Warren Buffett said in one of his famous quotes, “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful”. Sometimes, we may get too cautious of our investments that we end up not taking the actions that could potentially transform our lives. When it comes to buying and selling, every investor knows that to get maximum profits from sales, they have to seek to buy at a relatively lower price.
Unfortunately, it is not every time you see market prices fall; most times, market price fluctuations could get you so confused that in an attempt to minimize risk, you end up with numerous indecisions. Some other times you may have to wait a long time with your idle capital as you wait for your desirable buy order to get filled.
What you may not realize is that you can earn a steady revenue stream while you are waiting by trading on options. Buffett himself once made $7.5M in 5 minutes using this very strategy. That, therefore, begs the question, what is options trading and how can you leverage it to minimize risks and earn more profits?
Options trading explained
For a beginner, options is a system of trading that involves the purchase and sales of assets, securities or derivatives at a stipulated price within an agreed period. This means that within a specific period, you’ll be able to buy and sell at a fixed price regardless of the existing market prices within that same period.
By this definition, three elements make up an options trade:
- Option type (buy or sell option)
- A fixed price (or strike price)
- The agreed period (after which the option expires).
For an options trade agreement to proceed, you as the trader (either the buyer or the seller) would have to pay a certain amount to secure the option. This is known as premium, it is merely a fraction of your trading capital.
Within the period of this options agreement, you will be able to either exercise the option or not, depending on how favorable market conditions are. If you decide not to exercise the option, it will expire after the time period elapses and your loss would be only the premium amount. In which case the loss is only a fraction of what you could have lost if you were trading directly.
There are two examples of types of options trading:
1. Put option
Buying this type of option simply means you have an asset that you wish to sell. If you expect market prices to drop and you fear your assets will lose much in value within this period, then this option is for you.
For example, supposing Bitcoin prices stand at $35,000 and David has 1 Bitcoin which he is willing to sell for the same amount but he fears that the prices will drop in the coming month, he can decide to pay a premium to get an options contract starting from the 1st of June to the 1st of July. He will therefore set the strike price at $35,000 for the period of this contract.
If towards the end of April, the Bitcoin price falls to about $28,000, David can decide to exercise this contract by surrendering the collateral (which is the 1 Bitcoin he owns). Once this is done, he receives $35,000 instead of the $28,000 which would have translated into a $7,000 loss if he was trading directly.
In contrast, should the price of Bitcoin appreciate to about $43,000 during this period, David may decide not to exercise this contract to sell his Bitcoin for less. In this case, he forfeits the contract and loses only a fraction of his capital which is the amount paid for the premium.
2. Call option
This category of options trade marks you as the buyer. After obtaining a call option, you’ll need to decide on the amount you would buy the asset and specify the period after which it expires.
Taking David as an example once again, let’s say on June 1st he decides to purchase a call option for 1 Bitcoin at a specified price of $35,000 since he expects prices to rise. He consequently pays the premium fee and sets the contract to expire on the 1st of July.
If towards the end of June Bitcoin begins selling at $43,000, he may decide to exercise the call option by depositing the required collateral which in this case is the strike price of $35,000. That way, he saves up to $8,000 which he could have spent had he decided to buy Bitcoin at a later date.
However, supposing the price of bitcoin slumps to $28,000, he may decide not to exercise the call option and in which case he’d lose only the amount of premium paid, minimizing risk in the process.
Call options are usually good for bullish traders who expect the market prices to climb.
Where can you trade options?
Options trading is available on the Hedget platform. Since their arrival in the DeFi space, the platform has brought amazing use cases for trading options. In addition to the above-listed options trading examples and digital settlements, they also provide the opportunity for cash collateralization and settlement.
The platform ranks among the first movers and market leaders of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency put and call options. Running on both Binance Smart Chain and Ethereum, they are currently tuning up their platform and preparing to crank up option liquidity through their strategic partners.
Trading options on Hedget is as easy as it can get, you simply have to visit their website at https://www.hedget.com and explore how you can enhance your crypto trading toolkit with techniques such as the aforementioned options trading.
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Extreme Fear In Crypto Market, Is It Time To Buy The Blood In Bitcoin?
The past week has been a brutal one for bitcoin and crypto in general. The market has taken hit after hit. So much so that it’s starting to seem like there is no end in sight. Coins have been falling at high percentages. It brings back a popular saying in the financial markets; “there’s blood in the streets.”
Investors have been reacting to this negatively. The Arcane Research Fear & Greed Index has moved back into extreme fear. Going down to the lowest it has ever been this year.
Fear & Greed Index down to 10 into extreme fear | Source: Fear & Greed Index on Arcane Research
The Index currently sits at 10 in extreme fear. This means that investors are scared to put their money in the market. With no more money going into the market, the prices will go down. And we will see even redder charts.
Time To Buy The Blood?
“Buy the dip” is a popular saying in the crypto space. People are encouraged to buy coins when there has been a massive downturn in the price. Quoting this as being the best time to get into the market. But what happens when a dip goes past just being a dip into full-blown bleeding?
With red charts and downward-facing arrows, the market looks like it is bleeding. With massive liquidations going on and not as much faith in the digital assets anymore, the crypto market valuation is down.
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It is always best to buy assets when there is “blood in the streets.” People are wary of the market. Weak hands are pulling out, dragging the price down. And that is when the long-term hodlers come out to play.
There is never any definite way to tell where exactly the market will bottom out. But a good indication is when assets are down so much that people are scared to buy back in. A time where it seems like the coins will never recover and that is the best time to buy.
Is There A Market Recovery On The Horizon?
A trend in the market has usually been massive dips are followed by good recoveries. People buy assets that are down a significant amount in hopes that they will make a profit when it recovers.
Total market capitalization less than 50% ATH | Source: Total Market Cap on TradingView.com
With institutional investors still holding on to their bitcoins, it looks that they still have hope in the market.
MicroStrategy recently bought an additional $500 million worth of bitcoins to add to its growing portfolio. Goldman Sachs had ramped up its bitcoin trading activities by partnering up with Galaxy Capital. All good-faith moves in the market.
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It will not be the first time that the market has pulled ahead after massive downturns. A lot of investors see the falling prices as a chance to buy back in. And more money goes back into the market, so does more faith return. Increasing the valuation of the assets.
Bitcoin has fallen below $30k. Less than half its all-time high. A crucial hold point for the asset.
Ethereum has fallen below $2k.
The total market valuation now sits at $1.21 trillion. Less than 50% from its highest market valuation of $2.4 trillion.
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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Following Massive $4000 Rebound, Is BTC Still In Danger?
The Bitcoin rollercoaster continues after the price dropped by a precipitous 14% from today’s high of $33,250 to reach as low as $28,600. After hitting this level, the cryptocurrency quickly rebounded back above $32,000 liquidating a huge amount of long then short positions.
Yesterday, it seemed like the critical support of $31.7K was holding, however, earlier today Bitcoin broke the ascending trend line (started forming on May 19), losing the $30k support, but, as of now, the price bounced back above.
So far, the past 7 days have been a nightmare for Bitcoin, as the primary cryptocurrency touched $41.3K just last Tuesday. Keeping in mind today’s current low of $28.6K, the price dropped over 30%, before slightly recovering. $28,600 is a 5-month low for Bitcoin. The last time it was trading below $30K was during January 2021.
Moving forward, Bitcoin is still in danger, however, two things might light a bit of positiveness on the market:
– The fact that Bitcoin price quickly rebounded over $4k after plunging below $30k shows that there is very strong demand, especially below $30k.
– The consolidation zone between $30k and $42k, which lasted since May 19, is still intact.
Despite the above, the situation is very fragile, as volatility is expected to continue for the next few days at least.
In addition, the bounce allowed Bitcoin to remain inside the descending price channel as shown on the short-term chart below and buyers defended $31,185 support, and the candle did not close beneath it.
BTC Price Support and Resistance Levels to Watch
Key Support Levels: $31,700, $31K, $30,000, $28,600, $27,740.
Key Resistance Levels: $32,465, $33,520, $34,760, $36,440, $37,500.
Looking ahead, the first support now lies at $31,700 (yesterday’s low and the ascending trend-line). This is followed by ~$31k – $31,185 (downside 1.618 Fib Extension), $30,000, and $28,600 (today’s low). Additional support lies at $27,740 (Jan 2021 lows), $26,840 (downside 1.414 Fib Extension), and $25,000.
On the other side, the first resistance lies at $32,465. This is followed by $33,520, $34,760, $36,440 (20-day MA), $37,500, and $39,490 (early-June highs).
The daily RSI is well within the bearish territory and is still not yet oversold. It is starting to push higher, which indicates that the bearish momentum might be easing up a little. Aside from that, a bullish divergence signal has also appeared on the LTF charts, such as the 4-hour’s.
Bitstamp BTC/USD Daily Chart
Bitstamp BTC/USD 4-Hour Chart
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Eswar Prasad: BTC Needs to Solve These Three Issues to Be Truly Effective
A professor at Cornell University believes that bitcoin can never accomplish all it has set out to do unless it manages to get past three big hindrances. According to Eswar Prasad, professor of economics at the educational institution, bitcoin still suffers from several flaws that are preventing it from being stronger than many of its altcoin cousins.
Eswar Prasad: BTC Still Has a Way to Go
In an interview, Prasad points to the idea that bitcoin mining is extremely expensive and hazardous to the environment. This is an argument we have heard time and time again over the past few months. Everyone from Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank” fame to Elon Musk – the South African entrepreneur behind billion-dollar companies such as SpaceX and Tesla – have said that bitcoin mining is simply too dangerous for Mother Earth to carry on.
As a means of making themselves more appealing than bitcoin, Prasad says that many cryptocurrencies which came after BTC have looked at the currency’s infrastructure and worked to ensure their mining operations are nowhere near as energy driven.
For example, Ethereum has already implemented a new method of mining it is calling “proof of stake,” which is allegedly built to limit the amount of computing power necessary to extract new units from the network. In fact, according to the Ethereum Foundation, the process requires approximately 99 percent less energy than before.
That is going to be much less energy intensive, and it could deliver a lot of the benefits that bitcoin was supposed to deliver. It could also make transactions much cheaper and quicker.
Another issue he says bitcoin needs to solve is its anonymity. Many believe that bitcoin is an anonymous currency, though according to Prasad, this is not entirely true. To prove this, he points to a recent incident in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was able to intercede and prevent a bitcoin-based ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. He says they would not have been able to do this if bitcoin was as anonymous as people claim.
The main idea of bitcoin… was to provide pseudonymity, but it turns out that if you use bitcoin a lot, and especially if you use bitcoin to get any real goods and services, then it becomes possible eventually to link your address or your physical identity to your digital identity.
In the long run, he says that Monero and Zcash are far better alternatives as privacy coins.
Volatility Prevents Its Use as a Currency
Lastly, he claims that bitcoin does not work well as a currency given that it is so volatile. He comments:
So, you could take a bitcoin to a store and one day, get a cup of coffee and another day, with the same bitcoin, be able to treat yourself to a lavish meal. That does not work well for the medium of exchange.