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What You Actually Need to Know to Start Trading Cryptocurrency

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As traders, our job is to take advantage of opportunities in the markets. Sometimes, these opportunities come in the form of entirely new markets.
I’ve been interested in cryptocurrencies for a few years now, but I’ve been very reluctant to trade them, much less write about trading them. I felt that there was just too much risk.
Especially for the average trader.
…and quite frankly, I didn’t understand them well enough myself.
The first time that I saw them as viable for trading was when I went to this conference. I saw Chris Dunn talk about trading Bitcoin, but I was still skeptical that it would stay around for the long-term.
…until recently.
I credit my friend for talking to me about it on Twitter and opening my eyes to the potential in trading this emerging market. I’m not sure if he wants to be named, but you know who you are. I sincerely appreciate the education and helping me see the light!
This is a perfect example of the benefit of staying in touch with other traders on platforms like Twitter.
Anyway, as I have done more research and have actually started trading them, I have found that there are tremendous opportunities. With some coins, it’s potentially like being able to get pre-IPO shares of Microsoft.
But there are also big risks.
Remember, the dot-com bust?
There will probably be losses of that magnitude too. That’s just how these new technologies work.
So in this post, I want to share with you my knowledge of the cryptocurrency markets and give you a total beginner’s guide to trading them. Be sure to bookmark this page because I’ll continually update the information, as things change.
For you crypto veterans, this will be very simplified, but my goal is to make this information as easy to understand as possible so new traders can make an informed decision about the opportunities. Once people get the general concepts, then they can geek out about the details.
For those who want to trade cryptocurrency despite the above notes:
• A beginner should start by choosing a company with a good reputation that offers an exchange and wallet (to help keep the process simple).
• A beginner should also start by trading prominent coins. Currently, in 2018, we are referring to coins like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). In the future, this could change.
Since the above is the case, a good start for any American wishing to trade cryptocurrency is starting with Coinbase.com (the most popular cryptocurrency website in America, and a service that offers a single platform for a Bitcoin wallet, Ethereum wallet, Litecoin wallet, Bitcoin Cash wallet, and a currency exchange).
After you master Coinbase, then you are ready for say GDAX and other exchanges like Bittrex, Finance, or Kraken.
TIP: A good first foray into cryptocurrency investing is obvious, buying a major cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. After that, you’ll probably want to trade USD for crypto on an exchange like GDAX. Once you have done that, you could try trading BTC and ETH for other cryptocurrencies. Trading “crypto pairs” can be rewarding, but it is more complex and often more risky than just buying a single cryptocurrency as an investment.
TIP: Do not do “margin trading” unless you know exactly what that is and are an expert. Cryptocurrency is volatile; you can end up losing all your money in an instant if you aren’t careful.
TIP: If you don’t understand the tax implications of trading cryptocurrency tread very carefully. There are some nasty traps you could fall into when trading coins. For one, they are not necessarily considered “like-kind assets.” If that is confusing, then consider sticking with trading USD for coins in Coinbase until you grasp the concept. Learn about cryptocurrency and taxes.
Cryptocurrency provides a platform for entrepreneurs to raise capital quickly, cheaply and efficiently. Entrepreneurs can transact value through the blockchain at high speed with limited setup costs and invest in high growth technology companies at an early stage. Platforms like Ethereum allow entrepreneurs to build decentralized applications to a global audience for free. The blockchain community offers access to some of the top entrepreneurs, engineers and investors in the world and in 2018, cryptocurrency will continue to provide a viable means for entrepreneurs to create value in the world.

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