Bittrex Upcoming Wallet Removal Reminders

Markets are already gone; soon the wallets will be, too. Be sure to move these bittrex coins because their wallets will be removed.

Markets are already gone; soon the wallets will be, too. Be sure to move these bittrex coins because their wallets will be removed.

Bittrex Coin Reminders

The following coins and wallets are being removed in the near future on Bittrex, so if you have any of these coins there, you need to remove them. Note that these are coins whose markets have already been removed from Bittrex, so your Gunbot should not be trying to trade these. If it is, then your Gunbot is probably broken and not trading at all anyway.

By December 20th, 2018
https://bittrex.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001451483-Wallet-Removal-on-December-20-2018
INFX
PDC
PKB
SNRG
TRIG

By December 31st, 2018
https://bittrex.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001475906-Wallet-Removal-on-December-31-2018
CLUB
PXI
RBY
SPR
XVC

By January 10, 2019
https://bittrex.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001486426-Wallet-Removal-on-January-10-2019
BCY
BLITZ
CLAM
ERC
TRUST

Last day for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Gunbot deals

50% off and Lifetime Bachelor for Ultimate upgrade have been the most popular so far – some still don’t know that they can trade in their previous Gunbot purchases – Gunbot Standard and Gunbot Pro – towards Gunbot Ultimate.

Gunbot University is throwing in LIFETIME Bachelor subscription – worth ~$1000 ($89/month forever) with any Gunbot Ultimate purchase or upgrade!

50 Off gunbot licenses at gunbotuniversity.com

That’s right — UPGRADE 2 ULTIMATE

upgrade 2 ultimate trade in what you spent on standard or pro

Think about it.

  1. Bitcoin price is at historic lows
  2. 50% off Gunbot prices
  3. You can trade in your current Gunbot and reap your investment back
  4. You believe crypto is going to take off, right?

Now – TODAY – is the perfect time to upgrade your Gunbot to get this amazing deal.

With Gunbot Ultimate v11, you get

  • 10 Exchanges
  • Trading View add-on
  • Backtesting add-on
  • Cryptosight telegram bot
  • GBU Lifetime Bachelors ($1000)
  • FREE BITMEX license when it comes out later this year

Did I forget to mention Bitmex?  Ooops.  Yeah, you get free Bitmex license if you buy Gunbot license now.

Sample walkthrough of the discount –

Let’s say you bought Gunbot Standard for 0.1 BTC.

Gunbot Ultimate 0.3 BTC
Trade-in discount: (-0.1 BTC)
subtotal: 0.2 BTC
Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount: (-0.1 BTC)
Total: 0.1 BTC

You need to contact CryptoWally or Poy via Telegram, the chat on the website or use the feedback form on the site to validate your existing purchase so we can give you the discount.

Only a few hours left!

 

Conquer the Bear

With the market doing what it’s doing (once again), and given that we’ve had a few new faces join us (welcome!), I’d like to take this opportunity to make a few statements that will be familiar to those “Crypto Veterans” that have been around for a few of these, may serve as a much-needed boost for those who are new, and may just be common sense for the rest.

Conquer the Bear

In the GBU Newbie Special, Part 1 (https://gbu.run/newbie1) (for GBU Subscribers only) which is the first half of a three hour long video series Introduction to Gunbot for GBU Subscribers only (there are timestamps to get you right to specific topics if you don’t want to watch the entire three hours), the very first topic after the required disclaimer involves setting expectations:

Setting Expectations and Examining Motivations

Setting Expectations - examine motivations

If you go into something with the proper expectations, when things like this extreme bear market happens, not only are you prepared, but you’re simply better off.  I’m sure we all have our reasons for why we have Gunbot and why we got into crypto, but more likely than not, it has something to do with disruption of some kind  – disruption of the banking system – disintermediation of one industry or another.  Maybe you wanted to get rich because you heard of someone else doing so.  Or maybe it was the technology you love.

Why DID you get into crypto?  Is it the same reason you got into Gunbot? (and if you’re not into Gunbot, contact us and we can help answer questions  – either hit the chat button down below or go to https://gbu.run/feedback).

The Wild West

setting expectations - wild west

After you have your motivations in check – you probably should see where you are, time-wise.  We’re in crypto.  The industry itself hasn’t even been around for a decade.  So few people know about crypto, care about crypto, own crypto or are involved in crypto.  We are in the early days, and we’re still in the Wild West.

The Wild West was conquered by pioneers who didn’t wait for a fur-lined stagecoach with safe cities and established guidelines.  There were snakes and Native Americans and dysentery and harsh times.  Many got “rekt”.  The ones who didn’t wait not only satisfied their wild adventurist nature but also gained the opportunity of prestige, land and the joy of “being first.”

Gunbot, and Crypto in general, is for those kinds of people.  Frontiersmen who appreciate luxury but don’t require it.  For they know there’s gold in “them thar hills” and are willing to go through a lot to get to it first.

Bear Market Veterans

bear market - veteran

Become a veteran

If you’re new to this space, you might be kicking yourself… as you might have bought in with Bitcoin at an all-time high (ATH).  You are earning your battle scars right now.  We’re still early, with such a low percentage of the world citizens aware of crypto, owning crypto and trading crypto.  The fact that you 1) are aware, 2) own, 3) trade, 4) own gunbot* and 5) are improving your education here at GBU… these are all amazing indicators for your future.  It won’t be long until you are the veteran.  This space moves fast, and is growing even faster.  New people are coming in, new FIAT is coming in (where else is it going to go?) and the more veterans we have to help guide them, the better.  Help continue the education.

  • again, possibly – unless you don’t, in which case, reach out and we can help.

Key takeaways

Some important things I’d like everyone to remember:

  • It’s only a loss if you sell. Paper losses are temporary.
  • https://gbu.run/calm – worth your time to read
  • If you bot with money you don’t stress about, then you won’t stress so much during these times. Conversely, if you’re botting with money you need, then you will definitely stress about botting. Therefore, _don’t bot the rent money_.
  • If you’re thinking of selling your crypto, try to remember how thin the order books are.  What this means is — the representation of “price” on coinmarketcap.com or any of the sites that report price is based on the order book, and is subject to heavy manipulation.  The price can move in an instant due to volume, big whales, unregulated markets, and heavy hands who know what they’re doing dominating a lot of people who don’t know what they’re doing.  Try not to be one of the people who don’t know what they’re doing.  If you *know* what you’re doing when you sell your crypto, then by all means, sell, especially if it’s at a profit, or if it’s for another crypto that makes sense for you.
  • If it can go down this fast, it can also go up this fast.  And you don’t have to just imagine – just look at the history.  This exact thing has happened several times in the past, and every time, it has done so over and over, and then risen again even higher.  So, if money is your thing, maybe waiting it out is a good play.

Earn your crypto

If you want to earn crypto, you can always do so at GBU – we not only have an affiliate program at https://gbu.run/affiliate where by referring people to Gunbot University, you can earn affiliate bonuses, but also we reward content creators, so if you’re interested in writing articles or making videos about Gunbot, we pay in crypto (revenue share model).

 

Poloniex Delisting Coins 2018-09-25 and where to move them

Be sure to move these poloniex coins because they have been delisted

Be sure to move these poloniex coins because they have been delisted

Be sure to move* these Poloniex coins because they have been delisted:

On This Page: What happened?
Do you have these coins?
Might want to stop botting them ASAP
If you want to move your coins
Move your coins to Gunbot-supported exchange
Move your coins to non-Gunbot supported exchange
Move your coins to a Wallet
Selling off your Delisted Coins
Alternatives
Double-Up
Arbitrage
Summary

What happened?

According to a blog post from Team Circle / Poloniex on Tuesday, September 18th, “Poloniex to delist eight assets on September 25th”.  They reference another Help Center article for more information about their delisting process as well.

Do you have these coins?

The first step when you get a notice like this is to find out if you actually own these coins.  The exchange usually sends you an email with your specific holdings of the asset.

Hello, If you are receiving this message, it is because you currently hold a balance in COIN1, COIN2, COIN3, on Poloniex.

However,  even if they don’t, or if the notice gets lost in spam folder, its up to you to make sure you find out if you have any balances and move them, sell them or otherwise handle.

Might want to stop botting them ASAP

If you use this Exchange, you will want to check if you are botting these coins.  If you have no inventory at all, then the suggested course of action is to remove the pairs from your configuration.

If you have inventory, then you have more work to do.  At least consider stopping your Gunbot from buying them.   Here’s why:

When coins get delisted, they drop in value FAST.  When coins drop fast, Gunbot frequently will see that as a buying opportunity, so you may find yourself with inventory of a coin that will be gone soon — Gunbot buys it on the way down, thinking that it will go back up, but of course it doesn’t go back up most of the time.

Therefore, to prevent this, set the BUY_ENABLED: false to avoid such situations.

If you use the GUI, and you have some balance of the coin, go to Setups –> your setup, navigate to the coin(s), then add an override called BUY_ENABLED and make it “false”

That way, you have a chance of selling off your inventory without buying more.

If your strategy has Double Up enabled, then you might want to disable it with a per-coin override as well, otherwise Double Up might kick in — several times, in fact.  However, if you look at the typical behavior of Delisted coins, it is a very frequent occurrence that coins have a LOT of volatility right after the initial dip, so some profits can be had.  More on that in the selling section below.

If you want to move your coins

Second, you may want to decide whether to sell or move your coins.

Move coins to a Gunbot-supported Exchange

If you want to move your coins, as a Gunbotter, you may want to move your coins somewhere that you can still bot your coins.  This means using an exchange that Gunbot supports.  What follows is a handy table listing the current exchanges (up to three) that these coins are still trading and active on.  The ones Gunbot support are highlighted in green and the ones highlighted in red are ones that Gunbot does not support.

Poloniex delisted coins 2018-09-18
click to enlarge

Note that BTM (Bitmark) uses ticker BTM on Poloniex, but “MARKS” on Cryptopia.  BTM is coin Bytom on Cryptopia, so don’t try to move your Bitmark to a Bytom address over there.  Secondly, Cryptopia’s MARKS wallet is in maintenance as of 2018-08-30, so it is unknown if the wallet will come out of maintenance or not.

Generally speaking, if you move your coins to another exchange where you can run Gunbot, you can then configure Gunbot for that pair, and set a BOUGHT_PRICE override to match what you bought the coin for on the previous exchange.

Move Coins to a non-Gunbot Supported Exchange

Sometimes coins that get delisted aren’t supported on exchanges that Gunbot supports.  This is a sign that the coin is in the minor leagues.

If you don’t already have an account on the exchange listed for the coin, you may consider creating an account on the exchange if you have a large number of the coin, and it represents a major financial investment.

Note that creating exchange accounts can represent risk.  Always use different passwords for every account you use, and when possible, even use a different email address.  Always use two-factor authentication.

Moving Coins to a Wallet

If a coin or token is being delisted from an Exchange, there’s a strong likelihood that the coin doesn’t have a strong presence outside of living on exchanges.  This means that installing a wallet on your own in a safe manner is usually going to be an uphill battle.

It’s important to convey the following:

  1. Do not simply google for a wallet for a specific coin – this is one way to get scammed
  2. Do not download any wallet you find and install it on your computer – this is a sure way to get hacked/scammed
  3. Only use verified wallets, and when possible, use hardware wallets.  This drastically limits the coins you can store locally, but that in itself should tell you something.
  4. If you must use multiple, various, widely varied wallets from all over the place, consider learning how to use virtual machines (VMs), ideally on a spare computer that is not your main machine.  Install Windows or Linux and use a different VM for each wallet.  That keeps each wallet separate, secure and it has less chance of infecting or interfering with your real life computer, finances or crypto.

Above all, look at the value of the delisted coins and determine if it’s worth saving those coins and disrupting the rest of your life/crypto/finances to save them.

Selling off your Delisted Coins

Many times, it may be best just to try and get the best price for your delisted coins.  This may be due to how much time you can devote to the project, the timing of what’s going on in your life, the stress it would cause, or many other factors.

For others, the “loss” the sale would represent on paper may be a welcome event for tax purposes.  Be sure to record the sale and keep diligent records in case the exchange does not have the records available later on.  For this purpose, we highly recommend CoinTracking (we have a 10% discount link if you follow https://gbu.run/cointracking)

Be prepared — if this is your first time through this process, you may be in for a shock.  If you’ve been around crypto for a while or not, you may have bought these coins at their peak, and found that you’d be selling these coins at a tiny fraction of their purchase price.  You can measure this in their BTC price (or whatever BASE you used – ETH, XMR, USDT) or the USD value of BTC at the time of the transaction.  Consult your tax advisor for specifics if that is important to you.

Just know that a lot of people are selling off coins, so some people are buying the coins and transferring them to the other places mentioned above, to sell.  Some coins have no-where to go, so there won’t be many buyers for those.  Some coins you might just want to dump as fast as possible.

Alternatives – Double-Up and Arbitrage

If profits are still important to you relating to these delisted coins, and you still have coins left, and they would represent a sizable loss to you, there still is something you might be able to do, if you are comfortable with the risk.

If you look at any coin that was recently delisted – such as this one here (VRC), you can see obvious points where Gunbot could have stepped in and made immense profits:

You’ll see this happen more and more as word spreads – more news gets out, more people log in and sell off their coins, or a market opens up, or the developers lobby for another use case, or all sorts of reactions to what’s going on.  The volatility is intense.

This is where a savvy person who still has coins to try and liquidate can actually do something.

Specific Double-Up example

Here’s one example:

This was Centra (CTR) right before getting delisted on Binance (April 5th, 2018).  The founders of Centra got arrested for fraud and the coin’s price tanked.  Look at “Price per unit” column — the initial buy in February on this coin started at 11,450 satoshis and in less than a month experienced six (6) double-up’s.

Then it sat for almost another month.  When the news hit about the founders, and the price was already down to 1411 satoshis (down 90%!!!) there was a significant amount invested in this bag.

Here were the factors:

  1. A lot was already invested in the coin
  2. The amount invested was done when BTC was a high USD price
  3. The average price was way too high to reasonably expect it to recover
  4. The current price was so low, that not a lot of new investment was needed to drastically reduce the average cost
  5. The current BTC price was a low USD price

Some may wonder why factors #2 and #5 matter — here’s why:  If it’s a win, there’s profit.  If it’s a loss, the loss is significant for tax reasons, without a requirement for having to actually invest a ton more now.

With this example, Gunbot had performed the automatic double-ups, so any double-ups needing done had to be made manually.  The purchase of 1505 CTR was a manual purchase, which brought down the average bought price significantly, but the price kept going down.  When the price hit below 750, another manual purchase of 3010 CTR was made, making for a total of more than 6000 coins.

Then the price rebounded, and Gunbot took over.  It rode the price up to 2662 and sold for a 17% profit!

This, of course, is a risky move — and noone should ever expect such high profits.  But I expect most people would even be happy with getting their money back instead of selling at a massive loss.  And that’s the point of this option.

Arbitrage

Arbitrage is the act of buying something in one place and selling it somewhere else at a higher place.  You may notice that some people just sell off their coins at Poloniex because they only have an account at that one exchange – but you, as a more experienced crypto trader, might happen to know that the coin is also for sale at Cryptopia at a 5% or 10% higher price.

This is where you might be able to make a short lived business buying coins at one place and selling them in the other after transferring.

There are a number of caveats, which include fees, transfer time, and the absolute problem of not knowing that the price will still be good by the time you’ve transferred the coins over to the new place.

Summary

When an exchange Delists a coin, knowing your options can help relieve stress.  Keep these things in mind:

  1. Check exchange for inventory whether they notify you or not.
  2. Set Gunbot to SELL ONLY unless you want more coins
  3. Consider Moving Coins to another Gunbot Exchange
  4. Consider Moving Coins to another non-Gunbot Exchange
  5. Consider Moving Coins to a safe Wallet
  6. Maybe Sell Off at a Loss (confirm the loss)
  7. Maybe Use Double Up or Arbitrage (risky)

 

  • This is not specific Financial Advice.  GBU is not a Financial Advisor

FIRST GBU LIVE Recording is available on website

At long last, we have finally published a GBU LIVE recording on the website — please come check it out.

https://gunbotuniversity.com/2018/05/13/gbulive-2018-05-13/

We covered Reversal Trading in depth, but not before we previewed Gunbot 10, a review of the markets, some coin recommendations before Consensus, our Affiliate program and how to handle FIAT Pairs.  Oh, and after the featured content about Reversal Trading with our guest co-host Master Teacher Poy, we had a robust Q&A session featuring:

  • Why does TSSL have Trail_Me for DU and RT only and not BUY/SELL?
  • Where are the strategies and settings in the slack?
  • What’s the ratio of trading limit and funds reserve?
  • How to choose coins?

You must be logged into the Gunbot University site to view the video.  If you have lost your password or your login / membership does not work, fill out the Feedback form at https://gbu.run/feedback and we will fix it for you – we want to make sure you have reasonable time to access this and other videos as promised.

We will start publishing the back catalog of 30+ other videos shortly.

Professor Wally

Know Your Limits

Know your limits

Configuring Gunbot can be an art, and it can be a science.  One of the most basic configuration elements is setting the proper limits to tell Gunbot how much to trade.  This article explains those basics and then some tips on how to avoid mistakes.

Know your limits

What’s Going On

Gunbot needs to be told what to do.  It needs to know what pairs you want to run, what strategies to run on those pairs, what Telegram account to notify of massive profits, and so much more.

One of the most fundamental pieces of information Gunbot needs to know is your budget.  Some people trade with very low amounts… skirting with the minimum order size that the Exchange will allow, and others trade with amounts that would make most people’s head spin.

In order to tell Gunbot your budget, you don’t tell it the total amount you have to play with, nor will it assume all the crypto you have in your account is fair game and auto-budget itself. It must be told how big each trade should be, and needs to know how to tell if an amount is too small to care about.  These small amounts, also called “dust”, might prevent Gunbot from trading if it’s not told to ignore them.

Limits Explained

Like with any configuration element, your first trip to learn about it should be the official Gunbot wiki.  That’s where the latest intel resides about variables, default settings, strategies and what’s latest in the most recent version.

Let’s see what the wiki has to say about these limits:

Parameter Default value Description
TRADING_LIMIT Strategy dependent Values: numerical – represent an amount in primary trading currency. This value defines the trading limit for limit buy orders placed by Gunbot. A value of 0.001 would place maximum orders of 0.001 BTC when used on a BTC_x pair. Only use whole numbers for fiat pairs.
MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY Strategy dependent Values: numerical – represents the total value of a coins holdings in base currency. Sets a threshold for buy orders. If you own less than the set amount, buy orders will still be placed. This prevents owning very small quantities (dust) blocking buy orders. Only use whole numbers for fiat pairs.
`MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL` Strategy dependent Values: numerical – represents the total value of a coins holdings in base currency. Sets a threshold for sell orders. If you own less than the set amount, sell orders will not be placed and the bot goes into buying mode again.

So, the first thing we learn is that TRADING_LIMIT does not represent your entire budget – it’s the amount Gunbot will trade per pair.  This is important, because every new pair you add to a Gunbot instance can possibly spend at least TRADING_LIMIT amount of your funding currency.

Use funding currency terms

Speaking of funding currency, that’s the second thing we need to know about TRADING_LIMIT  The amount you put as this value needs to be expressed in the same coin as you are using as the funding currency.  In Gunbot, this is the first coin of the pair.  For example, if the pair you run is BTC-OMG , then “BTC” is the Funding Currency (aka “base”) and OMG is the coin you want to buy (aka “quote”).  If your pair is ETH-LTC then Ethereum is your base and LiteCoin is your quote.  In Gunbot’s terms, the base comes first and quote comes second.

Note: As of Gunbot v7, all pairs are denoted in “BASE-QUOTE” format with a dash in the middle, regardless of how the Exchange expresses or denotes the format.  For example, Cryptopia might say “ETH/BTC” with a slash, or Kraken might put it backwards and use “XLTCXXBT” with an extra “X” in front of each asset, but only some, but Gunbot’s notation would be ETH-BTC for the Cryptopia example and BTC-LTC for the Kraken example.

So, put the TRADING_LIMIT in the same terms of the base.  If you run BTC-xxx pairs, then you should put the limit in as a Bitcoin amount.  ETH-xxx pairs need Ethereum values as the limit.

FIAT is “special”

There’s a special case for FIAT pairs (USD, EUR, USDT, TUSD, etc) where not only do you need to put the amounts in FIAT terms (100 for $100, for example instead of 0.001 BTC for a $10k bitcoin value), but you also need to not use any decimals.  WHOLE NUMBERS ONLY

Good:

TRADING_LIMIT: 120

Bad:

TRADING_LIMIT: 120.50

TRADING_LIMIT: 0.001

This goes for all “currency value” settings: TRADING_LIMIT, MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY, MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL, and FUNDS_RESERVE.   It also applies to Ping Pong Strategy variables PP_BUY and PP_SELL.

MVTB and MVTS – what are they?

The other two main configuration elements regarding actual money values are MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY (MVTB) and MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL (MVTS).  These help Gunbot understand when to buy and when to sell.

Dust explained

“Dust” is a term crypto traders use to describe very small amounts of crypto in an account.   Just like when you use a saw to cut some wood, the action of sawing not only gives the intended result (wood that is cut), but it also produces material as a side effect of performing the sawing — namely, dust.

Dust is important to understand, because you can accumulate dust in many ways in the crypto world.

For one, if you have, say 10.05634 EOS coins in your account, and you are only able to sell 10 of them, you will have 0.05634 EOS left in your account.  This might happen because your sell order couldn’t be matched up to an exact sell order that filled all 10.  Maybe your order was matched up to two buy orders – one for 6 EOS and one for 4 EOS.  Then when it came to try and get rid of the remaining amount, the order would be too small for the exchange to honor.

Another way you might get dust is from small micro-deposits, such as from Binance’s referral program.  Binance gives fee commissions for anyone you refer. It started off at 50% and is currently 20%.  So when someone you refer makes a trade, they have to pay a fee on that trade.  You get 20% of that fee.  The fee is already small – usually 0.1% if no BNB is used and 0.05% if BNB is used.   Therefore you’d be getting 0.02% or 0.01% of their trade, which is almost guaranteed to be a miniscule amount.  This becomes dust in your account.

MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY (MVTB)

This setting allows Gunbot to avoid dust.  Normally, dust clogs up Gunbot and prevents it from trading.  Basically, it won’t initiate a trade if you already own some value of the coin.  However, since “dust” needs to be ignored, Gunbot needs to know what you consider “dust” vs “substantial enough to notice”.

Once you have at least MVTB amount of coins in your account, Gunbot goes into sell mode.  If you have less than MVTB coins, Gunbot is in buy mode.

MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL (MVTS)

After reading the wiki entry for MVTS, you might think it’s basically the same as MVTB, since it says “threshold for sell orders”.

However, there’s a difference between when Gunbot should be in a Buying mood (crypto amount is less than MVTB) and when Gunbot should be allowed to sell (crypto amount is more than MVTS).

There’s also a difference between Gunbot being in a selling mood and Gunbot being allowed to sell.

How to Set Appropriate Limits

Now that we’ve reviewed a ton of detail on each of the settings, you might just be asking “ENOUGH ALREADY!  WHAT DO I PUT HERE?!?!?!”

Here are some tips on how to set the right amount:

Rule #1: MVTB must be less than or equal to TRADING_LIMIT.

Rule #2: MVTB and MVTS must be greater than or equal to the Exchange’s Minimum Order Size.

If you set this too low, then Gunbot will attempt to make orders, but the Exchange will kick them back.  It’s not like Gunbot is going to auto-increase the values for you – it is your money after all.

Rule #3: It’s ok and common for MVTB and MVTS to be the same

You can set MVTS higher, but be careful that you don’t make Gunbot stop selling while it’s unable to buy.  Most commonly, these two values will be the same amount.

Rule #4: It is highly recommended that TRADING_LIMIT be higher than MVTB  to avoid the “Double Buy Exploit“.  Target would be 3x to 4x, but it’s usually enough to make it 1.5 to 2x.

Many people, and the defaults in previous versions of Gunbot helped with this, use the same amount for `TRADING_LIMIT` and `MVTB`.  However, if you do this, then you are subject to experiencing the “Double Buy Exploit”.  It’s not an actual exploit from a security perspective, and it’s not a bug in any way.  It’s just a consequence of Gunbot doing exactly what you told it to do.

Rule #5: If you’re too Greedy, you’ll suffer in bear markets

Many beginner crypto traders, and especially Gunbotters, look to their right and see someone who has tripled their money with amazing trades.  They look to their left and see another person who’s made 10X gains and brags about the constant profits.

So, naturally, they think that’s what crypto is, so they set Gunbot running and give all their BTC to Gunbot.  It might work for a little while, but eventually the bear cycle comes around and BAGS happen.  And because they were greedy and gave all their BTC to Gunbot, Gunbot did exactly what it was told to do, and pretty soon, all the BTC is gone and all the trader has is a bunch of heavy bags that have lost value.

We at GBU recommend you use much less than all your BTC when botting.  First, you need room to handle your bags.  Bags happen to everyone and there is no magic formula to eliminate all of them fast, cheap, and cleanly.  You should always keep dry powder, and use much less budget than you think.

When I started off, I used the lowest amount both you and the exchange can stand, and only ran enough pairs that I used 10-20% of my available BTC.  This gave me enough room to learn Gunbot’s settings, to make sure I didn’t make wild mistakes, and when the bear market came, I had plenty of BTC to move to other pairs, use Double Up or move my bags off to another wallet.

With the above guidelines, you should be good to go.

Double Buy Exploit

Example: let’s say you run BTC-ETH pair and have 0.002 set for both TRADING_LIMIT and MVTB.  This means when you have less than 0.002 BTC worth of ETH in your account, Gunbot feels like buying.

Then, ETH becomes tasty and Gunbot buys some.  It buys 0.002 worth and it’s now in your account.

Well, Gunbot usually buys on a downtrend, if it’s configured like most people want.  If ETH value continues to drop after Gunbot purchases it, then you will have, say 0.00195 BTC worth of ETH in your account.

If this value stays there for the next cycle, and Gunbot has a low TRADES_TIMEOUT and isn’t using the safety switch, then, per the rules you have configured, 0.00195 BTC worth of ETH is now considered “dust”.  It’s free to buy again!  If the conditions are still ripe for buying, Gunbot will then purchase another TRADING_LIMIT amount of ETH (0.002) and it will be added to the wallet.

Now you have 0.00395 BTC worth and that amount is greater than MVTB, so it won’t buy again.

This shows up as a “double buy” in your trading history, because it will show two purchases of 0.002 close together. You might think Gunbot is double-buying by mistake, but it’s doing what you told it to do.

Exchange Minimum Order Size

At time of writing, here are the different Gunbot-supported Exchange minimums:

Exchange Minimum
(BTC)
Notes
Binance 0.001 Binance used to be 0.001, then changed to 0.002 and is now back to 0.001.  It also has additional minimum requirements more than just order size, such as minimum number of coins. Also, many coins must be purchased in whole numbers and not fractions (this doesn’t impact TRADING_LIMIT, however – Gunbot will automatically round the order to a whole number when needed). Binance also publishes their Trading Rules online.
Bittrex 0.001 Bittrex used to have a 0.0005 limit and then issued an announcement in November 2017 where they said the new limit is 0.001.  However, we’ve seen that we can still place orders for 0.0005 for many coins, if not all of them. Maybe Bittrex is slow in implementing and enforcing the rules, but GBU recommends following the published guidelines.
Poloniex 0.0001 Polo’s minimum is the same for all the funding currencies – BTC, ETH, XMR and USDT.
Kraken 0.002 Kraken’s minimum orders vary by currency – 0.002 is the BTC minimum.  You can view all the details on Kraken’s article about the topic.
Cryptopia 0.0005 This is from experience and forum posts vs an official post by the company.  It used to be 0.0001.
Bitfinex <varies> The official Bitfinex post about exchange minimum order size states:  “The minimum order sizes for each trading pair is periodically adjusted to maintain order sizes that are reasonably proportioned to their values. The ultimate goal is to keep the minimum order size between 10-25 USD equivalent value while limiting the changes to the minimum order sizes to useful incremental values.
CEX.io <varies>
0.002
According to CEX.IO’s guidance posted on their website, they say:
“Trading on CEX.IO is flexible in terms of order placement, however, there are certain limitations.You can always check them by typing in https://cex.io/api/currency_limits into your address line.”BTC is listed at 0.002.  Other currencies have their respective limits.
GDAX  0.001  GDAX publishes their minimums for trading, withdrawals and deposits on their support site.

 

Summary:

  1. Make `MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY` and MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL at least as big as the Exchange’s minimum order size.
  2. Make TRADING_LIMIT higher than `MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY`.
  3. Make `TRADING_LIMIT` as low as you and the exchange can stand while you learn how to configure Gunbot and learn the market cycles.
  4. When using FIAT pairs, use whole numbers only (no decimals).

Binance Fees Explained

If you use Binance, you might wonder about how differently they handle fees, and their BNB coin, and what you can do about it..

What’s Going On

At time of writing, Binance is the top fee-based CryptoCurrency exchange on the market.  By a huge margin.  They offer many pairs, lots of volume, have a decent interface and the API works most of the time.  It’s one of the top exchanges used by Gunbotters everywhere due to the profits gained.  Professor Bitlion wrote a series on “The Best Exchange of Them All” (GBU premium content) where he helps people choose which exchange would best work for them.

Binance introduced something revolutionary when they launched – they have their own cryptocurrency token, called BNB, that can be used for paying Trading Fees.  A Trading Fee is what all centralized exchanges charge for making or taking trades.  Some exchanges have a flat fee for all trades; others charge a different fee for makers and takers (the maker is the one who places a new order on the order book and the taker is the one who fills an existing order on the order book), and still others charge a sliding scale of fees based on volume, such as how much volume in the last 30 days.

In most if not all of those exchanges charging fees, they usually take their fee from one of the coins in the transaction.  For example, if buying LTC (LiteCoin) with BTC (Bitcoin) on Bittrex, then Bittrex takes 0.25% out of the trade from BTC.

Binance still supports that style of trading fees – the fee can be taken out of the purchased coin (not the funding coin).  But if the trader has BNB coin in their account, and has enabled the function “Use BNB for Fees”, then the fee is paid from the BNB coin instead of either the funding or the purchased coin.  This is what is new and different from the other exchanges.

The Good Points

As a Gunbotter or Day Trader or even a casual hobbyist, there are several positive traits of using a 3rd currency such as BNB to handle fees.  In fact, if someone is Gunbotting, it’s essential they understand what BNB can do for them, so they avoid losing out on the benefits.

Trading Fee Discounts

First, Binance currently offers a major discount on fees if you pay for fees with BNB.  For the first year, fees paid with BNB enjoy a 50% discount.  Binance fees are already some of the lowest around, with 0.1% being what they charge.  Compare this to Bittrex’ 0.25% and you have my attention.

The fee discount is on a schedule:


This notice was published around July 2017 so we still have some time to enjoy the 50% discount.  Then it will drop to 25% discount, and so on.

This means that instead of paying 0.25% + 0.25% at Bittrex for a normal trade – buying something and then selling it later – for a total of 0.5%, you can pay just 0.1% total (0.05% + 0.05%) for the same trade.

An 80% savings in fees is incredible, especially for Gunbotters who generate a flurry of trades 24×7.

Keeping Coins Whole

The second major reason for using BNB, especially when you use Gunbot and make a lot of trades, is that the coin you buy and the coin you buy with are both kept whole.  Since Binance requires most coins to be transacted in whole amounts, or on some coins only allowing one or two decimals, this becomes increasingly important.

Here’s an example of a typical trade without BNB:

  1. You configure Gunbot to run on BTC-EOS pair with a typical minimum TRADING_LIMIT of 0.001.
  2. Gunbot buys 0.001 BTC worth of EOS.  It has to buy them in whole number increments, so it buys 2.00 EOS
  3. The fee (0.1%) is calculated from the value of the trade and then the fee is paid with the bought coin (EOS).  So, EOS is re-evaluated in BTC terms and 0.1% of the value is deducted from the resulting EOS you receive.
  4. You are now the proud holder of 1.998 EOS
  5. Imagine the value of EOS went up.  CHA-CHING!
  6. Gunbot sees the price has gone up according to the strategy you run.  It goes to sell the EOS, and sees that it has 1.998 EOS to sell.  However, Binance requires whole numbers, so it rounds down to 1.0 EOS
  7. It tries to place a sell order for 1.0 EOS, but that is less than 0.001 BTC worth.  Binance kicks back the order, saying “your order needs to be at least THIS big to tradeGo home, kid.
  8. You are now stuck with this EOS bag until the coin doubles or you manually fix it by buying more EOS at the current price.

Now, here’s the same trade, but with the trader owning BNB:

  1. You configure Gunbot to run on BTC-EOS pair with a typical minimum TRADING_LIMIT of 0.001.
  2. Gunbot buys 0.001 BTC worth of EOS.  It has to buy them in whole number increments, so it buys 2.00 EOS
  3. The fee (0.1%) is calculated from the value of the trade and then a discount is applied (50%), so the fee ends up being 0.05%.  The fee is paid with the BNB coin.
  4. You are now the proud holder of 2.0 EOS
  5. Imagine the value of EOS went up.  CHA-CHING!
  6. Gunbot sees the price has gone up according to the strategy you run.  It goes to sell the EOS, and sees that it has 2.0 EOS to sell.  It knows Binance requires whole numbers, so this is fine.
  7. It tries to place a sell order for 2.0 EOS, and the order goes through because it meets the minimum order size.
  8. You have now profited.  Continue the cycle again, because that was fun!
Result: Using BNB for fees keeps your purchases whole so that you can more easily sell them.

It also helps tremendously with profit calculations since the fee is actually a separate transaction.

The Catch

We’ve gone over a couple major benefits to using BNB for fees. However, there is a catch to trading at Binance that should be pointed out.

As mentioned briefly in the example above, Binance disallows fractional trading on most coins, and on the other coins, it allows it but only to 1 or 2 or 3 decimals, depending on how expensive the coin is.  Said another way – at Bittrex, I can sell 1.99988882 EOS without a problem.  At Binance, I cannot sell 1.99988882 EOS – I have to sell 1 or 2 or some whole number.

This means that for many trades, you collect “dust” – which is a small amount of a coin left over or hanging around in your balance – that you cannot sell!

You don’t just collect dust from trades made without BNB token to pay the fees.

Dust from Binance referrals

Dust can also collect if you participate in Binance’s referral program.

Binance rewards affiliates by giving participants a percentage of the fees their referral pays.  This results in tiny micro-deposits of all sorts of coins, and the more you refer, and the more active they are, the more deposits you receive.

If someone you referred bought LTC with BTC, then they will pay 0.1% fee in LTC, and you will receive a percentage of that fee.  A tiny amount of LTC will just magically show up in your account.  And you cannot sell a tiny amount of LTC for BTC.

How to handle Binance dust

If you can’t sell a tiny amount of LTC for BTC, how do you handle it?  Is Binance tricking us all?

Well, this is the other use of BNB coin.   There are several coins on the BNB pair list.  You can’t sell a tiny amount of LTC for BTC, but you can sell a tiny amount of LTC for BNB.

Not every coin at Binance has a BNB pair.  For example, at time of writing, EOS doesn’t have a BNB pair.  So if you find yourself with a fractional amount of EOS, you are stuck with it until you collect more dust to fill in the gap to the next whole number.

But there are plenty of pairs that do provide a BNB option… and this is where you can periodically sell off your dust, or more likely for Gunbotters – purchase the dust you need to top off the coin to a whole number.

So, if you find yourself botting BTC-IOTA and then all of a sudden you have 0.8 IOTA you can’t get rid of, you can go sell it on the BNB-IOTA pair (IOTA/BNB in Binance terms).

The Bad Points

You probably thought “The Catch” was all there was.  Nope – there’s another catch.  And that’s if you use CoinTracking.info or other sites that pull trade history via API.

GBU gunbot university cointracking referral link discount

Normally, when CoinTracking pulls in trades from an exchange, it is able to discern the fee and includes this on the actual transaction.  For example, if you bought LTC with BTC, then this transaction would be one transaction in CoinTracking showing the purchase price and amount, the funding price and the amount, and then a fee and specify which coin was used for the fee.

However, with Binance, these fees are not associated correctly.  At time of writing, CoinTracking‘s recommendation is to create an additional transaction as [OUT] Lost for the fee.  That can result in a LOT of transactions for active Gunbotters.  Many Gunbotters have hundreds of transactions a day, so a manual correction is not feasible.

One would expect a more automated tool to address this in the future, either CoinTracking calculating it correctly, or a 3rd party tool to help run a report, find the fees and then insert the appropriate information into CoinTracking. I don’t know if a second transaction is feasible, but I can see a group-by-day or a group-by-week or a group-by-month offset transaction being entered to keep the BNB balance correct as well as appropriately handling fees for tax reporting purposes.

Summary:

  1. Using BNB can result in non-trivial discount on trading fees.
  2. Binance disallows fractional trading on many coins, which can clog up Gunbot.
  3. Paying fees with BNB can keep coins whole so you can easily sell what you bought and preserve profits.
  4. BNB coin pairs help A) sell off dust to reclaim stuck profit or B) purchase dust to make a coin’s balance whole enough to sell.
  5. Binance’s referral program creates dust, and must be handled manually.
  6. Tracking BNB Fees in services like CoinTracking.info can be difficult or inaccurate.

How to change port of Gunbot’s GUI for better security

As of Gunbot v8.0.3, Gunbot’s GUI (gunthy-gui) defaults to port 5000 and for security reasons, you might want to change it.

What’s Going On

Gunbot (XT, CS and RT) can run in two modes – by itself on the command-line (aka “Gunbot Core”) or with a GUI (aka “Gunbot GUI”).  Gunbot itself is the “gunthy” executable (named either gunthy.exe, gunthy-linx64, gunthy-macos, or gunthy-arm) and is what runs in both modes.  The GUI is optional.  The GUI (named gunthy-gui) presents a friendly interface for configuration, control and surface-level monitoring, and then runs the gunthy executable for you.

Both gunthy and gunthy-gui use what’s known as a network port to communicate with itself or other components.  For Gunbot, this is configured in the “ws” section of the config.js file and contains “port” and “clientport” settings- otherwise known as “Websockets”. For the GUI, this is an HTTP port, not configurable from the config.js file, and is part of the URL you can use to access the GUI, both locally on the box and from an external system.

The default port that Gunbot GUI runs on is 5000.  This means you would access “http://localhost:5000” when you’re actually accessing the system that runs Gunbot directly, or “http://<ip address>:5000” when accessing the system remotely.  If you have a DNS server or hosts file, you can configure those to point a user-friendly name to the IP address, such as myvpsisawesome.gunbotuniversity.com.  If you do that, you would still add the “:5000” at the end so the full URL is http://myvpsisawesome.gunbotuniversity.com:5000.

Why Security is Important to Some

If you leave the Gunbot GUI settings at default and use the default port of 5000, then you run the risk of being too-easily discovered by remote systems.  Once it’s known that the default port is 5000 for Gunbot, there are hackers, crawlers and systems such as http://shodan.io that can collect data and tell others that you’re running Gunbot.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather my Gunbot GUI not be so easily found.  It won’t be long before we hear of some Gunbotter whose system was hacked, DDOS’ed or otherwise compromised and losses occur.

The first step in making your Gunbot more secure is to change from the default port.  There are other steps you can take, such as limiting the IP addresses that can talk to your server, and adding SSL certificate.  Those steps are not covered in this guide.

How to Fix

In order to change the default port that gunthy-gui uses, you need to set an “environment variable” called PORT to the port number you want the GUI to use.  Depending on what operating system you use, how you change this varies.

For Windows users, you set the port before you run the command:

set PORT=5003
gunthy-gui.exe

This should now make the GUI respond to URL with :5003 at the end instead of :5000.

You can also make a batch file to launch Gunbot GUI:

@echo off
set PORT=5003
start /d gunthy-gui.exe

For Linux/MAC/ARM users, you can do it all on one line.  From the directory gunbot is installed, running the following will launch the GUI and use port 5003:

env PORT=5003 ./gunthy-gui

If you use pm2, you can do the same thing on one line:

env PORT=5003 pm2 start ./gunthy-gui --name binance

Then use your normal pm2 list all and pm2 info binance and other commands to manage the gunthy-gui process.

Websocket port

It’s important to note that the PORT that the GUI uses to speak HTTP is not the “websocket” port or the “clientport” in the config file.

"ws": {
"port": 5001,
"clientport": 3000,
"hostname": "127.0.0.1"
},

This 5001 port here can be changed as well, but it needs to NOT conflict with any other port being used on the system.  You cannot use the same port for ws:port and PORT=xxxx.  They must be different ports.

Most of the time, you don’t need to change ws: port setting.  However, if you run multiple Gunbot instances on the same machine manually, then each port needs to be unique.

For example, the first time you install Gunbot on a machine, it can run with port:5000 for the GUI and port:5001 for ws:port.  If you put a second Gunbot instance in another folder and want to run it, you need to change ws:port from 5001 to something else, like 5003.  If you also wanted a second GUI running, you would use the changes described earlier, and maybe use 5002 for that.

Also, if you are accessing your Gunbot GUI from a remote system, you will want to change the hostname setting inside of ws to be the IP address or FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) of the machine running Gunbot GUI.  For example, if you’re using a VPS, you would put in the IP of the VPS. Otherwise, in Gunbot 8.0.3 and earlier, the GUI will be slow and open up a lot of websocket connections to a box that won’t respond.

For example:

"ws": {
"port": 5021,
"clientport": 3000,
"hostname": "4.2.2.1"
},

Or

"ws": {
"port": 5021,
"clientport": 3000,
"hostname": "myawesomegunbot.gunbotuniversity.com"
},

Gunbot version 9 no longer uses websockets and doesn’t require the hostname update.

Note: in previous versions, running multiple GUIs, even when changing the port, didn’t work well for me.  I haven’t tested it in version 8.  Instead, I just spin a new VPS for another instance so that I’m not subject to any IP address problems, resource constraints, or interoperability issues.

Summary:

  1. If you keep default settings for things like what port the GUI listens to, you increase your risks.
  2. It’s fairly trivial to change the GUI port so you’re not so easily found.
  3. The “PORT” environment variable dictates which port the GUI uses for HTTP.

 

Help me understand Gunbot’s MFI – Money Flow Index

Do you want to know more about Gunbot’s Money Flow Index, or MFI?  Here are some things you will want to know.

What’s going on

The BTC/USD money flow index (MFI) is calculated by Gunbot looking at the ASK book of BTC/USD and takes both price and volume information. It’s supposed to help indicate overbought or oversold conditions, much like RSI (Relative Strength Index) does. However, RSI indicator is price-only, and the benefit of the MFI is that it uses volume as well. Volume can help predict a pump or dump.

So, MFI is a volume-weighted RSI-type metric. If BTC/USD is oversold, the MFI number goes lower and lower. The idea is that oversold BTC/USD means the volume is growing on the ASK book, and that means there may be a pump of BTC soon.

MFI is a volume-weighted RSI-type metric

Why MFI is important to some

Anyone who’s been around crypto a while knows that pumping of BTC price might mean the altcoin’s value will drop in contrast. So, OKKIES_MODE is a feature Gunbot offers that allows you to temporarily stop Gunbot from trading if it senses a BTC pump coming up.

For a long time in crypto, when BTC “mooned” (shot up in value quickly), the altcoins bled in the streets.  There wasn’t enough liquidity or ability to buy alts with anything but BTC.  But as the market grew, and more ETH pairs, BCH pairs, XMR pairs, USDT/TUSD/USD pairs came online, there were more ways to buy altcoins than just with BTC.  For this reason, it’s more and more common that when BTC moons, so will several altcoins, which is different than it was for many years.

The original scenario of “BTC rises signals ALTs demises” is still valid for many pairs much of the time.  Because of this, if BTC rises and ALTs drop, Gunbot would normally see a price drop of an ALT as a buying opportunity.  It would buy the ALT and then be left with a bag because BTC kept rising and rising, and then set a new high and sit there.  The likelihood of the ALT price recovering any time soon was not very high.

OKKIES_MODE was created to help Gunbot prevent getting into a bag situation.

But more recently, it has indicated the opposite, so it’s not as hard and fast of a rule as it used to be.  For this reason, the savvy Gunbotter won’t just blindly turn this on or off – it doesn’t always mean it will protect against bags all the time.  It is recommended that Gunbotters review pair-by-pair what that specific coin pair’s likelihood is of tanking when BTC goes up.  You can use Allanster’s backtesting tuners on Trading View for help with that.  Check out the tuners on Trading View or two posts on Gunthy Forums: here and here.

How it’s Used

BTC_MONEY_FLOW is the setting in the config you want it to use as a threshold to decide whether to make trades or not.  OKKIES_MODE is what you set to true or false as to whether or not you want Gunbot to collect (v8) or care (v8 and v9) about this metric.

Default setting:

Most strategies come with default setting of “true” and “35” in Gunbot version 8.0.3.  TSSL Strategy uses default of “false” and “32”.

"OKKIES_MODE": true,
"BTC_MONEY_FLOW": 35,

On some exchanges, the MFI isn’t calculated easily or consistently.  Be sure to review console logs for the MFI values and make sure they are coming across, if you have OKKIES_MODE turned on.  In Gunbot version 8.0.3, if OKKIES_MODE is false, then the Money Flow Index values will show “undefined”.

When MFI has prevented Gunbot XT from buying, you will see a message that says

There is too much enthusiasm… waiting to buy

Summary:

  1. If Gunbot produces bags for you when BTC price pumps, consider enabling OKKIES_MODE and setting the `BTC_MONEY_FLOW` to 35 or lower.
  2. If your exchange or pair produces “undefined” results for MFI when you have `OKKIES_MODE` enabled, disable it.
  3. Before blindly setting this variable, research a coin pair’s history of reaction to BTC pumps.

 

 

 

How do I fix Telegram api – make sure that only one bot instance is running errors?

originalHost: ‘api.telegram.org’,
originalHostHeaderName: ‘host’,
responseContent: [Circular],
_destdata: true,
_ended: true,
_callbackCalled: true },
toJSON: [Function: responseToJSON],
caseless: Caseless { dict: [Object] },
read: [Function],
body:
{ ok: false,
error_code: 409,
description: ‘Conflict: terminated by other getUpdates request; make sure that only one bot instance is running’ } } }

You might see this error in your err.log or console log or in the GUI.

What’s going on

Gunbot version 8 added direct Telegram support.  Whenever there are buys or sells, Gunbot can connect to the Telegram API and send you a message.  It requires a chatbot token, your Telegram id and an arbitrary label.

If you’re running just one bot, you might not see this very often.  However, if you run multiple bots (or the one bot is very busy), you may see this error.

First, don’t worry.  This error doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with Gunbot, or your trades aren’t happening.  It only means you are missing out on a few Telegram Notifications about buys and sells.

Second, Gunbot caches the missed telegram notifications.  So, if it had a problem trying to send you a notification yesterday, it’s going to KEEP TRYING to send the notification, but it will most likely keep getting this error.  So, you will continue to see the error until you restart Gunbot.

How to Fix It

For Gunbot Version 8, there’s not much you can do to permanently fix the problem other than creating a different chatbot for each Gunbot instance.  And even that won’t 100% fix the problem.

According to several reports, such as this one, this problem is caused by an outdated set of code.  It’s most likely that Gunbot has this older node_modules compiled into it, and will continue to have the problem until the next version.  It is rumored that Gunbot v9 no longer has the problem, so GBU’s guess is that the newer node_modules was compiled into Gunbot v9.

In order to stop getting errors for the telegram notifications it’s continuing to retry, you need to restart Gunbot.  That clears the cache of missed notifications and it will stop retrying.  You’ll be good until the next notification that fails.

So, in summary:

  1. In Gunbot Version 8, make a different chat bot for each instance.
  2. Restart Gunbot to clear out old notification retries
  3. Wait for Gunbot Version 9, which supposedly fixes the issue.