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Cryptocurrency Bear Market: Four Options – Choose Wisely

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In the decade since the introduction of bitcoin, it has been a rollercoaster of a ride for cryptocurrency investors – especially after the start of the bull run late in 2017. There have been thrills and spills, and more ups than downs across the 10 years. Certainly, those who were clever – or lucky – enough to invest in the early days will be very pleased with their yield.

Much like a rollercoaster, following a steep ascent comes an exhilarating – sometimes scary – drop, and that has been the case for bitcoin and the other major cryptos in 2018.

There is talk of another bull run on the horizon, though whether it will happen is anyone’s guess. So what strategies do crypto investors employ in a bear market? Basically, you have four options – as listed below. Choose wisely.

  1. Short sell

“Shorting” is when a trader backs a certain market to decline. If their hunch is correct, then they will benefit. Arguably the most famous example of short selling happened in September 1992, when Hungarian-American investor George Soros netted approximately $1 billion after correctly predicting the British pound would drop when it was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

Shorting is made possible through Contracts For Difference (CFDs), or derivatives, as they allow the trader to sell assets he or she doesn’t actually own. Simply put, a short trade is executed when a borrowed asset, or instrument, is sold at the current market price. If the market moves the trader’s way thereafter, and the price of the asset declines, the value of their position increases. From there the trader can choose to buy back the now-cheaper asset and make a tidy profit.

The 1,200 instruments offered by leading global social trading and investing platform eToro to its 10 million+ members have the option to short, including within the cryptocurrency and stock markets. Never has the adage “one man’s loss is another man’s gain” been so apt.

  1. HODL

The first time you see “HODL” when someone is discussing cryptocurrencies the word causes you to stop reading. You think: “Is it a misspelling?” Well, yes it is – at least it was mistyped originally. Now, rather amusingly, HODL has spawned a life of its own. It has evolved to represent a long-term trading strategy and philosophy for crypto investors.

HODL has become an acronym (or even backronym) for “hold on for dear life”, meaning that even when investors are in the deep red with their cryptos they should not buckle under pressure and sell, driven by the belief that they will, ultimately, reap great rewards, once mass adoption has been achieved.

Quartz heralded HODL as one of the most important terms in crypto culture in 2017, describing it as a determination to “stay invested in bitcoin and not to capitulate in the face of plunging prices”.

There is certainly great potential of HODLing as an investment strategy, and not selling while under pressure, as history shows us – and not just in the cryptocurrency world.

One of the most notorious examples of failing to HODL happened in the mid 1970s when Ronald Wayne, Apple’s third co-founder – alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak – sold his 10 per cent stake in the then-start-up back to the other two co-founders for $800.

In August 2018, Apple achieved the historic milestone of reaching a market capitalisation of $1 trillion. Had Wayne adopted a HODL mentality his Apple stake would be worth around $100 billion today.

It is impossible to predict the future, but Jay Smith, one of eToro’s most recognisable Popular Investors (whose trades can be copied by others – as can anyone’s on the platform), believes staying strong will reap the biggest rewards. Full-time trader Smith – a.k.a. jaynemesis on eToro– describes his trading style as “fundamentals, future and HODLing”.

“I firmly believe that cryptos will change the world, replacing stock markets, most currencies and powering everything from machine-to-machine payments and the Internet of Things through to streaming media, prediction markets, governance systems, voting systems, even potentially the internet,” he continues. “That being said, there is a long way to go, we are in the very early stages for most of these areas.”

  1. Keep investing

When the value of cryptos falls, many investors double down – effectively strengthening their commitment to a course of action that is potentially risky – because the prices are so low. As with HODLers, those who keep investing see the long-term benefits of cryptos.

Despite the bear market of 2018, many eToro users have invested more in bitcoin, XRP, and a range of other cryptos available on the platform – just see the market sentiment (image taken on November 30, 2018).

This is not investment advice or an investment recommendation.

  1. Diversify

If you have gone all in on cryptos and are waiting for the arrows to turn green, rather than red, it might be a good idea, during a bear market, to consider investing in other asset classes. By diversifying your portfolio this approach will spread your overall risk.

On eToro there are over 1,200 financial instruments, across six asset classes, on offer: cryptocurrencies; exchange-traded funds (ETFs); stocks; indices; commodities; and currencies. There are other ways for users to invest with eToro, in addition to manual trading. The innovative CopyTrader tool allows clients to copy the trades of top investors automatically. Users can view and copy anyone with a profile in a straightforward way, and expand their portfolio using CopyTrader while still using an individual strategy.

Another option is CopyPortfolios™: eToro offer various portfolios including in cryptos, technology, and the best-performing traders. These allow users to invest in multiple markets or traders based on predetermined investment strategies.

The award-winning platform truly is a one-stop shop for all your trading needs in a crypto bear market.

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies, as well as trading CFD assets.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Cryptoassets are unregulated and can fluctuate widely in price and are, therefore, not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptoassets is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Your capital is at risk.

This content is intended for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice or investment recommendation.

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eToro first to give retail investors financial exposure to Facebook’s Libra project

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eToro, the multi-asset investment platform, today announces the launch of its latest portfolio, offering investors the opportunity to take a stake in the companies involved in Facebook’s Libra project.

Yoni Assia, CEO and Co-founder of eToro, comments:“The Facebook Libra project presents a seismic shift for global finance as it is the first time we are seeing a tech giant make a move into finance using crypto. We want to give people the opportunity to take a stake in it as in the past, only the private companies and individuals involved in these historic developments have benefitted from them. We want to change that. 

“eToro’s mission is to open up global markets for everyone and is the only place retail investors can get exposure to developing technologies such as the Libra Coin, via a managed and regulated investment product for free.” 

The portfolio comprises of the 13 publicly-traded companies involved in the Libra Association and as more companies join it, eToro will look to rebalance the portfolio, where possible. The minimum investment is just $2,000.

Yoni Assia added:“Our range of portfolios are about making it as easy as possible for investors to access the assets they want across a range of themes and ideas that they’re passionate about. That could be anything from renewable energy to big tech, from cyber security to the medical cannabis industry. Given the importance of…

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First wave of 120 ERC-20 tokens added to eToro wallet

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  • New tokens include two eToro stablecoins

eToroX, the blockchain subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, today announces it will add 120 ERC-20 tokens to its multi-crypto on-chain wallet.

The first 5 of the 120 tokens added to the wallet today are 3 cryptoassets: Maker (MKR), Basic Attention Token (BAT), OmiseGO (OMG) and two eToro stablecoins: eToro EuroX (EURX) and eToro US DollarX (USDX).

Doron Rosenblum, Managing Director of eToroXcomments: Adding 120 ERC-20 tokens to the eToro wallet is further evidence of our belief that one day all investable assets will be tokenized. One of the main barriers to mass adoption of cryptoassets is lack of access. Making these first 5 tokens available enables more people to transfer and hold them into a secure and regulated wallet. The next step will be adding more ERC-20 tokens to our exchange, which we plan to do in the near future.” 

ERC-20 tokens are used solely on the Ethereum blockchain network and must follow a set of rules so that they can be shared, exchanged for other cryptoassets or transferred to a crypto wallet.

The eToro wallet is a mobile application available via Google Play and the Apple App Store. It provides an easy to use customer interface and enhanced security. Multi-signature* security gives users the ability to see their on-blockchain transactions and balances without the fear of losing their private…

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ETOROX DEVELOPS CODE TO TOKENIZE ASSETS ON LIBRA BLOCKCHAIN

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Thursday 20 June 2019

Facebook’s Libra project marks a seismic moment for global finance. As the dust begins to settle after Tuesday’s announcement, both the crypto and traditional finance industry are busy grappling with the challenges and opportunities presented by Libra.

eToroX Labs Blockchain Science team, comprising Chief Blockchain Scientist Dr. Omri Ross, Peter Emil Jensen, and Johannes Rude Jensen, was quick off the mark to investigate how eToro’s tokenized assets (and the technology behind them) would work on Libra’s initial prototype, and how well it suited the existing specification.

Dr. Omri Ross, eToro’s Chief Blockchain Scientist, comments: “The prototype of the Libra blockchain – the testnet – launched on Tuesday and is in beta mode until the launch in H1 2020. We were excited to explore a test implementation of eToro’s tokenized assets on Libra in Move IR.”

By exploring Libra’s capabilities, and using Move IR (the intermediate representation of what will eventually be the final programming language), they successfully managed to implement an initial version of eToros tokenized assets on the Libra Network.

Using a previous specification targeting the Ethereum blockchain, the team wrote and executed a basic implementation for creating digital assets (tokenization capabilities) on Libra.

Top two takeaways:

  1. In Move, resources (data structure types) cannot be moved or copied — an extremely constructive and beneficial capability, especially for digital assets, since it prevents accidental duplication…
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