Legitimate Online Trading Groups are More Scarce Than You May Expect

Go ahead and Google “Crypto Trading Group” and scroll through the first page or two of results. I’ll wait…

Unless something has changed between the time of this writing and the time you are reading this, you will encounter lots of groups that claim to be THE definitive trading forum or signal group out there (despite there being literally thousands of them). A handful of these groups have actually proven to be fairly successful for their legions of followers, while many more of these groups… not so much. The dangerous implication made by many cryptocurrency trading “groups” is that there…


Understanding the Math Behind Crypto’s Violent Ebb and Flow

For anyone who has invested or traded in crypto, they are well aware of just how volatile the value of cryptoassets can be. The volatility is largely due to cryptocurrency simply being such a young asset class, but there are other factors that I will cover in this piece. Every coin has its share of drastic movement as crypto slowly crawls in the direction of mass adoption, and markets slowly attain thicker order books. …


Let’s Face It

The crypto markets are currently f*cked. Between the consistent manipulation they face, as well as specific issues per individual major exchanges like Coinbase Pro, Binance, and Bittrex, there is a lot to be concerned about when making even the simplest of token swaps and transfers. There are bots to beat, whales to wade through, advisors to avoid, and ICO’s to ignore. But adorable wordplay aside, the numerous obstacles in crypto markets today have jaded many investors and traders, and the hinderances have cost both annoyingly small to devastatingly large fortunes to many.

Regulating cryptocurrency would not necessarily unf*ck the markets…


Passive Investing Comes in Many Forms

When it comes to executing a proper trading strategy and staying consistent with plans of action for investing in cryptocurrency, many people conveniently presume that the proper method to do so is simply what the crypto community refers to as “hodling”. For those who stray away from the often confounding circle of crypto memes, this simply is a subtle reference and reminder to hold on to whatever coins you own. No buys, no sells. The hodler’s mentality is simply to hang on to your bags and let the volatility play out while patiently awaiting your deserved Lamborghini (cue eyeroll).

Hodling…


A Need for Diversification

Ahhh yes, the good ol’ reliable index fund. Many of us who have been in the investment world for more than a few months can at least roughly comprehend and explain to our friends and family what the purpose of one is. Additionally, most of us can understand why they are so lucrative in the long-term scheme of investing and in their abilities to make people wealthy. In almost every asset class, index funds are immensely popular in today’s investing environment. …


Manipulating Cryptocurrency

Market manipulation, according to Investopedia, is defined as:

“The act of artificially inflating or deflating the price of a security or otherwise influencing the behavior of the market for personal gain.”

Do we see this type of artificial movement happen often in the cryptocurrency markets? You better believe it. In fact, due to the deregulated nature of both cryptocurrency and their markets, manipulation is more rampant in the cryptocurrency markets than virtually anything else you can trade. Since the value of cryptocurrencies are very sensitive to sentiment, emotion, and publicity, many are tempted to drive unnatural price movement and profit…


What’s the Big Deal With Keeping Coins on Exchanges?

You may have seen the friendly reminders from time to time. You know, those pesky ones that suggest you keep all or the heavy majority of your Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, etc. in separate external cold (offline) wallets? The wallets you’ve seen vague mentions of that are intimidating and seemingly incomprehensible specialized USB drives with codes longer than an L. Ron Hubbard novel that we’re all supposed to bury deep inside our closets and sock drawers and never, ever lose? This repetitive drone of people whispering in your ear that exchange wallets “can’t be trusted” can be pretty annoying, especially when…


Looking to Provide the Stability Crypto Needs

You may not have heard of the year-old startup known as Basis. But the cryptocurrency company based out of Hoboken, New Jersey has roared out of the ICO gates and raised over $133 million in the past year to go toward creating a new stablecoin for the masses. The token (formerly known as Basecoin) is a stablecoin that is programmed to maintain its value closely to the value of one US dollar at all times. In cryptocurrency, it is not always a practical or available option to simply trade Bitcoin for dollars and vice versa. Basis works to solve this…


Owning the Decentralized Dollar Without Having to Deal With Fiat

In cryptocurrency, most avid traders prefer having an option for stability to trade out of their volatile holdings while still maintaining decentralized assets that avoid the need to exchange into Fiat currency. We traders sometimes need a period of rest for our crypto portfolios to not have the potential to significantly increase or decrease in value. This is exactly what the appropriately named stablecoins allow us to accomplish.

These crypto tokens are designed to peg their values closely to the value of various currencies, such as the ever popular dollar, at an approximate 1:1 ratio. By doing so, cryptocurrency traders…


Cryptocurrency’s Answer to P/E

Have you ever wondered how to actually measure the true value of Bitcoin? Wouldn’t it be useful information to know that Ethereum is currently under-priced and potentially about to skyrocket in value? Perhaps you are looking to sell a handful of Ripple for Bitcoin, but don’t know if it’s the right time yet. In traditional finance, there are established tools to provide insight into making these decisions in traditional stocks, but those same tools don’t typically relate or apply to crypto. However, algorithmic index trading platforms like Lvl.co

Brian Quinlivan

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