The key to HODL is knowing when to SODL

If you invest in the stock market, you probably know there is a lot of common lingo between cryptocurrency and stock market trading.

David McNeal
Jan 16, 2020 · 7 min read

You can sell(SODL), bid(buy), and hold(HODL) cryptocurrencies, just like a stock. Another thing the stock and cryptocurrency markets have in common is that each has its own unique jargon.

However, unlike Wall St, the cryptocurrency community gets its slang from memes in social media and online forum discussions.

“HODL” is one of those expressions.

HODL was first coined in the Bitcoin talk forum in 2013 as a misspelling of “HOLD” when a user named GameKyuubi posted “I AM HODLING,”

In his post, he ranted on that the best trading strategy was to hold and never sell. In his opinion,

“You only sell in a bear market if you are a good day trader or an illusioned noob. The people inbetween hold. In a zero-sum game such as this, traders can only take your money if you sell.

He confessed that he had drank some whiskey earlier that evening, then concluded the post with an irrational excuse for misspelling the title,

“I type d that tyitle twice because I knew it was wrong the first time. Still wrong. w/e,”

Within an hour HODL had made its way into memes and quickly went viral on social media.

Later, it became known as an acronym meaning “Hold On for Dear Life”

Defining a HODLer

There are some, however, who truly believe that cryptocurrencies will eventually replace fiat currencies and form the global economic foundation of the future. These HODLers are loyal to the end. They’re unswayed by sudden price changes, fake news, sarcastic memes, or any other viral content spread by social media influencers.

HODLers hold their coins while they ignore the naysayers and over-hyped price predictions. They simply hold, which helps them counteract two common negative influencers:

  1. FOMO (fear of missing out), which influences traders to buy high
  2. FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) which can lead to panic-selling (SODLing).

Cryptocurrency Investment Risks

There are, however, many risks and external factors that could make cryptocurrencies worthless. Its vulnerability is due to the cryptocurrency market volatility fuelled by hype, demand, and adoption.

  • While a cryptocurrency is gaining media attention, new investors and public interest — the price of the cryptocurrency can become unstable.
  • This also increases the ability of inexperienced traders to make poor investment decisions.
  • Not only is this unfortunate for the trader, it can spread quickly and can give the cryptocurrency a bad reputation to the public.

Remember: If you buy bitcoin or other cryptos, you can lose everything in the blink of an eye.

Now that we’ve gone over the disclaimers, let’s talk about when the HODLer is supposed to sell.

How are HODLers supposed to know when to sell?

Many have tried, but every attempt has been stymied by the unprecedented volatility of the market. Even the most accurate price predictions based on a chart analysis have shown that no methods are sufficiently consistent to qualify as a technical strategy.

  • That’s why it’s so hard to predict when to buy, sell, or HODL your cryptocurrency at any point.
  • Always keep a watchful eye and mind open, rather than adjust your mind to HODL until a specific time or price is reached.
  • If you ever decide to HODL any cryptocurrency, keep a watch out for any news or events that impact the price of your invested cryptocurrency.

With this still a fresh and loosely regulated market, there are still so many potential risks that could affect the price enough to influence your decision whether to HODL or sell your coins.

Cryptocurrency trading is still very new to most. Until recently, there were no reliable data on which new traders could rely to measure past performance. Many traders had to learn “sink or swim” thinking as they dive into the uncertain depths of crypto trading. Then there are those who preferred “wing it” as they carefully navigated the uncharted skies.

Part of investing in cryptocurrency is learning what works for you. Be the one to mitigate the risks, and that means you will have to determine when it’s the right time for you to sell. No one can tell you, with certainty, when to HODL or when to sell.

However, it’s a good idea to listen carefully to any advice or tips given by a professional with years of experience in watching and learning what influences the crypto markets to rise and fall. And what do you know? It’s a lucky day, because I’m such a professional.

Others fell down, only to jump back twice as high. For example, Bitcoin rose by 52,000 percent from 2011 to 2013, and then fell by over 80 percent over the following year. Since then, it has shot up over 17 times its previous high, only to fall by half again.

A common mistake among HODLers is missing the chance to cash out profits at the height of the rally. But the most serious mistake you can make is to buy high, when everyone is euphoric, and then panic sell when the price suddenly drops or crashes.

This is the quickest way to go broke. Sounds easy to avoid, doesn’t it? … It happens more often than you might think.

Never HODL everything.

Part of learning when to HODL or sell is realizing that it’s not always wise to hold all of your bitcoins. Volatility makes the market likely to have extreme spikes and crashes.

If you notice a significant price drop and have banked all your investment money, you may need to read about new investment strategies.

However, there’s still a way to get things right and let your cryptocurrencies climb up a bit. Holding a portion and selling another portion allows you to hedge your investment and reduces the risk of losing everything.

Cryptocurrency is volatile, enormously so. It’s enough to make most people panic-sell when they’re not supposed to. This could lead to losses as the currency could jump back.

Instead of selling to zero, many investors sell just enough cryptocurrency to make the ends meet for a bit while keeping the rest in HODL. This allows you to remain financially stable while waiting to see how things are going.

Fear Of Missing Out, that’s a pain. We’ve all had the currencies we’ve sold, just to see the price spike the next day.

It’s part of the game, and that’s why many traders make a mistake about HODL, when they really should have cashed out their profits and waited for the next dip to be reinvested.

Don’t get greedy; you could lose all your profits much faster than you expected.

The coin doesn’t seem to be competitive anymore, it’s not a matter of whether to sell or to HODL. Just sell them while you’ve got a chance.

Likewise, they sell underdeveloped and overpriced coins. The real number of people who get cryptocurrency isn’t that high at all. Cryptocurrency runs on hype, and the truth is, most coins are over-hyped and over-valued.

Overvalued coins, unless they’re at the top of the coin, they’re not the ones to invest in. These are the coins that often end up with major crashes. As a result, seeing much more hype without backing or widespread use is often a sign that you should sell.

Most cryptocurrencies do not have a product or company that supports them; they are supported by disparate users and online communities.

If you no longer hear about a coin or if implementation dries up, it’s probably a bad sign.

Cryptocurrencies need people who use them to survive, and they need to be highly value-added. If no one uses them, they’re not worth much, and they might just be dropped from the exchange platforms.

A lot of altcoins increase their value as they appear on major exchanges like Coinbase. Once the top exchange of coins stops carrying your cryptocurrency, others will often follow suit.

As a result, you’ll end up with a dead cryptocurrency.

  • If this happens, there’s no guarantee that your coin will be sold.
  • Selling while there’s still a chance is a good way to avoid losing everything you’ve stored in your currency.

The decentralized, non-fiat nature of cryptocurrency is not exactly good for many governments.

Governments that have tight control of Internet use in their countries are most likely to ban the trading of certain cryptocurrencies.

China recently signaled that it could put an end to cryptocurrency mining among its citizens, which could cause a major market crash. Korean cryptos, too, took a similar hit.

Cryptocurrency will be hit if its home country bans mining, even if it is a decentralized currency; as a result, many people will sell.

If the country of origin does most of the trading and mining of your currency, selling a large part of it could be a good idea.

The decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies means that you can still find users in the world that could lead to a bounce back. That’s never, however, certain.

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