Bitcoin has continued to decline since my last video, only just recently jumping back up to the mid $8k’s at the time of writing this. For many first-time investors, this is likely a painful experience and shows the harsh realities of investing (that there is risk involved, especially for cryptocurrencies).
A lot of people are confused as to why I still buy into Bitcoin despite calling it a bubble. This is because one is a bet on perception (when I buy Bitcoin) whereas one is a bet on reality (when I call Bitcoin a bubble).
Bitcoin adoption has been slow, with roughly 1% of transactions or less being used for actual commerce (I seriously doubt Bitcoin gets most of its value from the ‘digital gold’ argument either given it just lost 60% of its value in a month and a half). Many investors in this market are very emotionally driven and there is a lot of mob-like mentality and parroting of key opinion leaders. Almost always, behavior like this leads to bubbles. While we often cite the dot-com bubble, there have been many other mini-bubbles where people’s perceptions disconnect from reality (e.g: 3D printer stocks).
This is exceptionally common in tech due to lack of understanding by investors, and this is even more extreme in cryptocurrencies due to its low regulatory nature and political ideologies skewing it toward a younger, more volatile demographic.
I continue to buy Bitcoin because, as stated in my previous description, I suspect that many people missed out on the meteoric rise of Bitcoin in the 2H17 and won’t miss out on another pump if it occurs. This is based solely on perception, not reality.
Lastly, on the more practical side, I am keeping an eye on many altcoins in the event that their Satoshi levels come down to more attractive buys.
How are you playing this market and what are your thoughts moving forward? Thank you for watching / reading!
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My Recommended Hardware Wallets:
If you want to store your cryptocurrencies safely, the best way is through a hardware wallet. Seriously – look it up and you’ll find plenty of information supporting this claim. There are alternatives such as paper wallets, but these are convenient and my choice for cold storage (offline):
I personally prefer the Ledger Nano S, but the Trezor is such a close second that it really doesn’t matter which one you go with. Ledger Blue is premium and convenient, but not necessary.
My Favorite Book for Investing in Crypto:
This book is, bar none, my favorite book for investing in cryptocurrencies. It doesn’t bog you down with technical jargon, but instead focuses on all the elements you should understand before you invest.
It’s a comprehensive book for both beginners and experts. Beginners will find information about major cryptocurrencies (not just Bitcoin) as well as details on historical market events (that you can draw on for future) and events to watch for moving into the future. Experts will find the chapters on valuation particularly useful. For those of you involved in traditional investing, this book is even more of a godsend as finance info is explored (correlations with other asset classes, ETFs, etc).
My Recommended Exchanges: Coinbase / GDAX / Bittrex
If you sign up to Coinbase using link above, you and I will both receive $10 each after you buy your first $100 of Bitcoin using Coinbase. Coinbase is much less intimidating for beginners. Once ready, move up to GDAX for cheaper or zero fees. For altcoins, I recommend Bittrex.
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