These are the basics. The building blocks you need to understand and trade crypto currencies successfully online
We get into the real stuff where the action happens.
You now need to take on some more responsibility before risking your funds.
Great! It’s time to learn when to buy and sell to make profits. To perfect this you need to understand charts and data.
Knowing when to buy and sell is tough. Every trader wants to know that. It’s what the game is all about. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the process.
To do it properly you need an idea of what is happening to the market price. For this, you will need market data and charts. TradingView.com provide the most advanced charting tools and is also the charting engine of choice on iCE3.com
For beginners, this is a good independent chart source: https://bitcoinwisdom.com/
Firstly, there are three types of charts, generally, when trading.
Candlestick charts give you the maximum information, in a minimum amount of space.
An individual candlestick says 4 things.
From that, we can see that a chart that is mainly green and headed upward indicates we are in a bullish (up) trend. Whereas a chart that is mostly red, and headed downward, indicates a bearish (down) trend.
Each bar is a time-frame. On a 10-minute chart, each bar represents 10 minutes. For short-term day-trades use charts from 1 – 30 minutes. For longer-term trades, you will need charts from 1 hour+. Ensure your chart is adjusted properly. It can be very costly if you don’t.
You should also view charts in context; that means you need to look at the price and then take the volume traded on the market during that period into account.
Volume is an essential factor to consider. Even if the price goes up, with little volume to support the rise, it will likely fall again. A price rise with a high volume is more likely to indicate a bull trend. Volume can also indicate the price trend. A green volume bar signifies an upward trend and the opposite is true for a red bar.
And lastly, watch the order book.
The order book consists of 2 elements: Bids and Asks. Bids are how much traders are willing to pay for Bitcoins. Asks are the prices which traders are willing to sell bitcoins for. An order book tells you how much support the current trend has. Some charts visually represent the depth of the order book which is a great indication of where market sentiment is at or the direction it is moving.