Bitcoin Price Trend Update

Using the current down from high level measured with direction (up/down) against past history and projected forward to the future gives a date of Feb 2020 for a new all time high.

Down from high chart. The value is shown in read and a version of it multiplied by the time since the last low is in black. This is just for curiosity as a hypothesis that if the market cycles the longer a cycle lasts the more extreme the price value is considered.

Mania using 30 days data. This chart shows the rate of price change in red. When the price goes up at a high rate this chart will show a spike and I use it as an opportunity to sell.

Mania over 60 days.

Mania over 90 days.

Mania over 6 months.

 

Up from low. This chart in green is supposed to show the relative gain from the past low for each bear/bull cycle. It still has trouble identifying cycle beginnings so the values are not totally correct. This can be used to calculate a hypothetical future all time high price should we see one more bull run. This chart shows a 50X, 22X, 18X and 57X gain over the past 8 years.

Bitcoin Market Price Drop like 2015

The bitcoin price today has reached the same relative rate of decline as it did during the last major cycle almost four years ago. The decline has also taken almost exactly the same if just a few weeks early.

I’m posting this because I think its a rare event and I’m keeping an eye on the market for a correction and buying in.

The thirty day rate of change over time graph is showing that the current drop is so sharp that less than one half of a percent (13 days out of 8 years) of all past history exceeds it.

The drop from high cycle graph (red) shows the relative drop is now the same as it was in January of 2015. The time value (black) indicates that it has occurred slightly earlier than last time.

The average down from high data from this level to an all time high is 463 days, projecting forward that lands on March 14, 2020.

 

 

 

Bitcoin report projects the date of the next all time high

At AlgoMega.com I have a report the plots the relative ratio of the price as it compares with the last all time high. This is intended to show that the price cycles between periods of troughs and peaks.

The red line shows this ratio where 0 is an all time high and the higher the level reflects a drop. 1 would be a drop to a price of 0. Maybe I made this more complicated than it needs to be by inverting the trends.

I thought it would be interesting to project a possible date for the next all time high using an average of the past data where the ratio matches.

The process looks at the current DFH value and it’s trajectory noting if the price trend is down (bear market) or up (bull market). Then I collect all of the past dates having the same DFH value with the same trend.

The trend direction is important because the same DFH values have different times to the next ATH depending if they are heading down or up as a drop has to bottom out and return the other direction.

All of the DFH values are scanned forward to find the number of days to the ATH and the average of those days are taken.

So based on this method, when is the next all time high? It’s in 544 days on May 27, 2020.

 

 

Here is a markup image on how the calculations are made.

 

Update:

One hour later and the date is May 05, 2020. It is just an average so the value will jump around.

My thoughts on this result are of encouragement for the future of the market. I have read a lot of negative articles and posts on the web because of the recent price drop but over the long term these cycles repeat over and over. If you can wait a year and a half I am guessing that the price will in fact return to a new all time high or at least something interesting.

Anther very interesting date coming up in May of 2020 is the next mining halving from 12.5 btc per block to 6.25. This will reduce the production of currency into the next work going forward from that time.

 

Update Next Day:

Someone mentioned that they don’t like the implication there will be another all time high. So I think it’s more reasonable to use this projection as a possible future multi year high date.

Because the previous metric was inverted I decided to add a sin wave style graph oscillating a zero plane. This way you can see the cycles alternate between over and under valued. The light green line shows the drop from past high and the dark green line shows the same DFH value multiplied by the log value of the number of days since that peak.

 

Bitcoin Market Update

Since the BTC market is trading down about 35% in the past few days I thought I would write a quick blurb about my thoughts and personal trades.

I am buying small amounts at these prices and also anticipating the price will go down more from here. I made a withdrawal from an exchange in June of this year for a decent amount of dollars but it never came through. I asked to have the withdrawal canceled so I have the ability to buy right away. In Canada at least it can be difficult to move dollars to and from exchanges. I always keep a balance of cash in my bank account and stock brokerage accounts so that in the case where they go bankrupt I will have enough to pay taxes and live until I can move other assets around.

My thought is that BTC is a good thing to have as a long term investment. I think the chance of it becoming much more valuable in the next few years is higher than the chance it won’t.

The market tends to cycle through extreme peaks and valleys. Looking back you can see this between $0.30 – $30, $10 – $1000, $250 – 20,000.00. Being in a downtrend now I wanted to see how the current price relative to the last peak compares historically so I put a new report together.

The red line chart shows the relative level from the last peak. When the value is 0 that is an all time high. You can see that of all past data that I have collected only 8.7% of it has been been at a price level lower relative to the peak than is it currently. You can also see several trend reversals below our current level.

I think it’s reasonable for the price to go down lower so that it matches the same past levels but then hopefully it will continue in another uptrend.

Here is another chart I like to look at. It plots the relative rate of change. Currently the rate of decline in price is so fast that only 1.31% of the past data has exceeded it. I use this chart to sell when the rate of price rise approaches the previous maximums. When the rate of decline is low like it is now I buy small amounts regularly.

These charts are available at http://algomega.com. I plan on implementing email notifications of significant market opportunities as a service later on if there is any interest.

 

Update: Down From Peak with Time

Part of my interest in making charts to visualize relationships of price metrics over time is to find possible indicators that somewhat accurately measure the scenarios that correspond with with beginning of a bull run in order to buy and conversely the end of a run in order to sell.

In this case I have a drop from peak by time chart for use as a possible buy signal. The hypothesis is that the market runs up until it’s overvalued and people jump in and drive the price into a peak then it corrects and sags for a long period until everyone is convinced that the price has bottomed before people slowly start to reinvest. So I have added the time from the last peak as a multiplayer to the ‘down from peak’ value. This is because if the market is cyclical between under and overvalues states, the longer the market remains in a valley state the less likely it is to remain there. I suspect that people look at the price charts and recognize the undervalued state to buy in.

This report does accurately show the bottom price in 2015 as the black line is very high. The chart isn’t scaled very well in that it doesn’t show a consistent result between different cycles so I will keep thinking about this.

 

I don’t have much data for Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash but the charts are pretty interesting as well.

 

Update 2 – Nov 25, 2018

Just noting that after another day the price has dropped again and the rate of decline over thirty days is so fast that only 0.42% of past history or 11 days have been faster than this and only 2.92% of past history (76 days) has ever been lower from the last peak down from 9% two days ago.

Bitcoin Price Patterns to Predict Future Trends

I am putting together a report by overlaying recent Bitcoin price movements against the best matching past occurrences to see if there is any predicable continuation.

Currently there are no graphs or back testing to see how the different parameters affect accuracy.

I have some preliminary numbers based on comparing a dataset of 6 months, 8 months and 12 months then looking at the average outcome when looking forward from those matches out to four months.

6 Months  1        2        3        4      
 Upside  115  117  118  118 118  118  118  118 118  118  118  118  118  118  118  118
 Average  94  100  101  102  102  101  100  99  98  97  96  94  93  92  90  89
 Downside  105  96  95  93  88  86  85  81  78  75  73  72  69  67  62  58
8 Months                                
 Upside  115  118  121  126  133  149  160  165  166 166  166  167  171  175  178  183
 Average  94  103  105  108  111  114  118  121  123  124  126  126  127  127  127  127
 Downside  105  102  101  101  100  100  99  99  98  97  97  97  97  97  97  97
 12 Months                                
 Upside  117  128  134  159  195  251  297  323  333  341  350  352  353  362  368  374
 Average  95  106  113  122  132  146  163  178  188  194  199  205  211  216  221  226
 Downside  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105  105

The columns are weeks projected into the future and the numbers are percentages. So when comparing 6 months of data to find the most similar past pattern the best outcome after one week is a return of 115%, the second week is 117% etc. All of these numbers are based on the price data pattern as of July 10, 2018.

A big disclaimer; this is not a prediction, just because the past data set closely matches does not guarantee that the trend will continue.

These are just a small sample of results with random parameters. When using a larger pattern to compare with past data can result in more specific matches but at some point reduce the amount of range to search through.

A big issue with this approach when comparing patterns on historical data is tuning the parameters to the dataset rather than fundamental patterns. This comes through in the fact that the 6 month pattern predicts a decline in price and the 8 and 12 month data set predict an increase in price.

I will have to experiment with back testing different parameters to get a good sense of accuracy if any on historical data and the future prediction. That will come later.

Update July 11, 2018

Here are a small sample of back testing results. The data samples are collected in days back from 180 all the way back to 1275 three and half years ago. The data sets were run using 6, 8 and 12 months of data respectively and the results are shown as projected average divided by the actual percentage change ninety days later.

 Days Back  1275  1095  910  730  545  365 180 
 Date 2014-10-02 2015-04-05

2015-10-07

2016-04-03

2016-10-25 2017-05-26 2018-01-10
 Price  $373  $254  $243  $418  $657  $2177  $14000
 6 Month Set  89/85  105/100  102/177  130/156  120/176  188/199  260/48
 8 Month Set  46/85  93/100  121/177  110/156  116/176  216/199  199/48
 12 Month Set  214/85  113/100  123/177  129/156  148/176  265/199  141/48

Overall the results were kind of interesting. There are some correlation but also some significant misses. More resolution and adjusted parameters may make this a more useful report.

Financial Planner

I met with an old school friend that is a financial planner to discuss some available investment options. Currently I manage my own investments across different asset classes and re-allocate based on market trends and imbalances. I look to sell overvalued assets and reinvest in undervalued yet fundamental alternatives.

My primary hesitation with using an advisor is the commission structure and limited available asset options. I would be happy to pay an advisor a high fee for their time and advice on as regular basis but not on a commission of total invested assets. Commissions based on invested assets causes several issues, one being because the available investible assets are a subset of what I am interested in they are disincentivized to help allocate towards assets they don’t sell. Secondly the commission fees are disproportionately high when investing a retirement level of assets.

In my case I plan is to grow my assets and place one million dollars in index stock and bond funds and use the expected four percent yearly return as backup income to cover my cost of living. My current living expenses are around twenty something thousand dollars per year making my monthly draw about two thousand dollars. If I was to have a financial advisor invest one million with a 1.5% commission that works out to be $1250.00 a month. With a drawdown of $2000.00 a month to live that is a high percentage considering that the alternative is a $25.00 fee for managing my own investments through an online broker. Note that each of the stock index funds have a commission fee attached that applies weather they are self directed or managed through an advisor.

Ultimately I want to make my own decisions for where to invest and have the responsibility to research opportunities and learn from the experience.

 

 

 

 

Life Insurance and Emergency Prep

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Here is a summary of some plans and strategy i’m using for general life related insurance and risk hedging.

I have a twenty year old adopted daughter living with me while she originally moved back in with me to finish school but she dropped out and is just working. Unfortunately for her she isn’t able to earn enough to live in this city so I subsidize her housing and food. If something was to happen to me she would have extended family to help her if she needed and she would inherit my assets and be financially ok. My current concern in that scenario is that she wouldn’t know how to manage or maintain investments and loose the benefit of financial independence. I will impart what I can over time but ultimately her choices will be up to her.

I also have two small dogs that come from a past relationship and I love them. They have been by my side for ten years are the most important part of my life so I want to make sure they are safe and healthy. I bought a Nest Protect smoke detector because it has a feature that will notify me if there is a fire. This would at least give me a better chance to rescue them if I was out but nearby.

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I’m in the process of also putting together supplies for an earthquake or other emergency. This includes food, water, lights and a bag with warm clothes, and cash that I can grab if I need to leave in a hurry.

It’s always a good idea to maintain and check the coverage details of your property or rental insurance policy.

If you have dependents and don’t have financial independence levels of equity and depend on income that would disappear if you died it’s probably a good idea to look into a life insurance policy. Be sure to shop around because there is a big difference between offerings.

Other than that it’s always a good idea to keep an up to date will or let an emergency contact know your wishes should something happen to you. Now let’s hope nothing bad does happen.

Trading Bitcoin Manias

This post describes a trading strategy that I am using with digital currencies specifically Bitcoin. The system I use to trade is available online for free at http://algomega.com. To use it you would need to open an account on an exchange and that can take several weeks to complete.

My expectation of gains is high, 50% per year for the next two to five years. In my eyes this is an opportunity for gains if the market continues it’s volatility and or upward trend. Even as a small portion ones invetments this strategy could add a boost to financial independence.

These high expected returns make a big difference. As a comparison, I met with a financial advisor recently about managing my stock and bond investments. I currently hold self directed accounts and do rebalancing myself. The management fees of the financial advisor in the ballpark of 1.5% meant he would be making 65% of the income I wanted to withdrawal on for living expenses. That is a lot. If Bitcoin does go up by 50% per year it could be used to make gains not possible elsewhere at the same level of risk.

This strategy is based on the assumption that the price of Bitcoin will go up over the next few years. Trading the extreme peaks and valleys reduces the risk of buying at an all time high and also grow a cash reserve hedge. It’s pretty clear that Bitcoin has done well in the past but there have been times where people have bought in at a price that quickly dropped and then it took years to recover. This strategy hopes to reduce the likelihood of this happening by indicating times when not to buy when the market is overbought. This strategy also keeps a cash reserve as a hedge so that if the price was to drop unexpectedly you have some assets remaining to buy in or use for other purposes.

I personally believe that there are several reasons the price rise is likely but I won’t cover them all here. Some of the top reasons include the rapid activity of the developer community, improvements to the software and supporting infrastructure and businesses starting to work with digital currencies, the increasing user adoption rates and the gradually reducing production supply of the currency all play parts in my personal assessment.

The mania is a metric that measures rate of change both up and down over time. When the price rises at a rate that is higher than 99% of the past historical trading data then it is seen as a good indicator to sell a portion of holdings as the price and rate of rise always reverts in the other direction. The same applies to drops in price. When the price falls at a rate that is faster than 99% of the historical data it has always followed a reversal upwards and is a buying opportunity. When everyone is selling cheaply people panic but it has historically been the best time to buy.

The trends measured take into account a long term timeline. This means I look at trends based on the largest frequency of price cycling to reduce the risk of being caught out from an unexpected trend reversal. The long term objective is to accumulate bitcoin and trade when the indicators mark opportunities that only occur a few times per year at all. This makes it a low time commitment strategy.

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Here is an example report showing the Bitcoin price (Blue) against the mania (Red and black). You can see that durring the past price spikes the mania levels went above 1.5 and this would have been a good time to sell and definatly not a good time to buy. Durring the downturns when the mania droped below 0.4 the price has over time gone up and this has been a good time to buy in my experience.

A lot of people tend to think that they need to trade daily or weekly on short term trends but this is more work and not something that I do. I originally started out down this road and there is a reason why I don’t do this any more. I wrote a stock and crypto trading bot that used a genetic algorithm to learn an optimal strategy for profitable trading. After letting it run for months and years the bot did make a lot of money but less than simply buying and holding Bitcoin or dollar cost average buys.

This is not financial advice. Any investments you make are at your own risk. The value of Bitcoin or any other digital currency could for unforeseen reasons go to zero. It is important that if you buy into these currencies you are aware and can accept this risk. Only buy an amount that you are comfortable loosing.

 

Money, Hate it and Love it.

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I wanted to share some interesting observations about money. I think a lot of people make assumptions about it that don’t make much sense.

The title is a play on words from the saying love it or hate it but the strange thing about money in particular is that people do hate it and love it at the same time.

People want money but don’t want it at the same time. Everyone wants a lot of money but as soon as people get it they want to get rid of it. If you put a stack of cash under your mattress people would say that is totally irresponsible, someone could steal it or there could be a fire and destroy it. If you instead put that cash in the bank the tellar will tell you you need to invest it because it’s not doing anything for you just sitting there. I.e. you need to trade money for somthing else that isn’t money. Such as a share in a company, a bond as a promise to repay or a physical asset that might appreciate. Inflation destroys the value of money but no one says it like that.

Using money is like putting watter in a bucket with holes in the bottom that everyone thinks of as beeing super important. It’s commical and tragic as most of my friends are spending their entire lives working to make money just to live while not understanding what money is or how it works.

The thing most people don’t know is that dollars are created as dept by banks in the form of loans as they are needed. Most people think that dollars represent the labour they traded to earn them and are simultaniously frustarated at rising prices and living costs. The truth is that while most people work for money, some people / companies / banks just create it from nothing and charge interest. The really tricky part that most people don’t grasp is that because banks issue the currency with interest attached there is always more money owed than exists. It’s like a game of musical chairs. This is why economists are fearfull of deflation in the economy. As soon as the currency supply starts to contract people become fearful and stop spending on non essentials in order to pay down depts. Unfortunately there are more debts owed than there are dollars to pay them off so all available currency quickly dissapears and you end up with a depression.

This means that there is a hidden penalty for holding debts that compounds with greater levels most people don’t realize.

What to do about it? Save as much as possible. There is a sliding scale between your networth being negative and positive. The more negative or in debt you are the more of your life you have to spend paying other people. Conversely the higher you are on the net worth scale the more easily money can come to you. Be on the positive side of the debt equity threshold.

There are a lot of social conditioning beliefs that we have to spend our money and finance debts to the same level as our income. In my area the average house price is $830,000.00 and everyone strives to buy one and finance it with thrity years of mortgadge payments. That is $4000 per month. Half of the payments to a mordgage go to interest charges by the way.  If not house then a car, toys, or vacations etc.

Reducing your expenses has a greater effect on your financial future than increasing your income in some cases.

There are a group of people that save large portions of their income and share their experiences online. They are known as the Fire community and it stands for financial independence and early retirement. Some popular bloggers on the subject include https://www.mrmoneymustache.com (US) and https://www.millennial-revolution.com (Canada). Check them out and leave me your comments.

Like Minded Persons Wanted

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I am looking to find likeminded people that share the same interest and passion.

My focus this year is on personal growth. To me this means reading on new subjects, building things people want, and most importantly meeting new people and sharing life together.

Most of the people that I know are limited in what they can do because of the amount of free time they have. They don’t have the opportunity to spend extended amounts of time doing things that would make them happier or allow them to learn or transform beyond what a certain basic level allows. Most people have a certain number of hollidays or a limited amount of money to travel or go to conferences as an example. Even the people I know that are high net worth are also highly leveraged with liabilities that bring them into comperable levels of work commitment and the stresses that come along with that.

How much of your day is really yours?

I have long been aware of common sayings about money not brining happiness or once you get a bump in lifestyle you will just acclimate to it and then feel just the same as you did before. I don’t agree with this though. I think this only applies to us when we are not growing or moving forward as people. Growth isn’t about comfort though and is mostly doing less with targeted action and letting go of bad habbits.

Are big changes realistic?

What does it feel like to hold an extravigantly rediculus idea of your future that feels impossible to achieve but unreasonably commit 100% to it? Uncomfortable and isolating, but in a good way that makes you feel alive.

There is an interesting phenominon I believe that if you could offer random people a life that they want more than any other they will sabatoge it if it is too far outside their comfort zone.

The difficulty in intending to change your life drastically also comes with a greater reward than can be gained by the regular toils of daily labour. This is because that impossible idea in your head will eventually and quickly become real and part of regular living as long as you hold it with mental certanty and conviction.

I made some investment descissions over the last ten years that brought me to financial independence. While the decape prior was pay cheque to pay cheque, I spent most of the day working just to have an hour or two to myself in the evenings. Now I have all the time to do what I want and need. The nuts and bolts of the investments are built on a strategy that was the result of several algorythmic learning systems evolving over the years.

One interesting observation about stepping through financial goal boundaries is that the expectation of what it would be like has nothing to do with reality. I had a belief that once I reached a certain dollar amount of investments I could live off the interest and then I would feel free. However when that happened to me and I reached that dollar amount I didn’t feel free I said to myself when I have twice that number then I will feel free. Then if the stock market crashes I will be ok because I can also invest in these other assets. Somewhere around the time when my investments reached just about twice what I needed to live on I was fired from my job. I wanted to leave but really was stuck in a mindset of conservative fear. I’m still trying to break off pieces of my personality that are over conservative to the detrement of my well being.

What is it like to be financially independent? It’s amazing, It’s a new normal and at the same time it’s an environment perfectly suited to figuring out what is important to my life now so that I can go do that. However I don’t know many people that are also in this situation.

What am I doing…

1 Ongoing projects, some I will talk about later. One is a car company I am starting called http://opencarproject.org. This is a passion project and I love working on it.

2) Network of investors to share or discuss investment strategies that helped me become financially independent so that more can do the same. The investment strategy I use is available to anyone on the website http://algomega.com

3) Youtube vlog I plan on starting to capture life, learning and fun with the intention of connecting with like minded others for growth and friendship.

Topics i’m brewing on for the blog and vlog inlude: health, fitness, travel, cars, money, investing, humor, food, relationships and more to come.