Ignore Opinion & Follow A Proven Approach
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In this video we quickly look at answering the million-dollar question on where Bitcoin is heading next, and how I plan to trade it. For those who follow the channel, you will already know my trading philosophy regarding the financial markets; Follow momentum, keep losses small, and compound your winners for as long as you can. It’s a simple theory but many find it so frustratingly hard to follow.
My Bitcoin strategy is no different, in our previous Bitcoin video (Published 18 months ago) I demonstrated how a simple concept turned $10,000 into almost 1.4 million dollars with just 12 trades, whilst keeping losses limited. Let’s quickly take a recap of the strategy and look to see how the strategy has performed since.
The detail of the approach can be seen in the previous video, but to summarise, I call the approach Dual Mack Dee, using the weekly mack dee to determine the medium-term trend, and the daily mack dee for the short-term trend.
Both mack dee lines presented here represent the price movements of Bitcoin from late 2020. If the weekly mack dee line is above the signal line, which we see here, we have a confirmed trading window. Within the trading window we then look to the daily mack dee to make trading decisions.
When the blue mack dee line crosses above the signal line we place a trade, and when the mack dee crosses below the signal line, we place a stop loss position underneath the wick of that closing daily candle. This process is repeated for as long as the weekly mack dee window is confirmed.
If we traded purely on the daily mack dee, whilst the weekly mack dee was under its signal line, we would have endured many losing trades and considerable capital loss.
Let’s look at a recent example before showing the results.
Here we see the weekly Bitcoin chart. From late 2020 through 2021 we can see a large trading window, confirmed by the blue mack dee line trending above the red signal line. Let’s look at a trade made within the window, but to do that we need to revert to the daily chart.
A trade was made after the close of the daily candle confirmed the crossing of the daily mack dee, we therefore placed a buy order ready for the open of the following day.
We then simply watch the mack dee and wait for an eventual cross down, which we finally see here on the 24th of February. The cross can also be confirmed by the histogram underneath, showing the first red bar below zero.
We place a stop loss below the wick of the closing candle which aligned to the red bar. Two days later price moved below the stop loss, and we close the position for a near 24% return.
By following this exact approach, we can now update the performance through to the end of July 2022. These results were shown trade by trade in the previous video, with the last trade being closed in January 2021.
The first trade of this update was seen in the previous example on the 4th of February 2021, with a return of 23.7%.
By following the process, our next trade came around on the 10th of March when the mack dee line crossed up on the daily chart. Two weeks later and price eventually lost its momentum, we therefore placed a stop loss position under the wick of the closing candle when the mack dee line crossed back down. The trade was closed at a loss of 3.98%.
The next trade came on the second of April when the mack dee marginally closed above the signal line. The trade was again closed for a small loss of 5% just two days later when price could not hold its momentum and the mack dee once again crossed down.
Without going through the detail of every trade, here we see the results of each trade following the same process, bringing us up to date as of July 2022.
At first glance the results may not look too impressive, with a total return of minus 17.61%, however this came through a period where bitcoin dropped from a peak of just over 69000 in November 2021, to a low of 18200 just 5 months later, equating to a huge drawdown of 74%.
We also need to look at the longer-term perspective. Over the 21 trades, the average winning trade provided a 75.47% return, whilst the average losing trade equated to 8.46%. This currently provides an overall risk reward ratio of almost 1 to 9, meaning that on average we are risking 1 dollar to return 9 dollars, a great proposition indeed.
The key to the approach is to cut the losses short, follow momentum and allow the winners to run, a philosophy I use throughout the channel. We can see here that by using the weekly mack dee to keep us on the right side of momentum, we not only avoided the largest part of the 74% fall, but we also saved ourselves from significant opportunity cost, by not having our capital tied up in the declining asset for over 7 months.
The question is however, which direction is Bitcoin heading next?...... Despite the many gurus offering opinions, the obvious answer is that nobody knows, everyone is trying to predict with most offering a narrative to suit their own bias, and although many prospered during the bull party, many now have egg on their face during the recent decline.
My advice is to avoid prediction and instead react, react to the flow of money, follow it, and stay disciplined to the approach.
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