- Michael Novograz, CEO of Galaxy Digital, was asked about the biggest trading mistakes people make on the latest episode of Anthony Pompliano’s Off Chain podcast
- He said that rushing in; not observing what was happening on the margins, and focusing on short-term strategies were the most common and costly mistakes.
- Novogratz said Bitcoin’s rise will depend on its deflation.
Michael Novogratz, founder and CEO of crypto-focused merchant bank Galaxy Digital, detailed the most common and costly mistakes market traders make today, and underlined his current lack of confidence in Bitcoin
Novogratz is a former Goldman Sachs partner, and spent his early career trading currencies and observing emerging markets.
But with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies emulating stocks and other assets right now, Pompliano also wanted to know what the biggest mistakes traders make are, and how they can be avoided. Here’s how Novagratz replied:
Novotgratz went on to provide an example of a racing track stock, Churchill Downs (CHDN) which owns the annual Kentucky Derby. “It went from $160 to $80 in the past six weeks,” he said. Even if the Kentucky Derby is cancelled—and they made $100 million a year on the Derby—it was a $5 billion company, now worth half as much. You do your homework, with companies like that; you find out where the value is, he said, and even if it jumps right away, you don’t need to sell it.
But what of Bitcoin? “I don’t think we’ll see an acceleration of Bitcoin unless we see there’s deflation,” said Novogratz. He was referring to Bitcoin’s revolutionary halving mechanism, where the number of coins that can be produced diminishes over time. The next halving is in 52 days.
Last week, when Bitcoin touched a new yearly low of $5,301, Novogratz tweeted that confidence in the cryptocurrency had evaporated.
In fact, he attempted to warn crypto investors that a black swan event, such as the coronavirus crisis, could be very bearish for Bitcoin. On March 1, he tweeted that investors tend to liquidate all their assets during such events.
As well as Galaxy Digital, Novogratz also has a private equity business. So what’s he backing right now, Pompliano asked.
“We’ve been looking at food,” Novogratz replied. “People have to keep eating.”