BTC - Your Either Very Long Term or Very Short Term!

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I mentioned in the last article the smaller the time frame the more chaotic the fluctuations. This is why I believe Richard Dennis said "you are either very long term or very short term". It took years for me to understand this statement, but what I believe Richard Dennis meant was you are either long as long as the long term trend is in tact, or you are short term and trading short term trends.

I could not understand years ago why my returns under-performed the market. It was simple, I was investing for the long term but trying to guess the short and mid term price fluctuations. So I would see a price rise and sell out only to see it go higher, or I would see it dip, sell out only to see it recover and jump back on board. I was mixing long term investments with short term trend trading! Once I stopped that and switched to always long and add on the dips sell extensions (and only side trades), my returns went way up! This evolved into my 70/30 portfolio+- strategy.

Many are focusing way to hard on the short and medium term price action. If you open up the trading platform, your impulses take over and you feel like either your missing out, or your going to lose $. This is the reason we have mentioned over and over and over STOP TRYING TO TRADE CORRECTIONS and TIME THE MARKET! If you are not a disciplined trader, and can not read charts then you should be sitting back adding to your position, taking notes and making paper trades. Let me put it simply. If something goes wrong with your car and you want to fix it but have to call your brother in law every 30 minutes to see if you did something right, you probably should not be fixing your car!

We have a simple system that works. Why mess with it! 70% of your portfolio is LONG as long as the long trend is in tact! During bull runs we are fully vested, during corrections we tighten up to core and cash for deals. It does not get any simpler than that.

So last Thursday we noticed a top "may" be forming and so we went into correction mode, closing out trades, taking our profits off the table, getting to our cash position, and getting rid of losers. Why? Because losers are the first to go in corrections! So our portfolio is tightened up with winners and we have cash on deck, and in corrections CASH IS KING!

Bottom line successful investing and trading requires discipline. Looking at the longer term trend we clearly have not broken the trend line . The longer term RSI is still above 40. I personally have added a little as I mentioned. I have an order in at $14300 but it didn't get filled. One other note is the similarities between the November correction and the current correction pattern. There is no reason to fear and be in and out of the market during a correction. Corrections happen and are a buying opportunity for smart investors. Where do you buy? Well that is your decision but I never buy in all in moves. I come in in blocks. Add $2000 here, pulls back I'll add another $2000 etc. But I personally am long term with a $23,000 target. Do your homework after all its your money!

Disclosure for those following: I closed out ZEC and added the proceeds to DASH XMR DCR and XRP.

Comment: The move this morning made it clear we are following the 533 correction pattern. (WXY on the chart) But clearly both longer term trends are still in tact. Can we pullback to the trend line? Absolutely. Can we pullback to $6000 sure. But before we answer all those questions, lets see if 14k holds first.

Comment: Keep in mind 14k is a level of support, so when we say we want to hold "14k" it does not mean it can not fluctuate above or below by 2-3% especially in thin markets and these are the thinnest. Also keep in mind different exchanges vary in prices. Coinbase is at 14k+ right now. So in my opinion 14k has not yet broken down even though we got as low as 13,810. Patience and let the market find its direction. Do not try and guess where it might go. This would be like a stock buying a stock at $14.50 and your exit is $14.00 you see it dip to $13.80 momentarily and your throwing in the towel! fluctuating around a level is not the same as the level giving way to support.

Now we are at 14,088. This is why trying to guess just does not work.
Comment: So how quick did some of you go from Bearish to Bullish and many will go right back to bearish on a dip. Investors almost always sell out at the WRONG time!
Comment: For the most part 14k held. though we did have a quick dip to 13,500 it was quickly bought up. This is not out of the ordinary for an equity that can fluctuate 10-20% a day. Looking at the two corrections they are similar in nature. I would like to see a retest of the trend line to have more confidence the correction is over as this would complete a 533 correction pattern. But since we have formed a double bottom around $13455 we could be finished. The next range is 15k which is the 0.5 retracement from the a wave correction. A break of $15338 (an not just puncturing it) would convince me the bull has returned. But corrections are nearly impossible to predict so we can not count out retesting the 11k area again. The sweet spot in my opinion is the 12750-13500 range closer to the lower trend line. Anyways keep calm and let the ma