Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump in to talking about market-making, volatility, arbitrage and volume flows in this article series just yet.

Actually, I lied. That’s exactly what I’m going to talk about. Like, starting right now. For all the new people. Article number two, let’s fucking go! But fret not, we’re gonna start with the absolute basics and I promise you’ll be able to follow along.

So the primary question here is quite literally, what makes a market… a market? How does a market come to exist?

We all know you gotta have a buyer and a seller…


I spend a lot of time thinking, and by that I mean doing nothing else. Maybe it’s a sort of meditation, maybe it’s a sort of mental illness. Either way, I’m not very good at it but most of the time I’m thinking about the market and associated ideas because it’s the thing that fascinates me most in life. …


“Value” in my mind is one of the most ambiguous and useless words in the English language. It’s also one of the most interesting. It’s such a weird concept! To value something (i.e., to use the word “value” as a verb), means to attach a worth to it. For example if I am willing to exchange my car for $15,000, I have attached a value to my car. Maybe someone will pay that much, maybe they will not. How does anyone know whether that valuation adequately reflects the worth of the car? Let’s make it even weirder and say that…


Trading is simple in concept and highly challenging in execution. It is a professional skill-set which requires years to develop and master, often without the aid of a teacher or mentor. This compilation of reading materials has been hand-selected in an attempt to provide a comprehensive starting point for the discretionary trader in their journey of understanding. These resources will not make anyone successful (only experience can do that), but they will create a solid baseline of knowledge from which a trader can draw throughout the rest of their career in the financial markets.

Practical Literature

These books offer practical advice and…


In this article, we’ll be creating a very rough trading system which may or may not be profitable to start with. We’ll be covering:

  • Indicator and trigger selection
  • Momentum vs mean reversion strategy basics
  • Backtesting

If you haven’t read the first part in this article series, I recommend doing so before continuing further.

Indicator and trigger selection

As mentioned in the first part of this series, a discretionary trading system can be built from pattern recognition, or from indicators. To make things a little easier for beginners, we’re going to start with indicator-based systems and get to the pattern-based ones further down the line…


By now most of you have probably heard of FTX, the new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange launched earlier this year. They’ve launched a whole bunch of new and interesting indices, contracts and features that would be considered commonplace in traditional markets, but are still novel to the nascent crypto trading community. In this article, I’ll be covering the Bull, Bear, Moon and Doom leveraged tokens in the hope that you’ll be able to understand a bit better how they function both from a technical perspective, and as a potential addition to your portfolio.

So what’s a leveraged token?

In this article, I’ll be using the example…


“All I need is one big trade man, that’s it. Just ride it up, make a million and retire.”

Sound like you? I hope not. Plenty of people think this way. Not one of them is wealthy. Sure, those big trades happen. But nobody talks about the hundreds of small wins and even more losses that came first. So before we get into this article series, I want you to stop and ask yourself a question: am I willing to put hundreds of hours in and take hundreds of losses in order to pull money out of the market? If…


By I Draw Charts (David Holt) on ALTCOIN MAGAZINE

Any technical trader worth their salt has a collection of setups in their repertoire which comprises their bread and butter in the market. These patterns play out regularly on the chart and because of large sample size, can be calculated for average probability/profitability.


Variations on this question have been sparking arguments in my comments sporadically since I joined Crypto Twitter. As with many arguments, this one is characterized by plenty of opinions, a few personal attacks and very little real information. This article is aimed at clearing up an all-too-common misconception.

First, allow me to state that no, trading is not gambling if done properly.

As we will see, there is a difference between proper trading and gambling, and even historically profitable traders can be gamblers without realizing it. …

I Draw Charts (David Holt)

I write about trading, investing and cryptocurrency. Contact IDrawCharts@protonmail.com

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