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  • FOMO and FUD Test
  • What is FUD, FOMO and factors causing them
  • Strategies to tackle FOMO and FUD 

Before we begin the article, let’s do something fun. It will take less than a minute. Give a shot at this quick FUD/FOMO test and see how you score.

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There are two arch enemies in life in general and trading in particular, and more so specifically in crypto trading life:  Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD).

What is FOMO?

When we think that the train is going to leave the station and try to jump on it at any cost, that is parallel to acting out of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).  

We forget, temporarily, that there are more trains to catch and that the market is here in the long run.

When you fall for the hype and do not follow the facts, like this guy that Jordan Belfort is seen conning in Wolf of Wall Streets.

What is FUD?

When we let negativity and false information drive us out of the market or keep away from good opportunities, we are facing Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD).

A real life example could be, letting some false information blind us completely from reality and lead us to make irrational decisions.

For instance, this gentleman who is reacting to a VR immersion to a totally false reality.

Difference between FOMO and FUD

Crypto trading, for that matter any trading, is a zero sum game.

What that means is, for you to win, someone has to lose.  For you to sell at a profit, someone has to be willing to buy at a higher price.

Is FOMO and FUD bad?

Not all situations of FOMO or FUD bad when they are backed by a process.

For instance, when Chainlink dropped to $1.8 we jumped on the opportunity to buy a few.  At this point, Chainlink was already 600% from its initial listing price a year back.

Because we had done our research and have established our target entry points, buying into an asset that is already 600% high was not a bad decision.

Similarly, when you get disillusioned through research and new information that the project you thought was going to the moon is actually a piece of scrap, it is ok to FUD out.

As long as we keep our rational hats, FOMO and FUD can help us make timely decisions.

What causes FUD and FOMO?

Following blindly

When you choose to simply follow someone’s advice without validating the facts just because someone said it, then you become a victim of FOMO or FUD, depending on what is fed to you.

For instance, take the News channels.  In this day and age, they are mere propaganda promoters.

Many people either are clutched by fear or act carelessly based on what is fed to them.

If these channels say that the market is heading for a crash, people following these sources will take hasty decisions.

When they report something rosy – market responds by going euphoric, irrespective of facts.

This is exactly what we are witnessing today with COVID crippling the economy while the stock market is rallying to new heights each day.

Greed

FOMODuring the 2017 crypto bull run, some people who made millions of dollars couldn’t exit the market because they thought they could time the market.

So they kept playing and lost their gains and in some cases capital to the crash.

Greed generally makes people make irrational decisions that ultimately lead to their own peril. 

Lack of research

Who wants to read a boring 30 page whitepaper when you could let a YouTube influencer give you his opinions?

This convenience has resulted in relying on influencers without understanding the underlying intentions.

Do you know if the influencer has any conflict of interest?

Are you getting an unbiased view of facts or are you just getting biased opinions?

Lack of research is one of the biggest reasons why people are forced into making irrational decisions.

Sensation for facts

In the world that floods us with millions of bytes of information, the one that grabs your attention wins. 

In this race for attention, we have become victims of ‘clickbait’ headlines.

I have read in some forums that people have executed a wrong trade by just reading a clickbait headline only to realize that the actual news was not as rosy or dire.

In the online world of stimulation, sensation sells.

Unfortunately, we cannot make investment decisions based on sensation.

Investment is mostly a boring activity.  It involves reading a lot of dry sources, following through on due diligence, carrying out research, executing decisions and being patient for the right time.

How to tackle FUD & FOMO?

Curiously, the tools to tackle FUD and FOMO are the same, that means, you tackle one and you tackle the other.

Using FOMO and FUD against one another

When you are faced with FOMO, go out and seek negative information on the project that has you in the FOMO grips.  

Create deliberate FUD for yourself.

If you are suffocated by the clutches of FUD, then remind yourself why you were interested in the project in the first place.  

Has anything changed about the project that got you interested in the first place?  

If yes, then you have to simply take the next logical action.  If nothing changed, you can motivate yourself by seeking FOMO angle.

This strategy will help you remain sane while the market goes nuts.

Breath

I am not going all spiritual on you but trust me when I say this helps.

When you are running after or away from something you take short breaths, this is a good indication that you are going to make some hasty decision.

When you are faced with a FUD or FOMO situation: BREATH. 

Consume the information without reacting.  To stay rational, practice conscious breathing and then put your head down to ‘dig for the facts’ before you take the decision.

Research

There are over 6000 projects in the market.  You cannot learn about every project fully.

However, you can learn about a few projects as fully as you can.  This research will help you gain insights that will help you to make the right decisions.

Fundamentals

Technology has changed but us humans have remained the same blob of biology. 

Human nature, gravity, north pole, south pole, have remained unchanged.  

Similarly, the fundamentals of a good project are the same whether you are looking at  a company in the crypto space or traditional space.

Look for these solid fundamentals. If your project has these fundamentals – then the temporary ups and downs should not bother you. 

This will help you sleep better at night.

Beware of confirmation bias

We usually seek out what we want to validate.

Read that again.

We as creatures of habit want to reduce the world to fit our view.  

This is particularly true about our investments.  It is important to consciously seek out contrarian views that of yours.

This will help you gain greater perspective and make all round decisions.

Follow the money

More often than not, mainstream media will be saying one thing and the big money is doing something else entirely.  

Even if the news of FOMO or FUD is true, it is usually an ‘after-the-fact’. 

No one will actually let you in on the secret before they place their bets.  

For instance, someone will talk about how this startup is going to change the world AFTER that company has already gone public.  

This means, the VCs are ready to dump their stocks onto unassuming noobs while they 1000x their seed investment.  

A classic example of this in the crypto space is when JP Morgan publicly condemned Bitcoin and threatened to fire anyone at the firm who buys bitcoin.

Secretly, JP Morgan was buying boat loads of Bitcoin and shortly they even introduced their own cryptocurrency.

In this short video Teeka Tiwari reveals all the hypocrisy of these big players who manipulate the market into FUD and FOMO depending on what benefits their deep pockets.

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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A rather slow week in the crypto space.  

Bitcoin on track to $100,000 by 2025

A Bloomberg report titled “Bitcoin Trend, Adding Zeroes” predicts that $100,000 by 2025 is on track.  “Bitcoin could continue doing what it has for most of its nascent existence, appreciating in price on the back of increasing adoption, but at a slower pace as we see it. The first-born crypto has had a tendency to add zeros to its price from around $10 in 2011. It took about four years to go from $1,000 to $10,000 in 2017, so doubling that time frame for maturation could get the price toward $100,000 in about five more years. Or the new technology could fail, but our demand indicators are positive. With the exception of stable coins, the rest of the crypto market is subject to excess supply and competition,” report read.

Another company joins the $100 Million Bitcoin club

Stone Ridge created a subsidiary called New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) to act as the custodian of its own customers bitcoin.  The move was prompted by the growing demand from customers who were willingly investing 1% to 5% of their portfolio in Bitcoin.  Forbes reported that “Stone Ridge Holdings Group revealed NYDIG is acting as custodian of 10,000 of the parent company’s bitcoin, valued at $115 million at today’s price.” “The two largest funds currently managed by NYDIG are the $190 million Institutional Bitcoin Fund LP, disclosed in regulatory documents in June and the $140 million Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund LP disclosed in May,” the article revealed.

Coinbase lost 5% of its workforce, got over 1000 requests from FBI

coinbase best exchangeAbout 5% of the workforce left Coinbase due to its ‘no politics at work’ stance. At the same time, it has allegedly received more than 1000 requests from agencies, mainly FBI, regarding crypto transactions. While these news are unrelated – Reddit and other social media channels are flaring up with anarchists rhetoric calling crypto users to move away from the capitalists Coinbase. We are indifferent on the matter.

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Crypto News Today #52

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On ramps are being built to pave the world’s businesses to the blockchain. Latest in this trajectory is EY, one of the world’s big 4 accounting firms, who has built a solution to onboard businesses onto blockchain.

EY launches Ethereum Solution ONP

OpsChain Network Procurement (ONP) which is expected to help convert the procurement contracts into digital smart contracts and automate volume discounts/rebates has been launched by Ernst & Young (EY) on Ethereum Blockchain. EY is one of the Big 4 accounting firms in the world that has been eyeing to be at the forefront of blockchain technology and this ONP is a great addition to its forte. “EY OpsChain Network Procurement supports network-level business processes by moving those business processes outside of any single ERP system and into a shared blockchain-based smart contract. It builds upon EY experience with other procurement activities, such as software royalty calculations, where shifting to blockchain-based contracts has compressed cycle times by more than 90% and cut costs by 40%,” according to the press release.

KuCoin hack hauls $130 Million, creates a stir re: decentralization

KuCoin got hacked during the week for 100s of millions of dollars.  However, according to the KuCoin CEO Johnny Lyu substantial part of those stolen funds have been recovered. Over $200 Million in stolen funds have been recovered. While many crypto maximalists were furious at the fact that KuCoin and the projects supporting KuCoin were able to freeze the funds in the suspected accounts, some argued that the key tenet of blockchain and cryptocurrencies is the ability to be not shut down by an external force. Say what may – this recovery of funds has been welcomed by those who use KuCoin. In a clear twist of the plot, KuCoin was able to turn these things around and instill confidence in the exchange. The latest in this hack thriller is that KuCoin claims to have located the hackers and are now working with the authorities to take the legal action.

The man who called banking system a scam buys his first Bitcoin

The UK politician whose speech against the banking scam has been referred to by crypto communities, Godfrey Bloom,  has tweeted that he made his first purchase of Bitcoin. 

 

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This week people are reminded why Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are needed.  An expose by Buzzfeed reviewed the FinCEN files to show that major financial institutions have been assisting and facilitating illicit affairs to earn their fees.

$2 Trillion scandal shows why we need blockchain now

Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bank of America and many of the world’s biggest financial institutions have been secretly mining money in the form of fees for the world’s most dangerous individuals and entities.  “A huge trove of secret government documents reveals for the first time how the giants of Western banking move trillions of dollars in suspicious transactions, enriching themselves and their shareholders while facilitating the work of terrorists, kleptocrats, and drug kingpins,” reports Buzzfeed which ran an expose on the whole matter.  This reminds us one more time that the number one choice of criminals is not bitcoin or cryptocurrency which remain quite traceable.  Criminals use cash and also major bank accounts in broad daylight for their illicit affairs.

OCC issues clarification for banks regarding stablecoins

Office of Comptroller of the Currency issued clarification about banks holding cryptocurrencies, specifically, stablecoins.  Essentially, OCC gave greenlight for banks to hold stablecoins as long as they have 1:1 reserve.  “A bank providing services in support of a stablecoin project must comply with all applicable laws and regulations and ensure that it has instituted appropriate controls and conducted sufficient due diligence commensurate with the risks associated with maintaining a relationship with a stablecoin issuer. The due diligence process should facilitate an understanding of the risks of cryptocurrency and include a review for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including those related to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering,” OCC letter clarified.

Cryptos are part of Visa’s future strategy

Digital assets and blockchain technology are going to be important parts of Visa’s future,” was the conclusion of an exclusive Forbes interview with Terry Angelos, SVP global head of fintech at Visa and Cuy Sheffield, senior director, head of crypto at Visa. “We are seeing significant interest in demand from crypto companies that want to work with Visa and connect their clients to our network of 60-plus million merchants,” Terry mentioned during the interview. Visa expects to be part of broader cryptocurrency adoption and also work closely with the world’s major banks in the CBDC adoption.

EU announces plan to regulate cryptocurrencies

European Commission is working on introducing a framework to regulate cryptocurrencies.  It could potentially take a year or more for these regulations to come out.  Investor protection and enabling innovation will be cornerstones of these proposed plans.  The new plan will mean that crypto-asset companies authorized by one of the 27 EU countries will be able to provide its services across all the other member states, according to the CNBC.

Gemini is expanding into United Kingdom

Winklevoss brothers brainchild, Gemini, is expanding into the UK as it received the electronic money license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  This move will allow residents of the UK to buy bitcoin using a debit card on the Gemini platform.  According to the article in Bloomberg, Gemini is looking to expand into Singapore next.  

Fun Fact: Norway, Blackrock and Vanguard hold Bitcoin, indirectly

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund, which owns 1.5% of MicroStrategy, effectively owns roughly 577 bitcoins. Blackrock and Vanguard also own shares in Microstrategy which in turn makes them indirect holders of Bitcoin. Source: Forbes.

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