Gaining a better understanding of when to buy Bitcoin can help you take your investment strategy to the next level. It has been an interesting year for Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency market. The crypto market shed the majority of its 2017 gains this year as market corrections kicked in. These losses left many investors with difficult decisions to make, such as when to sell Bitcoins, and should I buy Bitcoin now? The important thing to remember is that there isn’t one particular style of investing that fits everybody.
Choose Your Strategy
When it comes to investing in Bitcoin, there are a couple of popular strategies to follow. In the end, you may find that a combination works best for you. This is normal and finding the right balance increases your return on investment (ROI) and reduces your stress levels in times of market corrections. Let’s explore two popular Bitcoin trading strategies.
The Bitcoin HODL (hold on for dear life) community is strong and why wouldn’t it be? Bitcoin is the world’s first successful cryptocurrency. Aside from the fact that it introduced the world to blockchain technology, there is also a social and economic freedom associated with this cryptocurrency.
HODLers believe in Bitcoin’s underlying quest to free the world from a corrupt and nefarious financial system. Additionally, they believe that Bitcoin will always see a rise in value in the long term. Considering that there is fewer than four million Bitcoin left to be mined, the scarcity of this digital asset is undeniable.
This is by far the easiest Bitcoin investment strategy to follow. You buy Bitcoin when the price dips and hold it. That’s it. If you review Bitcoin’s price history, anyone who followed this strategy before mid-2017 made out in a big way.
Short-Term: Day Trading
Day trading takes a more active approach to cryptocurrency. Day traders look to make gains based on their market understanding, rather than HODLing their Bitcoin. For these investors, utilizing the best market tools is essential. Advanced market analytics and trading bots are two perfect examples of popular day trading tools that can improve your ROI.
Strengthen Your Position
Day traders earn their profits during times of volatility. A savvy day trader knows how to make a profit, even when the market is collapsing. In a bear market scenario, these traders will strengthen their position. This trading strategy requires you to sell your Bitcoin at the beginning of a market drop and then repurchase Bitcoin at a lower price once the market bottoms out. The result: more Bitcoin. This strategy is easier said than done, however.
Many investors utilize a combination of these tactics to achieve the goal of increasing their Bitcoin holdings. These investors hold their Bitcoin until major market adjustments. As a crypto investor, monitoring new developments in the crypto market is important. In theory, it’s easier to predict a bear market than a bull market.
Remember, the crypto market is still new to many investors and bad media can spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt), which causes a sell-off by worried investors. For example, if you wake up tomorrow and type Bitcoin into the Google news search engine and the first three pages of stories are negative, it’s likely that this will cause the price of Bitcoin to drop. How much? Nobody knows.
Comparing Market Cycles
Market cycles are like the tides of the ocean. While nobody can guess exactly how powerful the tide will be, they can reference the year’s prior activity to get a general idea of when market activity increases or decreases. Bitcoin is now 10 years old and there is a decade of market research that can be evaluated to obtain a better understanding of Bitcoin’s market cycles.
Recent Market Stabilization
The market appears to be stabilizing with volatility at its lowest levels in years. Does this mean that Bitcoin is stable? Probably not. Bitcoin usually experiences volatility following this type of market behavior. In most cases, a bull market ensues.
The Truth About the Dip
Buy low, sell high. This is the investment axiom that is echoed by experts throughout the crypto space. While it seems easy enough, predicting when the dip is at its lowest point is tricky, to say the least. One of the best strategies is to review the market charts and if the dip is near resistance lines, buy. Resistance lines on a market chart represent points in which the market showed an increase in buying activity, thereby stopping the bear.
This article by David Hamilton was originally published at CoinCentral.com.