Veteran Trader Peter Brandt Reveals His Secrets to Trading Uncertain Markets

By Aaron Feuerstein January 30, 2024 In Cryptocurrency, Cryptos
  • Crypto trader Peter Brandt highlights the return of the “Hump…Slump…Pump…Dump” pattern in volatile markets, where inexperienced investors often buy high during speculative surges and sell low in subsequent crashes.
  • Brandt emphasises the importance of strategic over emotional investing, advising against impulsive decisions like buying high and selling low.
  • He particularly highlights the value of education, long-term perspectives, emotional discipline, and studying historical market patterns to navigate volatile markets like those characterised by the HSPD cycle.

“Hump with a Slump then a Pump and a Dump”

Crypto and prop trader Peter Brandt explains his strategy for navigating uncertain market conditions similar to the current ones. Brandt says a familiar price behaviour is back, what he calls the Hump…Slump…Pump…Dump or HSPD for short.

This pattern is often associated with market manipulation or speculative bubbles and is particularly common in less regulated markets or with assets that are prone to high volatility and speculation, like certain cryptocurrencies.

The “Hump” is an initial rise in asset price, often due to positive influences. This is followed by a “Slump,” a period of price correction or decline. Afterward, a “Pump” occurs, marked by a significant and rapid price increase, frequently driven by speculation. The cycle ends with a “Dump,” a sharp price fall, often leaving the price lower than the initial hump.

HSPD price behaviour, source: Peter Brandt/ TradingView

He suggests that inexperienced investors, referred to as “Chumps,” often fall victim to the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) during the Pump phase. They buy in during the rapid price increase, hoping to capitalise on the trend.


Lessons to be Learned

In basic terms, inexperienced investors or those acting on impulse end up buying assets when their prices are at their peak because they fear missing out on the potential gains. Then, when the prices sharply fall, they panic and sell their assets, often at a loss. This cycle of buying high and selling low is the opposite of profitable investing strategies and can lead to significant financial losses.

Brandt likely intended to make investors aware of these patterns and the HSPD cycle to become more strategic rather than emotional investors. Investors can take some pointers from Brandt here:

  • Education and Awareness: Investors should educate themselves about market patterns, which HSPD is just one of. Understanding these cycles can help in making more informed decisions.
  • Avoid FOMO-Based Decisions: Keep your impulses in check and don’t succumb to making decisions based on FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). This is especially true during fast moving phases like when the markets pump and dump.
  • Long-Term Perspective: Long-term investing is more sustainable than chasing after fast gains. Also following trends when it’s too late will lead to a ‘buying the top’ scenario.
  • Emotional Discipline: It’s important to keep a cool head – sometimes it’s better to stay out of the markets altogether when they seem overheated.
  • Study Historical Patterns: Study markets and look for patterns, history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes. You may not be able to predict exact outcomes but these patterns can function as guard rails.

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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