The #1 Mistake Beginners Make Investing in Crypto
Bitcoin and altcoin investors tend to measure their cryptocurrency gains in US dollar terms. While this is fine to do with Bitcoin, your altcoin investments should always be measured against Bitcoin to determine whether or not you generated value for yourself.
If you aren’t keeping track of how your performance would have been had you just bought Bitcoin rather than your current investments, you are measuring your performance incorrectly and may be destroying more value than you know despite the fact your portfolio has doubled in US dollar terms!
In any other asset class out there, investors compare their returns against a relevant benchmark. Whether it’s the S&P 500 or the Barclays aggregate, there is always a way to measure whether or not you’re under or overperforming. With cryptocurrencies, the benchmark is Bitcoin. But you shouldn’t just think of your profits in terms of Bitcoin: You should also think of basic TA in Bitcoin levels too.
The reason for this is because all other cryptocurrencies see substantial amounts of volume from their Bitcoin cross-currency pair. That means support and resistance lines, channels, moving averages, RSI and many other indicators are all measured in Satoshi levels rather than USD. The USD value you see on Coinmarketcap is just for convenience rather than utility. I cannot give you the equivalent USD level, as some requested in my last video, as any given Satohsi level for a cryptocurrency will vary widely depending on price of Bitcoin.
I provide more specific examples in the video, including a failed trade of mine that (to this point) has destroyed over 50% of value! I hope you enjoy and as usual, I look forward to your thoughts in the comments.
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My Recommended Hardware Wallets:
If you want to store your cryptocurrencies safely, the best way is through a hardware wallet. Seriously – look it up and you’ll find plenty of information supporting this claim. There are alternatives such as paper wallets, but these are convenient and my choice for cold storage (offline):
Ledger Nano S: http://amzn.to/2hZPj0q
Ledger Blue (expensive): http://amzn.to/2hk7xst
I personally prefer the Ledger Nano S, but the Trezor is such a close second that it really doesn’t matter which one you go with. Ledger Blue is premium and convenient, but not necessary.
My Favorite Book for Investing in Crypto:
This book is, bar none, my favorite book for investing in cryptocurrencies. It doesn’t bog you down with technical jargon, but instead focuses on all the elements you should understand before you invest.
It’s a comprehensive book for both beginners and experts. Beginners will find information about major cryptocurrencies (not just Bitcoin) as well as details on historical market events (that you can draw on for future) and events to watch for moving into the future. Experts will find the chapters on valuation particularly useful. For those of you involved in traditional investing, this book is even more of a godsend as finance info is explored (correlations with other asset classes, ETFs, etc).
My Recommended Exchanges: Coinbase / GDAX / Bittrex
If you sign up to Coinbase using link above, you and I will both receive $10 each after you buy your first $100 of Bitcoin using Coinbase. Coinbase is much less intimidating for beginners. Once ready, move up to GDAX for cheaper or zero fees. For altcoins, I recommend Bittrex.
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