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December 30, 2017
Money management is the key to successful trades. Cryptocurrency is a highly volatile market, as asset prices are extremely unstable. Traders and investors who are trading cryptocurrency often find it difficult to determine the right time for an exit. In most cases, traders enter a trade without any valid exit plan whereby they withdraw funds at inappropriate times and run heavy losses. Traders, especially those who are new to the cryptocurrency market, need to know about the exit options available to them, so that they are better equipped to develop an effective exit strategy for maximum profitability. A decent exit strategy not only allows traders to overcome price fluctuations but also enables them to shield against the unnecessary loss of funds.
Types of Exit Options
There are mostly two ways of getting out of a trade, by choosing the Take-Profit (T/P) order or the Stop-Loss (S/L) order.
Take-Profit (T/P) Order
The Take-Profit (T/P) order is a lucrative strategy that enables traders to close a trade after it reaches a decent profit. Take-Profit orders, which are also known as limit orders, are often paired with stop-loss orders to define risks and rewards. Although each trader is unique when it comes to the risk profile, there are certain criteria that determine whether it is safe to use a Take-Profit order. To begin with, this order is highly effective for long-term traders who aim to take an advantage of long-term trends. Take-Profit is particularly useful when the market is ranging, as the resistance levels tend to restrict price advances and the support levels hold up price drops.
Figure 1: Exit Trades with Limit Orders
Stop-Loss (S/P) Orders
Stop-Loss orders are usually placed with brokers when selling equities at a given point/price. When this point is successfully reached, the Stop-Loss order is converted into the market order. This strategy is used to define risks and rewards and is a good way of minimizing losses when a market moves suddenly. Before you opt for this order, it is essential to understand that Stop-Losses are always placed above the asking rate or just below the bid price. Furthermore, there are three important variants of Stop-Loss orders:
- Good ‘till Cancelled (GTC): This order is valid only until an execution takes place or if the user manually stops the order.
- Day Order: Generally, the Stop-Loss expires after one trading day.
- Trailing Stop: This order adheres to a certain distance from the market price and moves downward.
Tips to Exit a Cryptocurrency Trade
Entering a trade without a proper exit plan can land you in a serious mess. Trading strategies alone do not guarantee a good profit, as traders need to be careful about potential losses. To ensure a decent profit and minimize losses, traders can consider the following recommendations.
Develop insight into the blockchain and cryptocurrencies
Before investing in cryptocurrencies, traders need to understand how the blockchain system operates. Goldman Sachs opined that blockchain technology “has the potential to redefine transactions.” But only a few people have grasped how the system really works. To put it simply, a blockchain is the list of records, also known as blocks, which are regulated by cryptography. Aside from nitcoin, there are numerous other cryptocurrencies available in the market, such as Litecoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, to name a few. So, before proceeding with your trades, it is important to explore all the options.
Understand the Underlying Risks
Knowing when to enter a market and when to exit can be a challenging task, especially when dealing with cryptocurrency. Even many expert traders make mistakes and lose their funds. The cryptocurrency market is relatively new and is frequently influenced by public sentiment. The price of the currencies fluctuates based on the financial decisions of corporate companies. So, it is crucial to consider the underlying risks before finalizing any decision.
Follow Cryptocurrency News
As a cryptocurrency trader, it is important to stay updated with the latest developments in the market. For cryptocurrency related news and discussions, traders have an array of sources available to them.
Use Charts to Track Price Trends
Cryptocurrency trading involves continuous price fluctuations. To make the right decision at the right time, traders need to be equipped with relevant market analysis tools. To strategize the exit point, a trader needs to depend on the price actions. Nowadays, there are many charts and indicators available that help traders take valuable financial decisions. So, it is highly recommended that you use charts and other market research tools before deciding your moves.
Place a Limit Order
Above everything else, what matters most is placing settling for the right limit order. As mentioned above, limit orders are mainly of two types, the Take-Profit (T/P) order, and the Stop-Loss (S/L) order. Limit orders offer investors and traders with the mode of entering a position. The buy limit order can be placed lower than a stock. So, if the price dips to set value, the order will be executed automatically. In case of a GTC, the order will be open unless it is canceled by the trader.
Figure 2: Set Limit Orders
After you have set your limit order, it’s time to wait for the outcome. Allow the price time to fluctuate and wait if the limit order attracts a buyer/seller. Many mature traders set multiple orders at the same time to make the most of the selloff. Limit orders, if used judiciously can work wonders, enabling traders to earn substantial profits on their investments. Apart from the Take-Profit order and the Stop-Loss order, there are multiple advanced options available, such as IOC, FOC, and Stop Orders, which professional traders use to make a breakthrough in the market. Find out about all the options and make strategic use of them to make the most of your opportunities.
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