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Position yourself for the next bull market
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Now onto this week’s post…
Unless you were on a digital detox last week, you probably saw the turmoil in the crypto market. To recap, we saw UST and LUNA plummet in value and wipe out an unprecedented ~$50B in market cap over the course of just three days. This caused panic across all of crypto and massive sell-offs of basically every other crypto asset.
Combine this event with ongoing macroeconomic issues like the war in Ukraine, historic levels of inflation, rising interest rates, and an uptick in layoffs, and it’s increasingly clear that we’re entering a bear market.
While the mood may feel bleak, it’s times like these that offer the best opportunity to position yourself for the next bull market.
If you want to learn more about what happened with UST and LUNA, last Friday we hosted a community discussion about it. Check out the recording (token-gated) to learn how it caused ripple effects across the broader crypto market:
Crypto as a technology is still extremely early in its adoption cycle. And because it’s effectively creating a new permissionless economy, there’s a lot of money involved, which means it’s inherently risky from a financial standpoint.
When times are good, you’ll hear about people who put all their funds on the line and strike it rich. But those anecdotes can easily transform into cautionary tales when the winds of the market shift.
In web3, you can’t help but become an investor. Even if you’re just earning money completing bounties for DAOs, you can suddenly find yourself holding a basket of volatile tokens.
During a bull run, it can be exciting to watch your portfolio of tokens suddenly shoot up in value. It’s easy to get caught up in the euphoria and inadvertently over-extend yourself. This can make the inevitable market correction all the more painful.
When the downturn does come it can sting. It’s tempting to ruminate on your choices and feel a sense of shame. The whole thing can make you simply want to turn your attention away from crypto so you don’t have to think about it. But this too can be a mistake.
Downturns are when the noise quiets from the market and the real builders start launching projects. While they may get less buzz and attention, these are the projects that will be positioned to take advantage of the next bull run. In order to spot them, though, you need to maintain your focus and keep learning, even if it’s uncomfortable.
Bull and bear markets come and go, but the knowledge and relationships you build are what will help you weather any market cycle.
Recommended Reads and Listens
Terra: To the Moon and Back
Jon Wu explains how the de-peg of UST disrupted the entire Terra blockchain.
How to Make $800m in Crypto, Soros Style
OnChainWizard breaks down how the UST attackers pulled it off.
The Biggest COLLAPSE in Crypto History
The guys from the Bankless podcast provide some historical context to the events of the past week.
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