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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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Blockchain Leaders Must Collab-orate For Humanity’s Sake – And Provide Real-World Solutions For The Four Billion People In The Developing World

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By Ziv Keinan, Legal Lead, GoodDollar

Given the developing world has a population of around four billion – and counting – there is an enormous opportunity to use blockchain technology for the betterment of humanity. We should embrace this chance to be a force for good, to fight poverty and provide financial inclusion to as many people in the world. However, to achieve meaningful success for the largest possible number of people, tech solutions must solve real-world challenges, be inexpensive for the user, and – most crucially – be deployable at speed and at scale.

This was the hard-hitting conclusion of the Global Solutions Summit, which took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on May 13, a day before the United Nations Science and Technology and Innovation Forum (UN STI), on the first day of New York Blockchain Week 2019. I was one of approximately 500 delegates, and welcomed GSS Chairman Alfred Watkins’ straight talking.

The United Nations building in New York

The developing world is going to be the engine of humanity in the coming years, and many young people are ready and willing…

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eToroX launches gold and silver stablecoins

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– Broadens range of assets available on their secure, regulated exchange –

eToroX, the blockchain division of global investment company eToro, has today announced the addition of two commodity-stablecoins – eToro Gold (GOLDX) and eToro Silver (SLVX), two further fiat-stablecoins – eToro Ruble (RUBX) and eToro Yuan (CNYX) – plus 15 fiat pairs to its crypto exchange.

Commenting on the news, Yoni Assia, Co-founder and CEO of eToro, said: The blockchain brings transparency and a new paradigm for asset ownership. We believe this is the future of finance and we’ll see the greatest transfer of wealth ever onto the blockchain.

“One of the key obstacles that cryptoassets need to overcome for mainstream adoption is price stability. Stablecoins largely eliminate this hurdle, creating a more user-friendly way to interact with the blockchain. By adding eToro Gold and eToro Silver and expanding our fiat-stablecoin range to 10, we are demonstrating the vast potential offered by tokenized assets.”

The new instruments added to the eToroX exchange are:

  • 2 commodity-stablecoins: eToro Gold (GOLDX) and eToro Silver (SLVX)
  • 2 new fiat-stablecoins: eToro Ruble (RUBX) and eToro Yuan (CNYX)
  • 17 fiat pairs: USDEX-EURX, USDEX-GBPX, USDEX-JPYX, USDEX-CHFX, USDEX-AUDX, USDEX-NZDX, USDEX-CADX, USDEX-RUBX, USDEX-CNYX, EURX-GBPX, EURX-JPYX, EUR-CHF, EURX-AUDX, EURX-NZDX, EURX-CADX, GOLDX-USDEX…
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Simplicity, transparency and low risk: Here’s why Popular Investor Enmanuel Bautista chose eToro

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Enmanuel (@big-profits) from the Dominican Republic has been in finance for all of his adult life. After reviewing several online trading platforms, he decided to focus on eToro, because of the platform’s ease of use and transparency. We asked him a few questions about his trading habits and strategies:

66% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am Enmanuel Bautista from the Dominican Republic, owner of a leading online Latin loan company. I dedicate myself to the business of finance (personal loans) and trading. Since I was a child, one of my goals has been to be independent, and eToro has helped me achieve this goal. I have never been an employee and I have been in the financial business since I was 17.

  1. Did you have previous experience with financial investments before joining eToro?

Yes, I used to make investments in local banks and local exchanges. In 2010, I began buying my local currency pairs EUR/DOP and USD/DOP without leverage. After that, in 2012, I tested some online brokers (3 including eToro) with binary options and trading with leverage. Following a large loss with high risk trading…

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