Crypto Chartbook: The Principle Of Impermanence (Cryptocurrency:BTC-USD)

Based on the principle of impermanence, it needs to be clear that no trading system is ever finished and permanent. No individual bet is a predictable one. As a trader, you need to constantly be on your toes to revisit the principle alignment on which you built your stacked edges to ensure consistent profits. As humans, we also aren’t permanent, but are constantly evolving and changing. No physical cell in our body stays the same for a very long time. That is to say, we are in a consistent flux of regeneration and rebuild. Scheduled maintenance based on a detailed business plan is a core foundation to not run into larger troubles.

Many find themselves resting after years of system development, money management establishment, and psychological reconditioning to be fit for execution in a mindset of pure execution. It is essential to not slack on maintenance work. Constantly monitor various elements of your complex trading machine.

Inter market relationship changes, for example, are often the early alarm bells for systems to underperform or break. We often thrive for status quo as humans and are reluctant to, and even overwhelmed by, change. The markets require the attention and willingness to change! You either have an anticipatory system in place for monitoring system performance or are forced to change in reaction after losses have outweighed your avoidance to change on the pain level.

BTC-USDT Daily Chart – Comparing detailed market behavior

BTC-USDT daily chart as of September 14th, 2020

One way to check if your system is in alignment with what the market is doing is scrutinizing details. In our recent chartbook, we anticipated the 10k zone of Bitcoin (BTC-USD) to hold and prices to advance higher from there. We were right on the money with this call! Let us have a closer look at what has happened. The daily chart above shows that the two main attacks of the bears trying to push prices lower failed (yellow arrows) and built a double bottom. Once established, the first leg up evolved. Consequently, it retraced, and the start of a second leg up pushed prices higher (white arrows).

BTC-USDT Daily Chart – Volume profile

BTC-USDT daily chart as of September 14th, 2020

The chart shows an overlay of a volume profile on the last twelve days’ range. It shows that the second-leg entry bounced from the point of control (yellow line) – a confirmation of the validity of the turning point and a support reference for possible future price declines.

BTC-USDT Daily Chart – Where the money is

BTC-USDT daily chart as of September 14th, 2020

Just because a price turning point is identified does not mean low-risk money extraction is guaranteed. A look at the chart above shows that risk-reward ratios are available for longer-term plays like weekly and monthly. The daily position plays do not have favorable entries. With price trading above the support zone stop level, distances are unfavorable. A second-leg player or breakout player finds himself restricted. To clarify, a large overhead resistance is lurking right above, with little room to maneuver. It is these limitations that one should benchmark one’s system against. Most importantly when price behavior changes due to different market participant behavior. Commonly, larger time frame market participants’ action (governments, hedge funds, banks, etc.) causes smaller time frame players to find themselves in less opportune circumstances, until the big players have positioned themselves.

BTC-USDT Monthly Chart – All in

BTC-USDT monthly chart as of September 16th, 2020

That being said, we think that the big money isn’t waiting till elections come to bring more clarity, and also, more volatility. Instead, to us, it seems clear that with cementing the 10k level as a good support level, larger time frame players have made their bets and are finishing up to load into their core long-term positions. The monthly chart above shows how the price development from here is in favor to build a low-risk entry for a second leg (dotted yellow line) for further price advancements.

The principle of impermanence

The principle of impermanence has its rosy side just as well. We have overcome wars, pandemics, and other debilitating historical events, and will do so in the future. Even dramatic trading experiences of devastating losses can be overcome and restarting one’s career is possible. The principle of impermanence simply warrants to give into the flux of life. It rewards those who stay with the flow versus those who try to force nonlinear events into a rigid system or box.

Disclosure: I am/we are long BTC-USD. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.