So what do I do when the market reverses like this?
1) Start trimming off positions in good alt coins that are at ATHs to rebalance the portfolio. (This is minimal of my core 8 holdings)
2) As we have seen this market rotation before, I went to a mix of long BTC and long USD.
3) A few trades I had on alt coins (some that were up 20-100%+) I closed out period! I gave back 20%+ of the profits on several but I'm still up and I can always reenter if the market changes.
4) Look to re-buy coins when they are way oversold. So a reverse trade so to speak going short my trading portfolio by going long BTC with the profits. The BTC/XXX trade.
Bottom line I went into defensive mode. I would rather buy back trades 10% higher than take a 40-50% loss and YES we have seen that before. This is a risk reward in the reverse. I'm risking 10% to avoid a 40%+ loss which is 4:1. It may not be this time, but eventually "a failure to take a small loss will lead to the mother of all losses".
Now does this mean you run out and sell your coins? This is a decision you MUST make for yourself. Many times if I miss the initial selloff (as many that have followed a while remember happening several times at night) so I will look at a retracement level and use that as my stop out, or we often get a bull trap (B wave) which will allow me to cut loose there, or the market simply reverses. I've missed the initial sell signal many times and panicked, sold way low only to see it reverse in a B leg and not pullback to my sell point. But this is something you have to throw up on the charts and look for yourself.
Here is where having tooo many trades is an issue. It was like someone let 14 horses out of the barn and your trying to coral them up and every time you get one in the other is further away . I guess Paul Tudor Jones's statement "Big Positions cause Big Problems" could be modified to "Many Positions can cause Many Problems". I am human and made this mistake here. Every time I went to sell the red bar was longer! Lesson learned!
Either way, BTC has show itself to be a flight to safety during alt market pullbacks, so I am long BTC' and the USD' here with the targets for BTC' shown on the board. This also allows me to quickly transfer and buy oversold coins, some I missed on the previous breakout but remained patient.
Your never out of the market as a trader/investor, your always long something whether it be alts, BTC', Euros or Dollars.
I love when I see triangles and patterns out of context. This was one of those times. The prevailing trend trumps everything, but interesting enough I found two inverted heads and shoulder patterns on the 4 hour chart and the indicator. Understand the difference in seeing a pattern on a chart, and a pattern that is created by prevailing trends. How many Short BTC' and long XXX' charts were out there? "Here's your sign!"
Bottom line timing tops, bottoms, or where a correction will end is only done by liars! Strict Money Management is done by good traders!
I am watching BTC' closely as there is always the possibility of going lower. We are not out of the woods yet. In my opinion we need to break the $16,200 level to confirm liftoff!