When doing technical analysis, a good trading strategy isn't enough: you still need to pick the right markets.
A strategy can yield 30% a month on certain markets and lose 30% on other markets.
For instance, here are the results of a 2H turtle from Sept 10, 2018 to Nov 9, 2018
In the two following sections, we're going to see why those results differ that way and what markets to apply technical analysis on.
Most cryptocurrency traders want to maximize their results in fiat money (eg: USD).
Therefore, trends will be most noticeable using stablecoins as base currency, as they are the currency traders are "thinking" with.
What we can see here:
Binance is known to host more than 400 markets, with only 70 having more than $1M 24H trading volume.
The danger is, when running trend following strategies, to get trapped on false signals caused by market manipulations.
For instance, on the ARK/BTC ticker, placing a buy order of only 0.9 BTC (~$3240, at the time of writing) would result in a 5% increase in price.
In those conditions, doing a trend following strategy would be pure suicide, as one person placing a small order could lead to a false signal making you enter a trade.
And with such a lack of liquidity, slippage would be very important, making it impossible to do any successful trade.
For this reason, we only recommend trading on the top 10 coins by market cap/trading volume.
Whatever market you choose to trade on, large moves are short, and you'll only lose money by being too late in a trend.
Automated strategies are the only way to trade profitably, repeatedly without spending hours in front of a computer doing a computer's job.