The crypto market is fully in bear territory now, even though we have seen some relief over the past few days, with Bitcoin and Ethereum rising again, and a number of DeFi project tokens seeing double-digit percentage rise. For many of us in crypto, this is not the first time we’ve been in this position. We know that the market is cyclical, and that this time round macroeconomic influences are more influential, especially with a recession looming.
So, if you’re a crypto holder, what should you do? Should you sell or buy the dip? Or take some other action? Here is some advice from market watchers.
1. Take some profit
HODLing is widespread in the crypto community, but Tyler Reynolds, a Web3 investor advises selling a percentage of your gains at this time, rather than just sitting on your investment, or selling it all. An anonymous trader also said, “Set sell targets/take profit levels in advance, at least loosely, and stick to them. Your objective self from the past is a better guide than your euphoric self in the future.”
2. Do not panic sell
Its better to take some profit, or devise a strategy for exiting the market completely, but don’t panic sell says Fedor Linnik, an NFT builder. He added, “being greedy and being afraid to miss the top” was a mistake he made in 2018. Make your selling decisions based on data, not on emotion or on advice from social media.
3. Don’t try to ‘make it back’
Alex Svanevik, CEO of data analytics firm Nansen, said that those who invested in 2020 and benefited from the highs of 2021, need to realise the fun is over for now. He warns against entering highly risky trades to try and make back losses. A trader tweeted, “Don’t trade or invest with the mindset of ‘making back’ what you lost in the bull; it’s an inherently flawed comparison.”
4. Research projects
Use this bear market time to look at crypto projects, new or old. Tyler Reynolds said that what worked for him during the last bear market was to keep investigating both new and old projects. “You will need to keep re-investigating as projects pivot from their original idea and find a much better product-market fit, like Aave.”
5. Get involved with crypto projects
Many crypto projects, especially those in DeFi, are structured as decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAOs. Anyone can join and participate, and if you are a developer looking for a job in crypto, it can be a good way of finding one.