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Why do Markets Like Bitcoin & Ethereum Violently Correct?

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I was asked a question recently about what causes markets to correct so violently. While the answer to this question is obvious to all seasoned traders, I thought I’d spend a few minutes answering it for those who are relatively new to this arena.

There are several reasons, but there are a few that stand out as the most compelling.  The first is paper profits.  At the start of every major bull move there are many people who bought early.  As the markets reward them for their buying decision they are increasingly happy (of course).  But they understand that their ‘profits’ are only on paper until they sell. They realize that if the market falls back to where it began, their windfall will be gone, if not reversed to a loss.  It puts them in a conundrum because they all want to sell the top, but where is the top?  Every trader has an ever-increasing anxiety as their position grows in value.  With each uptick they have more to lose.  Everyone wants to be the first to sell, but they don’t want to panic and sell too soon.  It is nerve-wracking.  Those who were long Ripple last night were in this position.  That is for sure.

When there is a red candle each trader must make a decision, and there comes a time when many people decide, at the same time, to lock in their profits, and the way they do this is to sell.  The initial selling puts fear in the hearts of those who were brave just a moment earlier, and the selling soon takes on a life of its own. Eventually, prices reach a point where other traders decide they want to buy at that price, and the selling is overcome by new buying.

The next reason is stop losses.  Most traders use stop losses which close their position if the market moves against them.  It is a wise practice, but it often results in positions being closed at the worst possible time.  Selling at the low, or buying at the top. (I hate that, but I wold rather suffer a rash of such aggravating losses than be wiped out in a single market event.)

There are a slew of cunning traders out there with the market power to ‘run the stops’ .  They know that after a huge move there are a ton of stops out there, and they can pretty well guess where they are. By looking at the chart they can see where most people put their stops.  They know that if they can start a reversal and cause it to move far enough to trigger the stops, a chain reaction will ensue, causing the market to move sharply in reverse.  Before they begin the process these traders put in buy orders ( or sell orders, depending on market direction) at the low they expect will be hit.

I can’t prove it of course, but I am reasonably sure that the ETH massacre last month at $52 was just such an affair.  It was ruthless and financially devastating to many traders.  It may seem unfair to newbies, but this business is a knife fight, and there are no rules in a knife fight.

The last major reason is margin calls.  I advise new traders to NOT use leverage.  Only trade what your account allows you to buy or sell. Leverage is awesome when you are on the right side of a trade, but quite cruel when you are not.  Also, it forces you to sell in a panic, even when you don’t want to.

If you are using leverage you cannot wait out the violent swings.  A friend of mine bought ETH at the $21 high and still had them at $6, because he did not buy them using leverage.  I’m sure it was painful to the extreme to hold them, but he believed they would eventually go up again.  As of yesterday he was up more than 5x!! His patience was amply rewarded.  If he had used leverage, he would have been left with a significant loss when the inevitable margin calls were issued.

I usually do not trade with leverage, though on occasion I will.  I simply hate the added pressure of margin calls.  There is enough pressure in this business without that headache.  But, opinions differ on this point.

Here is a brief look at the major coins as of this morning:

Bitcoin

I still think Bitcoin is over-extended and ripe for a fall. I would close any long positions I had here.

Ripple

XRP is still a buy here.  I suspect .20 is in the cards in the next few weeks.

Litecoin

Litecoin is a buy with a target of $30, then $36 if $30 yields.

Ethereum

Ethereum is a buy here. I have a feeling that $150 is on the horizon.

ETC

ETC is a hold until it clears the $7.5 high.  If it does that, it could double to $15.

ZECUSD

ZEC is a buy. It could go to $140.

XMR

Monero is a buy. It could go to $40.

REP & DASH

These two are a hold.  They have resistance to get through before they can make significant gains again.

Remember:  The author is a trader who is subject to all manner of error in judgement.  Do your own research, and be prepared to take full responsibility for your own trades.

Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink.

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  1. SuccessHappinessFreedom@gmail.com

    May 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Jim
    Quick question,,, which exchange do you prefer for cryptocurrencies?

    I currently trade in Poloniex but I do not think that I can exchange into USD so I am thinking on moving to kraken.
    On Poloniex I believe that the price of bitcoin affects my other investments,,am I right? ,,,,

    I bought Litecoin but it seems that even though the Litecoin price remaings about the same if bitcoin takes a dive, the value of my portafolio get afected as well,,,, Am I correct?

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my question

  2. Gabriel

    May 6, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Wise words again, thank you for this article.
    Given the long term trends, there is already very decent money to be made by buying and holding for a few months/years, with very little to worry about. Margin trading is too risky unless you are extremely well informed.

  3. xrolo24x

    May 7, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Fascinating, thank you!

  4. Ershad

    May 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your article, I sold some of my XRP at 0.000075, I wanted to ask can you recommend a good price to get back into the market?

    Kind regards,
    Ershad

  5. ialkeilani

    May 8, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Wonderful article…very educational. And thanks for running your summary across this many list of currencies as many people have been trading across several ones nowadays

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 8, 2017 at 3:24 am

      Thank you for the kind words …

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Litecoin Update: Wyckoffian Accumulation Complete

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From a technical perspective, Litecoin (LTC/USD) has effectively ended its bear market. This statement may sound unbelievable to many; even to some bulls. We’ve decayed in a crypto winter for so long that many of us have forgotten what a bull market looks like. We’re so used to seeing bounces fade and eventually get dumped on, that we’ve grown skeptical of rallies.

However, this time it’s different. It truly is, and we have multiple reasons to back up this claim. In this article, we explore the signals that show how Litecoin completed its Wyckoffian Accumulation.

Smart Money Accumulation Complete

A bear market often does not end due to exhaustion. It usually ends because a big player has entered the market to stop the bleeding. This individual or entity, which we’ll refer to as the smart money, absorbs the intense selling pressure of a capitulating market while keeping the price relatively stable. During this period of the market cycle, the smart money accumulate positions.

We believe that Litecoin has already completed this market phase. Its daily chart shows many similarities to a Wyckoff Accumulation Schematic.

Wyckoff Accumulation (Source: Stockcharts)

Preliminary Support

The first similarity is the establishment of a preliminary support (PS). According to the Wyckoffian theory, the PS offers some semblance of support after a prolonged or substantial move down. In Litecoin’s case, it registered a PS of $27 on November 24, 2018. During this time, Litecoin showed signs of stability after weeks of massive selloffs led by Bitcoin’s (BTC/USD) break below $6,000.

LTC/USD Preliminary support

Selling Climax

The second similarity is the presence of a selling climax (SC) or capitulation which occurred on December 7, 2018. On that day, Litecoin recorded lows of $22.24 while generating volume that’s over 115% of its daily average. The heavy volume points to the emergence of a big player. Also, notice how Litecoin managed to stay above $22 for about a week. This is another indication the smart money protected the bottom.

LTC/USD Selling Climax

Automatic Rally

The third similarity is the automatic rally (AR) after the selloff. The AR happens due to the selling relief provided by the conclusion of the SC. With reduced selling, buyers can easily push the price up. In the case of Litecoin, the AR drove the price to as high as $36.78 on December 24.

LTC/USD Automatic Rally

Secondary Test

The fourth similarity to the Wyckoff Accumulation is the secondary test (ST). During this stage of the accumulation, the price revisits previous lows to test the supply and demand. In Litecoin’s case, the ST coincides with the PS at $27.

LTC/USD Secondary Test

Last Point of Support

Like clockwork, Litecoin printed two last points of supports (LPS). The LPS is described as a previous resistance that was flipped into support. For instance, the first LPS was posted on January 13, 2019 when the market was trading at $30. Notice how the market struggled to go above this level between December 17 – 20, 2018. On January 13, Litecoin flipped this into support.

LTC/USD first last point of support

The second LPS of $32 was printed on February 2, 2019. Notice how Litecoin struggled to go above $32 from January 13 to February 1. When the market conquered this level, it did not look back.

LTC/USD second last point of support

Signs of Strength

Lastly, Litecoin showed signs of strength (SOS) on February 8 when it took out resistance of $40 with heavy volume. The volume printed on that day was over 390% of its daily average. To put that into perspective, that was Litecoin’s highest volume in one year.

LTC/USD signs of strength

With so many striking similarities with the Wyckoff Accumulation Schematic, we believe that Litecoin has completed this phase of the market cycle. Next comes the markup, which is most commonly known as the uptrend or the bull run. For this cycle, our minimum target is $110.

Bottom Line

Claiming that Litecoin is ready for a bull run may sound absurd to many. However, we dissected the market’s movement over the last few months and discovered that it has most likely completed a Wyckoffian Accumulation phase. If that’s the case, our minimum target for the markup is $110.

 

Disclaimer: The writer owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD on a Potential Launchpad for Another Rocket to the North

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  • The Litecoin (LTC) price remains elevated, as the bulls look at continuing the strong recent run higher.
  • Coinbase Wallet announces support for Litecoin, joining the likes of bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETH).

LTC/USD: Recent Price Behavior

The LTC/USD bulls have resumed upside momentum, following brief and minor pullback observed in the session on Thursday. At the time of writing Litecoin is seen trading up in minor positive territory, with gains of around 1.5%. It is worth noting, since 8th February the price has gained as much as 60%, with the high print up at $53.65 produced on 20th February.

The big chunky jump north came after the price managed to escape a narrowing daily range block formation. LTC/USD was moving within the confinements of this for 11 January to 8th February. The breakout higher was very much explosive, given the prolonged period it has traded within. In terms of the initial spike observed on the 8th, it was a gain of around 45% in a single session.

Coinbase Wallet to Support Litecoin

Coinbase, the leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, announced it will now support LTC on their native Coinbase Wallet. This will allow users to store their LTC directly on the app. The fifth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization will be joining the likes of bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETH).

Users of the Coinbase Wallet are going to have the ability to download a required update with Litecoin support in the coming weeks via the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Storing LTC will be immediately available upon the completion of the update. Users will need to choose the ‘Receive’ option; this can be observed on the main wallet page to deposit LTC into the wallet.

In the official blog announcement, Coinbase said:

“The new Wallet update with Litecoin support will roll out to all users on iOS and Android over the next few weeks. LTC support is activated by default — all you need to do is tap ‘Receive’ on the main wallet tab and select Litecoin to send LTC to your Coinbase Wallet.”

Technical Review – LTC/USD

LTC/USD daily chart.

The Litecoin price has stabilized at heights above the psychological $50 price mark. A near-term area of demand is seen from the $50-$47 price range, which is helping keep LTC/USD propped up. The next upside targets for the bulls are seen just above a supply zone tracking from $55-$57. It last traded up at these heights back in November 2018. Should the bulls manage to maintain upside momentum, then eyes will be on a return into $65 territory, where the next area of supply is tracking.

In terms of support, as detailed earlier, immediate relief is found within the $50-$47 range. If this fails to hold, then a potential chunky wave of selling pressure would likely come into play. The next demand area to the downside runs from $42.50-$39.50; price last traded here between 9-16th February. LTC/USD had briefly consolidated within this zone before a further squeeze to the north occurred.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Update: Coins Hold Their Ground as Bulls Take a Breather

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The major cryptocurrencies settled down following yesterday’s Litecoin-led pullback, and as the coins respected the key trendlines and support levels, odds favor the continuation of the short-term uptrend. The leaders of the rally remained strong amid the shallow correction, and although the long-term setup remains clearly bearish, the traders could enter smaller speculative positions, still using strict risk management rules.

While the top coins haven confirmed the short-term swing lows yet, the coming days could see new highs, with all eyes on the $4000-$4050 zone in Bitcoin and the $160 price level in Ethereum. The majors still have to form a pattern of higher highs and higher lows on the long-term charts to change the long-term outlook, so our trend model remains on sell signals on that time-frame. That said, the overbought short-term momentum readings are quickly being cleared, so the short-term outlook remains positive.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin has formed a bullish consolidation pattern in the past day, and the $3850 level has been clearly supporting the coin, leaving the relatively weak short-term uptrend firmly intact. The MACD indicator is still pointing to an ongoing correction, but our trend model remained on a buy signal on the short-term time frame, and the uptrend could soon resume.

Despite the positive immediate outlook, the $4000-$4050 resistance zone is still very strong, and further consolidation is also possible before a successful break-out. A move above that zone could open up the way towards the $4450 level, but even that wouldn’t change the bearish long-term setup in the most valuable coin’s market.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple has been trading near the $0.32 support level in the past 24 hours, still being relatively weak compared to its major peers.  The coin remains stuck below the dominant declining short-term trendline that it tested during the recent upswing, and our trend model continues to be on a short-term sell signal.

Below the primary support zone, further levels are found near $0.30, $0.28, and $0.26, while short-term targets for a possible break-out are still ahead near $0.3550, and $0.3750, but traders should still stay away from XRP

Litecoin, Ethereum, and EOS Look Ready to Lead Again

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Litecoin entered a correction after touching the $51 resistance level yesterday, the pullback has been contained so far and even the steep short-term uptrend line remained intact. Given the extent of the recent move higher, even a test of the $44 level would leave the break-out intact.

A move above the primary resistance zone could lead to a rally towards the $56 level, and as Litecoin has been leading the market during the current counter-trend advance, its performance should be monitored closely. Below $44 further strong support is found near $38, and $34.50, and our trend model is back on a short-term buy signal while being bearish from a long-term standpoint.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is still trading in a bullish short-term correction pattern near $145, working its way through the overbought short-term momentum readings. The short-term uptrend is clearly intact, and although a deeper pullback is still possible traders could already enter new positions here.

With the long-term downtrend in mind, strict risk management rules are still essential here, even as Ethereum is one of the strongest majors from a short-term technical point of view. Support levels below $145 are still found near $130 and $112, while above $160, the next major resistance zone is ahead near $180.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS is still the strongest major from a short-term technical standpoint, and although it continues to be overbought according to the key momentum indicators, aggressive traders could enter positions here. Buying pressure is apparent in the coin, but a deeper pullback towards the $3.50 level is still in the cards. Support is also found near $3.80 and $3, while resistance is ahead near $4 and $4.50.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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