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Trader, Investor or Something Else? What Is Your Role in the Cryptocurrency Market?

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On days when the markets are in a downtrend, and it is difficult to sort through a pile of contradictory information emanating from various sources, it is especially important to listen to your own reasoning and stick with your own strategy and make your own decisions.

Looking back, if I had relied more on my judgment, stuck with my trading and investment strategy, I would have earned much more from the markets.

But to create your strategy, I think, one needs to understand one’s role in the market.

Who are you? Trader, investor or someone else? That is a foundation of your financial decisions.

Many people are often confused or do not understand what trading is in the short term or middle term and so on. The following is a short primer on the various positions you can take while trading cryptos and virtually any other type of financial asset.

Intraday Trading Position

Intraday trading involves 100% of deposit in stable assets (USD or stable coin) and working only with day-to-day trades. All trades are opened in the morning and closed in the evening. Followers of the intraday trading style do not keep any cryptocurrencies or positions on the balance and strictly work within their risk management and stop-loss strategies. They usually work on short time frames like 5, 15 and 30 minutes. Sometimes 1 hour, though this is considered exceptional. The intraday trader tries to catch fast movements in assets.

Short-Term Position

Followers of such a trading style usually open trades from 2-5 days to a few weeks. They typically try to place trades by following the trend and avoid allocating more than 50% of their trading balance on positions. More use of fundamental analysis. Such investors usually work with medium time frames like 4,10 and 12 hours, maybe even 1 day and use 1-hour time frames only for order placement. Usually, they try to exit at the peak of the movement or when there is a downward movement after growth. Short-term traders try to catch part of the action or the entire movement of the trend.

Medium-Term Position

A person who follows such a trading style opens trades with a time horizon of 3-6 months. This trader attempts to enter trades when assets are at the bottom and re-buys when assets go down to specific price zones. The usual strategy involves fundamental analysis of the asset and trend determination. Under such style, the trader can enter and exit one asset many times during the year. He can buy today and sell at the peak of the growth of the whole cycle in 2-3 months – then wait a month or two for the asset to fall and re-enter the asset before the next peak of growth. Usually, the deposit is 70% in active positions and 30% of funds in reserve. They often re-balance one asset into another. This often works with up to 20 assets and the time frames are usually 4-hour – 12-hour as well as 1 day.

Long-Term Position

This is more of an investor position. Such people enter into positions from 1 to 3 years. As such, this strategy is simple – buy and hold the asset for a longer time horizon. If there is an excellent opportunity, they purchase an additional volume of the asset. This is suitable for whales, large investors, and funds with large portfolios; smaller investors who do not have much time can also do it as well. Such investors usually prefer a certain basket of assets and invest only in them and do not consider other assets. They prefer fundamental analysis of asset value and control the situation with the asset using 1 day, 1 week and even monthly charts.

This overview is just an example of the most common roles market participants play when purchasing financial assets. The main point here is identifying which type of trader you are and adopting the psychological traits needed to succeed. Of course, this will be based on your current psychology, future goals and amount of capital you are able to invest. This allows you to focus your attention, strategies and tactics on trading methods that can enhance your performance.

As for me, it took me a while to understand that I work best with medium-term strategies. I like to analyze market fundamentals, look what is happening with the development of an asset, follow 20-30 assets andre-balance them intermittently. As such, I usually enter positions with a 3-6 month horizon.

Remember: no strategy is “right” or “wrong.” It depends entirely on the factors described above.

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4.9 stars on average, based on 43 rated postsVladislav Semjonov has a legal and financial background. He has been involved in crypto space since early 2017 in both ICO advising positions in several ICO consultancy firms, and as an ICO analyst for VC. He began contributing for Hacked.com in April 2017.




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MGO Token Is Now the Preferred Currency for Game Publishers

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The last few years in the crypto markets have been like riding a roller coaster.  There was period of pure euphoria, mainly during 2017.  And, now, we are stuck, perpetually it seems, in a period of doom and gloom.  It’s unclear when things will turn around.  Because of the bear market that appears to have no end in sight, many cryptocurrency projects will likely fail during the next few years.  Bearing that in mind, it would behoove traders/investors to start researching projects that have a high probability of real world adoption.  One project that appears to be making all the right moves is MobileGo (MGO).

Increased Adoption of MGO Token

There is no doubt that gaming has been a global phenomenon for years.  Video games, computer games, multi-gaming experiences, and e-sports have all been woven into the fabric of society.  And while typical financial analysis focuses on the growth of the industry, game developers are the ones who make everything possible.

One of the largest platforms that game developers now belong to is Xsolla.

Xsolla offers significant advantages that include the following:

  • A pay station that accepts more than 700 payment types from more than 200 countries.
  • Industry leading fraud protection.
  • A partner network that assists publishers with growing their respective businesses.
  • An extremely popular store where gamers can purchase in-game goods, subscriptions, and currencies.

The last point is probably the most important as it relates to this article.  When gamers make purchases, such as in-game purchases, the developers are rewarded with earnings.  And, in order to run their businesses successfully, they are able to withdraw those earnings.

Until recently, the only option was a traditional FIAT withdrawal, such as USD or EUR.  But that is all changing thanks to MobileGo’s native currency, MGO.

Why are Developers Selecting MGO for Withdrawals?

During the last few weeks, game developers and publishers that utilize the Xsolla platform have begun selecting MGO as their preferred withdrawal method.  The current expectation is that MGO will account for roughly 30% of Xsolla’s monthly volume in the near future.  With Xsolla’s monthly turnover nearing $100 million, this would be a massive development.  This begs the question of why the sudden rise in MGO’s popularity.

Cryptocurrency, specifically MGO, offers several advantages over traditional FIAT payments.  With FIAT, it normally takes quite a bit of time for developers to actually receive their payments.  Occasionally, this burdensome process can drag out for weeks to months.  This is critically important as some developers are responsible for running large companies.  The earnings, on a platform like Xsolla, need to be withdrawn in a timely manner in order to pay employee salaries, purchases necessary technological equipment, meet rent and loan obligations, etc.  Therefore, waiting for weeks on end to receive earnings isn’t going to work.

Additionally, FIAT withdrawals are normally subject to significant transaction fees and commissions.

When one factors all that in, it’s not really a surprise that MGO is quickly becoming the currency of choice for game developers.  MGO payouts are faster, cost-efficient, extremely secure, and very simple to use.  Once funds are received, the withdrawal process is as easy as a few mouse clicks.  MGO tokens can be sent to most cryptocurrency wallets that are ERC-223 integrated.  Another option is to withdraw the tokens direct to crypto exchanges such as Bitfinex and Bitforex.

As soon as the MGO tokens are received, users are in full control of them.  The tokens can then be converted to popular cryptocurrencies such as ETH, BTC, USDT on exchanges that support MGO tokens, or swapped directly for FIAT currencies.

Conclusion

The past 12 months have certainly been a depressing time for many.  A lot of traders have lost money and many crypto executives have seen their projects fail.  And although quite a few projects will face the same fate, one that won’t is MobileGo.  As MGO continues to see increased adoption within the development and gaming communities, it’s very likely that the token price could see a significant increase as well.

Disclosure:  Chris Matthews owns MGO tokens.

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What is an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO)?

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In 2018, an alternative to ICOs appeared – Initial Exchange Offerings (IEO). The main difference between these methods of attracting funding lies in the critical role of the exchange, which selects promising and viable projects(in its opinion).

With an ICO, a listing of tokens on the exchange may be delayed by several months after the completion of the token sale, and usually, projects lose a lot of hype during the process. In the case of IEO, the exchange is initially the critical partner of startup. So, it can issue tokens and sends them to the exchange. That, in turn, distributes digital assets among interested investors who are verified users of the trading platform.

IEO: An Introduction

Instead of the usual ICO, where investors send funds to a smart contract, an IEO participant needs to register (and, as a rule, verify) on the exchange, transfer funds to the account and after starting the token sale, purchase coins from the exchange directly.

The agreement between the exchange and the organizer of IEO may contain various conditions: the maximum sales cap of tokens per investor, a predetermined asset price, hard cap,soft cap, the percentage of sales and a fixed amount of funds for the trading platform, the distribution of marketing costs, etc.

The scope of the Initial coin offering has developed rapidly over the past few years, but by the end of 2018, it had almost exhausted itself. The reasons for this are legal uncertainty, non-fulfillment of promises, bankruptcy of many projects, fraud and the lack of mechanisms to protect the rights of investors as well as the tightening of measures by financial regulators.

Maybe an improved method of raising funds will become a natural result of the ICO boom and will repeat its success, thereby restoring confidence in token sales.

Let us look at the main advantages of IEO for investors.

IEO Advantages

The exchange assumes due diligence of projects, assessing their investment attractiveness, the viability of the products being developed, risks, financial condition, market position, etc. The fact that the marketplace takes on reputational risks increases the level of investor confidence.

In the last few years, ICO projects shifted public offering to private offerings, which are generally accessible only to large investors. IEO democratizes the process of investing in digital assets, making it available to a wide range of participants.

If the exchange on which IEO is held is centralized, then the likelihood of the so-called “gas wars” is excluded. We are talking about a situation when the participants in Ethereum token sale compete with each other, setting high gas limits. This is done to increase the speed of transactions and the first to acquire the tokens.

From an exchange and project side, IEO has some other benefits as well.

The main advantage of this approach for the projects is a ready base of potential IEO participants from a vast number of exchange users. This reduces marketing costs.

Besides, both project and exchange are doing marketing of the IEO. Such an approach not only saves money but also creates a synergy effect, which increases the efficiency of tokens promotion to the market.

The primary source of income for the exchanges is trade commissions. More users and coins in the listing means more transactions and, accordingly, higher revenue from commissions. Holding IEO on its platform gives the exchange the opportunity to attract new users and offer, at times, exclusive coins that are not available at other sites. All this increases trade volumes and, consequently, income.

In the case of ICOs, listing on the exchange is the next logical step after the completion of the token sale. The listing procedure is often costly and time-consuming. At the same time, there are no guarantees that the coin will be available on the favorite exchange and will become liquid. IEO optimizes this process as tokens almost immediately become liquid.

Tokens issuers, in any case, will have to pay considerable sums for the listing, which may differ on different exchanges. Also, the marketplace may require a certain percentage of the total amount of funds raised.

Projects distributing tokens through IEO bear the main marketing costs. These expenses are considerable, and their total amount can easily reach $ 100 thousand or more.

Exchange team should consist of qualified and technically savvy analysts who can competently and systematically evaluate the long-term potential of projects and the viability of their business models. In the event of a campaign failure, the exchange carries significant reputational risks.

Recently it became known that the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance has restarted its Launchpad platform for token sales. This platform was initially launched in August 2017.

Now on Launchpad, they are preparing to launch the token sales of BitTorrent and Fetch AI projects. In general, Binance promises to hold at least one IEO monthly in 2019.

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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Lite.IM Surpasses Facebook In Race To Support Cryptocurrency Compatible Messenger

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Since the early part of 2018, crypto traders have been bombarded with bad news.  Hacks, broken promises, and overall lack of enthusiasm have resulted in huge losses.  But more than that, some promising cryptocurrencies just haven’t survived.  As traders look to the future, they should begin looking at projects that have the potential to disrupt industries and take them to the next level.  One company that has the potential to accomplish that is Zulu Republic (ZTX).

Zulu Republic is an ecosystem of blockchain tools and platforms, designed as a place where people, businesses, and organizations can thrive on their own terms.  The company’s stated mission is to advance the development of decentralized technologies, to promote human rights and empowerment around the globe, and to reduce the global digital divide.

Well the company is off to a great start with the development of Lite.IM.

What is Lite.IM? 

Lite.IM is a project aimed at expanding global cryptocurrency adoption.  With Lite.IM, users can send, receive, and manage Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and the company’s native currency (ZTX), on Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and SMS (in the USA and Canada).  To get started managing these cryptocurrencies on the aforementioned platforms, users simply need to send a text-based command to the Lite.IM bot.  The commands are as follows:

Telegram:  @LiteIM_bot

Facebook Messenger:  @lite.im

SMS (USA and Canada only):  760-LITEIM-0

Competition with Facebook

On December 21st, 2018, Facebook announced that it was developing its own stable cryptocurrency that users would be allowed to exchange through its popular chat service, WhatsApp.  But while Facebook’s initial approach will target users based in India, Lite.IM is open to everyone in the world.  Further, Zulu Republic has previously mentioned that they expect to announce support for WhatsApp in the next few weeks.  It certainly appears as though Lite.IM has the upper hand here.  And that is before even addressing Facebook’s obvious privacy concerns.

When it comes to cryptocurrency, privacy and security have always been two issues at the forefront.  Given the rough year that Facebook has had in that regard, users must certainly be forgiven if they have trouble trusting the social media giant.  In September, 2018, Facebook announced that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.  Apparently, the hackers were able to exploit a feature in Facebook’s code to gain access to user accounts.  Even prior to this announcement, Facebook was already under Congressional scrutiny over revelations that a British analytics firm obtained access to private information from nearly 87 million Facebook users.  Not to mention Facebook’s rumored involvement with Russian election meddling.  Suffice it to say, it has been a tumultuous year for Facebook.

And while users may have concerns trusting Facebook’s ability to handle cryptocurrency data, they shouldn’t have those same concerns with Lite.IM.  Private keys are RSA encrypted with the user’s password.  Lite.IM will never ask for that information nor will it be stored.  Because of this, no third party will ever have access to that valuable information.

Conclusion

The truth of the matter is that Facebook is an absolute giant and has grown at an extraordinary rate since its initial public offering.  Facebook has hired some incredible talent, from executive positions to marketing to development.  And while one should never count them out, I simply wouldn’t be able to trust them with all of the recent issues.  Perhaps in time, after regaining the public’s trust, users could once again look to Facebook as a leader.

Fortunately, users have another strong and dependable option.  Lite.IM will allow users all over the world to manage popular cryptocurrencies via their favorite messenger platform.  Users should continue to stay tuned for future developments.

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