What are the types of crypto trading?
There are two major types of crypto trading:
1. Fiat to crypto:
In this type, fiat (USD, GBP, SGD, INR) is the base currency, and you trade it against cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and others. The goal here is to grow your fiat money and keep booking the profit on a regular basis.
In the further section of this guide, I have shared the example of fiat to crypto trading.
2. Crypto to crypto trading: (Altcoin trading)
This is by far the least understood, and most profitable form of crypto trading. In this type, you use crypto as a base, and trade against other cryptocurrencies (altcoins) to grow the base coin. For example, you start with 0.1 BTC and trade it against other coins such as ETH, BNB to grow your BTC holding from 0.1.
This is also popularly known as altcoin trading. At the time of the bull market, this is one of the best ways to increase your Bitcoin holding.
A lot of beginners stick with Fiat to crypto trading, as it seems easy and familiar. However, another league who is using crypto to crypto trading, makes a significant profit over time.
What is the difference between Trading Vs. Investing?
Another important thing to know at this stage is, do you want to be a crypto day trader or a silent crypto investor. This decision depends upon a lot of factors such as:
- Your existing profession?
- Your risk tacking appetite
- Your trading style
- Your long term emotional state
- How long you have been following the crypto market
The last two are most critical, and an important deciding factor.
However, with time and practice, you can learn emotion and behavioral management, which is the key to ace in trading cryptocurrencies. I will be sharing a bit of pointer around this in the further section.
A lot of people who got into cryptocurrency in the early days, now enjoy a mix of investing and trading. The reason for the same is the wild volatility of crypto prices, which brings a great opportunity for someone to grow their crypto holdings with a strategy.
Short term trading
Short term trading is buying a cryptocurrency for a short time span, such as days, weeks or months for making a profit. A lot of people get into day trading, where they buy and sell crypto on the same day or a couple of days.
Do note, in short-term trading (a.k.a. day trading), you will be winning some days, and you will be losing some days. Stop loss is going to be your best risk management strategy, to ensure you don’t end up losing a large portion. However, if you are coming from stock trading background, the typical stop loss logic will not apply to crypto trading, due to high volatility.
Long term trading
The long term trading could also be considered as investing in crypto. Since you are new, you should know about the pop term of crypto called HODL. It means “Hold on to your dear life”. After buying crypto like Bitcoin, you simply hold it for a significant long time (years), and then sell it for a significant profit.
This is recommended for those who believe particular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and others are going to the moon, and their investment will grow multiple folds.
The advantages of long term trading are, you are immune to short term volatility, and you don’t need to follow the trading chart on a regular basis. Rather, you can simply look at the fundamentals to plan your trading strategy. This is suitable for only blue-chip coins like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance coin to name a few.
Now, let’s look at the ways by which you could start trading cryptocurrencies:
What you need before you start trading cryptocurrencies?
To get started, you need the following things:
There are two popular ways to fund your crypto trading account:
- Fiat like USD, GBP, AUD, INR
The basic idea here is to buy Bitcoin, from your local exchanges, and then transfer the Bitcoin to these any crypto trading platforms.
You could decide a number of funds you would like to put in for crypto trading. As shared by many wise crypto traders, you should put only that money into trading, that you are ok to lose.
2. A Cryptocurrency trading website:
You need a crypto exchange that offers high liquidity and sophisticated tools for trading cryptos. Since you need to buy Bitcoin or other cryptos to get started, it should offer an option to let you buy crypto from fiat.
Binance is the #1 crypto trading website from the past few years for trading crypto. One reason for the same is, it offers a wide verity of cryptocurrencies, and one of the best trading engine. It supports the following trading types:
- Spot trading
- Margin trading
- Arbitrage trading
- Futures trading
It also serves as a bank, as you can earn interest on idle funds. You can learn more about it in our Binance review guide.
3. Technical analysis:
Now, this is a skill that you could develop as you move ahead in crypto trading. However, having a basic understanding of how to see charts, technical indicators such as RSI, MACD, Bollinger bands will help you a lot in the days to come.
Learning about charting, and technical indicators do not take a lot of time, and with regular practice, you can hone your skills. Most of these trading websites offer integrated technical analysis chart. You could also use something like Tradingview for checking the TA chart.
4. Risk management:
This is one thing that I highly recommend you to learn right away. A lot of smart people end up losing all their money in trading because they get overconfident by not following the basic risk management principle. Do remember, you will not win all the trades you take, and with proper risk management, you will minimize yours loses.
Note for the advanced users: If you are coming from a traditional stock trading background, you may be surprised by the wild swing of crypto price movements. So the traditional hourly or daily resistance and support level, may not hold true here. This is one reason, I highly recommend you to try paper trading before you put the real money.
5. Paper trading:
A nice alternative before you put real money into crypto trading is, by making use of Paper trading. In this, you practice crypto trading before you put your real money. This way, you can always check your trading skills, before you start putting your hard-earned money. 3Commas is one such platform that offers paper-trading for free. Read 3Commas review to learn more.
How to Start trading cryptocurrencies:
Well, if you have made it until here, you should give a nice pat on your back. You are not only motivated but also keen to make a difference in your financial life with crypto trading.
In this section, I will help you to get started with Fiat to crypto trading. Once you understand this, you could apply the same logic for crypto to crypto trading.
Alright, here we go:
Head over to Binance.com, and create an account using your email address and password. Binance does not need KYC if you are withdrawing funds less than 2 BTC/day
Fund your account:
You can directly deposit BTC from any other website or wallet to Binance. You can also buy BTC on the Binance platform to fund the account. I believe you are aware of it, if not, just drop a comment and I will extend this section to include a video.
To fund, click on Wallet > Spot wallet, to see your Bitcoin wallet address
Alternatively, you can also click on “Buy cryptos” at the top left of Binance website, and select the amount for which you wish to buy Bitcoin or other altcoins.
How to trade cryptocurrencies:
Now, click on trade > Basic and select the market on which you want to trade.
For example, I wish to trade in USDT:BTC pair. I will simply select the USDT and BTC market (As shown in the screenshot below)
Note: Notice the yellow star next to BTC/USDT pair. You can select any pair, and marking the star to yellow will add them to the favorite tab.
Now, you are all set to start trading cryptocurrency. On the same trading terminal page, you could buy/sell any pair of your choice.
The price by default is the market price: The current traded price.
However, you can change it to any other price of your choice, and once Bitcoin (in this example) reach that price, your order will be fulfilled.
Important things to know about crypto trading:
1. Trading fees:
This is an important factor to consider to calculate crypto trading profits. Some exchanges are notoriously high when it comes to fees, and your big profit becomes small after deducting the fees. A lot of platform offers platform-specific coins, which gives you a rebate for paying your trading fees in the platform coin. For example, Binance has a platform coin called BNB, and it offers a 50% discount on trading fees when you pay using BNB coin.
2. Stable coins:
Another cool thing about crypto trading is, you can use stable coin like USDT, USDC to hold your funds in USD. These stable coins are pegged with USD, and they are the best way to trade virtually. Learn more about the best stablecoins here.
What are the Risks of crypto trading?
Here are some well-known risks of crypto trading that you should be aware of:
- Some technologies will be gone: A lot of cryptocurrencies (Altcoins) will be gone in no-time. It has happened a lot of times, and you should be cautious about this. At times, some coin would look too promising, but under the hood, it is a bitcoin (A popular crypto term).
- Lack of Fundamental analysis: If you are looking to day trade as a profession, it’s a good idea to also learn about fundamental analysis of a coin. Even for the day trade, It is good to bet on a coin, that has a strong foundation. Else it is not uncommon to see a coin losing more than 70% of its value in a matter of time.
- Lack of volume: You want to ensure that the crypto you trading on, has significant volume. Else, you may face liquidation risks.
- Technology savvy: If you are tech-savvy, it will help you grow. However, if you are not, learning about security best practices, hardware wallets, and 2FA would help you build a career in the cryptocurrency market.
- Prevent yourself from a scam: Like it or not, the cryptocurrency market like any other financial market is full of scammers. The worse here is, cryptocurrency is still highly unregulated, and an unconscious trader could fall for some well-known crypto scams. You should put extra caution to groups that provide crypto buy/sell signals. A lot of them are nothing but a dump/pump mechanism, and you put yourself into great risk with such scam groups. A lot of them would also ask for a fee to let you join the group (offering great promises), and you should refrain from such groups.
Here are a few popular FAQ’s related to Crypto trading:⭐️How are cryptocurrencies traded
Cryptocurrency trading falls in high risk, high reward category. As cryptocurrency exchanges are not yet regulated as they should be, there are a lot of risks involved. One thumb rule of crypto trading is, don’t keep a lot of funds on an exchange. Another rule is, use a quality platform like Binance or Bybit for trading.⭐️Does cryptocurrency have trading hours?
Cryptocurrency trading is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now, you should be able to begin crypto trading following this tutorial. In the future, I will extend this guide with more videos, and anecdotes to help you master trading cryptos. For now, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comment section below.
Members of WallStreetBets Forum Alleged in Telegram Crypto Scam Stealing $2M in BNB and ETH
Members of the popular WallStreetBets Reddit forum were suspected of a presumable cryptocurrency fraud that could have caused losses of no less than $2 million. By creating a designated Telegram group, they duped investors by guaranteeing remarkable returns through capitalizing on the recent crypto market rally.
The Core of the Hoax
Per a report by Bloomberg, alleged members of the WallStreetBets Reddit Forum used the Telegram messaging service to execute a blatant scam. A particular account by the name of ”WallStreetBets – Crypto Pumps” presented users the chance to purchase a new token certified as WSB Finance before it was listed on crypto exchanges. The operation is known as a pre-mine sale.
The essence of the fraud was connected to the recent cryptocurrency boom as bitcoin and most altcoins skyrocketed in value lately. With some of the digital assets reaching 1,000% gains, the targeted WSB members conned investors into sending money without asking questions and with the potential of netting huge profits.
The notorious account also urged users to transfer popular cryptocurrencies such as Binance Coin (BNB) and Ethereum (ETH) to a designated crypto wallet and then to reach its ”token bot” to gain WSB Finance coins.
However, the perpetrators never dispatched those coins. Furthermore, another message on Telegram revealed that the people who had already issued a payment had to send an equivalent amount again or they would risk losing their initial investment.
After executing the hoax, more than 3,451 Binance Coins were withdrawn on Tuesday (May, 4th) from the wallet inside the Crypto Pumps messages.
Since the price of BNB at that point was approximately $625, the fraud caused losses of more than $2.1 million. Following the scam, thousands of people expressed their frustration and tried to expose the individuals behind the account. Moreover, the quantity of the other cryptocurrency – ether – still remains a mystery.
Two weeks ago WSB admins warned about offers that might try to take advantage of the forum’s name in order to allure the crypto audience. The ”WallStreetBets – Crypto Pumps” account has been removed from Telegram but whoever managed it left a message that might stun the affected victims:
”Buying Lambo now.”
South Korean Crypto Exchange Accused Of $1.5 Billion Scam
The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange platform V Global was accused of luring 40,000 people into illicit multi-level deceit. The entire scheme amounts to more than 1.7 million won, which equals $1.5 billion.
As reported by the Korean officials, the police raided many places in the country related to a virtual cryptocurrency exchange, and its notorious CEO – known as LEE – alleged to fundraising without regulatory permission. The authorities blocked the exchange’s cash deposits as a part of the investigation.
In total, the Gyeonggy Nambu Police Agency reported that it searched the exchange’s headquarters in southern Seoul along with 21 other places and froze more than $214 million left in the account.
Another report from today shed more light on the developments. According to Yonhap News, the name of the organization is V Global. The Korean police are examining the accusations against them for fraud under the Certain Economic Crimes Weighted Penalty Act, the Similar Receiving Act, and the door-to-door sales business.
The main accusation against the exchange is gaining a deposit of 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion) from 40,000 members in the period between August 2020 and January 2021. The announcement revealed that most of the people were elderly or housewives with no experience in cryptocurrency trading.
Too Good To Be True
The investigation revealed that the exchange urged investors to entrust their funds to an account and lured the members that the expected return would be three times higher than the initial investment. According to the authorities, there was a pyramid element in the scam as the exchange promised to grant an introduction fee of 1.2 million won ($1,065) for every newly recruited member.
The report affirmed that the trading venue paid some members in the form of a block. Therefore, people who signed up earlier received funds from individuals who entered the exchange later.
Moreover, the Korean police seem confident to deal with the fraud case as it revealed its intention to confiscate 240 billion won ($214 million) left in the V Global account as of the 15th last month, even before the prosecution process.
Georgia’s central bank is exploring ‘Digital Gel’ CBDC
The National Bank of Georgia said that it is considering launching a central bank digital currency.
In an announcement today, the central bank hinted at the issuance of a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, in an effort “to enhance efficiencies of the domestic payment system and financial inclusion.” The National Bank of Georgia, or NBG, said it would be inviting fintech firms and other financial institutions to participate in the project, named Digital Gel after the symbol for the country’s fiat currency, the lari.
“CBDC holds the promise to unlock the tremendous value of innovative business models for the benefit of society,” said the announcement. “The introduction of CBDC could increase financial intermediation efficiency, help introduce new financial technologies, facilitate financial inclusion, and reach previously unbanked populations.”
However, the bank mentioned the possibility of risks in the launch of a CBDC in the Republic of Georgia given the “new and potentially disruptive technology.” The NBG said it may conduct extensive testing of the CBDC in a controlled environment to ensure a smooth rollout, but did not provide any details regarding a timeline for launch.
With a population of roughly 4 million and a gross domestic product of approximately $15 billion, a nation like Georgia falls at the smaller end of countries exploring CBDCs. The Bahamas officially rolled out its Sand Dollar central bank digital currency in October, while China has been piloting its digital yuan in select cities prior to a full-scale launch. In the United States, Fortune 500 company Accenture announced this week it would be partnering with the Digital Dollar Foundation to conduct CBDC trials.
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