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When is the best time to buy altcoins?

When is the best time to buy altcoins?

With the frequent changes in the price of various cryptocurrencies, investors must understand that altcoins often undergo multiple days or weeks of correction while maintaining an overall uptrend. This may seem illogical, but it is a critical market cycle phase characterized by extended and steeper upward movements.

For observant traders, a consolidation during this phase is a strategic point for re-entry before the upward surge resumes. 

The rationale behind this approach becomes more apparent when we draw parallels to historical patterns, particularly those observed at the close of 2015 and the conclusion of 2019, as crypto specialist Michaël van de Poppe highlighted in his post on X on November 19.

An example of Ethereum

Poppe suggests a notable example is Ethereum’s (ETH) trajectory in 2015, surging from $1 to $14, eventually reaching an impressive $1,400 in 2017. 

While some may argue that such returns are a thing of the past, it is entirely plausible that current projects, initially yielding 5-10x returns at the onset of this bull cycle, are just getting started.

Ethereum’s price surge trajectory throughout time.  Source: Michaël van de Poppe
Ethereum’s price surge trajectory throughout time. Source: Michaël van de Poppe

In the early stages of these upward movements, corrections of multiple days often bring prices back to higher timeframe support zones. Rather than being causes for concern, these corrections represent suitable entry points. 

Reflecting on the 2020 DeFi summer, which could resurface in 2024, we witnessed similar correction phases during the bullish run.

Zooming in on the specific price actions, ETH experienced corrections ranging from 30-50% before reaching its peak. Such fluctuations are not strange but natural to market dynamics when viewed on shorter timeframes like 1-hour, 4-hour, or 15-minute charts.

Effectively navigating through these fluctuations involves identifying and leveraging higher timeframe support entries. Comparing the price action of Ethereum with that of current projects like ChainLink (LINK) reveals that the latter may only exhibit a modest 20% correction or even less.

In such cases, a correction of 30% could further clarify the trend, presenting a compelling entry opportunity.

ChainLink’s current price correction.  Source: Michaël van de Poppe
ChainLink’s current price correction. Source: Michaël van de Poppe

This development is also highlighted by cryptocurrency analyst Ali Martinez, who claims that LINK may see a reset to a price of $14 before continuing its price rise to $20, as highlighted in his post on November 20.

Current example in Arbitrum

As per Coin98 Analytics, ARB is currently experiencing one of the highest daily counts on Layer2 when it comes to adding the new non-fungible tokens (NFT), which could aid it in breaking from its current price.

Arbitrum’s current correction phase.  Source: Michaël van de Poppe
Arbitrum’s current correction phase. Source: Michaël van de Poppe

As seen from the previous examples, investors should not be deterred by altcoins undergoing corrections in the 30-50% range; as per Poppe, now may be the time to seek entry points and look to capitalize on the unfolding opportunities.

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