With just a few dollars worth of Bitcoin you can start trading cryptocurrencies right now. There are no broker fees, there are no middlemen to deal with, nor really any barriers to entry or red tape. All you need is some percentage of a single Bitcoin. There is no reason not to try it out. If you can accept risking a few dollars, it’s a great way to get into cryptocurrency.
Let’s get started. First buy some Bitcoin.
There are some exchanges that will let you purchase specific cryptocurrencies for USD, but it’s a better idea to buy Bitcoin first. With some Bitcoin, you can trade into and out of every other cryptocurrency on the market, on every crypto exchange. Remember: you don’t have to buy a whole Bitcoin ($560 as of writing this); you can purchase Bitcoin in fractions known as Satoshis; for example, 500k Satoshis equals 0.005 Bitcoin. The safest, most popular place to purchase Bitcoin is coinbase.com, however you can also go to an exchange that has a USD-BTC pairing to try to trade USD for Bitcoin at a cheaper rate.
Now that you have some Bitcoin, it’s time to find an exchange.
The most reliable exchange I’ve found is https://yobit.net/?bonus=WZpzJ . There are other exchanges: some are good, some are bad, some have been shut down already — the Mt. Gox scandal might ring a bell. Some people are discouraged from cryptocurrency altogether when there’s news of an exchange getting shut down or coins being stolen, but I see all of this as a right of passage for any new market that is still in its infancy. I find it very encouraging that most of these shady exchanges have been terminated and their CEOs have been doxxed and sued to hell.
Once you have Bitcoin in your exchange account, you can start trading.
However, before you just randomly pick some cryptocurrencies and watch their charts, I recommend you do some research first; otherwise you’re trading blindly. The best way to learn about each coin is to search it, like “Cannabiscoin ann” – “ann” as in announcement. This search phrase will lead you to the bitcointalk.org forums, to the official announcement thread of Cannabiscoin.
An official announcement thread of a coin will show you important information: Total coin supply, technical details, development plans, mission statement, community speculation, and a lot more. Additionally, Twitter is a great resource not just for news, but tracking down web pages and other forums related to a cryptocoin.
The best time to buy a coin is after it has been dumped.
Why? Because the people that didn’t cash out during the pump (called “bag holders”) don’t want to sell their coin at the bottom, at a much lower price. It goes without saying that if the price of a coin you’ve bought moves upward quickly, it’s best to cash out, back into Bitcoin. And If it’s a good coin that you want to invest in for the long term, make sure you buy back in after a dump. Sometimes it is better to focus on accumulating good coins rather than making more Bitcoin, because a good coin will always rise again.