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  • How do you decide which crypto currency to buy?
  • Premier Icon footflaps
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    If I was concerned about the collapse of traditional currencies and existing global financial systems, I wouldn’t bet on a cryptocurrency to save me from the absolute chaos that would ensue.

    +1

    Given Crypto is entirely dependant on fiat currencies to keep the servers running…..

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    If I was concerned about the collapse of traditional currencies and existing global financial systems, I wouldn’t bet on a cryptocurrency to save me from the absolute chaos that would ensue.

    What would you bet on?

    Since we’re posting FUD: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-reserves-idUSKCN2DF1R9

    Looks like the days of USD as the global reserve currency are numbered.*

    *Obviously this is hyperbole, I’m just trying to fit in with the tone of the rest of this thread.

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    Given Crypto is entirely dependant on fiat currencies to keep the servers running…..

    I think you’re wrong there, actually.

    As far as I’m aware servers run on electricity.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    As far as I’m aware servers run on electricity.

    And how do you think they pay for that electricity? Or pay for the graphics cards they use or pay the salaries of the Engineers who design the cards or keep the internet running which enables you to connect to a server….

    Oh yes, that all runs on fiat currencies.

    Premier Icon davros
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    I’d bet on doing what doomsday preppers do if I was that concerned. But in reality I’d be too lazy and do nothing but hope for the best.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55249590

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I’d bet on doing what doomsday preppers do.

    Most just seem to stockpile guns and ammo.

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    And how do you think they pay for that electricity?

    Ah, I see. They only run on electricity that is paid for in a particular way.

    So El Salvador’s plans to become a crypto mining hub will fail because they will use bitcoin to pay for the electricity to run their servers and not fiat. Someone should let them know.

    Premier Icon davros
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    Yeah they tend to like their guns! I don’t see myself fitting in with their communities.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    So El Salvador’s plans to become a crypto mining hub will fail because they will use bitcoin to pay for the electricity to run their servers and not fiat. Someone should let them know.

    If you go back to the original post I was repsonding to, the 1st assertion was that Crypto would liberate ES from US dominance. I merely pointed out that, as of 2019, they owed 70% of GDP in foreign denominated debt and as such their adoption of BC was unlikely to make any real difference.

    The 2nd assertion was that anyone selling anything in ES would have to start trading in BC, which isn’t how trade works. Most import / export takes place in USD / Euros and the local importer has to figure out how to buy enough USD/Euros to pay for it (normally from the central bank). So again, ES adopting BC won’t have any effect outside ES.

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    Tell me, when the world switched from the gold standard to fiat did society collapse?

    After all, everyone was paid in a currency that was backed by gold. Literally no one was paid in fiat currency.

    How could they have possibly made the switch?

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    Yeah they tend to like their guns! I don’t see myself fitting in with their communities.

    Yeah, not really my thing either.

    Unfortunately, I’m not really a ‘hope for the best’ kind of guy so I do what I can.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Tell me, when the world switched from the gold standard to fiat did society collapse?

    As far as I’m aware the only people talking about fiat currencies collapsing are BC fans who are ‘hedging’ their bets and waiting for the great fiat currency recking. Everyone else is just getting on with their lives.

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    Everyone else is just getting on with their lives.

    Yes, hoping for the best safe in the ‘knowledge’ that it is impossible for anything to go wrong with fiat.

    Same as the people who were safe in the ‘knowledge’ that there was no way people wouldn’t pay their mortgages back in 2006.

    Premier Icon sirromj
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    Have you thought about addressing your concerns about bitcoin to the president of El Salvador? I’m sure he’ll appreciate the fresh insight from an outsiders perspective 🤣

    Premier Icon davros
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    I think we’re all old enough to know that financial crises occur and it’s beyond our control to prevent these. I don’t think anyone is saying that nothing can go wrong with fiat. My view is that the forces that control fiat are more powerful than those that believe in an unregulated currency. So that when push comes to shove the existing powers will succeed as they have lawmakers on their side.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    My view is that the forces that control fiat are more powerful than those that believe in an unregulated currency.

    I’d say it boils down to the fact that 99.99% of the world economies depend on fiat currencies and no one depends on BC for day to day living, it’s probably a safe bet to expect fiat currencies to survive….

    Premier Icon Earl
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    For ES – I see it from 2 sides.

    Micro
    Easy remittance of value. This benefits the dirt poor who live hand to mouth. Volatile doesn’t matter too much as they they don’t have a lot of value to hold over any kind of significant period. using BTC lightning network – they can remit many times a day, whatever the amount for very little slippage in value – instead of Western Union once a week loosing 10%. Day to day there will be a circular economy as legal tender is not taxable.

    Macro
    % of GDP expressed in USD and US monetary policy. I’m not educated in this area hence asking the question for discussion. Though I’m net positive on crypto both from the point of view of value (BTC) and a tech (ETH etc..) I do wonder (and worry a little) if a move like this could mess up Latin America buy the reaction of first world countries.

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    . I don’t think anyone is saying that nothing can go wrong with fiat.

    Cool, so you don’t mind if some of us hedge our bets?

    Premier Icon davros
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    I don’t mind at all. I’m not arguing for it to be banned! It’s an entertaining story to follow and it gets you thinking. If it became useful for me I’d use it.

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    It occurs to me that I never actually answered the question of how to decide which crypto currency to buy so I’ll lay out my strategy here.

    First off, I would make a truly appalling day trader and if I tried to trade cyrpto I would be a financially poorer emotional mess as I agonised over the decision each and every time my finger hovered over the buy or sell button.

    I therefore decided to automate my trades using the 3commas bot.

    Before I talk about that though, I think the best strategy for buying any crypto is Dollar Cost Averaging no matter how you want to buy it. I set aside a percentage of my income each month and buy a little each time. I’m actually thinking about splitting it further and buying each week as the last two months I’ve gotten paid a few days before a significant drop in the market.

    I started buying USDT which is a stable coin tied to USD. From there I set up my trading bot and started trading that way. Up until the recent BTC drop to around 35k my returns on this were averaging around 1% per day.

    Prior to the drop I had four different bots using different buy and sell triggers and I would allocate the funds I added each month according to how the each bot was performing.

    With the drop in BTC price I found myself holding a bunch of altcoins and losses of 20% to 60% depending on the coin. At that point I exchanged all these coins for BTC, ETH, or BNB with a little USDT left over.

    The reason for this is that there are a lot of other coins that can be traded with BTC, ETH, and BNB on Binance so I was able to set up new bots to trade with these funds.

    At the moment I’m around 2.3% down. When you consider I started trading with the price of BTC around $60k I’m actually pretty happy with the way things are going.

    As far as exit strategy goes my plan is to sell 20% of my crypto whenever I reach 100% profits and then keep doing that.

    That 20% will either go into a more conventional investment or the house depending on how things are looking.

    I really enjoy setting up the bots and I’m looking at creating my own buy and sell triggers using TradingView as I’d like to have more control over my bots.

    I also want to incorporate the whale-alert.io API to introduce an element of market sentiment.

    But yeah, I think when it comes to crypto your best bet is little and often even if you don’t use bots.

    Premier Icon lamp
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    @BruceWee – finally some sense on this thread! 😉

    I’m still farming various coins and like you buying in USDT and moving on from there using Pancake Swap, Gate.IO etc. It’s still not bad returns at all regardless of what the media say about the Crypto space.

    There is till tons of investment opportunities in this space and like most things don’t believe the headlines and do your own research. I’m still HODL’ing a few coins such as BTC, ETH, BNB, SwissBorg, Enjin and Hacken. The latter two i got in super early as their white paper have current ‘real world’ usage and certainly Hacken are gaining more traction in the security community.

    Probably like you, i should have been keener to take profits, but hey you live and learn!

    ….and another thing, don’t listen to Elon Musk….he’s a tw4t , he doesn’t work in this sector and is a hypocrite so not entirely sure why people listen to him?!

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    Ah yes, Elon Musk who is absolutely definitely not the owner of 28% of all Dogecoin.

    I forgot to mention, there are many coins I won’t trade, mostly due to small market caps or a lack of historical prices.

    I blacklisted Dogecoin because I see no reason to keep making that **** richer.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Micro
    Easy remittance of value. This benefits the dirt poor who live hand to mouth. Volatile doesn’t matter too much as they they don’t have a lot of value to hold over any kind of significant period. using BTC lightning network – they can remit many times a day, whatever the amount for very little slippage in value – instead of Western Union once a week loosing 10%. Day to day there will be a circular economy as legal tender is not taxable.

    I would say the less you have the more volatility matters as the tiny sums means the difference between feeding your family or going hungry. I would expect most farmers to mainly trade in cash and be in debt to wholesalers who provide seeds / machinery etc. Using Crypto won’t make any difference to their lives and I really can’t see it happening on any scale.

    Macro
    % of GDP expressed in USD and US monetary policy. I’m not educated in this area hence asking the question for discussion.

    If you want to know the significance of something eg BC relative to a country, it’s pretty simple maths. Look up their GDP, look up their Debt and the currencies its demoninated it and then ask yourself how much BC would they need to hold for it to be significant (relative to GDP / National debt etc) eg 10% might be a good starting point. Then ask yourself how would they acquire (pay for or mine) that amount of BC. It’s a tiny country with a small GDP, but that also means they don’t actually have much money to invest in anything. Any infrastructure investment would probably be paid for by World Bank loans who won’t be sanctioning investments in Crypto any time soon. It’s basically a non event, nice headline, no real substance beneath it.

    Premier Icon Chew
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    @BruceWee

    The main question I keep coming back to on this is a Crypto Currency a replacement for Fiat Currencies or a Trading Instrument?

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    The main question I keep coming back to on this is a Crypto Currency a replacement for Fiat Currencies or a Trading Instrument?

    I have absolutely no idea.

    Whatever it ends up being is going to depend a lot on the what happens in the next five to ten years.

    If I had to take a guess I would think that governments are going to transition to some kind of crypto currency and people will have to use it because it will be required to pay taxes. They will try to coerce people to use it but I don’t think it will be the only option. I think smart contracts will start to blur the line between currency and ‘goods and services’.

    What I hope is going to happen is that the era of a single country controlling the global reserve currency will end and we end up with a global reserve currency that isn’t controlled by a single nation or group of nations.

    And yes, that global reserve currency will most likely end up being Dogecoin.

    Premier Icon Chew
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    I have absolutely no idea

    We were all thinking that, but thanks for confirming…

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    We were all thinking that, but thanks for confirming…

    Yeah, my main focus at the moment is returning 1% per day.

    Developing a fully thought through evidence based defense of crypto is going to take more time I’m afraid.

    While we’re asking impossible questions, how about this one. If the world economy suffers the worst real world economic downturn this century and stock prices still reach all time highs, does this mean that stocks are now nothing but gambling and not related to the real world at all?

    Premier Icon davros
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    It’s certainly arguable that stock markets are overinflated. But it’s worth noting that most markets are not at all time highs. The FTSE is well below where it was pre pandemic.

    Premier Icon Chew
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    If the world economy suffers the worst real world economic downturn this century and stock prices still reach all time highs, does this mean that stocks are now nothing but gambling and not related to the real world at all?

    The pandemic hasnt as yet, caused any significant kind of economic downturn.
    Theres no underlying economic problem that needs correcting, just everything was paused for 12 months.
    Yes the FTSE100 has increased over the past 12 months, but its just really recovered back to where it was pre pandemic.
    The market dropped thinking businesses would fail and profits would tumble, but generally they havent.

    Shares should be priced on the dividends which are paid back to shareholders, and values change, when people believe that companies are going to make more/less profit.

    I invest £1,000 in a company and receive £50 of dividends every year. The market feels like a 5% return is reasonable for that type of company.
    They could make more money next year and decide to pay out £60, and based on a 5% return those shares are now worth £1,200

    Premier Icon BruceWee
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    The pandemic hasnt as yet, caused any significant kind of economic downturn.

    That’s an interesting take.

    I would say that the pandemic has caused a real world economic downturn. However, instead of letting the stock markets reflect the real world and recover in line with real world recovery, unprecedented amounts of fiat have been printed and this allowed the stock prices to increase back to and even above pre-pandemic levels.

    If this fiat printing bonanza had purely been in service of allowing people to survive the pandemic then your ‘pause the economy’ theory would have been one thing. Unfortunately, the biggest beneficiaries appear to be people who own stock and the cost is going to be borne by people who rely on salaries to pay for the goods and services they consume.

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    Ah, I see. They only run on electricity that is paid for in a particular way.

    So El Salvador’s plans to become a crypto mining hub will fail because they will use bitcoin to pay for the electricity to run their servers and not fiat. Someone should let them know.

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Plans to use geothermal Energy, seems they are one step ahead.

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bitcoin?src=hashtag_click

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    The 2nd assertion was that anyone selling anything in ES would have to start trading in BC, which isn’t how trade works.

    I refer you to articles 7 and 14 of the “Bitcoin Law” of El Salvador, which say the opposite. https://freopp.org/el-salvadors-bitcoin-law-full-proposed-english-text-9a2153ad1d19

    Premier Icon thecaptain
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    Was hoping to find some useful discussion but when the protagonists can come out with such utter shite as this it’s hard to take anything they say seriously.

    Approximately 25% of the US$ in existence in the world were printed in 2020… In real terms, if you started 2020 with $1000 in your bank account, spent none of it, and earnt no interest on it, on January 1st 2021 your $1000 still in your bank account was worth 20% less than it was 12 months previously!

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