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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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Bitcoin Price | Another Sudden Sell-Off After a Steady Month

At this point, there doesn’t need to be a reason for Bitcoin price to drop suddenly. The market is so volatile by nature it is almost pointless to look for why. So, in true fashion, yesterday’s sudden sell-off confirms just that.

There was no major market news reported, and despite this, Bitcoin price dropped 10% in a 24-hour period. Go figure.

The drop ended what was a (relatively) steady month for the coin.

Bitcoin Price Drop

Of course, where Bitcoin goes, others tend to follow, and so the entire market entered another period of sell-offs yesterday. Until this point, you could almost believe that the market would recover from December 2017’s mighty crash.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin price is valued at $3,693.

Crypto Market

The Bitcoin price decline was bad, but it wasn’t the worst. Other altcoins fared worst yesterday. Some of the day’s biggest losers included Ethereum (ETH), which traded down 15.4% selling for $126.31. Ripple (XRP) was also down 11.1% selling for $0.33. Litecoin (LTC) was down 14.9% at $32.99, and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was down 16.8%, selling for $131.92.

According to CoinMarketCap, the entire cryptocurrency market value was down 10.6% in the 24-hour period, standing at $122.7 billion.

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Volatile

As stated, the crash needs no explanation, and no doubt won’t be the last. Bitcoin is a different looking coin in 2019 than it was in 2017. At its current value, Bitcoin price is down 80% what it was worth from its peak in December 2017.

It is for this reason that many people are torn over cryptocurrency’s ability to serve as a viable form of currency usable in everyday situations. The underlying technology of the blockchain underpinning every coin is considered a technological achievement useable for many purposes. The coins, as a payment system, however, tell a different story.

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Bitcoin Price | Holding Steady Near $3,800, Corrections Across the Market

Bitcoin price is currently down 2% on the day and selling for $3,792. Today’s action is reminiscent of previous days in the week where the coin has dropped a few percents but then gained a few more and vice versa.

Bitcoin Price

Disappointingly, the coin has failed to break back above the $4,000 mark that it fell below one month ago. It seemed like it might do that this week, as we saw several bursts. However, Bitcoin price remains steady as it holds firmly, and predominantly, between the $3,800-$3,900 price points.

Despite today’s red hue, overall, Bitcoin price is trading up 3.5% on the week. We are in a very strange time for Bitcoin, and it’s hard to predict if this trend will stay much longer or if there is another dramatic fall on the horizon. Comparatively to the beginning of 2018, Bitcoin in 2019 looks set to be a totally different beast.

Top Twenty

All the top twenty coins today are seeing some further corrections after the market tipped into the red yesterday.

Ripple’s XRP has lost even more than Bitcoin. XRP is down over 3% and selling for $0.35 at the time of writing. This brings the coin close to full circle on its weekly and monthly charts.

Also down is recently forked Bitcoin SV (BSV), IOTA (MIOTA), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). All these coins are experiencing bigger losses around the 4% mark.

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Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum is putting Bitcoin price to shame. The second largest coin by market cap is the only gainer in the top ten today.

It is in the green only by 0.5% and selling for $150 at the time of writing. But on its weekly chart, ETH is fairing much better as it is 28% in the green. It has also grown an impressive 34% on the month.

Ethereum looks set to capitalize from the launch of new European digital trading platform DX.Exchange. The platform offers fully EU-regulated, tokenized stocks on the Ethereum blockchain and kicks off next week. Excitingly, DX uses Nasdaq’s Financial Information exchange (FIX) protocol to deliver the product.

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