Newbie questions crypto thread

JayJuanGee

Crow
Gold Member
JoSuado said:
Guys, now that crypto markets hit a new low I decided to enter it.

Do you know any good Telegram group that gives good signals for free?

Which coins are you entering, and why do you need a group in order to enter?

Do you have a plan like how much you are investing and timeline that you are expecting a return? do you have an exit plan in case price does not go how you expect?
 

JoSuado

Sparrow
JayJuanGee said:
JoSuado said:
Guys, now that crypto markets hit a new low I decided to enter it.

Do you know any good Telegram group that gives good signals for free?

Which coins are you entering, and why do you need a group in order to enter?

Do you have a plan like how much you are investing and timeline that you are expecting a return? do you have an exit plan in case price does not go how you expect?

I was planing to buy 2 or 3 coins now, hold and sell them when the market peaks again (end-2019 or mid-2020, according to graphical analysis).

I was not planning to do intraday trades. However, I started seeing some guys making money following signals, then I got interested in it. If 2019 turns out to be a good year for crypto, intraday may give exponential gains.
But outsourcing may be a good idea. Do you know a good crypto fund? In Brazil they are only found in the black market.
 

JayJuanGee

Crow
Gold Member
JoSuado said:
JayJuanGee said:
JoSuado said:
Guys, now that crypto markets hit a new low I decided to enter it.

Do you know any good Telegram group that gives good signals for free?

Which coins are you entering, and why do you need a group in order to enter?

Do you have a plan like how much you are investing and timeline that you are expecting a return? do you have an exit plan in case price does not go how you expect?

I was planing to buy 2 or 3 coins now, hold and sell them when the market peaks again (end-2019 or mid-2020, according to graphical analysis).

I was not really asking you about how many coins that you were buying, but I take it that you are referring to bitcoin?

My personal strategy has been to invest over time in an incremental way rather than lump sum, but I understand your thinking that since the price went down, you are kind of betting that in a short-timeline way your odds for upside are actually pretty good.

Regarding your timeline, it may be better to have a timeline in which you might plan to hold until the end of 2020 or early 2021, based on the next BTC halvening taking place in about May 2020...

Of course, there are no guarantees about price movement, so I am just referring to odds that a decent up trend could take place by end of 2020 or early 2021... but we really might not know if or how trend is playing out until it happens.

I personally don't rely on shorter term, so I am kind of a long term, such as 10 year accumulator rather than thinking shorter term cashing out that you are considering, which may work out well for you.

JoSuado said:
I was not planning to do intraday trades. However, I started seeing some guys making money following signals, then I got interested in it.

Actually it probably is not a good idea to attempt trading until you feel out the market for a while, and if you do trade, then don't get greedy and play around with really small amounts until you get some feelings for it.

JoSuado said:
If 2019 turns out to be a good year for crypto, intraday may give exponential gains.

One of the things that are likely the most guaranteed about bitcoin is that it is going to continue to be volatile. So traders love volatility.

You don't necessarily need to think about trading on a daily basis and you could consider longer time periods too.

I personally don't consider myself a trader, even though I do sell really small amounts of my BTC holdings on the way up and use that money to buy back if the price goes down, but I work with really small amounts, so I only sell about 1% for every 10% the price goes up... something like that, and I tweak it over time, and for me it is just used as a way to attempt to accumulate more BTC.. so there are some devil in the details regarding my increment amounts, the gap between my buys and sells which include tweaking along the way, too.

JoSuado said:
But outsourcing may be a good idea. Do you know a good crypto fund? In Brazil they are only found in the black market.

I don't believe in giving my money to anyone else to manage. If you don't have time then you probably should not be trading. If you give your money to someone else to manage, you are likely to lose it.. my thinking.

I also don't know brazil options, but I suppose that once you get bitcoin, then you can start to trade it on exchanges that are not in brazil through the internet.. but I also don't know how much monitoring of your internet there is and I would not want to advocate that you engage in any behavior that would be illegal or that you get in trouble, so a bit problematic to discuss your exact plans to get BTC, if there are some legality questions about it (both against forum rules but also might not be good if your internet messages can be intercepted or monitored)... Even though you call it "black market," there still could be ways to do some of the things that you want that are not really considered illegal, but again, that is for you to figure out those ways. I would think.
 
Is it worth it to put your USD into ETH just to transfer from GDAX to Binance if you're going to convert it back to BTC for buying alts? or not sure if I should just buy the alts with ETH?
 
Binance is large enough that the spread on ETH pairings versus BTC pairings is pretty minimal.

Is BTC that much slower these days, though? There can't be that much activity on the network.
 
I haven't looked at this in a while, but for USD to Alt here's the fee you're looking at.


BTC: GDAX BTC Purchase Exchange Fee + GDAX BTC Withdrawl Fee
ETH: GDAX ETH Purchase Exchange Fee + GDAX ETH Withdrawl Fee + (Whatever the market spread is between ETH or BTC for the alt you're going to buy)
You can also LTC if you feel the need to go fast, in which case it's
GDAX LTC Purchase Exchange Fee + GDAX LTC Withdrawl Fee + Binance LTC to BTC Spread + Exchange Fee.

Look up what these numbers are and you'll see what's cheapest.
 

randomA

Robin
Another way is, if you have access to an exchange that can purchase USDT with fiat, just buy USDT and then move it to Binance/Bittrex for btc/eth/alts.
 

redonion

Woodpecker
I was hoping I could get some advice on crypto taxes in the USA. I'm filing my taxes now but I'm pretty confused.

My situation: I got some BTC back in 2016 as a cashout from a gambling website, then did some DACA buying through the first half of 2017, never exchanging my BTC for anything else. In 2018 I started doing arb trading, and have made over 1,000,000 trades. Due to the bear market, I ended up losing money overall during this trading period. Also, during 2018 I made about 10 cashouts on Gemini. I transferred BTC to gemini, sold for USD, and sent it to my bank. My plan has always been to just pay taxes on my BTC->USD Gemini transactions. I know it's not perfect but I was trading on a lot of shady exchanges that don't offer transaction histories going back that far, nor are they IRS-compliant.

When filling out my taxes, I realize that they want a purchase date and sell date for all of my transactions. Should my purchase date simply be one of the days that I bought BTC using DACA? If, for example, I sold 1 BTC on gemini, but it took me 10 DACA purchases at 0.1 BTC each time, how could I list a single purchase date?

Is there an easy way to do all this?
 
Can anyone recommend a good portfolio tracking app for Android. I heard Blockfolio tracks and stores your portfolio data. Interested in one with good UI that does not do this kind of thing.
 

JayJuanGee

Crow
Gold Member
tatted-mormon said:
Can anyone recommend a good portfolio tracking app for Android. I heard Blockfolio tracks and stores your portfolio data. Interested in one with good UI that does not do this kind of thing.

I am not sure what you are finding deficient about blockfolio? You don't necessarily have to put your actual balances in there and you can also set various coins to watch only mode.. which at least allows you to get a quick glances at their 24 hour performance (changes in price).
 

whiteknightrises

Kingfisher
tatted-mormon said:
Can anyone recommend a good portfolio tracking app for Android. I heard Blockfolio tracks and stores your portfolio data. Interested in one with good UI that does not do this kind of thing.

If it's free...

Anyway, BitUniverse

Useful feature being able to scan QR code or import API key from exchange to automatically track your balances (no manual inputting of transactions, which can be a pain in the ass)
 

randomA

Robin
Blockfolio has a tab where you can just look at market movements without having to add a coin to a portfolio.
Also, theyre soon adding a mode where you can add your exchange API and download all trade history there, i think, to keep all holdings tracked.
 

BURNΞR

Pelican
redonion said:
I was hoping I could get some advice on crypto taxes in the USA. I'm filing my taxes now but I'm pretty confused.

My situation: I got some BTC back in 2016 as a cashout from a gambling website, then did some DACA buying through the first half of 2017, never exchanging my BTC for anything else. In 2018 I started doing arb trading, and have made over 1,000,000 trades. Due to the bear market, I ended up losing money overall during this trading period. Also, during 2018 I made about 10 cashouts on Gemini. I transferred BTC to gemini, sold for USD, and sent it to my bank. My plan has always been to just pay taxes on my BTC->USD Gemini transactions. I know it's not perfect but I was trading on a lot of shady exchanges that don't offer transaction histories going back that far, nor are they IRS-compliant.

When filling out my taxes, I realize that they want a purchase date and sell date for all of my transactions. Should my purchase date simply be one of the days that I bought BTC using DACA? If, for example, I sold 1 BTC on gemini, but it took me 10 DACA purchases at 0.1 BTC each time, how could I list a single purchase date?

Is there an easy way to do all this?

Cashouts from gambling sites are not taxable, at least in Australia. In USA it's a flat tax at 25%.

Best tax software is cointracking.info, it's roughly 286USD for 2 years. You can simply import all the transactions from Gemini or anywhere into a csv or excel file and import it directly into cointracking.info. Even if you don't pay you can use it free if you have less than 200 transactions.

There are detailed records of all your purchases and sells on Gemini and every other exchange. Use the dates and prices from there.

If you've done everything you should have a capital loss (you said you lost money). The IRS only sees how much income you made from withdrawals otherwise. If you made less than 20k I'm sure even most US bases exchanges won't even report you to IRS.
 
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