Who Is Bitcoin’s Anonymous Whale?

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A wealthy Bitcoin wallet which had remained inactive for the last 5 years made a surprising hefty deposit of 66, 233 BTC  ($256 million) two days ago. Now, Bitcoin whales (people who hold large amounts of Bitcoin) do exist; basically 1,600 BTC wallets hold about 28% of the coin’s existence. The Financial Times reported that each of these wallets hold up to 1000 coins. Bitcoin whales usually trade on large and liquid bitcoin exchanges. With the evolving market, whales have adopted ways to trade on large sums and stay anonymous while at it.

Last year, the market value of BTC was $20,000 which has fallen to lows of up to the $3,500 mark as of late-November, proving that the market is highly risky (without looking at the potential of price manipulation) even for the early investors. This is not the first time such a deposit has been made by a Bitcoin whale. On 12th November 2017, $159 million worth of Bitcoins were moved to an online exchange. In early 2018, a Bitcoin whale purchased $400 million worth of coins in a single transaction.

The trouble with these moves is that they make the market unpredictable since it may cause huge dumps of coins and panic sales. Selling even a portion of their shares in Bitcoin can cause the prices to plummet. Whales are a huge problem to investors because of this risk, especially now that the market has suffered immense value losses.

This market manipulation stand can be well coordinated among whales and can prop up or drop the market in total. In April this year, Bitcoin whales dumped about $100 million causing a $6,500 drop-in BTC value. Which means the small-time players are always at a disadvantage. Now, with the delay in cryptocurrency regulation, whales and bulls move in the market were still very much open ground and for the most part, legal. It also does not help that the crypto market is still relatively new, still undergoing technological revolution and adoption.

At the time of post, the whale is still unknown. For one to execute such a transaction, they must be a high ranking BTC investor. According to Fortune, there are 32 big players in the BTC whale pool who control 4.5% to 6% of the market. For example, the Winklevoss Brothers own over $1 million in BTC coins, and Satoshi Nakamoto remains to be the one superior whale.

The condition of the crypto market now can be blamed on a steering position by market whales. Other reasons include regulation issues and taxation and legislation regarding fraudulent activities in the crypto world. Although the market might recover, maybe through the introduction of a Bitcoin ETF, it still remains unknown how the future of cryptocurrency will be.

The recent activity remains a mystery since it is not clear what the intention of the coin movement is. If it is a selloff, then the impact on BTC price will surely be devastating and cause prices to stumble further down. It remains to be seen in the run-up to 2019 if the market will recover and by how much of a margin.






Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro announced on national television on Thursday that the country’s native cryptocurrency Petro’s price had been increased from 3,600 sovereign bolivars to 9,000. Petro was launched early 2018 in the middle of Venezuela’s troubling economic crisis and on the launch of its pre-sale, the government claimed that the cryptocurrency was backed by commodities such as oil, gold, diamonds and gas.

Petro has gotten different receptions and attitudes from crypto experts and financial observers as well. The Wire UK described it as a scam, being that the currency was created to back up Venezuela’s national currency the bolivar, which in turn was backed up by oil. The reason the cryptocurrency was created, was because the country’s currency was grossly inflated.

As at the time of the launch, the IMF had predicted that the country’s inflation would increase to 1.37 million per cent by the end of 2018.  President Maduro, on the other hand, rubbished the prediction and stated that the cryptocurrency would, in fact, result in a radical monetary shift in the country’s economy. The president also increased the country’s minimum wage 24 times since 2013 at the start of the country’s financial crisis.

The Venezuelan economy is so bad that more than 400,000 of its scared citizens have migrated to neighbouring Ecuador to escape the madness. At the time of press, the country has relaunched its national currency and slashed the value of the bolivar. One dollar is now equivalent to 6 million bolivars.

What was amusing to crypto experts was the nerve behind the government to introduce its own digital currency in the midst of such chaos. It does not matter that it is apparently backed by physical commodities, the whole idea was incredulous. It seems like the cryptocurrency was more of being imposed on rather than introduced to the Venezuelan citizens.

The idea was floated by the former president Hugo Chavez who advocated for a currency ‘backed by physical materials.’ As it is, the value of one petro is equivalent to one barrel of oil which sells at $62.

The United States banned any financial transactions connected to petro and regarded the cryptocurrency as a scheme by the corrupt political forces of Venezuela in a plot to undermine democracy. The question remains, will Venezuela be able to redeem itself?

Venezuela’s economy’s demise could be partly blamed on the staggering and rapidly increasing sanctions levelled against it. The U.S for one has been on Venezuela’s neck since George Bush’s administration and recent sanctions by the European Union are not making the situation any better. For instance, it is now impossible for the Venezuelan government to sell or borrow assets in the U.S financial system.

The country suffered greatly in the last five years due to a drop in oil prices which fell by 95%, and this was not due to market conditions but was accredited to policy failures. The economic situation is deplorable considering that the economy still went to shit while the price of a barrel of oil was still over $100 in 2014.  

The sanctions post such drastic effects to a country so richly endowed with billions of barrels of oil that it’s frightening to think about what else could possibly go wrong. For one, these sanctions will cause the country to default on any accrued debts. This is because they are forced to sell their oil at very low prices in a bid to recover the economy, not to mention a complete seizure of the oil by their creditors. Another scenario is that it will be impossible for the country to execute any debt recovery plans such as delaying payments to creditors.

Maybe a complete haul of the existing government? Maybe one that will be approved by Trump’s administration and the rest of the European Union countries? Because as it is Venezuela is basically cut off from the international financial system. This is mostly because Trumps punitive, non-reversible executive order leaves Venezuela with no room to breathe.

In conclusion, the move to increase the price of the cryptocurrency is undoubtedly a last-ditch effort by the president (dare I say that Petro is his legacy) to save a crumbled economy. Petro as such is not really recognized in the digital assets’ world as a cryptocurrency as such and to make matters worse, the currency’s digital wallet was taken down by Google Play store. My take is that the move will never work.


By digitizing payments and remittances, people with active accounts will enjoy more benefits from financial inclusion. They will be afforded the ability to make transactions more efficiently, securely and affordable. Experts believe that with digital currency, greater account ownership and asset accumulation will promote economic empowerment. Also, confidentiality and convenience which is required to access financial services will be promoted.

With that being said, the SovereignWallet Network aims to:

a) Develop a secure SovereignWallet that will facilitate the creation of a cryptocurrency account.
b) Facilitate movement and exchange of cryptocurrencies by users just like sharing instant text messages at fairly -low transaction fees.

c) Partner up with various existing cryptocurrency service providers in different countries, to ensure the conversion of MUI token into local currencies.

This mechanism will ensure that the MUI is used to purchase Ether and the purchased Ether is converted into local currencies. For example, when venturing into the African market, the company is considering partnering up with Cardano and other recognized cryptocurrency providers. Thus these partnerships will facilitate the adoption of SovereignWallet application in various countries.

The Global Mobile Index Incentive
With the global mobile penetration figure expected to rise to 2.87 billion users by 2020, over 2billion people lack access to financial services. However, over a billion people have access to a mobile telephone network. Now, crypto assets management has a lift with a mobile additive.
The prevailing statistics show that mobile devices are most likely to be used as a digital platform to transact by people who currently don’t have accounts in banks or financial institutions. With financial services extended to the unbanked population, there will be an easier deployment of cryptocurrencies or digital wallets to the unbanked.
Mobile cryptocurrency will specifically help facilitate unlimited possibilities for people to gain access to digital financial services. These services include; creating transaction accounts, the sending and receiving of funds and universal access to financial services. Also, with universal access, other substantial benefits will be achieved.
When people are involved in financial systems, as previous studies have shown; they are empowered to start and grow their businesses. They are also more likely to invest in education, manage the risks and absorb financial shock. Risk in a sense is mitigated by the variants of Bitcoin privacy as seen in the use of address-format to identify accounts. This replaces the use of
formal names and identities.
By providing access to funds; cryptocurrency directly impacts the employment status, income, and consumption. International organizations such as the G20 and various governments have discovered that financial inclusion is driven forward by digitizing payment.

The Crypto Wallet
A cryptocurrency wallet is a software used to store and receive cryptocurrency securely. Sending and receiving cryptocurrencies is made possible by the wallet. This process is made
possible by the use and management of private and public cryptographic keys.
The wallet usually contains the users’ address, a friendly user interface that makes it easier to use, balances of cryptocurrency holdings, outstanding bills to facilitate desired transactions and finally notifications of the confirmations of transactions that have taken place in the Ethereum network.
Nowadays, there are different kinds of wallets available. However, their management has been of major concern. For example, in a desktop wallet; cryptocurrency can be lost if the wallet is hacked or if the private key is deleted. However, in online or web-based wallets, data stored
online can protect users against mistakenly deleting their private keys. Thus the online wallet is very easy to use but is generally considered as not secure.
With cryptocurrencies, inequality is reduced among countries because users must surrender control of their private keys to their host providers.
Hardware wallets are less vulnerable as opposed to their desktop/mobile wallet counterparts.
Hardware wallets securely store the user private key. They are secured devices which are specifically designed to protect and store the owners’ private keys. However, they are quite challenging to use. Therefore when the password or the hardware wallet is lost, it is very difficult to retrieve your account.
Mobile wallet, on the other hand, is relatively easy to use. However, it should be able to run on an Android or iOS platform


  • The SovereignWallet app is a messenger-style mobile cryptocurrency wallet which provides cryptocurrency related services. It aims to provide financial inclusion. The app allows people to create their accounts from their smartphones.

    • The app also has a mobile interface that enables every one of its users to undertake quick exchanges. This will be facilitated by the implementation of M.DEX remittances, and ICOs hosted on our platform. Also by automatically listing these tokens, liquidity in the primary or secondary market will be facilitated.

    • Messages that are sent between friends in the SovereignWallet app are protected by end-to-end encryption.

    • The app and smart contracts are reinforced by self-protection and zero-knowledge encryption to protect the users’ crypto assets.

    • The app has made it easy and secure to perform various transaction activities.

    • Finally, you can rest assured that there is nothing to fear if you lose or mistakenly delete your private keys.

The Background
In the past, losing money was common. However, the lost funds were often recovered albeit by someone else. Nowadays, it’s more complicated to lose funds. This has been made possible using credit and debit cards to pay for everything you commonly use. For instance, paying for gas and
making your car payments.
It’s possible sometimes to lose your physical wallet, but you can quickly block those cards by contacting your centralized financial institution. You can change your debit cards and render them invalid with just a simple phone call.
If there is one thing you can’t fix with a similar approach, it’s your wallets private keys. If they get lost or stolen, Odds are you won’t be able to recover them due to the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies.
There is no agency to contact and no one to help you deactivate your account. Once your wallets
are gone, you can’t get it back. This is perhaps the biggest challenge that cryptocurrencies have failed to address, and the costs affiliated with the loss of accounts have been enormous in some cases.
Some experts in blockchain technology have begun exploring the possibility of using “zero-knowledge proofs” to recover private keys without compromising the wallets security. This method is based on the idea of knowing something without revealing intimate details.
Due to their efforts, SovereignWallet has been developed. This product utilizes the zero-knowledge encryption protocol that assists users to get their private keys back. All that is required is that you download the app to another device if your wallet becomes damaged or lost.
Thanks to the private keys encryption, the two are stored on the company’s highly secure server equipped with military grade encryption.
The app also provides another alternative to unlock your wallet. This method requires you to use a mnemonic word that is attached to the private key. The mnemonic word is created at the same time as your private key, and the two are associated.

Last words
We have learned how cryptocurrency works and its background. We have learned about the differences between the SovereignWallet app and other alternatives. With the app, you don’t have to worry if you lose or delete your private keys. In the future, you will be able to withdraw funds in your local currency.

After spending years away from the limelight, cryptocurrency has made major strides in achieving mass adoption across the world. However, the life of any currency is only as good as its utility.

Blockchain technology, the engine behind what makes cryptocurrency operate, has now started to permeate every sector of today’s world. Whether it’s a blockchain based power grid or a decentralized marketplace to help you buy new digital assets. Bitcoin has officially breached the off-line world and is creating an influx of opportunity and real life application.

Some cryptocurrency enthusiasts may focus on investing in Bitcoin. They daydream living that “Lambo life”, however most are unaware of the various ways that they can spend their Bitcoin on day-to-day items. Even daily consumables can now be purchased using Bitcoin. Many new platforms are emerging every month in order to make it easier for people to utilize these digital coins for their daily spending habits.


Granted, there are a few crypto millionaires out there that obtained wealth due to their HODLing. However, millions of people are now using their digital coins in a more practical manner in order to pay their utility bills, groceries, and even their daily cup of coffee. Activities like these are crucial to allowing the currency to become more acceptable in real life.

Other than using cryptocurrency as a means of investment, how exactly do you use these digital nuggets of gold in real life situations? How would you use them, for example, to pay your bills, gas, cellphone, or groceries?

I’ll be answering these questions with a few hand-selected services that I’ve used for these type of occasions. The more reputable service providers have been allowing individuals like yourself the freedom to use Bitcoin in the same way you use any standard credit or debit card.

Bitcoin Debit Cards


Bitcoin debit cards are the easiest way for you to use your digital coins in order to pay your bills or other daily expenditures. It bridges the technological gaps between decentralized currencies of the world and the conventional marketplace.

Most Bitcoin debit cards use a protocol that quickly converts your BTC into USD or EUR when using the card at a merchant’s location. Each transaction will have a small processing fee, however the fee will be a lot less than what you would pay to convert your crypto coins to fiat currency on a cryptocurrency exchange like Coinbase or Binance.

With these debit cards, the merchant always gets paid in their local currency. You can shop at any store just like you would with your standard bank issued debit card or credit card. It’s also possible to sign up for an auto-pay system just like you would with a typical credit or debit card.

Here some of the more popular Bitcoin debit cards that you can start using today: 


shift-debit-cardit-card-bitcoin-crypto-2Shift was the first bitcoin card to become available in America. Although Shift does not have its own wallet, it connects with your Coinbase wallet for transactions. It is available in 45 states within the US. The user is alerted to each transaction via smartphone notifications and does not charge any BTC to USD conversion fees.

If you don’t have a Coinbase account, sign up with this link in order to receive $10 worth of free Bitcoin. You lose nothing and gain $10 with no additional effort.


wagecan-crypto-debit-card-creditWageCan is one of the most popular Bitcoin debit cards. You can use it outside Europe and the US. This card connects with over 30 million ATMs around the world and even allows local currency withdrawals. You have a choice between a plastic card and a digital one. The card supports multiple nationalities and doesn’t need a credit check in order to get started.

WageCan rewards initial deposits and also supports referral rewards to make it worth your time to recommend their service to friends and family.

Wagecan Overview:

  • Offers 30+ Million ATM Networks in over 210 countries
  • Local currency cashout (withdrawal of funds)
  • Point of Sale (purchase anything that accepts the Visa logo)
  • No credit checks
  • Mobile App
  • Founded in 2014

> Sign up here and receive a 20% discount coupon on your card


spectrocoin-debit-card-cryptocurrency-credit-card-2This provider is based out of London and not only supplies Bitcoin debit/prepaid cards but is an all-in-one solution for a wide range of services like mobile apps, merchant processing, blockchain wallets, and more.


Some of these include:

  • Blockchain Wallet – eliminates crypto volatility during the transaction as it exchanges the exact amount just before posting it to the blockchain.
  • Cryptocurrency exchange – supports 150+ countires with 30+ currencies.
  • Credit and prepaid cards – includes 20+ deposit/withdrawal methods available like bank transfers, cash withdrawal, money transfers, etc.
  • Payment processing – if you own an online or offline store, you can accept payment in Bitcoin, NEM, or Dash.
  • Can be used at 30+ million ATMs worldwide.
  • Established in 2013.

Any of the card providers mentioned above will allow you to easily store your Bitcoins as well as spend them in Euros or US dollars. The cards can be used to pay electricity bills, Netflix subscriptions, as well as any other bill you can think of. They are accepted at any venue that accepts credit cards.

Bitcoin Powered Bill Pay Services

bitcoin-powered-bill-pay-autopayAs an alternative method to using the credit card services mentioned above, there are bill pay companies that allow you to pay your bills on a predefined schedule. All services covered within this guide will allow you to set up auto pay payments from your online wallet. Just set it once and forget it. Below are a few services that can help you keep your Bitcoins anonymous while still making your payments on time. 


Coinsfer is an older and more established service that can help you pay your bills using Bitcoin. They primarily operate in the US. You’ll have the choice of setting up a recurring payment or one time payments like any other bill pay service.

NOTE: there is a 7% tip for each bill paid (min $20) if you choose to utilize the one-time payment feature. Choosing the subscription plan (auto pay) will bring it down up to 5%.

Bill Pay for Coins

bill-pay-for-coinsBill Pay for Coins is a more reasonably priced bill pay service provider with a fee of only 1.99%. Simply have your Bitcoin wallet address handy, choose from a list of companies that you want to pay your bills with, and submit the payment. It’s a very simple process that you’ll only need to set up one time.

Be aware that it could take up to 5 days to complete, however it rarely takes that long to process. Apart from utilities, you can also pay credit cards, home or auto loans, federal and state taxes, and pretty much anything else that involves a monthly invoice.

Direct Bitcoin Payments

bitcoin-direct-depositMany utility companies have started to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment and the list is growing every day. Make sure to ask your service provider if they accept Bitcoin payments; however this is typically something that they would advertise on their website, so check there first.

The benefit of paying directly is so you can eliminate paying a service or conversion fee. Paying the company directly would also be a lot faster than going through a bill pay service.

Arizona has already passed a bill to accept cryptocurrency as a valid form of payment for state and local taxes. Other states in the US, like Illinois and Georgia, are considering state tax payments in the form of Bitcoin. As cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream, more and more services and utility companies will start to allow these forms of payment directly.

Are We Close to a Bitcoin Economy, Yet?

Yes! It’s already here. Bitcoin payments (as well as other cryptocurrencies ) are steadily becoming more and more integrated with various merchants every single year. The service providers mentioned above will allow you to purchase almost anything with Bitcoin.

Many blockchain startup companies are improving their platform in order to make it easier to convert cryptocurrency to your local fiat. As their efforts continue, it will become much easier to use Bitcoin for everyday use. Fortunately, there are many ways to pay for your daily life’s necessities and utilities with this incredible innovation today.

Start with a few of the providers mentioned above and utilize the currency for what it was intended for. Also realize that your daily Bitcoin spending habits is helping with the overall integration of the currency within our society. That’s something you can feel good about!


So, you’ve gone ahead and bought yourself some of that nice cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum or even better yet, Dogecoin (insert sarcasm). Next step is to find out where the hell you should hold onto these beautiful, shiny, digital internet coins. With 2017 being a tremendous year for cryptocurrency, the huge influx of users were targeted by hackers and scammers, which is expected to increase in 2018.  Now, more than ever,  it’s vital that you secure your portfolio and rest your weary head on a “piece of mind pillow”.

Before we begin explaining how to store and secure your crypto, it’s vital you follow these essential tips:

  • Use different passwords – this is seriously important. Don’t ignore like I think you will. If you can’t remember them, just store them on a piece of paper for safekeeping.
  • Use a different email – this definitely helps to minimize risk, you’ll thank us for it later!
  • Enable 2 factor authentication – when you signed up for an exchange you may have been prompted to enable 2FA which uses your phone as an extra layer of security. So even if a hacker collects your username and password, they still won’t be able to get in! Pretty cool right?
  • Don’t store your passwords/private keys in the same place – if you’re one of the people who chucks all their passwords in a notepad/text file, you risk losing everything if someone gains access. Trust me, I used to do this too and it’s a bad habit. You might want to use a secure password manager such as Dashlane or Lastpass or even better, store your passwords offline on paper. Yes, paper still exists in 2018, starting using it. Again, spread it out to numerous occasions within your house or even use a safe if you have one handy.
  • Backups – this is essential, should anything happen to your device, have a backup ready at all times. Use USBs, external HDDs, encrypted backup files. Have multiple backups, be vigilant with your money, it’s a good habit to get yourself into.

3 Ways to Serve and Protect Your Cryptocurrency 

Exchange Wallets

crypto-exchange-wallet-soft-wallet-secureWhen you first purchase any cryptocurrency, you do so through an exchange which allows you to trade your traditional fiat (USD, GBP, EUR, KRW etc) for your wanted cryptocurrency (BTC, ETH, XRP etc). Exchanges will hold your cryptocurrency assets in their own personal wallets sometimes called hot or cold wallets, meaning you never really have access to your private keys. We do not recommend you keep your coins on any exchange for a long period of time as you will never really have full control over your coins. There is always that risk of an exchange being hacked. If you’re an active trader and need your assets on an exchange at all times, we recommend spreading your risk across multiple exchanges for security.


  • Easy to manage and set up, just create an email and password. There you have it!
  • Exchanges support many coins so you can store everything in one place
  • Almost all exchanges have 2FA security (2 factor authorization)
  • Can easily trade without having to move funds
  • Can be accessed from any device with an internet connection


  • You never own your private keys, so your funds are never truly yours
  • Exchanges can get hacked and your funds are always at risk. If you’re going to keep your crypto in an exchange for longer than a month, make sure it’s in a well-established one like Bittrex, Poloniex, or GDAX.

Client-Side Or Desktop Wallets

desktop-crypto-wallet-cryptocurrency-offline-storage-safe-secureStore your assets in a wallet in which you have full control over your private keys. For ethereum tokens you might want to use MyEtherWallet (you should download MEW offline for added security). If you want a trade-off between security and practicality, then take a look at the Exodus Wallet, which supports multiple coins and also allows you to trade inside the wallet! Pretty cool right?

We also recommend Jaxx and if you’re a strong Bitcoin holder as it runs on IOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. With desktop wallets, it’s vital that you perform regular virus/trojan checks as there is chance that your wallets could be hacked with keyloggers and the like. Should you get infected, use an up-to-date antivirus software such as Avast. Be extra careful downloading suspicious files online as they carry a risk of infecting your computer/device.


  • Gives user full functionality of the respective cryptocurrency
  • You hold your private keys so your assets are truly yours
  • Safer from online hacks and scams (keep your private key safe)


  • If you are unaware of common security practices you can still lose your funds to viruses and Trojans (like keyloggers or any other program that logs your keystrokes)
  • Many wallets often do not support a lot of cryptocurrencies, hence why you may need multiple wallets to store different cryptocurrencies.
  • You’re still susceptible to someone stealing your private key if you save it on your computer or in your home where someone can find it easily.

Hardware or Cold Wallets


These wallets are completely offline and secure from hackers. This is why we recommend everyone use these wallets if you’re truly serious about hanging on to your precious cryptocurrency.

Hardware wallets like Ledger Nano and Trezor are small hardware devices that you can purchase on Amazon or any other electronics store. These handy USB looking devices store your crypto assets along with your own private key. Plug them into your computer via USB when you need to access or store your funds. Once you’re done, store the storage unit in a secure physical safe.

These are, by far the most secure wallets you can own. The only way you’d be able to lose your cryptocurrency is if you get physically robbed. The chances of that happening are significantly low, unless you start gloating to every person you encounter about how much Bitcoin you own.

If you want to go a step further, you can store your assets on a paper wallet. Yes, you heard me right, you can store it on a piece of paper. With these wallets, your private key/QR code is printed on a piece of paper, then it’s up to you to store that piece of paper safely.

This might be less convenient if you send, receive and trade your coins often, however if you’re a hodler, this is one of the least risky methods to store your cryptocurrency. Just be sure to keep that piece of paper safe and locked securely.


  • Hold your private keys and information offline and away from the device
  • Hardware wallets can be used to access your cryptocurrency from any device
  • They provide the highest level of security as physical theft remains the only risk
  • Portable as well as relatively easy to use
  • Can store multiple cryptocurrency in one place



  • Some hardware wallets are often quite expensive to purchase
  • You may not have access to the full functionality of the respective cryptocurrency

Let’s wrap this up…


I’ve discussed the three most secure and effective ways to store your cryptocurrency. Now you know what the benefits and flaws are of each. Always remember, your crypto assets are never truly secure until you take the responsibility to act on it. The cryptocurrency realm is innovating at a tremendous pace and so are hackers and scammers. With criminals innovating new techniques, just as quickly as we combat them, it’s vital you keep updated with the latest news and information regarding cryptocurrency security.


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!

Ready? Good! Let’s get started…

Table of Contents

  1. Step 1 – Open A Cryptocurrency Exchange Account
    – An Option for Quicker Deposits
    – Your Funds Are Deposited
  2. Step 2 – Trading your Bitcoin On A Cryptocurrency Exchange
  3. Step 3 – Getting Familiar With The Trading Exchange Interface
    – Trading Platform Order Types
  4. Step 4 – Exploring More Altcoins via CoinMarketCap
  5. Step 5 – Transfers, Deposits & Withdrawals
    Deposits and Withdrawals
  6. Step 6 – Mitigating Your Risk & Securing Your Profits
    Securing Your Profits via Digital Wallet
  7. Proven Cryptocurrency Trading Techniques
    – Trading Tools For Technical Analysis
  8. Common Crypto Trading Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
    – Keep Your Cool

    – Let Opportunity Come To You
    – Only Invest What You Can Afford To Lose 

Step 1 – Open A Cryptocurrency Exchange Account

  1. 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.
  2. Initially join a “cryptocurrency to fiat exchange” that allows you to purchase crypto with your bank account or debit card. These exchanges include…



    CoinMama (lower fees)


    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.

  3. 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

trading-your-bitcoin-on-an-exchange guideThis 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Be sure to check out our Technical Analysis, Candlesticks, and Chart Patterns section of our site where I cover all the standard details of crypto trading.

Trading Platform Order Types

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.

Many technical strategies and money management techniques go into making this statement a reality. 

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.

Moving forward…

living-under-a-rock-coinmarketcapSo 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

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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-wallets-softCrypto 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 like My 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.

hard-wallet-ledger-nano-cryptoHardware 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

day-trading-cryptocurrency-coin-toolsTradingview, 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.

master-at-trading-cryptocurrencyYou 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 

keep-emotions-in-check-trading-cryptoPerhaps 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. 

In conclusion…

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!

For an updated list on trading guides, visit our crypto trading section here.

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