A major part of technical analysis is determining whether to buy in or sell out of a formidable crypto trade. Kenny Rogers always use to say, “know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, and know when to run”.
If you’re under 25, you probably have no clue what the hell I’m talking about, so just disregard my 80’s reference or go ask your dad.
These crucial chart patterns help traders forecast future price movements. It doesn’t matter which coin you’re trading, these bad boys show up all over the charts.
Continuation chart patterns DO NOT predict the future (wouldn’t that be nice). However, they do help with locating the “probability of movement” within a particular trend. I promise these powerful buy and sell signals will help you make much more accurate investment decisions. Scouts honor!
Study the chart patterns I outline for you below. If all else fails, we can always fall back on the Dolorean and predict our way to crypto riches.
Continuation Chart Patterns – Which Way Does it Go?
As stated above, continuation chart patterns will tell you whether price movement is going to continue moving up or down within a prevailing trend.
For example, if price movement of a downtrend trend shows signs of a continuation pattern, what do you do? If you guessed, “buy in” then keep reading. The correct answer would be…wait until a reversal pattern emerges. Alternatively you can just move onto another trade.
So let’s start things out with 6 of the more popular continuation chart patterns. Study each as if there will be a test at the end of this guide.
Rectangle Continuation Patterns
This continuation pattern depicts sideways price movement between 2 horizontal trend lines (support and resistance) along a strong uptrend, which generally results in an overall uptrend continuation.
In order to be defined as a true bullish rectangle, price movement should touch each trend line at least two times on both support and resistance. Upon doing so, the price action should break the top trend line of resistance. Investors want to purchase the cryptocurrency when the price action closes (candlestick close) above the upper trendline.
Confirmation to buy – when price closes above the upper trendline.
Pattern confirmation – two touches on both support and resistance.
Percentage of time pattern reaches target – 80%.
This continuation pattern depicts sideways price movement between 2 horizontal trend lines (support and resistance) along a strong downtrend, which generally results in an overall downtrend continuation.
In order to be defined as a true bearish rectangle, price movement should touch each trend line at least two times on both support and resistance. Upon doing so, the price action should break the bottom trend line of resistance. Investors may want to short the cryptocurrency (refer to margin trading) or sell the coin at this position for a loss.
Confirmation to sell – when price closes below the upper trendline.
Pattern confirmation – two touches on both support and resistance.
Percentage of time pattern reaches target – 50%.
Triangle Continuation Patterns
This bullish continuation pattern is depicted by a right triangle which is created by two trend lines. The bottom trend line is drawn horizontally upward, where support prevents the price action from breaking through.
The top trend line is represented by a horizontal level which prevents the price from breaking through this resistance. Once this resistance line is broken, upward price momentum is expected to continue.
This pattern showcases that the demand for the crypto coin is increasing over time.
Confirmation to buy – when price closes above the upper trendline.
Pattern confirmation – two touches on both support and upward horizontal resistance line.
Percentage of time pattern reaches target – 75%.
The bullish continuation pattern is depicted by a right triangle which is created by two trend lines. The bottom trend line is drawn at a horizontal level where support prevents price action from breaking through.
The top trend line is represented by a downward horizontal line which prevents the price from breaking through this resistance. Once this resistance line is broken, downward price momentum is expected to continue. It is recommended to sell here.
This pattern showcases that the demand for the crypto coin is weakening over time.
Confirmation to sell – when price closes below the lower trendline.
Pattern confirmation – two touches on both horizontal support and downward resistance line.
Percentage of time pattern reaches target – 54%.
Flag Continuation Patterns
This continuation pattern resembles a flag at the top of a pole. The bullish flag is a short-term continuation pattern which tells you that a temporary market consolidation is occurring before a continuation of an uptrend.
Within the pattern, the flagpole is represented by the sudden vertical spike in price as the flag portion is represented by a temporary downward consolidation against the uptrend.
Typical bullish flags are angled downward from the predominate trend, however on occasion it can be angled upwards. The continuation pattern is complete once price action breaks above the upper resistance trendline.
A typical price target is measured by adding the length of the flagpole to the price associated with the bottom of the flag.
Confirmation to buy – when price closes above the upper trendline.
Pattern confirmation – at least two touch points on both downward support and downward resistance line.
Percentage of time pattern reaches target – 64%.
This continuation pattern resembles an upside down flag. The bearish flag is a short-term continuation pattern which tells you that a temporary upward market consolidation is occurring before a continuation of a downtrend.
Again, the flagpole is represented by a sudden vertical dip in price as the flag portion is represented by a temporary upward consolidation against the downtrend.
Standard bearish flags are angled upward or sideways from the dominant downward trend, however on occasion it can be angled downward. The continuation pattern is complete once price action breaks below the lower trendline of support.
A typical price target is measured by subtracting the length of the flagpole to the price associated with the top of the flag.
Confirmation to sell – when price closes above the upper trendline.
Pattern confirmation – at least two touch points on both downward support and downward resistance line.
Percentage of time pattern reaches target – 64%.
Good Job Kid!
You did it kiddo! You studied your ass off right? You ready for the big leagues now? Don’t get to far ahead of yourself…..there’s more.
This is where the rubber meets the road. Apply these patterns to your favorite trading chart before claming your fame. Head on over to our Tradingview charts and get started on a few while it’s still fresh on your mind.
Once you’re comfortable with recognizing these patterns, throw a few dollars at your favorite exchange (whatever you can manage – start slow). See if you can win a few rounds within your own crypto trading challenge.
Remember young grasshoppa, practice doesn’t necessitate real world experience, but it sure as hell helps!
If you enjoyed this guide, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you and the experiences you’ve had along your crypto trading journey.
No matter what anyone’s ever told you, producing a steady income trading takes time, experience, dedication, and a lot of emotional grit. However unlike traditional markets, you can make money much faster trading cryptocurrency (and lose it just as fast) due to the markets volatile nature and low barrier of entry.
There are two vital aspects to become a successful crypto trader. Obtaining a solid understanding of technical analysis and managing your own emotions. I would go so far to say that the emotional aspect of trading is a bit more difficult, however we’ll dive more into that aspect of trading in another guide.
Let’s talk technical analysis and some of the most basic crypto trading indicators you’ll need to learn, in order to get a grasp on what you’re doing.
What is Technical Analysis?
Technical analysis (AKA – TA) is a representation of price and trading volume over time, using an easy to read graphic representation of candlesticks. These candlesticks form patterns over time which traders commonly referred to as chart patterns. These patterns represent mass psychology over a group of traders during a set period of time.
The only other option you have to make sense of all these varying numbers would be for you to calculate volume and price on a linear scale over time. Take that number and multiply it by pie over distance. Easy right?
For the 99% of us that aren’t math geniuses, charts and technical patterns are what we have to revert to in order to make sense of it all. Without it, our brain would clench up faster than doing multiple trigonometry problems on 8 cans of red bull.
Ok, you get the point, moving on….
There are two types of research methods that you want to be familiar with before attempting to make any trade; technical and fundamental analysis.
Fundamental analysis is focused on aspects of of a cryptocurrency like the development team, utility of the coin, white paper current investors, etc . The latest news, and rumors surrounding your potential coin can also be factored into fundamental analysis. All these play a major part on the value of any cryptocurrency.
You’ll find our live charts page to be an all-in-one resource to for all your fundamental analysis needs. We cover cryptocurrency whitepapers, official crypto websites, social media accounts, blockchain info, and more. We everything you need to know, in order to make a well informed buying decision.
Before we go covering the details of technical analysis, remember that price movements on a given chart are rarely ever random. They often follow a trend, both long or short term, depending on the timeframe you are looking at.
The term trends, within the trading community, are not some new pair of $100 stone washed Justin Bieber jeans you decided to purchase because your girlfriend thought they were cute. These trends refer to the mass psychology of a group, in order to obtain increased price movement, through the analysis momentum in a particular direction.
The “group of people” (or herd) were analyzing, always follow certain patterns and react to certain price levels. These can be predictable to those who know what to look for. This…my friend, is what technical analysis is all about.
In order to be a one of the great crypto traders of our time, you’re going to need to recognize certain trends as well as chart and candlestick patterns. Also worth noting, trading indicators (RSI, MACD, Stochastics) are a great way to verify your TA strategies.
One of the more simple indicators to identify in your early stages of your trading career are support and resistance lines. Trading patterns are always made up of of these two fundamental levels.
Support is when you have more than two candlesticks that touch a particular price level towards the bottom of a trend. These tend to touch and bounce off support, thus moving up towards the top of the price level. These are known as resistance levels. A single bounce off support and resistance is known as a cycle. The more candlesticks that touch your support and resistance, the stronger they are. Let’s take a look at a strong support and resistance.
As stated above, you need at least 2 touches of a candlestick, within a cycle, in order to claim any sort of support or resistance. I typically look for at least 3, in order to be more confident about a certain level.
Ok, now that we’ve covered support and resistance levels let’s move onto trend lines.
Trend Lines – Riding Along the Highs and Lows of Trading
The only major difference between support and resistance lines are the fact that trend lines tend to be drawn in a diagonal direction. Support and resistance are drawn with straight horizontal lines.
When it comes to trading, a picture is definitely worth 1000 words. In order to better conceptualize trend lines, let’s have a closer look at both rising and falling trends.
Much like the support and resistance lines, you want to make sure you have “at least” 2 or more touches off a candlestick in order to consider it a trend. The more the merrier.
Trend lines can also move sideways, which we typically label as a “consolidations”. You also have short, intermediate, and long term trend lines depending on the timeframe of the chart you’re looking at.
Time to step your game up a little and start getting acquainted with more technical aspects of trading like moving averages.
Moving Averages – What Are They and Why You Should Care?
Moving averages are generally used to simplify trend recognition. These moving averages are based on the average price of a coin over a designated period of time.
You can calculate moving averages to show the average of any group of candles, but most traders calculate these averages over a period of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 timeframes (minutes, hours, days). The one I personally use the most is the 50 Day Simple Moving Average (SMA).
There are also two types of moving averages you can use, exponential or simple moving averages, depending on how broad or narrow you want your insight to be. I recommend using both. Let me explain…
There are certain strategies for each, however to be more specific, exponential moving averages give higher weighting values to recent prices, whereas simple moving averages assign equal weighting to all values.
To put it in layman’s terms, SMA will give you a broader overview of where a trend is at and EMA is best used to make quick judgment calls on more recent price action and trend reversals.
I like to use a 50 day moving average on all my charts. These allow me to quickly tell whether a trend is currently in a bear or bull market within the timeframe I am viewing.
Anything below the 50 day moving average tells me that the trend is currently in a short or long term bear market. If the candlesticks are above the 50 day moving average, you’re in a bear market trend. Knowing which trend you’re in (both long and short term) will allow you to better formulate a strategy moving forward.
The Simple EMA Strategy
Exponential moving averages (EMA) will help you decide if a trend is about to reverse within a short term timeframe. Many traders use different EMAs, however the one that I found to be the most useful are the 13 and 34 day moving averages.
Here is the basic strategy behind EMA …
Set one EMA to 13 and choose a color (red for this example)
Set another EMA to 34 and choose a color (blue for this example)
When the 13 EMA crosses above the 34 EMA (red over blue) you should look into buying at that cross, as the trend is entering a bullish state (moving up).
When the 34 EMA crosses above the 13 EMA (blue above red) you should be selling as the trend is entering a bearish state (moving down).
As you can see, as soon as any of the lines cross, a substantial shift within the trend can be seen. This combined with a few other indicators to help substantiate your trading strategy, will help you form a profit maximizing trade.
Next, let’s talk about a very important indicator that all traders use… volume.
Trading Volume – The Tasty Filling Between 2 Price Levels
Trading volume plays a crucial role in identifying whether a trend is weak or strong. Strong trends with high trading volume will always be accompanied by long candlesticks. The same goes for weak trends. These will be accompanied by short candlesticks.
Let’s break this down and structure it appropriately…
– If you have several long candlesticks along the volume indicator, this indicates a strong trend. If most of these are green, that would indicate a strong bullish trend. The opposite goes for red candlesticks indicating a strong bearish trend.
Pretty simple right? Exactly! This ain’t brain surgery folks. Volume indicators are really simple to understand.
Technical & Fundamental Analysis Unite Two Eternal Research Strategies
Don’t be lured into the always present debate between fundamental and technical analysis. Many novice traders tend to choose sides between these two research powerhouses. They believe one is ultimately better than the other.
This couldn’t be any further from the truth. You should be asking yourself….why choose one method over the other, when you can choose both right?
Using technical analysis (TA) as well as fundamental analysis (fundamentals) will equip you with the prophetic knowledge you need to culminate a precise trading strategy that you can actually feel good about.
Technical analysis will give you a practical way to measure past price movements and their corresponding trading volume. This is vital knowledge you’ll need when considering a trade.
Fundamental Analysis will empower you with significant insight regarding the current cryptocurrency conditions. Everything from current news, rumors, and future developments will play a crucial role in your decision when using fundamental analysis.
Combine these two powerful research techniques into one highly effective trading strategy.
Utilize fundamental analysis to dictate which coin is worth investing in, while tightening up your strategy when you’re ready to trade, by finding a good entry point with technical analysis.
Start Off Trading On the Right Foot
In order to get started, we’re obviously going to need to get familiar with a trading chart to plot out some beautiful technical analysis strategies right? You can start by utilizing our free chart here, however there will come a time when you need more than what this free solution has to offer (like alerts, more indicators, etc).
This is why I highly recommend TradingView for all your trading and chart plotting needs. TradingView offers a lot more than just charts. They include a massive selection of experienced traders you can follow and learn from. Take a look over expert trade setups on a number of coins and learn from real life application.
It is the quintessential social media platform for all traders, both novice and experts alike. They also have a very comprehensive traders reference guide that you can study if you ever want to expand your knowledge on the field. Reading up on trading ideas about various indicators, chart patterns, candlestick patterns, and then viewing them on live trades really helps.
I highly recommend starting with the Pro plan to start. If you need more indicators and alerts on down the line, go for the Pro+.
Let’s wrap this up…
This guide has presented you with the basic concepts behind technical analysis. I highly recommend you practice using the indicators and patterns I covered above. Once you’ve got a good handle on them, move on to more advanced charting patterns. I’ll go over these within another guide.
Now get out there and start charting!
Go on….you can do it! Don’t just let your dreams be dreams!
Since the dawn of cryptocurrency, we’ve seen a major increase in its value. The value and utility over paper currency is much better suited for our way of life in this new digital era. It’s possible that it may one day take over the future of currency; however that’s a bit over speculative for now. With so many benefits to offer, many who never thought about trading in their life are now tempted with these digital nuggets of gold.
Even if the concept of cryptocurrency seems foreign, trading is fairly simple when you get a handle on it. However, in order for it to be useful, you need to understand fundamental concepts of the market.
Much like institutional stock trading, it’s important to understand signals at the beginning of your trading journey. Understanding signals can be the difference between winning or losing your ass on a trade. One of the most important “signals” ‘you can begin to study is the candlestick.
What Are Candlestick Patterns?
Candlestick patterns have been in use for decades and have become very popular in terms of plotting the price action of a security or stock. Typically, a candlestick chart has a series of bars, called candles, which have different colors and heights. The colors and sizes depend on the price action of the security being studied at that point in time. It usually contains both opening and closing prices.
The bars of the candle depends on the unit of time, be it a minute, day or even a week. This, however, does not affect the candle’s color. If a bar is visible, it means that the closing price is higher or lower than the opening price of the currency. These are generally referred to as the “body” of the candle.
A red candlestick is used when the opening price is higher than the closing price, thus showing a downward pull, whereas a green color is used to show that the price rose from the starting period to the end.
Even though the candlestick chart will allow a person determine what rate the cryptocurrency is headed towards, technical analysis is also needed so that a better decision on movement can be made.
Popular Candlestick Trading Patterns
Let’s take a look at a few popular candlestick patterns that can often be found on any particular chart. There are two categories of candlestick patterns: continuations and reversals. A continuation pattern can predict the extension of the price action currently prevailing, whereas reversal patterns predict the change in price direction.
Take a look over the following nine bullish candlestick patterns. Look out for these when focusing in on strong reversal signals.
Being a bullish reversal pattern, the hammer can be seen as a signal that the currency has almost reached the bottom of a downtrend. This typically means that the bears have been exhausted.
The hanging man is the exact opposite of the hammer. Here, the signal is showing the cryptocurrency is nearing the top of an uptrend. If you see a hanging man, when the price is going up, do not buy. The prices will most likely be dip soon so it’s best to take your profits now.
Three “white” soldiers is a bullish candlestick pattern which predicts the reversal of a downtrend. As you can see from the image below, the pattern consists of three consecutive long body candlesticks. These candlesticks open within the previous candles body in close above the previous candles high.
Bullish Engulfing Pattern
The bullish engulfing pattern typically occurs when a large green a candlestick fully and goals the smaller red candlestick from the period before it. The opposite is true for the bearish engulfing pattern.
This pattern typically indicates a potential reversal of traders sentiment.
The evening star will typically indicate where an investor should look into exiting a trade. This candlestick pattern is based on three candlesticks. The first one is a long bearish candle. The second is a small bullish candle indicating indecision. The third is a large bullish candle substantiating the reversal.
This pattern is formed with two consecutive candlesticks. The first candlestick is red in the second candlestick is green which indicates a potential reversal. Take note that the green candlestick must be more than halfway above the bottom of the first red candlestick.
Is a type of reversal pattern that indicates a falling price. It looks exactly the same as an Inverted Hammer (below) however found at the end of an uptrend. The candles made up of a small lower body with a long upper wick. The wick should be two times the size of the lower body.
This is one bullish reversal pattern and indicates the support level. The signal shows that bulls are attempting to raise the prices upward, this is also why you will see long shadows (also referred to as wicks). They aren’t strong enough to push the prices up at the moment, however when you see this signal, you need to stop selling your currency because there is a very high chance of an upcoming rally.
When you see a doji, you need to be cautious since the pattern means that the market is not very sure about future movement and is waiting for an external sign. This typically means a reversal is impending. The signals are not as strong as can be seen from the signals discussed above. If you spot one, don’t attempt to buy or sell since the uneasy market can mean you might end up losing the trade.
It’s better to use a variety of technical analysis and candlestick patterns in order to determine a clear plan of attack for future movement. Both upward and downward movements are more prominent when evaluating them over a long period of time, depending on if your day or swing trading.
When evaluating candlestick patterns, try to wait until the next candlestick forms before analyzing the previous one. Some candlesticks patterns are based on speculation. Any recent news event can turn the whole pattern upside down. Try trading on days when there aren’t any profound news events. This will allow the candlestick patterns to be properly represented within the market and won’t change drastically.
I highly recommend checking out our charts here and practice predicting certain candlestick patterns as they form. While you’re at it, print this candlestick cheat sheetuntil you achieve a solid understanding on how to spot candlestick patterns. Regardless of how long you’ve been trading, the cheat sheet should always be readily available.
This extensive beginners guide to cryptocurrency trading will introduce you to a wide range of fundamental investment and trading strategies you’ll need to learn before moving onto more intricate topics like technical analysis.
I hope this guide can help serve as an introduction to those looking to get into crypto trading. Many of its lessons I had to learn the hard way, so buckle up and try not to make the same mistakes I did. Regardless of how careful you are, just know that you’re going to make mistakes. As long as you learn from them, and move forward, you’ll be successful in this new and highly exciting cryptocurrency era.
If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend you bookmark this guide and start from Step 1. If you consider yourself a moderate to experienced trader, by all means, use the table of contents below to zip down to exactly what you need to know!
Start preparing by scanning your ID in the form of a driver’s license or passport ID and have that bad boy stored on your computer. We’ll use this on our next step. Make sure you scan the front and back of your card.
Initially join a “cryptocurrency to fiat exchange” that allows you to purchase crypto with your bank account or debit card. These exchanges include…
Don’t just join one, join them all. You’ll find that one exchange will be slower to transfer fiat currency than another during certain times of the year. It’s always good to have backups of your backup.
Set an account with a cryptocurrency “trading” exchange. The ones mentioned above are great for turning your fiat currency over into cryptocurrency. There are much better exchanges that will allow you to trade your crypto for other altcoins and vice versa. The exchanges mentioned below have much better charts and trading features you’ll end up using on all your trades.
You’ll need to submit a driver’s license, passport, etc in order to get into most serious crypto exchanges. You might as well kill two birds with one stone and apply to all these exchanges, at once.
PRO TIP: there’s no need to purchase a whole number of a cryptocurrency. You can own small fractions of any denomination, so don’t really worry about fulfilling an entire Bitcoin for example. There are millions of investors and traders who only own fractional amounts of multiple coins.
An Option for Quicker Deposits
If you’re impatient like me and don’t feel like waiting several days for your deposit to complete, check out LocalBitcoins This place accepts everything from cash, credit card, and even Walmart card payments into crypto.
Everything on this site is sold through third-party sellers so be careful and make sure you purchase through a reputable one who has reviews on their local user ID (think eBay for crypto).
With this option you’re not paying ridiculously high fees. However, you will have to get up off your ass and make the transaction yourself either through bank account transfer or cash in hand.
4. Set up a direct deposit or wire transfer from your bank account for the quickest possible deposit into any one of these exchanges. Depending on the time of day, alignment of the stars, season of the year, etc… it can take anywhere from 1 to 7 days for the funds to reach your account.
To be quite honest, it really depends on how busy your current exchange is at any given moment. Coinbase tends to be the busiest and most widely used so if you’re in a hurry, you may not want to use this one immediately…unless you have time to kill.
Your Funds Are Deposited
Now that your deposit has hit your account, and you have that beautiful cryptocurrency on-hand (because I know it’s burning a hole in your digital pocket) let’s move on to the next step, trading on crypto exchanges.
PRO TIP: – when you sign up to Coinbase or any other “US-based” exchange, your transactions will be reported to the IRS. Do yourself a favor and make sure you’re tracking all transactions.
A great service that provides this for you, without having to do it manually (which is an extreme headache) is CoinTracking. I highly recommend this service to everyone who intends on trading more than a few coins per year.
Step 2 – Trading your Bitcoin On A Cryptocurrency Exchange
This is where the rubber meets the road. If you want to invest or trade in a cryptocurrency other than Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, or Bitcoin Cash then you’re going to need to get real familiar with a cryptocurrency exchange trading platform.
These exchanges can be a bit intimidating to the weary newcomer, however believe me when I say, once you learn one, you’ll know how to use all of them.
I’ll go over the intricacies of how to use each one, however let’s stay on course and get you signed up to a few of these beginner friendly exchanges.
Sign up to Binance – this is where all the beginner to more intermediate crypto traders go. This is a great place to start your crypto trading journey.
Sign up to HitBTC – this is another beginner friendly exchange that caters to the trading noob. They have some pretty cool trading features as well when you get into the intricacies of trading (order book) but I’ll cover this in another article.
Sign up to Bittrex – this exchange is more of an intermediate to advanced level exchange, however is definitely worth signing up to while you’re in the process of applying for these exchanges.
Also worth mentioning is GDAX, however you essentially get access to that exchange when you get accepted to Coinbase. It’s the official trading platform for their users. I don’t currently use that platform but realize that there are a lot of other beginners that do, so it’s worth checking out.
PRO TIP: learn what “dollar cost averaging” is before you start trading. This basically means that if you want to invest $1000 total into a coin, you want to split that up into segments of 4 ($250).
For example…let’s say you want to invest in Litecoin (LTC). You invest $250 to start. After a month, you want to invest another $250. Keep repeating this process every month, until you have fully invested your full $1000 capital.
This strategy ensures that you get the best price over time. To ensure you get the lowest price, invest on monthly dips. Over the course of 4 months, you’ll end up investing at a much lower price than you would have dumping your entire investment in one lump sum.
PRO TIP: – Stay tuned to our Youtube channel where I’ll cover more details behind trading and technical analysis on different platforms as well as several different beginner trading strategies.
Step 3 – Getting Familiar With The Trading Exchange Interface
Watch this video to get acquainted with the Binance trading interface
There are 3 different order types you’re going to use when buying or selling at any crypto exchange. You should be comfortable with each one in order to be a successful trader.
Note that all orders, both buy and sell, have fees attached to them. They are relatively small (fractions of a percent), so don’t worry about them too much.
Market Orders – these orders allow you to get into a trade right away at the current market price. Orders are immediately filled within an order book at the best available rate. The advantage of this order is, it’s completed immediately. On the other hand, you don’t always receive the best price..
Limit orders – This order type allows you to set a specific price. The market can then fill that order at the specific price. The drawback to this order type is, your order may not always be filled before the price inevitably increases. You may notice that the order book is full of buy and sell orders. Once you place a limit order you’ll be able to view where your order is within the order book, usually indicated by an arrow pointing to your exact order. On other exchanges your order is in bold print.
Stop Orders – (AKA – “stop losses”) The disadvantage to having a stop order is that there are cases where a price will drop significantly during a small period before it rallies (increases) to meet your original goal. This is a way for market-makers to eliminate stop losses before increasing price action for a more prominent bullish run.
I cover more intricate details about stop losses within this guide. I highly recommend you read it before implementing this feature into your trades.
PRO TIP: Trading is all about minimizing losses and maximizing your gains. No one and I mean no one is going to win them all (not even close). You just have to make sure that your losses are small while keeping your gains relatively large. Obviously this is an oversimplified statement, but it covers the basis of trading.
Candlesticks and Trading Patterns – you want to get yourself familiar with these indicators as they are the basic foundation of trading cryptocurrency. We cover a wide variety of these patterns on our candlestick and trading patterns section. I highly advise that you check these out now and study them while you’re waiting for your exchange approvals to facilitate.
Step 4 – Exploring More Altcoins via CoinMarketCap
If you’ve been in the crypto world for more than a week, then I’m sure you’ve heard of the website CoinMarketCap.com. This handy crypto tool should be your ever-loving sidekick when it comes to checking on the latest trends, prices, exchange listings, and news for anything crypto coin related.
The only real issue that I’ve had with a CoinMarketCap is that it’s not updated in real time and can showcase older prices (by an hour). However if you want to view real time cryptocurrency price updates, I highly recommend you check out our live crypto chart page for up to the minute price updates.
So let’s just pretend you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months and heard about a new cryptocurrency that’s bound to change the way we view reality. I know, tough sell. The very first thing you want to do is check CoinMarketCap and place a search for that coin.
Once you find it, click on the link and look under the tab labeled “Markets” to view what exchanges sell the coin. You’ll typically notice that it’s being traded on several exchanges, unless it’s brand new.
You can also view other relevant information on the coin like their website, latest news release, forum gossip, market value over time (charts), and so much more. There’s a ton of information for you to dissect on CoinMarketCap, so you have no reason to not do your due diligence before investing.
This should be one of the very first places you explore before trading or investing in a new altcoin. Alternatively, our CCJ Live Trading Charts give you the same information offered on CoinMarketCap.
Step 5 – Transfers, Deposits & Withdrawals
Transfers seem to be common occurrence for cryptocurrency trading, even more than any other trading commodity in the world (forex, stocks, options, etc), so let’s make sure you do it right, ok?
One aspect to coin transfers that you really need to get acclimated to our the fees. Transfer fees from one cryptocurrency exchange to another can vary greatly.
For example, at the time of this release, Bitcoin transfer fees are fairly high, whereas Litecoin offers a much cheaper rate. Always make sure you check the transfer fees before submission. They are displayed within a pop-up box right before you submit the transfer.
Also take note of the transfer time, which is equally as important as the fees. Check out bitinfocharts to see what the current coin transfer rates and fees are before setting up a transfer.
Once the transfer is complete, you can easily purchase the cryptocurrency that you intend to trade pairs with (typically BTC, ETH, or USDT).
Deposits and Withdrawals
These both work in the same manner and are fairly easy to accomplish. Once you complete the process once, you’ll most likely be able do it again without hesitation. In this example, we’ll be depositing BTC into Binance from Coinbase. You want to start out by retrieving your deposit address (the exchange you will be sending coins to). From here you want to click on the deposit button and copy your deposit address.
Take that deposit address and place it into the Coinbase Send/Request tab under Recipient. Once you click the “Send Funds” button, the transfer is complete. Now that wasn’t too hard was it?
Important Note – If you want to check on the status of your transfer, keep your deposit address handy and place it into the search bar located on blockchain.info
PRO TIP : Always, and I mean always enable the two factor authorization for all exchanges you currently use. Most exchanges use the authenticator app or Authy app which reside on your smartphone. This will ensure that no unwanted guests have access to your account without also having access to your smartphone. This little added security feature is what you want to have when there are thousands of dollars on the line.
Step 6 – Mitigating Your Risk & Securing Your Profits
Congratulations young grasshoppa! You’re one step closer to becoming the next crypto millionaire. However, there is one aspect to crypto that you want to make sure you adopt in the early stages of your career. SECURING YOUR PROFITS!
Weekly news regarding exchange hacks and crypto scams are prevalent within this budding industry. Cryptocurrency is in its “Wild West” stage of adoption so everyone’s out to grab a little piece of your digital nuggets.
Many of the low level hacks that tend to go under reported however occur on at daily basis are spoof sites scams. These are websites that look like real crypto exchanges you frequent. The scammer requests that you login to the fake exchange and once you login with your credentials, you can say goodbye to your precious crypto coins. That’s why utilizing 2 factor authentication is so important. Make sure you have that feature turned on before you start trading.
You can also utilize sites like HaveIBeenPawned and input your information there so the site can scan for security breaches to see if your username, password, or other information has been leaked. Sign up for their notifications so they can let you know of future breaches as well.
Securing Your Profits via Digital Wallet
Now that you’ve acquired your little stake of currency within the crypto sphere, you need a secure place to store. There are 4 mediums in which you can do just that.
Crypto Exchanges – this is the easiest option, however the most risky as well. It allows for fast liquidation of assets. You don’t have to wait for your crypto to transfer to your exchange of preference. You can easily exchange your coins for others altcoins and diversify your portfolio from within these virtual crypto shopping malls.
The biggest disadvantage to these venues is the fact that you don’t have full control over your wallet. If the exchange is hacked (many of the newer and less established exchanges are) and they declare bankruptcy, you might end up holding the bags for it. Mt Gox is a great example of this. This infamous exchange is constantly being referred to when it comes to these types of scenarios. [LATEST: they are currently in process of returning customer funds]
Soft wallets – this solution includes storing your crypto on a computer software program like Exodus. All your coins will be stored on your desktop or laptop computers for safekeeping.
When using the solution, you need to make sure you keep your private key safe in case something happens to your computer, like a virus or hardware malfunction. This private key will enable you to retrieve your funds if an unfortunate event like this occurs.
Make sure that this private key is secured in a safe place. Like other utilities that have private keys, you’re still the susceptible to having them stolen if you’re not careful where you place it.
Online Wallets – this offers users you way to keep your cryptocurrency online, within a secure environment, without the worry of being hacked or shutdown. Services likeMy Ether Wallet (MEW) offer an option to access your wallet from anywhere in the world, while maintaining full control of your funds. You’ll always have access to your private key when needed.
The main advantage of this service is, portability of funds. The disadvantage is that your private key is still susceptible to being stolen if you keep it on your computer or somewhere easily found within your home. It’s a very small chance, but still a chance.
Hardware Wallets – the introduction of wallets like Ledger Nano S can take care of your private keys for you so that you’re off the hook with regard to keeping your key in a safe place. This ultimately means that hackers will never be able to steal your private key via key loggers, file scanners, etc.
If that wasn’t good enough, you’ll have a backup of your secret key, which you can access if you ever lose sight of your Ledger Nano. The only disadvantage (if you’re really reaching for one), is that you’ll have to pay a transfer fee when you decide to transfer your coins from your wallet to an exchange. I wouldn’t really categorize that as a disadvantage as it simply comes with the territory regardless of what wallet you decide to use
Proven Cryptocurrency Trading Techniques
In order to get you moving in the right direction I want to cover a few proven ways to make money trading cryptocurrency. Many of these techniques have been carried over from traditional stock market trading, however, unlike traditional stocks you won’t find the volatile swings we see every day with cryptocurrency. This means more opportunities for us.
A Little Technical Analysis Goes A Long Way
First and foremost, you’re going to want a get a good grasp on technical analysis and trading patterns. Please check out the technical analysis section of our site where I cover all the fundamental chart patterns, candlesticks, as well as indicators. You’ll need to study these in order to achieve a high chance of success with trading. I also cover more detailed technical analysis over on our YouTube channel along with several different trading strategies.
If you’re more of the investor type and you plan on investing in numerous altcoins for the long haul, it’s still good to have a fundamental understanding of technical analysis.
So what exactly is technical analysis?
Technical analysis is the study of past price patterns in order to receive a high probability of a potential outcome. This tends to equip us with a unique ability to identify future opportunities of profit. The cryptocurrency market, more than any other traditional trading marketplace, have a herd like mentality. The tendency for inexperienced traders is to buy when the price is high (rallying) and sell when the price is low. We can take clear advantage of this with proper technical analysis.
It’s much easier to nail down fundamental analysis, simply because everyone has the ability to stay up-to-date on the latest cryptocurrency news due to all the information we have at our fingertips. In order to become a successful trader, we need to utilize fundamental and technical analysis at all times.
Note: technical analysis is not an all-in-one strategy. It is only one of the tools we use to help execute our overall strategy.
Be careful to not dump 100% of your funds into one single coin. Spread your funds out over several different coins or use dollar cost averaging, which I covered above.
Trading Tools For Technical Analysis
Tradingview, in my honest opinion, is the very best charting platform on the net. They not only offer you a free chart to hone your technical analysis skills with, but it’s also a great social networking site for beginner and advanced traders. You can really learn a lot by following how other traders are plotting their trades.
Plotting chart patterns, as if you had real money in the coin, helps a lot with learning the basics of technical analysis, however it can never prepare you for the emotional side of trading when using your own money.
Once you feel comfortable with technical analysis and think your skills are up to snuff, I highly recommend starting out with very small amounts to trade, in your beginning stages. This will ensure you are actively trading, perfecting your TA abilities, as well as honing your emotional skills which greatly come into play when trading with currency.
Other trading platforms like Coinigy are great, but they don’t even come close to the value and features you get with Tradingview.
Build Your Strategy and Be Consistent With It
One of the easiest ways to lose money trading is to bounce around from one strategy to the next without really using one particular strategy for any decent amount of time. Crypto traders need strategies and need to be consistent with them.
A solid strategy will always answer these questions…
How to protect your capital when the market turns against you (bearish trends).
When to take profits when you’re ahead.
How much to buy and sell.
When a strategy works or when it completely fails you (know when to hold em and fold em).
Just remember, a solid strategy will allow you to win only half of your trading battles, and still keep you in profit.
PRO TIP: This is definitely worth repeating. Finding a proven strategy that has worked for you and sticking to it is the most important thing you can do along your crypto trading journey.
With that being said, it also might be one of the toughest. You’re not going to win them all, but if you can at least win close to half of them, you’re going to come out ahead (as well as using proper money management skills). Remember; don’t fix it if it ain’t broke!
Common Crypto Trading Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
We’re almost done, so I congratulate you for sticking with me so far (unless you cheated and skipped to the end). By now, you should have a fundamental understanding on cryptocurrency trading. Hell, you might even think this was more simple than you had originally thought. Better start preparing for that “lambo life” by the end of the year right?
Yeah, yeah….don’t get too far ahead of yourself young grasshoppa. Even though some of these more simplified concepts may sound easy to grasp, the truth of the matter is, the emotional part of trading is a lot more difficult.
You might think you’re a Zen master now, but just wait till you start trading with your own hard earned income. It’s going to take some solid work (and pain) before you really master the concepts within this guide. The only way to do it is through experience and trade discipline.
When trading with real money, you’ve rightfully earned, you’re going to make mistakes. Just realize that now and be ok with it. There’s not a trader out there that hasn’t lost a ton of trades. So let’s close this guide out with a few of the most common mistakes beginner traders (yes you) will make.
Keep Your Cool
Perhaps one of the most frequent and careless mistakes a trader can make is letting their emotions get the best of them. If you have the wrong mindset, you will always lose in the long run. Set a clear goal for the profit goal you wish to obtain for the day or week and just “walk away” once that goal is met. Set up the same for losses to ensure you don’t keep digging yourself a hole.
If your losses for a particular day become too great, walk away and come back another day when opportunities are more present.
2-3% profit per day is a great goal for an initial investment of $1000. Reinvest that money and compound interest to allow your profit to work for you.
Protect Your Investment
Let me sum this up in one word, stop loss! That’s all there really is to say. If you don’t know what a stop loss is, read this article. To me traders fail because they don’t set proper stop limits. This is an easy fix so don’t let it happen to you.
Let Opportunity Come To You
Use technical analysis in order to determine when a particular trading strategy is open, in order for you to take up a position. If you find a chart pattern that’s about to break out and have two or three indicators confirming the pattern, you should feel confident about taking the position.
Also make sure to set trading alerts for when your favorite coins reach an all-time low or break out of a major support. Wait for the trade to come to you as opposed to forcing one. This will save you many painful days of regret.
Watch For Paralysis By Overanalysis
Technical analysis is not a prediction into the future. If that was the case we’d all be billionaires by now. Studying charts for hours is not going to produce consistent income. If certain charting patterns and signals don’t feel right or indicators are not confirming your strategy, then it’s best you trust your gut. Save your money to trade another day.
There will be plenty of times where chart patterns and indicators point to a potential breakout and it doesn’t happen. Don’t let it get to you as the market is made up of too many irrational factors for it to be too predictable. Continue to use a strategy that works for you and implement it on a consistent basis.
Only Invest What You Can Afford To Lose
I realize you’ve heard this statement 100 times over but it does bear repeating. There are too many stories of novice traders investing in a trade, in which they take money out from their bank account (or worse savings) that they can’t afford to lose.
This is not only a bad idea for trading but for any investment opportunity as well. You’ll also realize that your emotions get the best of you when you’re trading money that you can’t afford to lose. Trading with the mindset of not giving a damn is one of the most powerful mindsets that you can bring to the table.
I hope this guide helps you on your journey towards wealth and independence. Be sure to check out our other guides related to technical analysis, trading fundamentals, and crypto trading tools. They’ll help you along your path to crypto millions. Good luck and happy trading!
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