As the new year of 2018 is fast approaching, I decided it's the right time to review my current investment strategies and goals. Planning ahead is a great strategy and investments in crypto-investments are no exceptions.

Now if you have been following my blog for a while, you might already know - I started to invest in cryptocurrencies in July 2017, after experienced my first FOMO. Also, it should be noted that crypto investments take just a part of my broader investment portfolio, which, right now, consists of stocks, mutual funds, cash and peer to peer lending.

Remember - investments are risky, never invest more you can afford to lose.

I would call my investments in crypto as experimental. Despite I was looking to keep just 5% of the total portfolio in crypto assets, by now, writing these lines, crypto takes already about 10% of the total portfolio. And it seems it could rise to about 20-25% in 2018.  I keep investing on a monthly basis using dollar cost averaging

Investment Portfolio

Investment Portfolio

By now (November 2017), this experiment has turned into a lovely +36.76% value growth in just 5 months. Awesome. Despite being one of the smallest parts of my portfolio crypto investments have returned the highest returns. Double Awesome. 

For acquiring coins (bitcoin, ethereum and litecoin) I'm using Coinbase.com exchange.

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For acquiring other altcoins I'm using Poloniex.com exchange, which I like because of another reason - lending out bitcoins, see: Invest in Cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum and other) Peer to Peer Lending - Poloniex.com

Currently, in 2017, I hold following coins - bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and ripple. 

TOP 10 Crypto Coins I'm looking to acquire in 2018

For 2018 I have decided to buy and hold about 10 cryptocurrencies with the largest market cap, according to Coinmarketcap

  Name Ticker Exchange
1 Bitcoin BTC Coinbase
2 Ethereum ETH Coinbase
3 Ripple XRP Poloniex
4 Litecoin LTC Coinbase
5 Dash DASH Poloniex
6 IOTA MIOTA Bitfinex
7 Monero XMR Poloniex
8 NEO NEO Bitfinex
9 NEM XEM Poloniex
10 ZCASH ZEC Poloniex

Unfortunately, not all coins from my list are supported on Poloniex exchange, and for acquiring IOTA and NEO coins seems I will have to open an account at Bitfinex.

In fact, both Poloniex.com and Bitfinex are two exchanges I like the most, probably because of the reason they are supported at Coinlend, another great tool in hands of greedy crypto investor - an automatic bot which lends out coins. See: CoinLend.org Review - Automating Cryptocurrency Lending Free Bot Investor

For 2018 I'm planning to spend EUR 2400 in total (EUR 200 per month) for acquiring new coins. By now I have no clue how it will end. 36% growth seems very humble when speaking about crypto investments, as in 2017 we have seen soaring 1000+% growth rates. Anyway, I will stick with a modest + 30%-50% growth. Sure it could go the other direction as well, and probably I could end 2018 being a hodler with a negative -90%. You never know!

Remember - investments are risky, never invest more you can afford to lose.

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