Note: This is the process I use for every Crypto token except Bitcoin (which I consider as a “Storage of Value” Asset). Also, I would like to see myself as an investor in a crypto project and not as someone trading in & out of a project-based solely on the technical analysis. I value peace of mind and my sleep more than the quick gains that can be made sometimes in trading.
I usually get my tips from friends and social media channels mainly twitter but even substack and medium. I also look at the coinmarketcap & crypto exchanges for top-five cryptos being traded by volume and others signs of narratives building up.
I quickly check if it is possible to buy the tokens on FTX or Binance or any other DEX, Uniswap, Pancake Swap or TerraSwap etc.
I then go on to buy a very small dollar amount of the token so it is on my watchlist. My watchlist at this stage has almost 20-30 different projects (I intend to not add & keep more than ten projects to my core portfolio at the end of the process).
Note to myself: Diversification doesn’t helps with shit-coins ! 😛
- Read the whitepaper for the project
- Check the people behind the project, Quality of the team, Is the team public or anonymous?
- Check other sources about the project
- Value Proposition of the Project. What problem is the project solving?
- Use Cases & Why is the project important for the cryptocurrency ecosystem?
- If it is a Native Blockchain Protocol:
- Speed: Transaction Per Second (TPS)
- Scalability: Average Cost per Transaction; Time to Transaction Finality
- Security: How is the network being secured? Is it audited?
- Understand the Tokenomics
- What is the utility of the tokens on the protocol ?
- Why should the token accrue value?
- Market Cap/Dominance of the token in Crypto Market.
- Is there a moat ? Are there any potential or existing competitors ?
- Check the Token/USD and Token/BTC Candle-stick chart.
- Use Week as the higher time frame and 1D as the lower time frame.
- Check the historical volumes and trend.
Use Technical Analysis for guidance. On a Token/BTC Chart, If the token’s candlesticks are not able to keep above the MA 10 (1 week timeframe), it is better to invest in BTC
Note to myself: Create an one-page investment thesis at the end of this step.
Take “skin-in-the-game” position in the project
At this stage, I usually buy the “skin-in-the-game” position in projects which are green on most of the aspects of the investment thesis.
Periodic Review of the Investment Thesis
- Are the fundamentals still sound?
- Is the project keeping its Roadmap?
- Is the number of users on the protocol increasing?
- Are developers still positive about the project?
Dollar-cost averaging & Pyramiding
For those which pass most of the checks in the “Periodic Review”, I would use either Dollar-cost averaging or Pyramiding to build my position in the holding.
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