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Glen Goodman: The Crypto Trader

By Lisamarie Lamb on May 27, 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Glen Goodman is the author of The Crypto Trader, and, as you might expect, he is an expert in cryptocurrency. This gives him an insight into what it means to the world at large, and individuals who might be interested in using is and investing in it. Once a business correspondent for the BBC and ITV, now Glen Goodman is the one giving the interviews. He is a fascinating character to listen to and learn from, once famously turning a £3,000 trade into £100,000 by betting that would be a crash in 2008. Plus, Glen is a cryptocurrency contributing expert for the London School of Economics – that’s not bad at all!

Key Takeaways

Cryptocurrency is here to stay

Bitcoin is a hard currency despite what others say

Why it may not be the best cryptocurrency

How governments could threaten Cryptocurrencies

Why cryptocurrency traders should not hold on for dear life


Why Cryptocurrency is here to stay

Glen Goodman is sure that cryptocurrency is here to stay because, simply put, he’s an expert in it. He understands the technology behind it all, and that means he can be sure – as sure as anyone can be when it comes to trading – that this isn’t a fad.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that Glen is confident about the future of any particular cryptocurrency, just that cryptocurrency, in general, is not going to disappear.

Bitcoin might have been the first, the original cryptocurrency, but there are plenty of others that were created afterwards. Although Bitcoin might be the most famous but it’s not necessarily the best.

Bitcoin may not always be No 1

It is, says Glen Goodman, entirely possible that bitcoin will be superseded in due course. There are many clever people working on many different projects around cryptocurrency (many of which don’t even have anything to do with currency at all).

The problem with bitcoin, is that it has trouble scaling; when a lot of people are using it and it gets over a certain level, the network slows and transactions become expensive. There are bolt on solutions that are being worked on, and these will help to make things better, but they aren’t integral to the way bitcoin works.

It’s not ideal. Lots of other, newer cryptocurrencies were invented to solve these problems, and therefore they don’t need the add-ons and come ready to go.

Bitcoin has first mover advantage

The reason that bitcoin might be the one that succeeds is not that it’s the best technically – it’s notit’s just the one that everyone has heard of, so it has a great head start. And it’s just too early, even for an expert like Glen Goodman, to say which, if any, cryptocurrency will take bitcoin’s crown.

With central banks printing a lot more money to help the world’s economies, this is putting upward pressure on bitcoin’s price because bitcoin is a hard currency – it is finite – whereas the dollar, the pound, the euro and so on, are soft; more can be printed when needed. And that’s what they are doing.

This puts downward pressure on the real value of these currencies – there is over supply. How does this relate to cryptocurrency? Because this over supply of currency is a bad thing in many people’s eyes, reducing how much their assets are actually worth. This lead them to hard currencies like gold which is considered very stable, and bitcoin – only 21 million bitcoin will ever be created, and around 18 million are already in existence.

Predicting Bitcoin is near impossible

Glen GoodmanGlen Goodman thinks there might well still be some meteoric rises for bitcoin, such as we saw in 2017. He certainly doesn’t rule out the idea that bitcoin might be worth $1 million a coin. Glen acknowledges that it sounds crazy – currently it is worth around $9,000 a coin. Yet considering its historic record, it just can’t be ruled out. There has been some panic selling thanks to COVID-19, and even bitcoin seemed to take something of a hit, which was interesting for Glen Goodman. Volatility often reveals information about underlying asset.

Some people were saying that if the market crashed (as it did in March 2020), everyone will run from stocks into bitcoin. Glen knew that wouldn’t be the case; in a market panic, people sell everything, they don’t move from one thing to another. And that’s what happened.

As the stocks fell, bitcoin fell, and as the stocks recovered, so did bitcoin. They correlated. However, things are changing and by the beginning of May bitcoin was pulling away from the stock market, rising much faster.

Government interference is a possibility

Glen Goodman is sure that, if cryptocurrency were deemed enough of a threat, governments would do something about it. They might not be able to ban it outright due to it being decentralised, but they would do everything they could to hamper its development.

They could make it very difficult, for example, to transfer bitcoin into dollars or pounds, for example. It’s especially difficult when it comes to the dollar. It is one of the biggest currencies in the world, something that many people trade in.

The US government does not want to give that up, so there are thousands of different regulations that cryptocurrencies need to adhere to in order to be used.

Can cryptocurrencies help with inflation?

Glen Goodman think cryptocurrencies could shield people from hyperinflation, although he’s not a great believer in the idea of hyperinflation. There could be significant inflation, 10 or 20 percent. This is still huge, but not hyperinflation as we saw in Zimbabwe.

That tends to only happen when an entire society is collapsing rather than just a currency. But if it did happen, any currency that can’t be made endlessly is a good place to go.

How investors lose out due to emotion

The biggest mistake that most people make when they first come to buying and trading cryptocurrency is ‘HODL-ing’. It stands for ‘holding on for dear life’, and this idea has almost become a kind of religion! People do it all the time, even holding on to their bitcoin when the prize was falling by 90 percent.

But they didn’t seem to mind; they had it in their heads they were ‘hodlers’ and it didn’t really matter. Only they were losing everything, especially if they had bought at the top of the market. It’s frustrating and it’s sill. You are meant to make money in trading, and Glen Goodman does because he doesn’t hold.

Conclusion

Cryptocurrencies are here to stay. What is unclear is which cryptocurrency will dominate the market going forward. Bitcoin has the advantage of being instantly recognisable but is not necessarily the best. What is clear, is with governments increasingly printing money, more investors will turn to cryptocurrencies. This should give further opportunities for traders to make money.

Chris Capre can be found at www.glengoodman.com and Twitter: @glengoodman

Questions

  • You have 20 years of experience in investing all sorts of asset classes. This has given you unique advantages and disadvantages. For example you’ve really nailed your colours to the mast with the launch of your book on crypto trading. So, what makes you so sure crypto trading isn’t a fad and is here to stay?
  • Everyone’s heard a story about someone who has either accidentally made a killing or lost a fortune trading bitcoin. For example, the Florida programmer Laszlo Hanyecz talked someone into accepting the 10,000 Bitcoins he’d “mined” on his computer in exchange for two pizzas. If the recipient still holds them, he/she will be a millionaire several times over today. Does such meteoric growth potential still exists with bitcoin? Will opportunity seekers need to look further afield for this?
  • Bitcoin is generally viewed as the “gold standard” of crypto trading. Do you think it will be superseded?
  • With all of these coins being launched on what is seemingly a level playing field, is this fragmentation and oversupply of new options merely diluting the opportunity potential for investors? Is this not a replication of central banks around the world printing money and devaluing the value of their currency (ie; the general reserve)?
  • Many luminaries have said that crypto currencies represent a threat to the floating fiat currencies and the established order. If this is the case, why haven’t governments banned it?
  • Do you think crypto currencies really are the answer to shielding people from the ramifications of hyper-inflation? This is in relation to fiat currencies around the world devalue for every euro, every dollar or every pound printed?
  • What are the most frequent mistakes rookie crypto currency traders make when they first start? How can newbies avoid them?
  • Glen, where can people find out more about you?
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Lisamarie Lamb

A prolific writer in her own right, Lisamarie brings to the team her unique ability to vividly turn dry and often complex subjects into life, making financial education a more fun and accessible experience for all

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A prolific writer in her own right, Lisamarie brings to the team her unique ability to vividly turn dry and often complex subjects into life, making financial education a more fun and accessible experience for all

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