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How to Become a Bitcoin Trader

There are several ways to make money in the cryptocurrency market, and you have probably read about some of them. We have covered a few techniques on this platform too. In this post, however, I’ll explain some common trading methods you can begin using right away and give you a few tips for engaging safely in the market.

You must have heard some people refer to themselves as Bitcoin traders, but what exactly does that mean? These are some of the questions this post will try to answer.

How to Become a Bitcoin Trader

Bitcoin traders buy and sell Bitcoin with the motive of making a profit in the short term. They are mostly focused on the upward and downward movement of price rather than the fundamentals of the asset. There are many methods traders use to earn money in the market, but the two listed below are practicable for beginners.

Proprietary Trading

This is one of the simplest ways to earn from the cryptocurrency market. It involves you buying a portion of Bitcoin from a cryptocurrency exchange and selling it off when the price goes up. However, proprietary trading isn’t quite as easy as it sounds.

First, there are hundreds of cryptocurrency exchanges operating these days, and some of them are just pure scams. The critical thing you want to do then is to find the safest and most secure cryptocurrency exchange you want to use. And it is quite easy; you can ask people you know who already trade Bitcoin or check platforms (like Cryptocompare) that review cryptocurrency exchanges.

It’s also important to note that Bitcoin is extremely volatile. In other words, its price can experience sharp fluctuations in a short period. For example, the price of Bitcoin fell by about 35 percent in November alone. So, to be able to make some nice profit you have to learn how to anticipate the market correctly. Some experienced traders have identified specific patterns through the use of historical data that allow them to forecast and make a profit in the long run. So, in this case, you can choose to open a trading position and hold it open for a day, one week, or even for months depending on what the data shows.

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Market Making

A market maker is at both ends of a Bitcoin trade. Market makers earn their profits by providing liquidity for the market. They do so by creating limit orders in both directions; their profit is the spread on the bid and ask (Bid is a buy order while Ask is a sell order).

On an exchange like LocalBitcoins, for example, the price of Bitcoin could be at $3,000, so you would create a buy order for $2,999 and a sell order for $3,001. When both orders get filled, you earn $2 as profit. That seems small, but considering that you can keep doing this same thing over and over again and quickly get to 100 trades a day, it makes sense for many traders.

When Market Making Goes Wrong

Market making is profitable when Bitcoin has a relatively stable exchange rate. Let’s imagine the price of Bitcoin starts a sudden surge upwards; your buy order, the one that tries to buy low, might not get filled. However, your sell order will be taken at the price that you have set in advance, which means you have just missed the opportunity to sell at a higher price.

On the other hand, if the price takes a beating, as it did in 2013 when we saw the price of Bitcoin fall from $233 to $67 overnight (that’s a 71% drop), then your sell order might never get executed and you’ll be on the losing end if your buy order has already been taken up.

Critically, market makers increase liquidity on cryptocurrency exchange platforms, giving options for market takers to execute a trade immediately and therefore create a thriving marketplace.

There is a degree of risk attached to whichever method you choose to use. Taking a crash course on how to manage risks should, therefore, be the priority before you take a swing at trading Bitcoin.

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Bitcoin price

Bitcoin Price | Today’s Market Leaders and Deceivers

Checking in with CoinMarketCap, it is clear to see that the majority of the crypto market is in the green. Though the gains are small, 80% of the top 10 coins by market cap are on the rise. Market leader Bitcoin price is up only 0.46% at the time of writing, selling for $3,924 USD per coin—but up is up.

Bitcoin Price

Last weekend, Bitcoin (BTC) came close to breaching the important $4k resistance mark. Bulls were hopeful as Bitcoin price reached a month high of $3,978 USD on March 9th.

Going back to the tail-end of February, Bitcoin skyrocketed to $4,198 in a 24-hour period. Certain prominent bulls such as Brian Kelley spoke out in favor of the coin, and this helped a surge. However, ever volatile, the gains did not last, and Bitcoin slumped the following day back to $3,810 approximately.

Now, at $3,924 USD, it is nearing that stable $4k mark once again but whether it will get up, over, and stay above the hump remains to be seen.

Overall, the last seven days have shown momentum in favor of the bulls. Bitcoin price has maintained its value around the $3,900 mark and has yet to experience any significant decline or sudden correction.

Bitcoin Cash

The day is still young, but Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is leading the top ten with a 4.7% jump at the time of writing. There is no market news to attribute this gain too. It seems in a quiet market, this is simply the work of zealous bulls as BCH breaks above the resistance at $135.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin Cash is selling for $135.03 but with significant dips throughout the day already, it is questionable if BCH can maintain its position above the critical resistance level.

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Ethereum

Elsewhere, Ethereum (ETH) is having a hard time gathering momentum. It is selling for $133.64 USD, up 0.29% at the time of writing. ETH hit a low of $130 this week, amidst a week where the coin has continually declined.

Are you surprised that Bitcoin price is in green? It has been quite stable in recent weeks; will it last?

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Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin Price Drop | BTC Loses $400 in Just 30 Minutes

It was looking so promising for Bitcoin price last week. The largest coin by market cap surged passed the $4,000 USD mark, only to crash back down on Sunday, February 24th.

Bitcoin Price Drop

Bitcoin dropped a huge $400 USD in just 30 minutes, declining 10% from $4,150 to roughly $3,805 in a short space of time.

There was no catalyst for the sudden drop, except for investors taking their profits while they can.

$4,180 was a six-week high for the coin, and while the price has dropped, daily volumes are still at year-highs of over $10 billion. The coin managed to clamber up $700 in value across last week.

Today is telling a different story for Bitcoin price: BTC is up 1.71% and selling for $3,894 USD at the time of writing according to CoinMarketCap.

Altcoins Drop Too

As is usually the case, when Bitcoin price suffers a decline, altcoins also take a tumble.

Ethereum (ETH) lost almost 9% in the same period and fell to $139, having started the day at $148. Now, it too has repaired some losses and is back in the green by 0.37%. ETH is currently selling for $140.90.

The third largest coin by market cap, Ripple (XRP), also told a similar story. It lost roughly 7% in the last 24 hours but has rebounded today. XRP currently trades at $0.31 USD and is up 3.30%.

Altcoins Soaring

Bitcoin price is being outshone today by two coins in the top ten. Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are both rebounding well after the weekend’s crash.

Litecoin is trading at $47.06 USD and is up 4.70% on the day.

Bitcoin Cash is today’s biggest gainer, however, trading at $138.49 USD per coin; it is up 4.87% at the time of writing.

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Volatility

Elsewhere in the crypto-sphere, it will be interesting to see how Bitcoin price reacts to Warren Buffet’s most recent criticism of the coin. According to CNBC, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has called the digital currency a “delusion” and that it “attracts charlatans.”

The investment mogul has been an outspoken bear regarding the coin for some time now. In 2018 he criticized the coin alongside Bill Gates in another chat with CNBC. On that occasion, he said the asset itself is creating nothing” and that he can say “almost with certainty, that [cryptocurrencies] will come to a bad ending.”

But what do you think? Will Bitcoin price react to his sentiment tomorrow?

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cryptocurrency regulation

SEC and CFTC May Combine Efforts to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin ETFs are a hot topic with the US regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular, has been expected to approve some of the applications for some time now, but it looks like they are trying to avoid it at all costs. Furthermore, most of the applications have been either denied or completely ignored without even the slightest hint of feedback. The applications are long overdue, and the applicants are starting to become restless.

However, the SEC had a ‘meeting’ with the other US regulator called the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission), it has been reported that the two regulators have shared their opinions about the matter and are ready to partner up to tackle cryptocurrencies.

Comments about the Industry

The ‘Crypto Mom’ (Hester Peirce) herself explained the SEC’s stance towards Bitcoin ETFs. She noted that they have been rather reluctant to sign off on the Bitcoin ETF applications they have been receiving. Although it is not the best type of feedback, it is still better than nothing. So now we know that the applications could be far away from approvals.

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There is one contradiction about the announcements, however. Peirce noted that there are numerous markets that are not regulated by the SEC, but products are still being developed within them. She also noted that the Bitcoin ETF approach seemed a bit merit-based, which was dangerous. However, it is hard to connect the two statements together. If it is as dangerous as any other unregulated industry, then why are other industries still able to operate but cryptocurrencies are kept lagging behind? These are the questions that most Bitcoin ETF applicants are willing to find an answer for.

The CFTC Commissioner, Brian Quintenz, noted on top of Crypto Mom’s announcement that the CFTC has a pattern when dealing with such a predicament. For example, if there is a side that had an application with the CFTC, the regulator has a specified amount of time to reply with either “Yes, we agree, let’s do it,” or with “No, we disagree and here’s why.” If the CFTC fails to make any of these two answers, then the applicant will have the chance to self-certify, meaning that there will be no involvement from the side of the regulator.

Clashing Ideals

Although both of the institutions are trying to regulate crypto assets, they still have a division in the way they look at them. For example, the CFTC is responsible for Bitcoin and Ethereum directly, and the SEC is more in-tune with the ICO (Initial Coin Offering) market. These two are practically inseparable, that’s just basics of cryptocurrency, meaning that no matter what, if a full regulatory framework is introduced from both sides, a joint effort will be required at some point.

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Crypto Mom even mentioned the fact that she and Brian Quintenz are interested in combining their efforts in tackling this “confusing” market. Whether or not a joint effort is announced remains to be seen, but nothing can be certain. If there indeed is a partnership to come, then Bitcoin ETFs can have two options. Either be completely forgotten by the SEC or be more quickly adapted thanks to the CFTC’s ideals.

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JPMorgan Claims Bitcoin Isn’t Worth Mining Anymore

JPMorgan analysts are taking jabs at Bitcoin once more. The executives at this major US bank have never been fond of digital currency and blockchain technology. Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s CEO, temporarily pulled back on his comments when BTC hit its all-time highs. Shortly after, the coin began to crash, and his skepticism picked up again.

According to a Bloomberg report, the bank’s analysts say that it costs more to create one Bitcoin than it’s worth. In Q4 2018, it cost around $4,060 to mine one BTC and currently, the price of the digital currency is $3,584.07.

Bitcoin Falling

Not all miners are paying that top dollar to mine though. Low-cost Chinese miners can pay much less, mining at around $2,400. Natasha Keneva was one of the JPMorgan analysts that released their cryptocurrency report to major news outlets. She claims that these low-cost miners leverage direct purchasing agreements with electricity generators that are looking to sell excess power.

On top of the price, the bank as a whole believes that the true value of digital currencies like BTC is still unproven. The analyst said:

Even in extreme scenarios such as a recession or financial crises, there are more liquid and less-complicated instruments for transacting, investing and hedging.”

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The cryptocurrency market has been steadily awaiting the flood of Wall Street investments that haven’t occurred on a large-scale like some would have hoped. Bitcoin futures, OTC trading desks, and the hope of Bitcoin ETFs were made to entice pension funds and asset managers, but none have budged.

The prices of digital currencies rose towards the end of December but have quickly corrected, and all gains are almost lost once more. The JPMorgan analysts say that marketplaces, where individuals and small businesses have control over payment methods, would be the most useful for the spread of digital currencies. However, these analysts feel its volatility, propensity for illicit use, and security flaws should all be considered.

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