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12 Jan, 3 tweets, 1 min read
DeFi assets moving back to the highs as if nothing had happened ... aside of a massive transfer of wealth among traders. Impressive. There's a clear set of winners at present. $SNX $COMP $MKR $AAVE and $SOL. $YFI should be in this group once it breaks above 40K.
Whenever a nocoiner asks me what to buy these days, I give them those names together with $BTC $ETH and $LTC. The latter matters for diversification purposes, and could replace it with $BCH.
Looks like only two coins are cruising ATHs now. $SNX and $MOB. I got a bag of the latter after the Parler-AWS news. Very iliquid.

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8 Jan
So ...

Gold and metals getting trashed

the dollar incredibly bottomed on the elections ... should have gone down, but didn't. Rates behaved as expected, but the dollar turned.
The hindsight rationale for the change is higher growth => curve steepening AND higher real rates ... this was always a risk to the negative rates thesis, the flipside, the what happens if.
Why the market changed its tune regarding the dollar on elections, while other trends continued its prior path? (recall the Blue Sweep trade had been in play since November)

That's the question nobody has an answer to.
Read 7 tweets
22 Dec 20
$BTC short-term views

- Grayscale closed subscriptions temporarily
- Futures basis sky high at various tenors
- December expiry this week: fireworks?
- IV very high

Thinking volatile pause in the trend ahead. 25K-19.5K all in play. Careful loading short-term bullets too soon.
Broader market we have the UK virus panic and the fiscal package pulling in opposite ways. Short-term direction is just as unclear.
$BTC implied volatility shows how the market is bearish short-term, focusing on downside protection, yet extraordinarily bullish beyond then. Smart folk these options traders.
Read 5 tweets
18 Dec 20
Most traders unfortunately do poorly. Too much leverage. Stops too tight. Fear of lossing. Trading against the trend. Too many edgeless tools. Guru fixation. Trade like retail and will lose like retail.
Things I'd recommend to traders until becoming consistently profitable:

- eliminate leverage
- use only very wide stops
- reduce size accordingly
- never go all in
- focus on 1-4 assets
- eliminate indicators aside of volume and maybe 1/2 MAs
- trade only with the larger trend
Could make that list longer, but that's the core.

I am certain whoever does that will do well for the following few years, as odds are markets will trend higher.

A great thing about crypto in particular is that being so volatile, one can do extremely well even without leverage.
Read 4 tweets
16 Dec 20
This is how noobs do it:

#1 wait for bitcoin price to go up a lot
#2 feel FOMO
#3 look at underperforming assets for something to buy
#4 ignore that price is going down for a reason
#5 buy some garbage
#6 then bitcoin corrects and garbage drops even more

Always the same.
This is how pros do it:

#1 identify winners
#2 wait patiently for a correction
#3 buy the winners whenever a correction comes
#4 weather the storm
#5 see prices go up and profit

Not difficult. Just need to be patient and wait for the opportunities.
That applies to technical trading whenever the trader has no fundamental/informational edge. In those cases, best to focus on buying the winners on corrections and exercise patience. Corrections always come. Regularly.
Read 5 tweets
15 Dec 20
If you think long-only traditional asset managers are buying bitcoin to dump it after a short period of time

you deserve to be poor.

Keep on drawing lines in your charts, and enjoy the ramen.
There are mainly four kinds of institutional market participants:

- real money, i.e. traditional asset managers
- fast money, i.e. hedge funds, CTAs
- banks
- central banks, sovereign wealth funds & supranationals

Then you have family offices, and corporate treasuries.
Real money includes pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds and endowments. Unlike fast money, real money is usually long only and has extended holding periods. Fast money may dump on you. Real money may do so indirectly as it rebalances exposure.
Read 4 tweets
7 Dec 20
The next 20K break, whenever that may come, could easily lead to a major $BTC breakout.

That's why being long is the best play even for those who are short-term bearish.
Getting net short here hoping for 16K-17K is a bad bet to me, regardless of if price breaks down or not.
As the saying goes, don't fight the trend.

This bullish trend does not get any stronger.

Price is somewhat overbought here, but neither sentiment nor positioning are extreme.

I remain bullish and positioned accordingly.
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