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Timing the market with crypto

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1 year ago
Topics: Finance, Crypto, BCH, Timing, HODL, ...

There is some debate about the best strategies for making money from crypto investments.

Many people believe that the best strategy is to simply HODL which means 'hold on for dear life' throughout all the peaks and troughs of this highly volatile market. Depending on the size of your investment this takes nerves of steel. If you are brave enough to be disciplined and believe in the long term future of cryptocurrencies then this strategy could potentially reap huge rewards.

However not every cryptocurrency will be successful in the long term. Bitcoin currently has the largest market share mainly because it is the best known cryptocurrency, however Bitcoin is not necessarily the best designed crypto coin.

Bitcoin has a small block size and transactions can be expensive and slow.

Bitcoin Cash is a fork of the original Bitcoin, but has a larger block size and can scale too, meaning transactions are faster and cheaper. One day it may prove itself to be a better investment than the original Bitcoin.

By the way, many supporters of Bitcoin Cash believe that it is more in line with the original vision that Satoshi Nakamoto had intended for Bitcoin, which was to become digital cash which could rival fiat currencies.

As the future is so unpredictable is simply to HODL, really the best approach?

The crypto market can rise and fall very quickly, picture courtesy of pixabay.

The approach that I have taken is to diversify my portfolio somewhat and I find this easier to do with Coinbase, one of the best known crypto exchanges.

There is a lot of debate around whether you should keep all your crypto on an exchange of not as technically you do not hold your private keys on an exchange such as Coinbase.

For the record I have chosen to keep some of my crypto in my own custody where I hold my own private keys and some on Coinbase, because holding some crypto on Coinbase allows me to trade one coin for another for a very low fee.

This can be used to your advantage if you decide that it is better to trade your coins from time to time rather than simply to HODL.

There is also the advantage that you are able to 'Stake' your crypto on Coinbase and earn up to 5% APY.

You can read more about 'staking' your coins on Coinbase here.

By timing the market and taking advantage of any dips you can also make a good profit. Sometimes when I buy crypto the market falls even further, but I don't panic, instead I buy more because I strongly believe that in the long run crypto will do well.

I get pretty scared to be honest with all the volatility in the crypto market so my strategy is to take profits from time to time and convert them into DAI, which can be done easily on Coinbase without paying large Ethereum gas fees.

DAI is a 'stablecoin' and its value is pegged to the US dollar 1 DAI is always worth very close to 1 dollar.

Holding an amount of DAI in your wallet protects you to a degree in the event of a downturn in the market, for those who do not like volatility it has the effect of 'flattening the curve' so to speak.

You can read more about 'DAI' stablecoin here.

Holding DAI in your wallet also allows you to take advantage of downturns buy buying back into the market when it is low, and possibly adding some new different crypto coins to your portfolio.

Most recently I have exchanged of my DAI for Shib Inu, a meme coin which has seen some huge price movements in the past.

You can take a look at the past performance of Shib Inu here.

For all its flaws Coinbase is a great place in my view for trading and using the movements of crypto prices to your advantage.

For those who do not have nerves of steel, maybe this strategy can work better than simply to HODL.

I have a long way to go till I can retire though, I don't have a huge portfolio. It is a good idea in my view to not invest more than you can afford to lose in crypto as even though I have high expectations for cryptocurrencies in the future, nothing can be certain.


This is not financial advice, always do your own research so you are fully aware of all the risks involved in trading crypto.

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Sadly, Coinbase trading is not allowed in PH, more like a wallet only. The crypto market has a lot of perks when we know what we're doing to manage the risks. Seems like you are piling up cryptos on your portfolio :)

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1 year ago

I am trying my best to accumulate, I got into crypto in 2017, wish I had some back in 2009!

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1 year ago

It's still okay I guess. I started many years before you but have not done well because I didn't see the value then :D

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1 year ago

I use Binance, Coinbase doesn't provide services in Venezuela. And I think it's always good to keep in mind that we have to take profits from time to time, whatever our strategy is.

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1 year ago

I'm with you on that, I use binance as well but have not got much on there, they support a lot of coins that Coinbase does not.

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