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Crypto: Trading Rules

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“Stay sharp, nimble and keep your head, and money” –Paul Ebeling

Crypto is digital or electronic money not backed by a government or bank. To protect your account, you probably know to store crypto in a digital wallet, preferably offline on a computer, thumb drive, or mobile device. Crypto currencies are extremely volatile, highly risky and easy to manipulate.


First, open an account with a trading platform you can trust can Knightsbridge is a reliable provider, join here.

Avoid fancy online brokerage firms or crypto exchanges that you have never heard about. Many are scam sites designed to exploit your inexperience. Please do basic research and never give your money to unknown companies.

Here’s an idea: Call or email the brokerage before transferring your money and determine its level of service.

Second, although there are thousands of cryptocurrencies stick with the most popular and most liquid crypto in the world: bitcoin BTCUSD. After you gain more experience, feel free to trade other cryptos. After bitcoin, Ethereum is the second-largest. 


The first question most beginners want to know is, “Can I make money trading crypto?” The answer is Yes, but it takes skill, discipline, and due diligence. Crypto is still in its early stages and it could take decades for it to be accepted and backed by a government or institution. Until then, buyer beware.

The worst part is that the crypto universe is populated with dark money, manipulators and pump-and-dump manipulators who give misleading advice on social media, lure you into buying their bogus currencies or try to convince you to join their phony crypto exchanges.

Now, crypto is pure speculation, but as long as you do your research you should be able to avoid scams. 

1. Scale into a trade rather than plunking down large sums of money: If you’re new to trading cryptos, it’s a mistake to put large sums of money into bitcoin (or other cryptos) all at once. Because crypto is so volatile, instead of buying $1,000 in bitcoin, for example, start with $200, and if it’s moving in the right direction (North), add another $200. Keep adding until your position size is fully funded. 

2. Buy and sell at extremes: Whenever you trade a volatile financial product such as crypto, you must routinely take profits. If your gains are extreme, take something off the table. Resist the urge to be greedy when trading crypto (i.e. Fear of Missing Out or “FOMO”) or you risk holding until you lose most or all of your money.

3. Trade small: At first, aim for small gains. Sure, some people have made millions of dollars trading bitcoin, but there are many more who have lost all or a good portion or all their money.

4. Never buy on margin: When you go on margin, you borrow money from the brokerage to increase the amount you can buy. This is leverage, and it’s a double-edged sword. If you’re right, you can make substantial profits. If wrong, you may owe more than you invested. Wise traders manage risk, and that means not borrowing money to buy crypto. 

5. Keep mental stop-losses: It’s always wise to have stop losses, but because cryptos move so quickly, “hard” stop losses are often ineffective. Instead, use “mental” stops and have the discipline to obey them.

6. Do not hold losing positions: If a trade is going against you, consider selling all or half — don’t let small losers turn into big ones. It’s true that those who sold bitcoin at $20,000 were shocked when it skyrocketed towards $60,000.

7. Have a trading plan: It is important to have a trading plan for cryptos. Have a plan that helps you decide when to buy or sell. Follow the plan and obey your rules.  

8. Use technical analysis: Technical analysis gives you clues when to enter or exit a position. For beginners, the best 2 indicators are moving averages and RSI (Relative Strength Indicator). They are easy to grasp and provide good signals. 

9. Diversify: Never put everything you own into one financial product. Buy crypto but spread your money across non-crypto investments. If that isn’t possible, make small purchases until you gain more experience and knowledge. 

10. Practice: Practice in a simulated or paper money account before trading with real money


  1. Eat real food
  2. Get good sleep
  3. Do not drink alcohol
  4. Walk in the Sun

Have a prosperous day, Keep the Faith!

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Paul A. Ebeling, a polymath, excels, in diverse fields of knowledge Including Pattern Recognition Analysis in Equities, Commodities and Foreign Exchange, and he is the author of "The Red Roadmaster's Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a highly regarded, weekly financial market commentary. He is a philosopher, issuing insights on a wide range of subjects to over a million cohorts. An international audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognize Ebeling as an expert.