Ethereum (CCC:ETH-USD) is trading over $1,800 as I compose this early Feb. 11. It’s up 150% year-to-date (YTD). A comparable story is outlined Bitcoin (CCC:BTC-USD), the world’s biggest cryptocurrency.

Source: Shutterstock When it concerns stocks and other investments, normally, I’m not especially eager to write about them unless I’m bullish about their prospects. I’ll never ever short a stock as a result. It’s simply not in my nature to recommend someone sell a particular financial investment, especially when they’ve purchased for the long run.

Sure, I’ll make sell calls based upon valuation, however usually, it’s for stocks I like that have gotten ahead of themselves.

What’s occurring in the markets at the minute is disturbing to me.

Not because I have actually never lived through a significant correction; I’ve lived through many in my adult life (I’m 56). I know from experience that markets constantly recover. Some, nevertheless, take longer than others.

It’s a big reason you may wish to consider taking revenues on your Ethereum bet.

Let me describe.

History Is a Great Teacher If You Own Ethereum

Successful financiers are normally thinking about history. That’s because so much of what occurs on the planet repeats itself, over and over, and over. The markets are no various.

History gives us point of view.

Ben Carlson, one of my favorite monetary blog writers anywhere, composed a piece for his blog site, A Wealth Of Sound Judgment, in March 2019 that went over the worst entry point in stock market history. I suggest that you read it.

Carlson plays with overall returns in the markets over numerous 35-year durations. In one example from 1965 through 1999, the S&P 500 provided an annual return of 12.4%. In another period from 1984 through 2018, the annual return was a decent 10.7%, including the 1987 crash.

I was one year into a financial services career at that point and figured the world as we knew it was over and done. It wasn’t.

Carlson compared the 1965 to 1999 period to the efficiency of the index from 2000 through 2018. That provided a yearly return of 4.9%, or about one-third of the efficiency over the 35 years.

However, that’s not his best argument.

He explains that to create a 12.4% return over 35 years from 2000 through 2034, a financier would need to attain an annual return of 22% between 2019 and 2034 to produce the identical 35-year performance.

So, the question you want to ask yourself as you sit on your significant unrealized gains YTD is whether, in 35 years, $1,800 will be thought about the worst entry point in the cryptocurrency’s history or one of the very best.

What you do with this analysis must determine whether you bail on your Ethereum bet or not.

The Bitcoin Parallel

InvestorPlace’s Josh Enomoto just recently composed a piece that described why he had unloaded most of his Bitcoin investment as his individual wall of worry got too hot to manage.

Bitcoin is up 60% YTD and 358% over the past year as I write this.

In May 2020, Josh talked about the principle of Bitcoin halving. He owned Bitcoin at the time. He held it at the end of 2019. At the beginning of 2019, he owned it. In 2018, he owned Bitcoin, arguing that investors had an opportunity to purchase prior to the cost really took off.

Using the dates when each of these posts was released, Bitcoin traded at roughly $10,000 (February 2018), $3,800 (January 2019), $7,200 (December 2019), $4,900 (May 2020) and $37,000 (start of February).

I can’t tell you if Josh bought as soon as in February 2018 and held through February 2020, or if he averaged down through 2019 and 2020, but what I can tell you is that $37,000, offer or take a couple of thousand to account for the real timing of the sale, was his time to bail.

“You see, when all your cash is tied up in unpredictable financial investment markets, it’s difficult to get any peace. While I ‘d never ever take such extravagant risks, I did have a substantial earnings in Bitcoin,” Josh wrote on Feb. 10.

“However as the rate kept ticking greater and greater, the pressure got to me. Knowing how wild Bitcoin trading is, I might hold on for dear life and risk losing everything or I could get out while the going was great and take something, anything out of this experience.”

As Clint Eastwood said in Magnum Force, “A guy’s [or lady] got to know his constraints.”

Indeed he or she does. I could continue with clich├ęs and quotes for the next a number of hours.

The point is, my colleague, who blogs about investments for a living– and has for several years– chose to leave the majority of his Bitcoin position for a large gain after it had actually appreciated by 329% over the previous year.

By contrast, Ethereum is up 547% over the very same duration. Take from this what you will.

On the date of publication, Will Ashworth did not have (either straight or indirectly) any positions in the securities pointed out in this short article.

Will Ashworth has actually discussed investments full-time because 2008. Publications where he’s appeared include InvestorPlace, The Motley Fool Canada, Investopedia, Kiplinger, and a number of others in both the U.S. and Canada. He particularly takes pleasure in producing model portfolios that stand the test of time. He resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.