CryptoTrading for Beginners Part 9: Lessons learned in 2017

in cryptocurrency •  last year

Welcome to Part 9 of a series of articles about CryptoTrading for Beginners.
For an overview of previous parts, scroll to the bottom of this article.

Today I will look back at 2017 and share some lessons I learned in 2017.

1. Patience is a virtue

There have been months when the market didn't move a nudge or that I even made a small loss.
The summer months were especially bad but also October wasn't so great for me. But I look at crypto as a long-term investment and keep holding. Especially December was great for some of my coins.


There is a lot of hype going on and people seem spoiled by the performance of some coins (f.i. Bitcoin).
I read a post the other day where someone decided to sell all his NEO because it hadn't grown enough in the last few months. The very next day NEO had a surge of 35%.
You don't always have to hold, but you should at least look for some good reason to get out of an investment. In case of NEO, there is a lot of positive news and development going on. If you invest in a project, at least stick around to see if it will succeed.

2. Get in early (but not too soon)

What I've noticed is that you can gain a lot of value if you get in early.

I don't mean you should participate in every ICO. I stay away from ICO's unless I'm super confident in the team behind it. There are a lot of scammy ICO's so I find it too risky.

But getting in early can mean a lot once the project kicks off and is able to report some results (or gets more media attention).

Take for examples TRON (TRX). I got 500 TRX for free, airdropped in my Binance account about a month ago. Back then, the total value was 0.5€. Today it's almost 8€. That's 1600% growth in a month if I count correctly.

Another examples are Bitcoin, IOTA and EOS, I got in early but in some cases sold too early.

When I look at the charts for young altcoins, often I see a trend where the price peaks around the time of the ICO and then drops a lot. Sometimes it takes months, even years to recover. But if the project is good, it will recover.
So, if you want to invest in a relatively young coin, have a look at the chart. Be careful that you are not still in the first growth wave because most likely it will drop once people who joined during ICO start taking out their profit.

3. Don't invest too small amounts

I must admit that I invested in some coins that had some great results, percentage-wise. But because I bought so little of it, it was hardly worth something.

Stellar (XLM) is one example. I got in because of some news with IBM but I bought a very small amount (2.5€). Then the coin boomed a lot, almost 400% gained. But in absolute figures, it means I gained 10€.
There are a few other examples like that in my portfolio.
The gains are hardly worth taking out the profit or reinvesting in another coin, so I just leave it.

Depending on where you live and the value of money in your area, you need to decide on a number that is big enough to invest in a coin. For me, I decided on a minimum of 100€. It's a round number and it has a certain value for me. It's also small enough to allow me to invest in several projects instead of betting on one horse.

4. Look for value

Before investing in something, look for reasons why it will be a good investment. Don't just follow other people's advice.
I look at the team, the investors, the whitepapers, but often I also look at what is already available. I like to see some proof that they can actually deliver what is written in the whitepaper.

Now, I may not always have followed my own advice. 2017 was a bit of a learning year for me and I guess for a lot of people. In 2018, I plan to take less risk. I will evaluate each coin and get out if needed. Because not every project will survive in 2018.
Maybe that is the worst mistake that some people make. They look at cryptocurrency purely as a value compared to the dollar or bitcoin instead of looking at it as being a project that can fail or success.

What lessons did you learn in 2017?

Disclaimer: Be aware that I'm just a guy on the Internet writing about stuff that nobody really knows what is really going to happen. Do your own analysis and take responsibility for your own decisions. I'm just sharing my thoughts and might be completely wrong about this.

Previous Parts in this Series

In Part 1 I talked about choosing your portfolio. We did everything on paper before actually buying any coin.

In Part 2 I explained how to buy your first coins using Coinbase.

In Part 3 I discussed how to use Exchanges.

In Part 4 I showed how to transfer Bitcoin from Coinbase to your Bittrex wallet

In Part 5 I wrote about what to look for when choosing a CryptoCoin to invest in

In Part 6 I discussed how to focus on the macro instead of the micro

In Part 7 I wrote about portfolio rebalancing

In Part 8 I look at historical data

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Trading cryptos are becoming a full time job for more and more people. Posts like these give small time investors a huge drop of information that would take ages to build up otherwise. Thank you for helping us out!
Also, what do you think 2018 be like in terms of crypos. Do you think it will be as crazy as the last few months of this year?


I think there can be huge gains in younger coins, such as Cardano, EOS, ... Coinbase will also introduce more cryptos to its offering (not sure which one but I'm guessing Monero amongst others), which can cause a spike in those coins.

There may well be a drama on one of the exchanges or new taxes, that might cause a temporary drop in enthusiasm somewhere during 2018. Hard to predict those things but there are many exchanges and they are not regulated. Something like a bank run could also happen with an exchange. If they can't return people's coins, this can cause a worldwide panic.

2018 may be the last HUGE year for crypto before it becomes mainstream. Now we are spoiled with 10x gains but at some point, the growth will slow down.

Then there is the effect of the next economic crisis that is bound to happen, probably in 2018. Some claim it will lead to people taking money out of crypto. Personally, I think it will lead people to put more money into crypto to avoid inflation. But I'm not an economist...