Trading strategies include specifications for trade entries, including money management, rules for trade exits, money management, trade filters and triggers, timeframes, order types, and other important information. It can be very difficult to figure out which cryptocurrencies to add to your portfolio. It is important to do a lot of research and try to identify those currencies which are likely to fit together in an overall ecosystem, rather than trying to pick a single winner. Cryptocurrencies are trending all over the world as the internet payments have been accepted by many companies and cryptocurrencies have become a very popular for investors and traders. The trading strategies can be based on technical analysis (chart analysis) or fundamental analysis. Investing and trading are two very different methods, the goal of investing is to gradually build wealth over an extended period of time. Trading is an active style of participating in the financial markets in which traders seek short-term price moves in order to profit instead of waiting to profit from long-term price movements. Investors are usually more focused on the fundamental basis while traders usually trade according to technical analysis. When doing an analysis for trading a cryptocurrency on a fundamental basis several things should be considered: the characteristics of the coin, how active is development, how active is the community, transaction activity. Traders usually apply technical indicators to charts of various time frames in attempts to accurately forecast future price movements (support and resistance, moving averages, chart patterns, trendlines). While investors may be content with a 10 to 15% annual return, traders might seek a 10% return each month. The bottom line, fundamental trading strategies are focused on fundamental factors while technical trading strategies rely on technical indicators to generate trading signals.
Trading is hard work, and traders should follow these rules to increase their odds of success
- Always use a trading plan with rules that specify a trader’s entry, exit and money management
- Trading is a business and incurs expenses, losses, taxes, uncertainty, stress and risk
- Risk only what you can afford to lose
- Setting realistic goals is an essential part of keeping trading in perspective
- Understanding the nature of the cryptocurrency market
- Always use a “Stop Loss” order (a predetermined amount of risk that a trader is willing to accept with each trade). Ignoring a stop loss, even if it leads to a winning trade, is bad practice
- Greed has no place in day trading
- Controlled emotions
- Learn to patiently wait for the highest probability trades, allow the trades to come to you, instead of chasing trades
- Traders should always analyze the market from the “big picture” all the way down to the short-term or intra-day
- An active trading strategy differs from the long-term, buy-and-hold strategy, and active trading strategy is usually made up of trading signals that trigger buy or sell decisions
- A trader can simulate the trading of a strategy over an appropriate period of time and analyze the results for the levels of profitability and risk
- Use technology to your advantage
- Traders need to remain focused on learning more each day
- Understanding the markets is an ongoing, lifelong process
- Know when to stop trading, an unsuccessful trading plan is a problem that needs to be solved
Trading is hard work, and traders who have the discipline and patience to follow specific rules can become profitable. It can be very difficult to figure out which cryptocurrencies to add to your portfolio. It is important to do a lot of research and try to identify those currencies which are likely to fit together in an overall ecosystem, rather than trying to pick a single winner. The successful trading is not gambling and I recommend trading a model or a system where the rules are clearly defined. In my opinion, every trader who wants to become profitable should use a combination of technical and fundamental analysis to make trading decisions. Becoming a profitable cryptocurrency trader requires a strategic plan with short and long-term goals, what you will trade, the amount of capital, trading time frames. The trading strategy that suits you best includes a variety of factors like personality, risk tolerance, level of trading experience, account size, timeframes, order types , amount of time that can be dedicated to trading, rules for trade exits, trade filters and triggers. Active cryptocurrency traders can employ one or more strategies but before deciding on engaging in these strategies they should try to become profitable on a demo account and continue to evaluate at regular intervals before funding the account or placing trades. One of the biggest mistakes that new traders often make is to change trading strategies at the first sign of trouble. The profitable trading strategies are difficult to develop but traders should find the strategy that works best for them. My recommendation for all cryptocurrency traders is once you are comfortable with a particular trading strategy, remain faithful to that trading strategy and always use “stop loss” and “take profit” orders.
The History of Bitcoin as cryptocurrency
First mention in 2010:
August 23, 2010: “Bitcoin”—a rival to credit cards, PayPal, and other similar products—arrived on the scene, in the form of an idea by a mysterious hacker named Satoshi Nakamoto.
The idea quickly caught on with the Bitcoin community as a peer-to-peer electronic cash system, with each unit of each digital currency being either issued by the same person or by an algorithm connected to that person (or to some third party).
The idea of peer-to-peer, decentralized exchange was first proposed as early as May 2009 by Jeff Garzik, and subsequent cryptographic innovations helped confirm its significance. In May 2009, the first piece of code to be published on the Internet was composed by Bitcoin miner Adam Back, and in May 2011, Satoshi Nakamoto published a blog post explaining how miners were generating the whole set of instructions required to create each Bitcoin.
October 2008: The first transaction. No one has used Bitcoin for payments yet, though it is available for purchase.
February 2009: The block chain is fully published.
March 2009: The first mined unit, 000,000,000 satoshis, or 0.00000001 BTC, is mined. It is named after Satoshi Nakamoto, who went by the name Satoshi Nakamoto’s Private Key at the time, and received donations from participating miners. The block chain is released in April 2009.
April 1, 2009: The first block, ฿100’, is created, which is one block beyond the 1MB limit. The first known use of Bitcoin was as a payment method for renting a phone with a credit card.
February 2010: The first public link between Bitcoin miners’ private keys and bitcoins is published.
July 2010: The first mined block, ฿104’, is created. Bitcoins are mined using software developed by someone or some group.
The Bitcoin network is made up of hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, providing a decentralized exchange of information in the form of digital coins. The block chain is released in August 2010.
November 2010: Bitcoin mining is made inexpensive and automated. There are no computers or human input required to solve a block. The mining software— which does the work of mining for each block ’— is written in Java.
December 2010: Bitcoin mining is made secure by development of secure coding standards. The first public proof-of-work algorithm is released.
May 2011: Bitcoin mining becomes decentralized and accessible to regular users and computers. There are thousands of computers around the world working hard to solve Bitcoin-related math problems that take weeks to solve in standard mining centers, but require minutes to solve in the world’s first Bitcoin mining pools.
Miners can deposit Bitcoins to exchange directly for traditional currencies, or trade the cryptocurrency for cash or other digital currency.
June 2011: Bitcoin is first used as payment in over 4,200 outlets and merchants, including Barnes and Noble, HP, Neiman Marcus, and other big-name chains and department stores. This is the point in the Bitcoin ecosystem where the network really took off, as hundreds of other large retailers followed in the weeks following June 2011.
January 2012: The first mining pools are established.
October 2012: Enthusiasts start to complain about the security of Bitcoin, especially as it emerges as a new consumer form of currency. Some enthusiasts want to stop mining altogether, suggesting it leads to centralization and less freedom.
December 2013: Google announces it will accept Bitcoins for all purchases, saying that, “If it is beyond the boundaries of your bank account, then it’s usually worth staying with.”
The dramatic rise in Bitcoin
The Bitcoin ecosystem’s genesis is remarkable and uplifting, and as a result, Bitcoin is constantly having to fend off detractors who are always trying to put a stop to its growth. Bitcoin’s advocates are keenly aware of this and try to call out those who try to scare the public into becoming too worried about the cryptocurrency. For this reason, the Bitcoin community has adopted a policy of self-annulling any changes that would stop people from using Bitcoin. In particular, large Bitcoin miners have been happy to help nonprofits manage their Bitcoin operations, helping them use their own cash through the process.