, automated bitcoin traders use algorithms to analyze the market, then adjust their portfolios as necessary.

Typically, these companies keep their trading strategies a well-guarded secret. Some companies allow you to purchase their bitcoin trading system, then let it make trades on your behalf.

Unfortunately, bitcoin trading is kind of like the Wild West. Some companies will lure in newbie investors with promises of doubling their bitcoins in 90 days. In reality, automated bitcoin traders shouldn’t guarantee any profits.

Remember that Most Traders Lose Money and Quit Within a Year

Whether you’re day trading stocks or you’re trading cryptocurrencies, most traders will lose money and give up within a year.

However, there are a small number of traders who can earn consistent profitability – even in markets as unpredictable and volatile as cryptocurrencies.

By keeping up-to-date on bitcoin trading strategies and continuously researching the best tips, you may be able to consistently earn a profit through bitcoin trading.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The crypto Market is the highest market now. Under half a year, over $150 billion dollars was made worldwide and has made millions of traders rich. You can be part of the people who are earning a living through trading cryptos. With just half a bitcoin, you can make up to 3 bitcoins in a week.

  2. Most traders who do not have a plan for trading blindly will be eliminated in the near future. As a transaction, bitcoin trading is no different from other underlying objects, such as stock futures. An effective trading strategy is essential in order to make a steady profit in this market. Stop the loss of profits, homeopathy, light warehouse is the key. To strictly implement these trading plan, use the program trading is very effective, program trading my first contact with bitcoin is BotVS quantification in the know the platform to see the column introduced bitcoin hedging strategy is inspired by. Later, I tried to write some trading strategies and use them on firm exchanges. Accumulated a lot of bitcoin trading experience. I’m still bullish on bitcoin, which was a great invention in the twenty-first Century.

  3. I’m an elderly gentleman, closing in on 68 years of age. My son introduced me to Crypto in late 2012. After doing a lot of researching Btc I felt strongly that It had a lot of growth and potential ahead of it. So my son and I built my 1st rig and I started mining in January 2013, pulled $5,000 from my IRA and bought Btc at $13.44 and have never looked back since. The sweetest sound that I’ve ever heard was the clink of my 1st mined Bitcoin way back when. That was as satisfying a note as there ever was on any musical scale. Nothing but happy days ahead since. Don’t get me wrong, there have been bumps in this Crypto highway, the demise of the Silk Road, Mt Gox, DAO hack to name a few but as a HOLDer (holding on for the long duration) not a HODLer (hanging on for dear life) and not day trading, has rewarded me with quite a decent profit. It just takes a lot of patience (Sisu) and doing your research with due diligence. I have since invested in Ethereum (Dec 2015), Monero (Jan 2016) and lately Omisego (July 2017) all purchased from some of my profits from Btc to go along with my newly acquired free Bch and recently free Omg. I’m currently operating 3 rigs equipped with 6 gpus each. 2 mining Eth and 1 Monero for now, all of which will be re-evaluated after Metropolis kicks in to see which direction I go from here. So I ‘m back to doing more research in order to help with my next moves but I’ll always be a strong believer in Ethereum which is where I’ve made my money so far. HOLDing on to the rest for now. Btc $5,000-10,000, Eth $2,500- 5,000, Monero $200-400, Omg $100-1,000 no one ever really knows but MY research says yes and so far MY research has not proven me wrong. Bought Btc at $13.44, Eth at .80, Monero at .48, Omg at .43 Bch for free. No where to go but up for me. Just biding my time. It’s taken me over 4 and a half years to get here but I’ve made over $4,000,000 so far with just my original investment plus the cost of my rigs and I’m still sitting on a lot more. Taking a position and HOLDing is where the real profit is and it isn’t going to happen overnight. So if you want aggravation and ulcers go ahead and day trade, try and beat the Market I wish you luck but the real money comes with Research, HOLDing and Patience. Hope this advice helps because in the long run what it all comes down to, its just Eths, You and Me hopefully making the right decisions.

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