If you follow some of the best traders on Crypto Twitter (CT), you would think that trading with leverage is the best way to grow your crypto portfolio. After all, some of these traders post tremendous gains in short periods of time.
While these traders flex their skills, they unwittingly make many of their followers think that trading is an easy game to play. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a result, a lot of retail traders lose a huge percentage of their capital trying to chase gains.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why a crypto investment firm executive suggested that it is better if most investors couldn’t access their investment accounts for years.
The lure of doubling or tripling their portfolio drives many retail traders to jump in on trades without managing risk. It’s no wonder that only a small percentage of traders actually make money.
Thus, it makes sense for most investors to buy cryptocurrencies or any other assets and wait for the bull market. This might take a year or two but if it happens it virtually assures them of massive gains. In addition, it will be without the stress that comes with swing trading.
Anthony Pompliano, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital, took to Twitter to share this message to his followers. The big bitcoin enthusiast said it would be better if most investors lost their login credentials so they can’t access their account for a few years.
The strategy, better known as HODL to crypto traders, was supported by Fundstrat co-founder Thomas Lee. In a reply to Mr. Pompliano’s tweet, the investment research executive said that there’s a benefit to timelocking bitcoin.
Pompliano isn’t the only one who believes that HODLing is an effective strategy to grow your bitcoin or crypto stockpile. Ricky Li, co-founder at Altonomy, says that HODLing tends to outperform quant funds in a bullish bitcoin market. On top of that, the strategy is also used by the smart money. In an interview with CCN, Li said,
HODL is not just a retail investment strategy. Large institutions, especially crypto VC funds, possess large parts of exposure to bitcoin spot in order to capture market beta. In the case of this strategy, bitcoin mining is arguably a better approach than just spot purchasing, as mining is considered a consistent discount to spot purchases given the large capital and operational investment needed upfront.
In addition, technical analyst Tomas Salles agrees that HODL is an effective strategy. He said,
Of course, a professional trader, who knows how to get in and out at the right time, can greatly improve the return on investment. But it is not advisable for a majority of investors.
The trader added,
Large market movements are often unforeseen and concentrated over time. Being out of the market on a few of these positive days can ruin a positive year. When implementing a buy and hold strategy, it must be clear that these are very long-term strategies, as market cycles are temporarily very large.
The statement of Mr. Salles about large market movements being concentrated is supported by research. Thomas Lee reported that most of bitcoin’s gains in the last six years came in the best ten days of each year.
The report clearly affirms Pompliano’s tweet. It might be better to forget about your crypto investments for now and wait for the bull market.
This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.
Last modified: October 15, 2019 12:58 UTC