Michaël van de Poppe, a renowned crypto analyst and the CEO of MN Trading Consultancy, recently took to X (formerly Twitter) to share his insights on a perennial challenge in the cryptocurrency market: how to strategically enter the altcoin market without falling prey to the pitfalls of FOMO and market hype. His guide, dubbed “The Ultimate Strategy to Step into Altcoins,” aims to arm investors with the knowledge to make informed decisions. Crypto Guide: When To Buy Altcoins Van de Poppe opens his discussion by framing the issue as a “Million Dollar question,” emphasizing the difficulty many face when trying to navigate the highly volatile altcoin market. “How do you position yourself into an Altcoin running upwards? How do you avoid chasing FOMO and hype?” he queries, setting the stage for a deep dive into the complexities of market timing and investment strategies. Related Reading: Crypto Platform Which Predicted Bitcoin To Reach $50,000 Has Released A New Target He starkly highlights a common misstep among investors, pointing out, “Between 80-90% of buyers who purchase an asset do that in the last 10% of the price movements.” This statistic underlines the herd mentality prevalent in the investment world, where many are drawn to an asset only after witnessing significant gains, often too late to realize similar returns. A crucial piece of advice from van de Poppe centers around the deceptive nature of market hype, especially as it manifests on social media platforms. “Once you start to see the hype increase on social media, it means that you’re probably still relatively late to the party,” he states, cautioning investors against making decisions based on the heightened visibility of an asset, which often signals it is nearing its peak. Van de Poppe argues for a contrarian approach to investing, suggesting that the greatest opportunities lie in moments of widespread doubt or negativity. He offers a compelling comparison, “After the collapse of FTX, Bitcoin’s price was swimming around a value of $15,500 per Bitcoin. Related Reading: Bitcoin Bulls On The Charge: Crypto Platform Forecasts $63K Surge By March During this period, almost no one was interested in getting into a position.” He contrasts this with the period leading up to the ETF approval when Bitcoin was trading at significantly higher prices, to illustrate the heightened risks associated with entering the market during periods of optimism. One of the most emphatic pieces of advice from van de Poppe is to avoid the temptation of chasing rallies. “The risks are just not worth it to chase a rally. It’s always better to wait for a correction,” he advises. He elaborates on this point by recommending that investors wait for an altcoin to correct by 25-60% from its recent peak before considering an entry. “This means buyers are likely to take over and the risk/reward is more positive,” van de Poppe explains, highlighting the strategic benefit of patience and timing in maximizing investment returns. Another option is to examine the total market capitalization of the altcoins, either with Ethereum (“TOTAL2”) or without ETH (“TOTAL3”) on TradingView.com. The two metrics can give an indication of what stage the market is currently in – a Bitcoin dominance phase or an emerging altcoin season. At press time, TOTAL3 stood at $546 billion after surpassing the crucial resistance at the 0.236 Fibonacci retracement level. Featured image from iStock, chart from TradingView.com
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