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Sell or hodl? How to prepare for the end of the bull run, Part 2 – Cointelegraph Magazine

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So, you’ve made one million bucks this cycle and also you’re making an attempt to work out how to remodel these life-changing beneficial properties into cash in the actual world earlier than the inevitable crash.
But at the similar time, you don’t need to promote now and miss out on potential upside. So, what must you do?

For Quantum Economics founder Mati Greenspan, the reply is easy: Be optimistic. He’s not an advocate of making an attempt to time the market.

“As somebody who has been trading my entire life — I mean, way before cryptocurrencies — you’ll find that it always pays to be optimistic, and pulling out your money from the market has almost never been a good long-term strategy. Not for any market over almost any time frame.“

Greenspan points out that even those few people who bought Bitcoin at the top of the 2017 bull run are up 250% just three and a half years later.

“Anybody who was wise enough to foresee the crypto winter and took all of their money out, when do you get back in? Nobody can time the markets to a T. The best we can do is to kind of figure out, given the information that we have, what are the best investments to make over time.“

 

Mati Greenspan
Quantum Economics founder Mati Greenspan.

 

 

No one can predict the top

Unlike Decentrader analysts Filbfilb and Philip Swift in Part 1, Greenspan doesn’t believe it’s possible to use on-chain indicators to accurately foresee the end of a bull run. He warns that unexpected events like bad regulatory news from China or a tweet from Elon Musk can occur at any moment, sending markets into bear mode.

Filbfilb says that this is why good traders don’t just look at one type of data but consider on-chain analysis in the context of sentiment, cyclical data, technical analysis and everything else to gauge where the market is headed.

“If you’re sort of sitting around waiting for some on-chain analysis to tell you the answer, and we have a black swan event, you’re not going to do anything about it in time,” says Filbfilb. He provides that even black swan occasions don’t current main points for refined merchants, mentioning that the March 2020 “Black Thursday“ crash had been foreshadowed for weeks:

“If that kind of thing were to happen again, as a trader myself, I would have enough time to take action. I’m in and out of the market all the time.”

“For me, it’s a much more fluid situation. I’ve got other tools, like I know how to hedge. I’ve got other different ways of managing risk, which means I don’t necessarily have to sell my Bitcoin in order to get myself into a position where I can cover any downside risk.”

Needless to say, it takes so much of exhausting work, time and coaching to find a way to play the market like Filbfilb. What about the relaxation of us?

Filbfilb recommends taking sufficient revenue to maintain your self pleased in the downturn. “If you’ve made life-changing money, consider changing your life a little bit now. For me, I personally have done that — I’ve taken some money off the table,“ he says.

“What that’s allowed me to do is to sort of be able to hold on for the rest of the cycle, potentially to much higher prices.”

 

 

Scott Melker
Scott Melker is the Wolf of All Streets.

 

Profit from profit-taking

Scott Melker, often known as “The Wolf of All Streets,” agrees that taking income in your trades all the method up is the key to success, whether or not at predetermined ranges or extra randomly. “People should be taking profit on the way up just as you should be dollar-cost averaging into an asset on the way down,” he says.

“I’m a firm believer that once your investment has doubled, take your initial investment off the table. So, if it was $100,000, now you’ve got $100,000 to play with, and you have absolutely no risk.”

This has the additional advantage of lowering the probability that you just’ll make a giant mistake by promoting too early, too late or an excessive amount of, whenever you consider the high has arrived.

“You know, when you’re taking profits, every time you sell something you’re taking the pressure off your future decisions. Which is mentally a very good place to be.”

He provides, nevertheless, that you’re allowed to have diamond arms along with your high-conviction, long-term holds. “I buy Bitcoin for my kids — I am not worried about cycles,” he says.

 

 

 

 

The fixed course of of adjustment

Greenspan’s strategy is to take income when he wants the cash, and he switches his allocations from cash which have had a giant run-up to newer initiatives he believes will carry out higher in the future. He tends to take income 10% at a time at varied phases — again in Bitcoin or to cycle into new investments.

“You can limit the downside in your portfolio while maintaining upside potential through diversification,“ he says.

While he’s not convinced it’s even possible to identify the market’s top when it occurs, he points out that it’s usually fairly obvious when you are in a bear market or bull market — so, you should act accordingly.

“Prices are going down, and they’re expected to go down: That’s the time to reduce exposure. I don’t see any reason to try and pinpoint the top,” he says.

“We can recognize when we’re in a bear market — that’s the time to hunker down. So, take things in, consolidate your portfolio, take off the leveraged bets,” he provides.

 

 

 

 

Having witnessed the end of the 2017 bull market, Melker says that peak euphoria and overly bullish sentiment from retail newcomers are the most dependable high indicators.

“Sentiment will be a better indication than charts,” he says. “We saw it in 2017 when people who have never heard of crypto before and still don’t understand it are telling you how they need to buy it.”

He remembers a good friend’s nanny shopping for “shares of Ripples“ after seeing it on CNBC in 2017. “Those are pretty major top signals,“ he says.

“If you’re looking at a chart, maybe it’s a shooting star candle on the monthly where the price went way up and comes all the way back down and had this long wick up on massive volume bigger than anything you’ve seen previously. Those are the kinds of things you look for. There’s peak euphoria and then the price not being able to advance on that euphoria.”

While the pleasure round canine tokens like Shiba Inu and memecoins on Binance Smart Chain appeared like high indicators a couple of months in the past, Melker believes that crypto is now sufficiently big for bubbles to broaden and pop in varied pockets of the market with out tanking every little thing. He factors to DeFi Summer together with this yr’s rise and fall — and rise once more — of NFTs as examples.

“Things like DOGE and Safemoon are their own insular bubbles, in my opinion, but I do not think that they’re indicative of a larger bubble of the entire market,” he says. “If we see that sort of behavior on Ethereum or Bitcoin, it will be time to take notice.”

 

 

BTC market cap since 2013
Bitcoin’s market cap has gone up and up since 2013.

 

 

Zoom out

Greenspan says the give attention to making an attempt to choose the end of the cycle distracts individuals from the larger image. The method he sees it, the market has primarily been in a single lengthy bull run since the international monetary disaster. Sometimes the value will get just a little forward of itself and pulls again quickly, however the total trajectory is up.

“What happened in 2014 for Bitcoin, the same thing happened in 2018 — it got ahead of itself,” he says. “I don’t think we’ll see another crypto winter like we did those two times.”

 

 

 

 

This is definitely one thing on which all of the interviewees for this piece agreed: None of them foresee an 80% drop with a protracted grind alongside the backside as was seen in 2018/2019.

“I think we’ll see some healthy corrections, but we’re continuing up,” says Melker. “I’ll be surprised if Bitcoin does not reach well into six figures in this cycle.”

 

 

Bobby Lee is the writer of The Promise of Bitcoin.

 

 

Bobby Lee, CEO of Ballet and writer of The Promise of Bitcoin, believes BTC is on its method to changing into a world reserve asset like gold, silver and bonds — that it’ll be price thousands and thousands and held by nation-states. “Bitcoin, in my mind, is worth at least one, two or even several million dollars,” he explains.

So, when you share this view, when you hodl for lengthy sufficient you’ll develop into a winner. Even when you don’t, Lee advises to not give in to the temptation to attempt to promote out at the high so as to purchase extra at the backside.

 

 

 

 

“It’s not possible — no one can catch the top,” he says, including that not even his brother, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee, picked the actual high in 2017 to promote all of his stash.

“If you ask my brother, I don’t think he caught the top. […] He unloaded his Litecoin, but he didn’t unload all his crypto,” he says.

“The way to profit is to hodl all the way up to $100 trillion. But most people want to take some money off the table as it goes up. So, the prudent method is to set aside small amounts you must sell at fixed price intervals going all the way up to a million dollars.”

This time, it’s totally different?

Increasingly, crypto’s greatest and brightest are beginning to suppose that the period of four-year market cycles could also be coming to an end and that the market is definitely shifting right into a “supercycle“ as mass adoption arrives. With institutions adding Bitcoin to their balance sheets and central banks embracing modern monetary theory and printing endless dollars as a policy, the industry is certainly entering uncharted waters this time around.

“There’s an argument are we going into a supercycle, which means that Bitcoin will effectively become the store of value,” Filbfilb says. “And if that happens, we may be in a much longer cycle.“

“If the dollar continues to be debased, etc., then there’s no reason why anybody would really start dumping their Bitcoin because there’s nowhere for the value to go.”

 

 

 

 

Melker additionally believes that Bitcoin might doubtlessly be in a supercycle and notes that point in the market beats timing the market.

“If you believe in Bitcoin one day will be six figures, if you believe it’s going to a million dollars, […] you just start buying,” he says. (*2*)

 

 

 

 

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