Market Observations

Research and insights to give you a true understanding of what makes prices move.

How Premining morphed into the modern day ICO

Time and again crypto commentators make reference to a string of market conditions that they refer to as “alt season.” For them, this is a period of time where altcoins are supposedly ripe for investment. The connotations of this suggest that, across the board, altcoin prices are soaring and profits are in plentiful supply. However, these commentators lack basic knowledge of market-wide dynamics since they neglect to realise that the sole purpose of a Bitcoin alternative is for it to…

Bitcoin (BTC) boosted by global turmoil

With Bitcoin continuing to trade upwards it’s very important that, as an investor, you exercise focus. You will be tempted into making snap judgements. Situations will arise that may force you to relinquish your Bitcoin position. But we urge that you stay put. We strongly suggest that you build a bitcoin bunker around yourself, insulating you from hype and distraction. Ultimately – there should be no bitcoin sells in your trading history until the price has blown past six figures…

Ignoring the PTSD Induced Cries of Caution

In trading and investing, experience can be both a blessing and a curse. There are fund managers and investors that have been involved in the markets for longer than 50 consecutive years. During this time span they have experienced and studied a multitude of market conditions including bubbles, pump and dump exploits and market manipulation. These experienced players have built for themselves strategies that have brought them into highly profitable investments and trades – whilst at the same time they…

Cryptocurrencies: The expansion pack for the Forex market

When it comes to pulling more from the market than what you initially put in, you have to appreciate the immense value of having a solid strategy. Go ahead and look at your current holdings. Are you holding a random assortment of assets? Or are you holding the small pieces to a much larger puzzle? You see – If you’re like 90% of the individuals that trade the crypto currency markets then your holdings are chosen at random. The assets…

It’s a Mistake to Believe That Price Movement Occurs at Random

There’s nothing random about price movement. If all you have in your trading history is timestamped proof of losses upon losses – then, what’s random about that? Your consistent loss has been someone else’s consistent gain. Meaning – there’s individuals participating in this market that have a timestamped trading history that details nothing other than a string of consistent gains. What are they doing that you’re not? Well, we have to take a step back to look at the bigger…

When Bankers Engage in Crypto Style Pump Groups

When looking at manipulation, it’s common for market novices to take a negative view seeing it as criminal and unfair. Actually though, it’s instructive to note that manipulation is simply an act of forcing your opponent into making several mistakes. It’s an act of strategy and is the way that experienced market participants earn their daily bread. This is why major financial institutions continuously engage in rigging schemes in order to push and pull markets in whichever direction suits themselves.…

Marching to the Beat of The Market Maker’s Drum

Our cryptocurrency markets aren’t any different to the financial arenas that have been in existence since the opening of the world’s first public stock exchange in Amsterdam, in 1602. Since then, the art of buying something cheaply and then selling that thing at a premium has remained the same. Initially the trading of securities and commodity futures was a practice reserved only to the wealthy elite and their financiers. During the 17th century this practice was conducted behind the private…

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