Remember, whichever way goes Bitcoin, the altcoins follow, and with greater force.  So if you’re trading altcoins, you should care about Bitcoin setting the tone for the whole market.

Bitcoin (BTC) price broke through $11,000 resistance but didn’t sustain it for long and has retreated past it’s near-term support of $10,500 and got close (as low as $10,255) to it’s longer-term and relatively strong support of $10,000.  If you’re bullish on the long term prospects of BTC, like we are, this is an opportunity to average down.

Positive long-term tailwind for BTC remains growing adoption among retail and institutional investors as an inflation hedge (i.e. digital gold).

Negative headwind, near term, is BTC’s correlation with risk-on assets like tech stocks, which could make it vulnerable to another round of COVID-19 shutdowns and a related flight to safety into USD.  Stronger USD can be negative for BTC.

From a swing trader’s perspective, $10K is a strong support level, hence going Long around this level and exiting closer to $11K resistance could be a solid trading strategy.  If BTC breaks $10K, the next stop is $9K.





Risk management – Stop Loss and trade size. In all of these setups, traders should use Stop Loss orders to manage their downside risk, in case the trade goes against us, as it often will. Trading is about probabilities and even though these setups have a high win rate, one must be prepared to minimize losses on the trades that go bust. If Stop Loss order types are not supported by they exchange, at least set up a price alert (see video). Also, trade size should be such that you never risk losing more than 2% of your total equity. Keeping the trade size small allows the trader to setup a wider Stop Loss, which gives the trade more room and time to complete with success. Setting Stop Loss levels too tight can often result in getting knocked out of a trade prematurely.

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