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Want to make a lot of money during the recent crypto currency rise trend? Thinking of taking a piece of your student loan to invest long term in Bitcoin, Ethereum, or some other type of crypto currency and block chain technology? Reflecting on quitting your day job to become a full time cryptocurrency trader?
Before you take a momentarily decision that will extremely change your life for better or worse, take a step back and consider what this actually entails, and if you have efficiently planned for what you’re about getting yourself into. Are you confident that you are more than ready to play one of the hardest game in the year 2017 and the world? It would interest you to know that most professional traders spend their first 3-7 years losing. So think twice before you actually take out your loan, or submit a resignation letter.
Would it still be worth it if I risked it? Good question, Continue reading to find out.
Cryptocurrency trading for beginners
Whether you’re new to this dangerous looking trading game, or if you have had some experience trading traditional market but feel like crypto “is a totally different course”, this beginner’s guide is for you!
If you’re like majority of new traders, you might not understand what a “PIP” is, or have no clue how or where to get started in reading and interpreting charts and candle sticks, and everything may look very strange, confusing and mind blowing at first sight, but fear not! We’ve got you covered in this post.
Cryptocurrency trading is not so different from traditional markets, and in fact provides a more level playing field with relatively less “SMART MONEY” in the game today, and if I may say, “VERY EASY” to learn too. It doesn’t matter if you have any previous trading experience, this blogs article aims to provide you with a guide to cryptocurrency’s firsthand knowledge and needed resources to help learn crypto trading, and to present a framework with which you can approach trading cryptocurrencies and the global market at large.
Trading the world of Bitcoins, Ethereum and Altcoins may seem like trying to walk over a swampy river at first, but once you learn how to read your map, have the right lenses on with which you view the nearest markets through, combined with the right attitude and a strong natural tendency to keep trying and improving, you will quickly be able to develop an eye for the market and chart patterns, and begin to make sense of all the ins and outs of trading.
It is a known fact that almost every professional trader started their career by losing for the first 3, 5 or even 7 years. On the brighter side, I assure you that trading is no rocket science but knowing the right strategy, proper risk management combined with discipline, anyone can make trading profitable, even you! So let’s get down to it…
What Is A Market
Truth is, you become a trader the very moment you buy your first Bitcoin, Altcoin, or Ethereum from an individual or company. Whether you’re trading as an hobby, want to make more than a full-time job, or simply just dipping your toes into the world of blockchains and cryptographic currencies, it is essential for you to at least arm yourself with the elementary trading technique and price analysis frameworks, since trading is an inherent bit of owning cryptocurrencies that you cannot evade whether you like it or not.
Before we begin the tutorial, let’s first examine the markets and trading from a more theoretical perspective.
Ask yourself this: What’s the one thing all traded markets have, be it commodities, stocks, cryptocurrencies or even bonds? You may have guessed it correctly; it’s none other than the human beings trading it, and it is the emotional decisions of human’s traders that drive prices in the market. On this fact, we can agree that price is the collective representation of human emotions, and hence emotions and psychology are a critical puzzle piece and a great first step to understanding the rules of the game as beginners.
New Crypto Trader Steps
Don’t empty your account, small draw downs, make sure to break even, make profits and compound returns.
Be your own trader
We all have personal styles, from the clothes and accessories we wear, to the type of diets (vegan, or non-vegan etc.) we have. Likewise in trading too, we all have different risk appetite (some like to go in small and others love to go in big) and propensity, portfolio size, schedules, preferences and it’s of first priority for someone getting into trading to first figure out what type of trader you are, to create your own personal understanding of the market, your own perception of how to analyze the market, and your own framework or scope on how to approach the market.
With that out of the way, there are many diverse parameters you can tweak to create and grow your own style, there are many influencing factors that you need to take care of whether or not you take a bad or good strategy , or style, and path.
The remaining body on this post cover these important concepts, to give you a beginning for creating your own approach to cryptocurrencies( Zcash, Bitcoin, Ethereum) trading so that you can bring in your style of trade along with you everywhere and on the market too.
Understanding Yourself- What Type Of Trader Are You?
To start with, let’s begin with the simple yet effective 5W1H (except the “WHEN”, which isn’t all that related to the topic here) questioning technique, and dig in to understand ourselves better.
Do you want to trade to achieve financial freedom? Make some extra income from a side hustle? Have an interest in trading technology and wish to invest in it for the long term? or do you just wish to make travel the world while earning passive income?
Whatever the reason, make it crystal clear to yourself and seek good advice and support of your family and friends.
WHO are you? WHEN can you trade?
Do you want a full-time job or are you a freelancer? Do you wake up at the wee hours of the morning and go to bed at nightfall, or are you a nightwalker? What is your schedule like? Are you a single or you having a family and kids? Are you studying, working or both?
I’m pretty sure you already know all this about yourself, but have you also stopped to think on how these factors can affect the development of your trading style?
You can only tailor your strategy to suit your circumstances after figuring the WHAT, WHO, WHY and WHERE of your trading.
Are you a position trader, day trader or swing trader? If you’re currently working a full time job and can’t tend to your positions throughout the day, don’t attempt to be a day trader trading 15m candles, instead, put your focus on higher timeframes such as 6h, 12h or 1d candle charts instead.
Time to pop the million dollar question, HOW can you devise a lucrative trading strategy, suited to your personality, to achieve your goals and live your dreams? Sadly, there’s no simple answer here, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either trying to scam you or is lying to you. However as the answer lies in you, to really understand yourself, your desires and goals, in order to create your very own unique strategy. But that’s not all, in fact it’s just the beginning…
To master the art of trading is simple yet seemingly complicated process of putting together all the available pieces of information to form a complete image, in a world of incomplete picture. Additionally, it involves hundreds if not thousands of hours of testing strategies and setups, finding your own way of making sense of the bigger picture, probabilities of the game, and actively following it, and most Importantly, keep your emotions under control while learning to apply proper risk management.
Nobody said it will be easy, but if you are ready to make sacrifices while playing the hardest game in the world, I’ll try my best to get whet you in the basics on cryptocurrency trading for beginners, a foundation to get you started on the life-changing adventure.
How Do You Trade?
Analyzing trade markets can involve the use of a single or a combination multiple methods such as quantitative analysis, fundamental analysis, technical analysis, based on news, based on retail order flow or following insider information or “other people’s tips”.
I’d like to warn you never to enter a trade based on a strong feeling, or on a coin toss, or even worse based on a “HOT TIP” from your colleague, friend, uncle or something you heard on the Television.
Every player has their own personal style, and the cold truth is that while some of them work, others don’t.
Moving forward, we’ll separate trading into modular components and examine what determines a good trade, how you can begin your winning streak and be a moneymaking trader, look at some of the ways to avoid traps on trading based on hot tips, and provide you with the needed skills and wisdom to approach trading and keep your cool even in the worst situation in the market.
What Determines A Good Trade?
- Follow the trend
In most cases, you should make trades in the direction of the trend i.e only buy in a bull market and never try to short it until the trend has shown to reverse.
Price can be taken relative to something else. You are probably familiar with the BTC/USD pair, which represents the value of BTC in terms of USD, as well as the pairs with other official currencies. However, do not confine your perception, since price is relative, we can value BTC in terms of other commodities such as bigmacs and gold.
Lastly, “cheap” and “expensive” although mean different things are related terms. A coin should not be seen as cheap just because it contains 1 satoshi, compared to Bitcoin. For example, that costs over $2000. Price should be analyzed in relation to supply to price, as well as the perceived value of the cryptocurrency, company or commodity.
Market timing of coins is an often overlooked yet extremely important part of a good trade. As a trader friend would say, “When it comes to trading, timing is everything”.
There’s no “good” price without a “good” timing. Anyone can buy at a “high” price but at a “perfect” timing and it’ll be a good trade, but if your timing is ‘wad”, your “good” price. Price could quickly go against you and end up being a losing or a bad trade.
- Don’t Chase the Price
Chasing price helps increase your risk, decrease your profit potential and in time probably blow your discount.
How Do I Win At Trading
If you made some cool profits during the recent Bull Run, now is the time to learn to keep it, and fast because it does not matter how much you keep.
What many beginner traders might find sophisticated at first is that you don’t have to win >50% of your trades to be profitable. There is one important factor known as “risk-reward ratio” in market trading, that can make you a profit making trader even if only 25% of your trading are winners, by taking only trades with rewards that outweigh the risks by >3x i.e you can make 3 loss of $1 each, and only make 1 winning trade with a profit of $3, and still end up breaking even.
So back to the question, how can I win? Perhaps to give an answer to this question, we might get some hint by researching how people lose. Generally, people lose in two ways, by getting into the trade at the wrong time and by being impatient, or by being patient at the wrong time and holding on to a losing trade longer than you should. Don’t do this!
Element of Good Trading
- Cutting losses
- Cutting losses
- No 1 and 2
- You heard me “Cut loses”
- Keep on cutting losses
- Follow step 1-5
Cut Your Losses Short and Let Out Your Winning Streak
One of the most experienced and an old saying on Wall Street is “cut your losses short and let your winners run”. Sagacious advice, but many investors still appear to do the reverse, selling stocks after a small gain only to watch them head higher with regret, or holding a stock with a small loss believing it will rise high again only to see it worse. Don’t be that guy.
It may not agree with what seems right or natural at first, but the secret to winning lies basically in managing your losses. Remember an old saying, it goes thus “take care of your losses and your profits will take care of itself – it’s simply easy don’t you think?
Using Stop Losses
Many professional traders know that stop-losses are an integral part of any trading system, especially as they start to automate strategies. Be it a position trader getting in at the accumulation phase, or a scalper looking to buy a high momentum breakout, professional traders plan their exits( both take-profit and stop-loss, levels) before even entering a position.
The benefits of using stop losses include
-Limits your losses
-Preventing you from blowing up your trading accounts
-Presents you an opportunity to “Live to fight” another day.
Nevertheless, in crypto, and especially in the lower mature markets, you may find it almost impossible in low liquidity markets to use stop-losses without running the risk of losing your entire accumulated position due to a careless decision. It is always advisable to use stop-losses especially when day trading more liquid markets ( e.g. 2600 BTC daily volume or more), or at least devise a plan and perhaps alerts or email newsletters to tell you when you should get out of your trade if you don’t physically have a stop-loss order in place. Figuring out the exact place to put your stop loss takes time and patience to master, and there’s no better way to learn than to actually get trading and that is why we have compiled this helpful guide on Cryptocurrency trading for beginners.
The idea of booking profits by moving up stop-losses, like a footpath stop-loss, should always be carried out with the sole aim of protecting your profits during big trends while still keeping your draw-downs.
A Guide for Cryptocurrency Trading: Analysis Methods
Trading can be scary when new to you; even the basics like reading the flow chart. You must endeavor to learn everything you can about reading a chart, meaning of many different trading terms, and other analysis tools and patterns that are technical. All of these will help in your analysis and trade.
Trading analysis methods (TAM) usually fall into two main categories, namely; Fundamental Analysis (FA) and Technical Analysis (TA).
Fundamental Analysis is described as the study of the merits of the company behind a stock, typically by looking at a company’s earnings, earnings per share, revenue, profit, growth, return on equity etc. In the case of crypto, FA would include factors such as the projects product and tech, the strength of the development team, support from the community, and etc.
Technical Analysis (TA), on the other hand, usually involves the study of price action, looking for structure cycles, patterns and setups based on price probabilities and data. Technical analysis is more of an art and less of science. I refer to it as a science that has quantitative data to analyze, probabilities and people involved. As explained before, markets are traded by people, and people can act irrational. Events chart patterns have probabilities of success and failure; the ultimate result is determined and governed by its participant emotions.
The result of this render TA unable to predict the precise price or timing of a move owing to the numerous number of factors that affect each other in a website, and where the action of one man can make or mar everything.
A huge number of traders use a combination of both; For example, many use FA to sort out the stocks that are worth putting money into, while using TA for the most part to locate an entry point, to screen the stocks selected by FA, figures out what one is right and best to enter, right now. You may have a mountain size of great stocks, but knowing when to buy them, is the key if you’re a trader.
Despite the fact, that FA gives you an idea of which stock is a good buy, it gives zero clues on the timing of entry for the trade. It is sage to know that not only does FA not consider stop losses, it appears to go completely against stop loss strategies by encouraging one to add to a losing position, when price decrease while the fundamentals (e.g. P/E ratio) company remains the same. Unlike FA, TA that imbibes and supports the concept of stop-losses and cutting loss short in most of its strategies. Indeed, TA is a key to preventing you from blowing your accounts.
Trading Strategies, Plan and Rules
According to Wikipedia, a trading strategy is a fixed plan that is designed to achieve a profitable return by going long or short in markets.
Would you drive a train on a roll without first understanding the rail rules? No you wouldn’t, unless you want to experience a quick and painful death. It pains me when I see, many new traders rushing into the markets with no trading rules in place- They forget that without any knowledge on trading strategies the end result will be DISASTER.
I know it may be difficult to even know where to begin at first, and it would probably take more time than planned to understand charts, trying out series of indicators, before you can get some idea of what may or may not work. From there, find setups with potential profit and add parameters to your rule set for entering and exiting a position.
You should also include things like a plan to manage risk, your goals, trade size, an exercise, maintaining a trade journal or even mind exercises to keep your thoughts balanced.
By fixing your trading before taking any position and strictly following your set plan and rules. You should be able to better handle your emotions, as you begin to trade based on quantity and targets instead of relying on guess work and being lost without any predetermined targets or exit plan.
*Grabs a coffee* and *sips*
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Risk and Trade Management
Risk management is undoubtedly the #1, most undervalued trading rule, and also the most under estimated by most new traders, who on a frequent basis continue to blow up their accounts until they learn to follow rules.
You might possess the best strategy with unbelievably increased gain, but if you are risking 20% or 50% on every trade, or if you fail to keep your draw-down low, it is a risk management disaster and is not a good trading strategy. As a guide, in traditional markets, profitable ETFs and hedge funds look for draw-downs of no more than 7-10% per month, averaging about 10-20% profits per year.
The number one rule of trading is letting your winners run, and cut your losses short. And back to our earlier point that if you manage your losses well, your profits will take care of themselves of course, cryptocurrency is a different game altogether, and your profits could be in the 100s or 1000s of %, but if you don’t start cutting your drawdowns aggressively, it’ll only be a manner of a few more trades before you blow your account.
In terms of trade size management-never put all resources in one of trade. Instead set rules so that you risk only 2% (or 6%, or 10%, or more depending on your risk appetite) of your portfolio in a single trade. And most important of all, NEVER OVERTRADE!
Attitude is Life and life includes everything. Here are my thoughts on some attitudes of a good trade:
-Never think, even for a second that you’re better than anyone else or that you are a supreme master. Learn and be humble.
-Learn to accommodate new ideas that may not immediately agree with yours. You should be objective with all kinds of information, filter bias and improve yourself.
-Develop and nurture passion to learn and improve yourself
-Keep trading and never give up
I sincerely hope that post “Cryptocurrency trading for beginner” has provided you the essentials you need to find your way around in this cryptocurrency trading swamp, and has shown you some practical revelation into starting your own trading journey even as a beginner and how to approach and analyze markets.