Friday, January 29, 2016

Bitcoin right on schedule for 2016 Halving Pump. Oh... and #altsareback

Bitcoin 2016 Outlook

Since my last post, $BTC surged to $500, then had a dramatic dump to $300 before climbing back up to $400. In terms of the bigger picture, Bitcoin has broken the 18-month downtrend in October 2015 by surging above multi-month resistance at $300.

I hope you're familiar with the crash cycle market structure by now, which I introduced in my 2014 post about market cycle, structure, and manipulation. Based on my interpretation of the crash cycle in Bitcoin, it would seem like we are nearing the end of the cycle, or beginning the new pump cycle. According to Jack, the price action we've seen in BTC over the past year or so places us somewhere at the 'disbelief' stage.

Crash Cycle Comparison

If you've been following my blog and twitter account, you'll understand very well that market crash cycles can be found in every corner of the market. With the only similarity between all markets being the human beings behind the money (price), it would be sensible to think that the psychology & emotions behind these humans play a pivotal role in understanding markets and trading.

If we can break this market structure down into 4 easy-to-understand parts, we would come up with something like this:

  1. Accumulation 
  2. Launchpad 
  3. Pump 
  4. Dump 

Relating this to Bitcoin , it seems like the year long accumulation period is over, as $BTCUSD broke above major resistance $300 in October 2015. Based on this, I believe we have now moved into the launchpad phase with our current price action raging between $294 and $502.

Tradingview: Bitcoin Market Crash Cycle Comparison - Launchpad

If Bitcoin continues to be the leading blockchain network, it should become widely regarded and generally accepted as the base currency of other cryptocurrencies. My personal view is that Bitcoin and the blockchain are not going anywhere anytime soon.

In the shorter term, the bitcoin halving happening in Q3 2016 will set the stage for a pump, and for that to happen, MMs must maintain the uptrend structure formed since October 2015. Any breaks below structure will either delay the pump, or lead to another downtrend. Upside targets are $710, $995, and $1163. Downside is $341, $280, $220, $160.

Click here to get a closer look at the crash cycle comparison.

After the dump from $500, the shockwave and general sideways in the 3-500 range gave time for traders to consolidate their crypto holdings and we have since seen funds flow into altcoins.

Alternative Cryptocurrencies - Are altcoins back?
Notice that the altcoin charts in accumulation all look like Bitcoin from 2015 Jan to 2015 Oct. Now that's what I call a bullish chart! Coincidentally, notice that Bitcoin's pump above $300 in Oct'15 was the same time when many altcoins had their final dump and formed a low, before slowly moving up to break out in December/January and later.


Here's a look at some charts of the alternative cryptocurrencies that are the leading the charge in this pump. I would consider these to be Tier-1 altcoins. Presenting: Dash, Factom, and king Ethereum.


And you should have noticed about 3 days ago that MMs decided to pump just about every coin out there:
So here's a few other coins I thought are a good pick for the upcoming altcoin pump. I would consider these to be Tier-2 altcoins, based on technical factors such as trading volume and other fundamental factors like technology, innovation, developer, and community. These include: Monero (XMR), MaidSafe (MAID), VanillaCoin (VNL), and our old buddy DogeCoin (DOGE).


Other Tier-3 alternatives would include, DigiByte (DGB), BlackCoin (BLK), VeriCoin (VRC), as well as other "Crypto 2.0" alternatives such as New Economy Movement (XEM), NXT, Lumens (STR), Ripple (XRP), Counterparty (XCP), Bitshares (BTS).

With this, it seems like we're still on schedule for the pump leading up to the 2016 Halving in Q3, and it is likely we will see profits from the BTC pump flow into the altcoins. Did you notice that Altcoin volume has surged since October 2015, in the same way that Bitcoin volume has dramatically increased since August 2015? I'm picturing MMs and bulls beefing up their stacks, getting ready to slaughter the bears once and for all.

The altcoin market is very much different than how it was two years ago. There are now so many choices in the market, with all kinds of different innovations, it's hard to keep track anymore. There's hardly 10 coins that look like they can last another 5 years, while the rest are mostly junk clones with various marketing gimmicks, and I believe many of them will die out; those with little innovation will eventually be weeded out by the stronger coins such as Ethereum, and the market should normalize towards having only 1% of the altcoins dominating 99% of the market. And who knows what's to come in the coming years?

In line with the BTC halving in 2016 Q3, ZCash is launching and they're currently the strongest contender for leading the pump for the altcoin markets then, with many big names backing it. So stay tuned and keep a close eye on this one.
My advice is to be versatile and stick to coins with good liquidity, and don't get yourself emotionally attached with any particular coins. Remember that at the end of the day, your goal is to grow your number of Bitcoins, or to increase the FIAT value of your portfolio. Markets, they go up, they go down, so always take profits and forget about the "what ifs". Good luck and may the force be with us.

P.S. Don't forget to sell at the end of the pump. Dump it. All of it.

Money Markets

I know the cryptocurrency markets have been going crazy the last couple of weeks/months, but let's not lose track of the money markets that are driving our current economic system. I'll just briefly touch on three major markets: Crude Oil, Gold, and the S&P 500 Index.

Oil has tumbled to a 12-year low of $28 a barrel on the 20th January 2016, amid tensions in the Middle East, and news of excessive supply. Someone said that this is good for the people because we'll have cheaper gas prices, but heck although oil prices have dropped almost 4-fold, my petrol prices here in Singapore are the still the same!


Gold rebounded strongly off $1050/oz, barely keeping structure above the critical psychological $1000 level.


Since I last mentioned that $SPX was ready for a short back in early November 2015, it topped out at $2109.79 before sliding back down and breaking below the August 25th 2015 low of $1867.61 to form a new low at $1859.33 on January 20th 2016. Doesn't look too good on the $SPX, and this could spell the beginning of yet another major economic crisis.

To end off, let me just leave you with this classic scenario:

Related Post: Uptrend Established Bullish Horizon for #Bitcoin: 2016 The "Pre-Halving" Pump (and Dump). $BTCUSD 

Related Post: $400 Bitcoin - Strong Bull Rally Final Target 600s. May the #crystalball be with us. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

$400 Bitcoin - Strong Bull Rally Final Target 600s. May the #crystalball be with us.

Ladies and gentlement, the FOMO is real. $BTCUSD price action has been picking up steam over the last weeks, with a year long accumulation prior to the rise which has broken $318 convincingly.


Over the last week, we broke above $318 and made a high of $334.67 and consolidated for a moment before breaking above structure again, creating a new 2015 high of $342.06 on 2nd Nov. I went into greater detail on my Twitter post and Tradingview chart last night, saying that this move has legs and can potentially rally to $400 and beyond.

Bitcoin Major Resistance Broken: Short-term Uptrend Confirmation
Bitcoin Major Resistance Broken: Short-term Uptrend Confirmation




Since then, we have rallied past the 340s and $BTCUSD (Bitstamp) is currently trading at yet another new 2015 high of $396. We're currently seeing the bulls and bears battle it out within the 386-396 zone.

Edit: Bitcoin has now broken $400 and is trading at $406.

Bitcoin Major Resistance Broken: Short-term Uptrend Confirmation - Trading at 400+
Bitcoin Major Resistance Broken: Short-term Uptrend Confirmation - Trading at 400+





So what's the cause of this insane bitcoin price rise? There's been positive news about bitcoin going on for a few months now, mostly revolving around the "blockchain not bitcoin" idea. Some news include:
  • Banks experimenting with Blockchain
  • Gemini - $240s - Oct 8th
  • Economist cover - $318 - Oct 31st



As I mentioned in my previous blog post: "this marks the beginning of a new uptrend as we head into 2016, with news outlets ready to paint a bullish picture as the market requires new buyers to get into pump mode."

I'm sure there's still plenty of news pieces in store, ready to be unleashed at appropriate times over mass media channels in the next months to attract new money into the bitcoin economy.

Looking forward to next week's weekly candle and seeing this Triple EMA turn green. Everything has been looking good since re-entering bitcoin in August and with the crazy price action since breaking out of $240.

Will have my sight set on $600+ if 420/450/480 levels are blown through. 657/670 will be my final targets for this run and I may be looking for a short into the 400s before loading up again. Trade safe, and may the power of the #crystalball be with us.

Bullish Bitcoin: Weekly Triple-EMA Turning Green - First Time Since August 2014
Bullish Bitcoin: Weekly Triple-EMA Turning Green - First Time Since August 2014


I think we're gonna see the 2015 high broken a few more times, so remember, the trend is your friend. Get yourself in a favourable position during the bitcoin rally, and leverage this opportunity on OKCoin, BitMEX, or Bitfinex for margin trading up to 100x.



On a separate note, the S&P 500 ($SPX) looks almost ready for a short entry. I've been eyeing this one for a while now.

S&P 500 Index ($SPX) Daily Chart - Looking for a short position
S&P 500 Index ($SPX) Daily Chart - Looking for a short position

S&P 500 Index ($SPX) Weekly Chart - Support & Resistance Triple EMA
S&P 500 Index ($SPX) Weekly Chart - Support & Resistance Triple EMA

Watching the Triple EMA on the weekly closely.

Capitalize on this with Bit4x, 1Broker, and SimpleFX, and trade in global capital markets stocks indices forex using bitcoins.


References:


Previous Blog Post: Uptrend Established Bullish Horizon for #Bitcoin: 2016 The "Pre-Halving" Pump (and Dump). $BTCUSD



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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Uptrend Established Bullish Horizon for #Bitcoin: 2016 The "Pre-Halving" Pump (and Dump). $BTCUSD

Bitcoin 2015 Outlook - Pretext for the Pre-halving Pump


2015 bitcoin crash cycle last leg down accumulation
2015 Bitcoin Crash Cycle - Last Leg Down & Accumulation

Bitcoin made a low on 14th January 2015, and has broken its 18 month downward trendline around June/July 2015. This marks the beginning of a new uptrend as we head into 2016, with news outlets ready to paint a bullish picture as the market requires new buyers to get into pump mode.



2015 Bitcoin September Fibonacci Fan & Trendlines
2015 Bitcoin September Fibonacci Fan & Trendlines


$BTCUSD began rallying up since breaking out of the 240-243 range on 6th October 2015, accompanied by a sustained large surge in volume since the last recent low of 25th August 2015.





Accumulation has picked up pace since August 2015 and it looks like we're heading to retest $300 for the 4th time since the 2015 Low (Related: TradingView - 3rd time's the charm, right?).


2015 2014 bitcoin crash cycle outlook pump dump accumulation
2014-2015 Bitcoin Crash Cycle - Pump, Dump, Accumulation


$BTCUSD currently trading at $270/273. On Oct 6 it traded between $240 and $243 for less than a day before breaking up with good volume. If this breaks 300/318 convincingly, we could see a run up to 400-450. 300 is a key level of resistance which will in future act as strong support if we trade above $300. See the chart in greater detail on my tradingview post here.

On the downside, if we head to break $200 and retest $160, bullish scenario may be invalidated or delayed. 



Crash Cycle Comparison - An Uncanny Resemblance


Bitcoin $BTCUSD Crash Cycle Comparison - 2013 April aka Cyprus
Bitcoin $BTCUSD Crash Cycle Comparison - 2013 April aka Cyprus
2013 July Last Low
2013 July+ Accumulation

Bitcoin $BTCUSD Crash Cycle Comparison - 2013 Last Dump before the $1200 Pump
Bitcoin $BTCUSD Crash Cycle Comparison - 2013 Last Dump before the $1200 Pump

2013 October Last Dump before the Pump

Bitcoin $BTCUSD Crash Cycle Comparison - 2015 Last Low before the Pre-Halving Pump
Bitcoin $BTCUSD Crash Cycle Comparison - 2015 Last Low before the Pre-Halving Pump

2015 Jan Last Low
2015+ Accumulation



2013 vs 2015 Bitcoin Crash Cycle Comparison Launchpad
2013 vs 2015 Bitcoin Crash Cycle Comparison - Launchpad



Who knows what 2016 could bring? Not too sure, but I'm sure people will call it the "pre-halving" pump (and dump) anyway. What do you think? Are we ready for what's coming?

I'd love to hear what you think, so share your thoughts or questions in the comments section below!

For more questions such as how to buy bitcoin or what's the best exchange to use, send me a direct email by using the contact form at the bottom of this page.



References

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Paradigm Shift: Technical Analysis in the Altcoins & Bitcoin Market, & Introduction to Market Cycle, Structure & Manipulation

Remember this? I bet the first time you saw it in December you laughed this picture off, but it's okay so did I. And if this is the first time you're seeing this, don't dismiss it just yet!


Because, well, the harsh truth is that its all real. And this market cycle, believe it or not, is present in every market out there, including these Bitcoin & Altcoin markets.


If you haven't already, check out my previous posts earlier this year about trading Bitcoins and Altcoins, which highlight technical analysis basicsfundamental analysis frameworksmargin trading, and tips on developing a cryptocurrency trading strategy and TA. Here, I just want to point out the importance of understanding market structure, introduce you to market manipulation, and show you how technical analysis can be applied to your cryptocurrency trading.

As you read on, keep these following points in mind as these rules apply even more closely:
  • What goes up must come down
  • Buy on rumors, sell on news
  • All markets are linked to everything else


To take this one step further and understand the markets from an even wider perspective, the next thing to do is to put on your market manipulator hat. Check out these 2 really good resources covering this topic for a deeper understanding of what I'm trying to get at:


The whole point of learning about how market manipulators operate is not to actually manipulate the markets yourself or conduct pump and dumps, but to actually spot when others are trying to do so. This can help your trading strategy in various ways such as to:
  • Have a better understanding of the ebbs and flows of the market
  • Avoid getting caught in their squeezes
  • Identify a suspicious (potentially profitable) market
  • Know what the "smartest man in the room" is doing, and follow the "smart money"

From Wolong's ebook, he broke down the market cycle into 7 stages, namely:
  1. Position Building 
  2. Suppressing prices
  3. Test Pump
  4. Actual Pump
  5. Shakeouts
  6. Re-allocation and distribution
  7. Exiting - The Dump

If you compare the psychology chart above and the Pump & Dump cycle pointed out by Wolong, to the market structure chart below, you can see how they have very similar structures even though they use different terms to explain the phases.


And from this market structure chart, you can see that the stages can be further simplified to 4 phases:
  1. Accumulation
  2. Markup (Pump)
  3. Distribution
  4. Decline (Dump)

So why is this important, or how does it apply to the cryptocurrency markets? By understanding the market cycle chart, you will be able to better pick altcoins by spotting accumulation zones to join the breakout and profit, and to make your exit when you reach distribution zones. For example:


Although many people disregard the profitability (or possibility) of using technical analysis to trade the Bitcoin and especially Altcoins markets, it is most definitely possible. I think the problem lies predominantly in the limitation that some of you have put on the term 'technical analysis'.

Every piece of information on that chart you use is part of technical analysis; but the bigger question is how to make sense of it all. To better understand TA, we should think of the price charts as simply a graph of human behaviour.

Although the tools to do so efficiently are sorely lacking at this point in time, here's just a few examples of TA used on Altcoins and Bitcoin.

The first ever Technical Analysis chart applied to altcoins on Dogecoin, from way back in January 2014:

Example of a markup on Blackcoin BC last month:

How a Dump looks like and when you should exit:

Bitcoin on a Logarithmic scale:


Once you can wrap you head around the following facts, and combine them with what I have covered in the previous posts, you should be well on your way to developing a profitable cryptocurrency trading strategy. So here's a recap of the key takeaways:

1) Markets are fundamentally fractal in nature; for every one up or down trend, you can zoom in/out too see the same wave cycles. Read more about Elliott Wave Theory here.



2) Price charts are merely a graph of human behaviour. It doesn't matter if you're looking at a 3h chart or a 30m chart, they all tell the same story. Make sure to always compare two different time frames to better understand the macro and micro trend.


3) All markets are linked to each other, and affect each other in a dynamic fashion to create one over-arching ecosystem. Don't forget those crash cycle charts I showed you at the beginning; they're everywhere.

4) All markets are manipulated. Ride the waves and profit with the whales; don't fight the macro trend.




With that, I'll just end off with a few words of wisdom.





Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Develop a Profitable Bitcoin & Altcoins Daytrading Strategy - Fundamental & Technical Analysis - An Intermediate Tutorial

Fundamental Analysis

I believe that for an Altcoin to be worth anything at all, it MUST first have technical aspects which are built with the future in mind. This is what solely determines if a cryptocurrency has the potential for the mid to long term. Even with 5 new altcoins launching everyday, you barely see 1 a month that can last even the mid-term.

Then, after that I judge the coins based on 7 mediating factors; developers, community, branding/marketing, popularity/virality, novelty, infrastructure, and liquidity. For more about fundamental analysis and an explanation of these factors, read up on the first few sections in my previous post about picking and trading the next profitable altcoin. In this post, I will focus more on technical analysis and trading strategies instead.

With so many coins out there, I like to use these above factors to weed out all the weaker shitcoins, and focus on altcoins which are substantially different from others, and more importantly, provide more value than other cryptocurrencies. After which, I use Technical Analysis to judge entry/exit positions for trading them.

What else do you think makes a cryptocurrency fundamentally better than another, and more sustainable as a currency?


Technical Analysis

Many will probably agree when I say that the Altcoins market is akin to the "penny stocks" of cryptocurrencies. In this sense, most altcoin markets have much lower liquidity, but have much higher volatility. Since there are over 200 different cryptocurrency markets to date, I prefer to narrow down my list of altcoins to a small handful, and buy under-valued coins or trade the breakouts. You're going to find it really tough to be watching more than 5 altcoins at the same time, so I highly suggest keeping your list small, and adapt your watchlist to the fast changing markets.

If you're new to technical analysis, here's a really good beginner's video on daytrading Penny Stocks, which also explains the basics of chart reading and an introduction to basic trading jargon that I'll be using throughout this post. The important concepts to take note of are resistances & supports, breakouts that coincide with high volume, and the general idea that "what goes up must come down".

How To Trade Penny Stocks (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYK2a77TjvU

So after you get the basics sorted out, you should be ready to learn how to trade! I'm gonna break this intermediate technical analysis tutorial down into five main portions, and have compiled videos from other trading experts to give even beginners a better overall idea, and teach you all you need to know to devise your own Bitcoin & Altcoins trading strategy.

1. Top Down Analysis

Firstly, lets look at the top down analysis method of reading charts. I always begin by trying to understand the market from a bird eye's view. Compare both charts from a long term period (e.g. 1d) against one from a shorter period (e.g. 15m) to get a holistic view of the market. This will help give you a general perspective of market trends, while peaks & troughs give you an idea of market resistances & supports.

Use these basic resistance & support levels to judge entry/exit prices. In general, previous high and low points are new resistances or support depending on where the price is, and points where u can see big breakouts will be the new short term resistance/support. To get a better idea of what I mean, watch these videos by Jason Stapleton who explains top down analysis, resistances & supports, and structure.


Forex Trading: Higher Time Frames and Top Down Analysis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9yCc7lD21Q

Learn to Understand Structure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJmMU-8yicM

Here's another video which points out some keys to being a successful trader; namely to learn the set-ups, and to learn risk-management. Watch it here: "3 Keys to Day Trading Success: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzsVTvA9DoE".

2. Retracements

The concept of retracements is, in my opinion, the most important one that any trading enthusiast must grasp in order to understand how the markets flow. In essence, a retracement is a temporary price movement against the established trend, and helps us understand that the markets move in wave patterns as highlighted by the Elliott Wave Theory. One way to look at it, as highlighted by this video below, is that most price-actions follow a pullback rule to fibonacci retracement levels (38%, 50%, 62%).


The most important concept to take away from this is "what goes up must come down"; that price movements in one direction are always followed by retracements in the opposite direction. Of course, not all movements will follow the same pullbacks, and these levels should only be used as a guide. Here's another video: "Understanding Fibonacci retracement lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzHjxPxGzMw".

So the question then is, how will we know if this counter-movement price action is a retracement or a reversal? There is no way to say for certain, but there are several patterns that have a high probability in indicating a reversal; such as double tops/bottoms & head-and-shoulder patterns, and large selling volume after periods of bounded movement. Keep in mind that trading is a game of probability, consistency, risk-management and profitability over the long-term; not about making the right trade every single time.

3. Trading on Volume

Another important concept you need to understand is that large price movements almost always coincide with high trading volume. Take the recent spike in Bitcoin price on 3rd March 2014 for example:

Bitcoin price spike coincides with high trading volume: 3rd March 2014. (Bitcoinwisdom.com)

With this in mind, this is where the liquidity of an altcoin also comes into play; the higher the trade volume of an altcoin, the lower the spreads, and the more likely you will be able to make some profitable trades from it. In general, the trade volume is a good indicator of, and is proportional to the popularity of the altcoin at the current time.

Apart from the actual trading volume itself, another good indicator is the change in volume over time; if you realize that the trading volume of an altcoin has been steadily increasing over the last few days, it could be an indication that a big price movement is coming up. "24 Hour Volume" data is usually shown on the exchanges, such as MintPal or Cryptsy, while another good website to use is Cryptocoinchart's Market Comparison Chart, Coinmarketcap, and Crypto Coins Table.

Do also check out these 2 videos about trading on volume, that I'm sure will be useful for your altcoins and bitcoins daytrading:

  1. Trading Volume Indicator on Your Day Trading and Swing Trading Charts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byrjmP7DQJc
  2. How to Analyze Stocks Trading on Volume: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzfo-mh1Zv0

4. Breakout Patterns

The last concept I want to share is breakout patterns. Although most people are familiar with this concept, many do not know how to profit from them. This is one of the best tools to use for planning your entry positions, while there are various ways to do so, which are highlighted by these first two videos below:


Phil Newton's Break out Strategy | Price Action Forex Trading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gN-6D8nH0E

On hindsight, these breakout patterns always look like the perfect indicator for entry positions. But how do we really pull it off? How can we enter positions pre-formation of a chart pattern? Watch these videos to further refine your entry & exits on your altcoin trades.
  1. Do You Trade Breakouts ? Trade Chart Patterns Simple Indicators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyR-m8aUY3I
    1. Breakouts on Triangle patterns:
      1. Ascending triangle - Trade long
      2. Descending triangle - Trade short
      3. Symmetrical triangle - Prior to forming triangle: only take long trades on the way up, and short on the way down
  2. High Profit Trades found with Candlestick Breakout Patterns" - Stephen Bigalow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fB3EF7XeXU

5. Advanced Trading Strategies


Now comes the fun part: how can we take all that we've learnt so far and put into good use for trading Bitcoin/Altcoins? Here are some pointers for you:

  • What we've learnt is more of a tool to make better entry and exit positions.
  • Keep in mind trading the bitcoin & altcoin markets as you watch the rest of these more advanced videos, and I hope you'll be able to gain some insights to build up your Bitcoins & Altcoins trading strategy.
  • Granted, forex & equities trading is much different from bitcoin or altcoin markets. However, the fundamentals are the same, and you should learn to draw lessons from the strategies talked about in the videos to supplement your bitcoin/altcoins trading strategy.

In the next videos, more advanced trading strategies and chart patterns will be shared. These strategies may seem very specific, but my goal is to give you better understanding of how these analysis tools are used, and to give you an idea of how different tools can be used to develop a single trading setup. The specifics are not important; what I hope to achieve is to open up your minds to new ideas, expand your trading knowledge, and ultimately encourage you to explore a diverse variety of trading strategies.

Read up more on some of the main ideas discussed:




How The Pro's Trade Using Fibonacci Retracements/Extension Technical Analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9faCD9V838


Ratio Trading: How to Predict Market Moves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8sO3buv7sU

If you have more time to spare, watch these 2 very good (but lengthy) videos by Steve Nison for more trading strategies:


What other trading strategies and chart patterns do you use for Bitcoin & Altcoins trading? Share it with me! I'm always up for a discussion and would love to learn more & improve my trading strategy. Leave a comment below or tweet me at @onemanatatime.

Cryptocurrency Portfolio

Although I've been talking about conslidating my portfolio into a largely BTC/LTC one since January, I didn't really do it until earlier this month. For me, it's back to basics: use technical specifications as the basis & utmost important factor for long-term sustainability.

Hence, my cryptocurrency portfolio now consists of a largely Bitcoin one, with a large portion of the other half in longer term altcoins such as Peercoin, Litecoin, Vertcoin, and Dogecoin. Lastly, I also leave about 10-20% of my portfolio to daytrade altcoins. I have listed my cryptoportfolio on the right column of this blog, and will continue to update it as the markets evolve.

Also, keep a lookout for my Cryptocoinchart's Investment Club profile, where I share new altcoin trades.

Trading strategy

There are many available trading strategies to choose from to suit your own needs, such as daytrading, position trading, swing trading, fundamental tradingmomentum trading, or scalping, just to name a few.

Although the Bitcoin and Altcoins markets are very similar, I trade them very differently. With Bitcoin and trading on Bitfinex, I would say my trading strategy is mainly a position or momentum trading one, and largely technical. On the other hand, my Altcoins trading strategy is largely fundamental although technical aspects play a role in selecting altcoins, and consists of a combination of swing and momentum trading.

In general, I use simple technical analysis concepts like a top down analysis, resistance/support, and structure to read charts and find entry/exit positions. On Bitfinex, I typically trade using resistance/support levels, coupled with breakouts on high volume. While for most altcoin markets, I first look for rising trading volume, and typically try to predict breakouts with fundamental analysis, or buy on retracements when momemtum kicks in.

Timing is everything in trading, and I typically keep my watchlist to 5 or less cryptocoins at any one time, and only spend about a day or two trading each one. In fact, I was only looking at 5 different altcoins throughout the whole month of March, but that's more than enough if each one made profits of 100-1000%. The altcoins that I were watching this month include: Heavycoin, Blackcoin, Digibyte, Fluttercoin, and Hirocoin.

Lastly, I just want to share some of the tools I use for trading these dynamic Bitcoin & Altcoins markets. If you have a useful tool I didn't list here, share it with me!


More trading Tips

With that, let me just leave you with a few wise words and trading tips from @TraderHMS on Twitter.

1. What goes up must come down
Again, I just want to emphasize this, because I constantly get asked about chasing bubbles and if an altcoin is a good buy after rallying 500%. Every big price movement is followed by a big retracement, and the next retracements will gradually become smaller and less volatile; until new movement breaks the sideways momentum & starts a new cycle.

2. Money in the pocket is always better than potential profits
I typically don't hold a short-term altcoin for more than a week. In fact, I usually only spend 1 or 2 days trading a particular cryptocurrency. For now, my rule for trading shitcoins is "fast in fast out", and to always "sell too early and never buy at the bottom".

3. Trading is 99% watching and 1% trading
And another 1000% planning/learning/preparing. It is important not only to know "how" to trade, which I hope this post has helped you with, but also to know "when" to trade!


4. A good balance is essential
Do not be blinded by one particular type of analysis technique. Always try to couple a few different indicators in your trade setups, to improve the profit probability of your strategy. Finding a profitable strategy is easier said than done, but keep in mind that trading is a long term game where consistency is key. Think of profiting over the next 100 trades, and not just about the next 5 trades; and make sure to consider various types of analysis in your trading strategy, namely fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and market tone.



5. What is your trading strategy?
A trading plan is essential if you're thinking about becoming a profitable trader! But what constitutes a good trading plan? Firstly, fundamentals; you need a basic plan for SELECTING the coins, you don't want to be trading any old shit coin. Secondly comes the technicals to help you pick an entry/exit; devise a holistic trade setup which considers a variety of factors. And lastly, consider the market tone; is there enough liqudity in the market, or is there growing interest from the community?

So, can you answer this last question?

I hope this post has helped you on your cryptocurrency daytrading journey, and that you continue to learn and improve your strategy. Combine different analysis techniques, such as the ones mentioned above, and find a style that suits you; and you should be well on your way to developing your own profitable Bitcoin & Altcoins trading strategy!

If you have any questions at all, feel free to tweet me at @onemanatatime, or leave a question on ask.fm.

All the best & good luck!

P.S. If you're new here, make sure to check out my previous posts about Bitcoin & Altcoins daytrading: