Bitstamp is a trading platform, and we want to help you navigate the world of trading in order to take full advantage of our platform.

If you are new to trading, you will find articles that describe the difference between technical and fundamental analysis (hint: technical analysis is a study of market trends and fundamental analysis attempts to evaluate an asset’s true value), why dollar cost averaging is the preferred investing method of many retails or the definition of certain common terms (like FOMO, or whales).

You can also locate our introductory articles to candlestick charts and chart patterns (including continuation patterns and reversal chart patterns) as well as the ones on trendlines, support and resistance.

If you are trying to take the next step in your trading journey, we also have articles for you. You can browse our articles on Bollinger bands, Ichimoku clouds, Elliot wave theory and even Fibonacci retracements and extensions.

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Common crypto order types
Common crypto order types
Trading crypto at an exchange is done by using buy and sell orders. These orders are simple contracts that allow you to specify which crypto you want to buy, how much of it and for what price. Alternatively, you can enter what you want to sell and the conditions under which you are willing to sell it.
Crypto investment terms 101
Crypto investment terms 101
When entering the world of crypto investment for the first time, you may find yourself bombarded with terminology that makes little sense to the average person. In order to grow comfortable with this jargon, an introduction to crypto-specific terms can be useful.
How does a crypto exchange work?
How does a crypto exchange work?
An exchange is a place where individuals or companies can trade currencies, securities, commodities and more. A cryptocurrency exchange allows you to easily trade one cryptocurrency for another (that’s a crypto-to-crypto exchange) or fiat money for cryptocurrencies (a fiat-to-crypto exchange).
How to use Fibonacci retracements and extensions?
How to use Fibonacci retracements and extensions?
There are lots of tools used in technical analysis to help predict the future of market trends. Among them are Fibonacci retracements and extensions, which are tools based on a string of numbers called the Fibonacci sequence.
Inflationary vs deflationary currencies
Inflationary vs deflationary currencies
The basic properties of some currencies make them lose value over time. For these currencies, holding them long-term (or “HODLing,” as we say in crypto slang) invariably means you will end up with less than you started with. But why does this happen?
Introduction to chart patterns
Introduction to chart patterns
Candlestick charts are among the most popular representations of technical analysis data. In order to be able to fully utilize candlestick charts to predict upcoming trends, a trader (or investor) must be familiar with different patterns that candlesticks form on charts and what they could potentially signal. In this article, we will cover the basics about chart patterns.
Retail, institutional and high-frequency trading
Retail, institutional and high-frequency trading
The crypto market caters to many types of investors, from those trading in their spare time to full-time investors. The advent of technology brings investment opportunities into our homes. Nowadays everyone can easily become a retail trader (a non-professional investor). The investment options that used to be reserved only for institutional investors (professional traders and companies) are no longer limited to the exclusive elite. Even advanced high-frequency trading (or HFT) is now available to just about everyone.
The underlying value of blockchains
The underlying value of blockchains
Cryptocurrencies have been making headlines for their frequent sharp rises in value. But their value far transcends what the coins and tokens are worth in fiat. Cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology pave the way for a new and better world.
Understanding Tradeview
Understanding Tradeview
Tradeview is Bitstamp’s comprehensive tool for tracking and analyzing the state of the market. It consists of several elements, namely a trading chart, trades box, depth chart and order book. If you are logged in to your account, the Tradeview also features an interface that allows you to place new orders and displays an overview of your open orders.
What are bilateral chart patterns?
What are bilateral chart patterns?
Chart patterns are used to predict whether the price of an asset is going to rise or fall. But not all patterns are quite as straightforward as this sounds. Some are not clearly bullish or bearish, nor do they strictly indicate a trend continuation or reversal trend. Such patterns are known as bilateral chart patterns.
What are Bollinger bands?
What are Bollinger bands?
Bollinger bands are a type of indicator used in technical analysis, developed by John Bollinger in the 1980s. They consist of a moving average in the middle and two trading bands on the sides; one running above and one below the moving average.
What are bulls and bears?
What are bulls and bears?
Market trends are subject to numerous variables, which makes them difficult to predict. But some patterns do show up over and over again. Traders use these patterns to make predictions and profit, regardless of which way the market is going.
What are candlestick patterns?
What are candlestick patterns?
In the article on what are candlesticks, we explained the basic concept of candlesticks and their individual shapes. The next step is to familiarize yourself with a variety of candlestick patterns. Candlestick patterns consist of just a few candlesticks, as opposed to chart patterns, which are made up of dozens to even hundreds of candlesticks.
What are candlesticks in trading?
What are candlesticks in trading?
Candlesticks have been used in technical analysis in finance since they were first employed by rice merchants in 18th-century Japan. They remain one of the most popular methods of representing financial market data. This is most likely due to their informative value and ease of interpretation.
What are continuation chart patterns?
What are continuation chart patterns?
Chart patterns are often used in technical analysis to determine price changes and directions. These patterns are usually divided into those that indicate that a market trend will continue, those that predict a trend reversal and those which could go either way. In this article, you will learn about continuation chart patterns and what to keep an eye on while trading them. Reversal chart patterns and bilateral chart patterns are covered in other articles.
What are long-term trading methods?
What are long-term trading methods?
This article will focus on long-term trading methods. This style of trading involves far fewer trades and consequently requires less time input compared to short-term trading, making long-term trading very popular. The time duration between individual trades (buying and selling an asset) lasts anywhere from several weeks to up to a decade.
What are moving averages?
What are moving averages?
In technical analysis, moving averages are highly popular indicators. They help smooth out the price action by filtering out the “noise,” which is an expression used to refer to random short-term fluctuations in price. In terms of indicator type, moving averages are lagging indicators because they are based on past prices.
What are pump and dump schemes?
What are pump and dump schemes?
In investment circles there are several elaborate methods with which scammers try to exploit unsuspecting traders. This article exposes one such method that is frequently used in unregulated investment markets, such as the cryptocurrency market – the pump and dump scheme.