I think most people reading this would know about BitCoin and would have some vague ideas about trading in cryptocurrency (apps like WazirX and CoinDCX). This article is meant for people who would want to start trading in cryptocurrency but have no idea where to start. It should obviously not be taken as investment advice.
The volatility in crypto markets is very high and there are macro trends and micro trends. The micro trends are very hard to predict for any cryptocurrency and for new currencies with less number of coins out there, the percentage change with these micro-trends can be massive in terms of numbers and thus it's advisable to tread carefully. These trends are often because of trading bots and hypes perpetuated on internal groups. Although, that's something not to worry about if you understand the "real" value of that cryptocurrency. Any currency has value based on the number of people adopting it. So, the more projects are built using cryptocurrency, the more people get attracted to it, the more people use it. This adoption often shows compounded effect given a sensible leadership is heading the project with genuine social good in mind. Often at times the leadership gets' greedy and wants to manipulate the projects to benefit their own greed hurting the community at large that supported them in their endeavor. The current stage of a lot of adoption of this tech is based on the hope of growth and it has shown massive promises.
As of now the sovereign funds, pension funds have not invested in these currencies and thus acts as an early investment. If any of these big cheque funds decide to pick up any cryptocurrency then it would totally change the shape of it. (Few million dollars is small number for them).
Real Projects are not replicas.
As I said above the value of any currency is based on projects that use it. If your neighbourhood e-commerce store starts using a coin then you can buy stuff from them without getting into the national currency loop, thus making the currency more valuable. Obviously, every project helps but to truly have massive adoption of any cryptocurrency, the projects built on top of it cannot be "Replica of X in Crypto", the value lies in building something truly innovative and engaging for the community while leveraging the currency.
If you are just looking for trends to understand so that you can invest, the first and foremost thing to realize it is that do not have a tunnel vision but a long term thought, here are some pointers that you can use.
- Wallet address growth
- The blockchain's transaction volume and growth
- Real Projects and adoption
- dApp creation and usage growth
- Community Address and Resolution of Technical Problems associated with scaling up
- GitHub work contributed to a blockchain
- Developers adding to the blockchain. Are developers growing, stagnant or decreasing over time?
- Key partnerships that are adding value. Not just announcing the name of someone to put on your website but what the partnership is actually doing to drive adoption and value creation. (Partnerships with bigger currencies)
- Celebrity Endorsements and Influencer marketing
- Reddit / Closed Groups Sentiment
There are often Red Flags associated, which can be tracked down if you are watching very closely, these are,
- How many ICOs are happening? Are we seeing an increase of more and more ICOs raising tens of millions of dollars with no working product?
- Is the growth euphoric or optimistic?
- People will increase their risk appetite to try and get more return as higher returns become harder in the top 50 cryptos because most of that price action will have been exhausted. So investing in big players is indeed very stupid. They are fluctuating with micro-trends and have very little to offer in terms of growth and adoption.
- What is the economic outlook in the traditional world? Negative sentiment among the community is to be feared as it spreads like wildfire.
The biggest and most indicative is obviously Wallet Address Growth closely followed by transaction volume and growth. Comparing this with other currencies and comparing it with it's own trends over the spectrum of months would give you a good long term measure of the currency's future.
Is it advisable to invest your life savings in crypto?
My advice would be to make bets to small unheard currencies in a way that losing that money would not affect you a bit. 5% - 7% of your savings at max.