Invest like a trader

Here is my book: "Invest like a trader". I finally decided to create this book based on my blog and experience investing, trading and coding. It is an introduction to my view on investing. For the next few days you can get a free copy on Amazon:

This book is for you if you are an investor looking to learn a more trading-like approach to investing. Buy and hold investing has become buy and pray investing, with countless sleepless nights. A more trading-like approach to investing puts you back into control of your investments and it can be a lot of fun. After reading this book you should be more able to build and grow your investment account consistently.

Link to the e-book:
Let me know what you think after reading the book. You can contact me via email or on social media. Even better, you can leave a review on Amazon.

Seven ways to invest in Gold and Silver

In the previous post, I talked about why I invest in Gold and Silver. I explained that I mostly buy Silver coins, but there are many ways to invest in Gold, Silver and other precious metals such as Platinum and Palladium.
Here are seven ways to invest and trade in precious metals:
Own and store physical Gold and Silver coins or bars, aka bullion, yourselfRemote storageSpendable Gold and SilverGold and Silver ETFs aka paper Gold and SilverGold and Silver mining ETFsGold and Silver FuturesGold and Silver CFDs Bullion Storing your coins and bars in your own vault is like owning your own private keys in Crypto terms. There are many similarities between owning your own Cryptos fully in your own wallet and holding Gold and Silver in your own vault.
Just the same, security is your own responsibility. In both cases, you are in full control of your money. You are not dependent on banks and other third parties. On the flip side, you are fully responsible yourself for keeping your money/assets s…

Why I buy Gold and Silver

I own crypto currencies, because I have come to the conclusion that money as we know it today is no longer sustainable. I have come to this conclusion during the crisis of 2008. At that time I had the intuition / the gut feeling something was wrong not only with our financial system, but more specifically with our money. It took a few years of researching and investigating until I figured it out. The thing is, part of me did not want to believe it was true. And for a long time I did not act upon the intuition and knowledge I had. That changed last year when I decided to put my money where my mouth is and I started to accumulate crypto currencies. Cryptos align perfectly with my expertises: coding and trading. So I went for it... And with success.

Now I want to diversify my holdings more by adding Gold and Silver to it. I buy Gold and Silver as a hedge or insurance against the undwindled money printing of all of the governments / central banks of the world. Money, or actually, currenc…

Why I am a trader and investor and why you might wanna be one too

I am a coder by day and trader by night! Coding is my day job. I am fully aware that only having a job will not allow me to provide for my family and myself consistently in the long run. This is because most of the western societies are setup in a way to be more and more disadvantageous towards the working middle class. I do not need to be a billionaire to be happy, but our society is becoming more and more binary. It seems that one can either be rich or poor, in which case I opt to be rich, or at least hedge myself against being poor. Trading and investing are my hedge against this trend.

The super rich and us Below are two videos from the BBC documentary "The Super Rich and Us". It clearly illustrates and explains the polarization of wealth distribution in our current society. Here is a catchy quote from the documentary:

There are the haves, the haves not and the haves yachts! But actually we seem to be heading for a society where there are only haves not and haves yachts

Build your Crypto portfolio following the marketcap using Coincube

One of the most difficult things about investing in and trading cryptocurrencies, is the enormous choice in coins and tokens. Which ones should you hold and how much? Like most people, I guess, I have a couple of accounts on exchanges like Gdax, Bitstamp, Poloniex, Bittrex, and  HitBTC. So how much do you hold on each exchange? And what if you have some holdings on a wallet outside of an exchange? Introducing Coincube I have been looking for a way to manage all these holdings and accounts. I used spreadsheets and tools like blockfolio. I did ok, but it was a lot of work keeping track and to keep adjusting my portfolio as markets change. A few months back I came across  Coincube. Coincube is a free service, that lets you connect your exchange accounts and wallet so you can manage them as one portfolio.
Coincube lets you: connect trading accounts for automatic tradingset your portfolio to follow the market cap of the top 5, 10, 20, 30 or 50 coinsset an ethereum based portfolioset your o…

Start blogging on Steemit

OK, so I have my personal blog on trading, coding and crypto currencies on for a few years now. All is well. I love sharing what I know and the ads on the site make me a little cash. Unfortunately, most of the revenues go to the advertising companies like Google Adsense. They are like the man in the middle taking the biggest cut for organizing the infrastructure. To be honest I don't really want to put ads on the site. Many people us adblockers anyway. Still my time, knowledge and the content I offer are valuable, so some sort of reward is valid. I think that also the ads on my site need to be super relevant and supporting my content and need to give my readers something of value. Therefore I am experimenting with affiliate ads of products I use my self and that I write about. Still wouldn't it be nice if I could just be rewarded for my writings them selves? Yes, it would, but how?
Well, Steemit might be the solution. If you are reading this post on S…

A look at my Trading profile

I have had an account at Etoro for a few months now and the returns are pretty good. In this video, I will show you my profile and explain how I select my portfolio. If you want to check out my profile yourself you can go to

Update Sept 2018: I no longer have an active account at Etoro. I had an active account for a period of one year and made an ROI of about 10%. I made a withdrawal as I need the invested money for other things.

Keeping my cryptos secure with the Ledger Nano S

I just received the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet. As my crypto portfolio is growing I thought it was time to buy a hardware wallet. I will make some follow up videos on how I set it up.

Ledger Nano attestation security demo The Ledger Nano S came packaged without a seal and just had some foil rapping. If you watched my video you know I was a bit suprised about that. But all was soon cleared up as I opened the packaging and read the "Dit you notice?" message. Here is the video I mention and that explains how your Ledger Nano S is verified each time you connect it.

Link to learn more about genuine Ledgerwallets:

Making the Ledger Nano S connect on Ubuntu
Setting up de Nano S is easy. I just followed the instructions on screen and I looked at After setup was done I tried to connect the Nano S to the browser wallet, but it did not connect. A quick search found me the solution at…

Lend out crypto currencies for passive returns

Did you know you can make interest on your Crypto currency holdings by lending them out? In this post and video I show you how I do this and why.

Why? Here are some of the reasons why I lend a portion of my crypto holdings.

Passive returns
Earning interest on your crypto currency holdings is almost just like any other loan. You don't have to actively trade to make a return on investment. Also if you hodle coins, this is a way to make some extra passive income on your holdings.High yields possible
Some coins offer at times extremely high yields, but most of the times just high yields. BTC can be loaned out at an average rate of 7% per year or more and the US-Dollar mostly above 20% annually.

Of course with high yields come higher risks, then with your average savings account. Basically there are two types of risks that you are opening yourself up to:

Counter party risk
- Lending out your crypto currency on an exchange means you will lose control over your private keys as you need to ho…

Getting into crypto currencies and block chain technology

It was in 2011 that I first picked up on something like Bitcoin as a digital currency. In 2013 my brother and I decided to buy some of this digital currency via a US based startup: Coinbase. I finally did not buy any, because ultimately I decided it was all a load of hot air, a bubble. My brother decided to try his luck and bought bitcoins worth of 50 USD. He made a backup of his Coinbase wallet and then forgot about it. Then Coinbase got hacked and all wallets were stolen. anyone without a backup just lost all their money. And I was thinking, I was right to call this a scam.

The internet of value Fast forward to today and I can say how wrong I was to think this. Today I understand that block chain technology and crypto currencies are not (always) a scam. In fact, I believe the underlying technology will change the way we run our economies, the same way the internet and mobile devices changed the way we communicate. I believe that block chain technology will facilitate the internet o…

Meanreversion and Breakout research on the EURUSD

Below is a snapshot of some trading research I have been doing.
By no means this is a trade-able strategy as is, but it does show two of the basic trading principles:

Mean reversion
This is the principle that price tends to return to it's mean after it has moved away from it. Breakout
This is the principle that price tends to break away once it has moved more then a certain percentage usually after a period of consolidation.
The mean reversion strategy The strategy that I researched is simple. If the EURUSD moves up by more then 0.5% in one day, then the next day we will go short and close the position by the end of day. And vice versa if the price moves down by more then 0,5%, then we go long and close the position again at the next day's close.
The break out strategy The researched strategy again is very simple. When price moves up by more then 1% in a day, we go long the next day until the close of the next day. And when price moves down by 1% or more, we go short.
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