Cryptocurrency Market: Bull Versus Bear

In case you missed my earlier illustrations: “Bullish Versus Bearish: Crypto Chain University” and “Bull vs Bear: Blockchain Technology & CryptoCurrency“, here in my latest illustration, I feature The Bitcoin Man in an epic battle against his own dark self, and instead of an angel and demon behind each of them, I have depicted a colossal monstrous bear and bull instead, signifying the bearish and bullish crypto market.

Warren Buffett is famously known for preferring bear markets over bull markets. That is to say, Buffett has thrived in markets that are languishing, where shares are cheap, and growth is stagnant, and gets nervous when markets are skyrocketing.

If we’re going to apply Warren Buffett’s investment advice to cryptocurrency then, should we be skeptical of the current market? Are cryptocurrencies in the midst of a bull market? And if so, should we refrain from investing? My answer to the latter two questions is pretty simple: no, and no.

Cryptocurrency came into being with the official release of Bitcoin in January of 2009. At the time it was worth around $0.008, and in 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz used 10,000 BTC to purchase two pizzas. With BTC being worth $1805.00 as of today, those two pizzas cost Laszlo ~$18 million.

While this anecdote may suggest that Bitcoin proves we are in a bull market, I believe that is not the case. The Bitcoin market has existed for just over eight years. Note this is not the case for the cryptocurrency market in general, as many cryptos weren’t invented for several years after Bitcoin was released. And similar to the Dotcom Crash of the early 2000s, the cryptocurrency market was inundated with “scam-coins” hoping to capitalize off of Bitcoin’s massive success. These scam-coins quickly took their gains and went home, leaving thousands of “get-rich-quick” investors empty-handed. And these scam coins are the reason of how I first conceptualized the illustration of the ‘Blade of Bitcoin‘ a.k.a. slayer of shitcoins.

bo͝ol ˈmärkət/ — a market in which share prices are rising, encouraging buying.
be(ə)r ˈmärkət — a market in which prices are falling, encouraging selling.

Cryptocurrency came into being with the official release of Bitcoin in January of 2009. At the time it was worth around $0.008, and in 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz used 10,000 BTC to purchase two pizzas. With BTC being worth $1805.00 as of today, those two pizzas cost Laszlo ~$18 million.

While this anecdote may suggest that Bitcoin proves we are in a bull market, I believe that is not the case. The Bitcoin market has existed for just over eight years. Note this is not the case for the cryptocurrency market in general, as many cryptos weren’t invented for several years after Bitcoin was released. And similar to the Dotcom Crash of the early 2000s, the cryptocurrency market was inundated with “scam-coins” hoping to capitalize off of Bitcoin’s massive success. These scam-coins quickly took their gains and went home, leaving thousands of “get-rich-quick” investors empty-handed.

All this occurred around 2013–2014, and I believe it was just the growing pains of a new market being created. If you would have tracked the overall growth of the market, you wouldn’t have even noticed this “Crypto Crash” because of all the other solid companies that were rising to the limelight, drowning out the buzz of the scam-coin, and continuing to generate real growth.

Let’s be generous and pretend that the cryptocurrency market as we know it today really started existing in 2012, just three years after Bitcoin was initially released. This would date the market at just five years old! In comparison, most “bull markets” in the stock market last for a period of eight years on average — and this is based on data dating all the way back to 1926!

The cryptocurrency market is too young to know whether or not we’ve seen a bull or bear market.

For all we know, the growth that we’re seeing in the cryptocurrency market is the norm. Even if we generously suppose that the entire cryptocurrency market has existed since 2009, there is simply no way to know what is bull, and what is bear.

In light of the young age of the market, my simple suggestion to cryptocurrency investors is this: research, buy, and hold. Invest in what you know and believe in. And ask yourself these questions before investing in any cryptocurrency. If you can’t answer yes to them all, don’t invest!

We may be in a bull market, and we may not. Regardless, we should use wise investment principles to maximize our gains and minimize our losses.

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