How not to fall victim to FOMO?

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4 min readFeb 28, 2023

Today we want to talk about what probably every cryptocurrency investor has experienced at least once in their life, i.e. FOMO.

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a strong emotion that can lead to hasty investment decisions. In order to avoid FOMO and make rational investment decisions, it is worth remembering a few rules:

Establish an investment strategy:
Before investing, it is a good idea to think carefully about your investment goals and establish an investment strategy. It is important not to make decisions based on emotions, but on goals and long-term strategy.

Research the market and invested projects:
Before investing in any cryptocurrency, it is worth researching the market and projects in which you intend to invest. Read project documents, market analysis, opinions of experts and cryptocurrency communities to understand exactly what you are doing and what the prospects for a given cryptocurrency or project are.

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Only invest what you can lose:
Cryptocurrency investments are always risky, so it’s important to only invest what you can afford to lose. It’s not worth falling into FOMO traps and risking everything you have.

Don’t compare yourself to others:
Every trader has their own investment goals and strategies, so it’s not worth comparing your performance with other traders. It’s important to focus on your strategy and goals, not what others are doing.

Don’t make hasty decisions:
If you feel like you’re missing out on an opportunity, it’s worth stopping and thinking carefully about your decision. It’s not worth making hasty decisions just because you want to grab a bargain.

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In the cryptocurrency market, there have been many cases of FOMO, which have led to rapid price increases and even more rapid decreases. One of the biggest cases of FOMO was probably the cryptocurrency craze in late 2017.

Within a few months, the price of bitcoin has increased by more than 1,900%, and many other cryptocurrencies have seen even greater increases. Many people fell into the FOMO trap and invested their savings in cryptocurrencies, expecting their value to only grow.
Unfortunately, this madness did not last forever, and in January 2018 there was a sharp drop in cryptocurrency prices. Within a few days, the prices of many cryptocurrencies fell by half, and some lost as much as 80–90% of their value.

The consequences for investors were catastrophic. Many people have lost significant portions of their savings and some have gone bankrupt. This shows how dangerous it can be to fall into the FOMO trap and make investment decisions based on emotions rather than rational analysis and strategy.

When making investment decisions, you should be rational and carefully analyze the market and future trends, and not rely only on forecasts. It is also worth noting that some cryptocurrency predictions have been wrong in the past, and the actual prices turned out to be completely different than expected. That’s why it’s always important to only invest what you can afford to lose, and not risk your savings in the hope of making a quick profit.

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If an investor has already fallen victim to FOMO and made an impulsive investment decision, there are several steps they can take to reduce the damage:

Do not make further impulsive decisions — you should calm down and avoid making further investment decisions under the influence of emotions.

Evaluation of your wallet — it is worth taking a close look at your cryptocurrency wallet and assessing whether new investments are in line with a specific investment strategy.

Controlling emotions — it is worth controlling your emotions, avoiding panic and making rational decisions.

Don’t sell on impulse — it’s hard to predict how events in the cryptocurrency market will unfold, so it’s worth keeping calm and not selling on impulse. It is worth relying on your investment plan and strategy, not on emotions.

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Learning for the future — it is worth carefully analyzing your situation to avoid similar mistakes in the future and make rational investment decisions based on a solid analysis of the market and cryptocurrency trends.

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