Glossary crypto trading terms on ATNET. All the crypto trading jargon and technical analysis terms often used in crypto trading communities.

Welcome to the crypto traders’ glossary on ATNET (AltcoinTrading.NET).

This is the place where you will find all the crypto trading jargon you ever wanted to understand but was afraid to ask.

The Squishy, the Bart and Trab, the BGD - we have it all.

Glossary entries include short explanations and links to detailed articles and strategies.

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jargon KYC · What does KYC mean in crypto and where do you not need it?

jargon To The Moon · To The Moon! in ATNET Crypto glossary. What does it stand for in crypto?

jargon Mewn · Mewn in ATNET Crypto glossary. What does Mewn stand for in crypto?

jargon CBDC · What does CBDC mean in crypto? What all can it do, according to the proposals?

jargon Quarterlies · What do crypto traders call quarterlies and where to trade it?

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ATNET Glossary / Trading Techniques & Methods, Beyond TA

Crypto Market Psychology

beyondta Crypto Market Psychology · What is the definition of crypto market psychology and how is it formed?

Market psychology is a term that describes the prevailing tendencies on a given market.

Market psychology is effectively an aggregate of trading decisions made by individual traders.

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Footprint Trading

beyondta Footprint Trading · What is footprint trading and how to start with it?

Footprint trading is an advanced trading technique used on both cryptocurrency and legacy markets.

The benefits of footprint trading are more pronounced in short-term speculation techniques, such as scalping.

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Pattern Trading (Formation Trading) in Crypto

method Pattern Trading (Formation Trading) in Crypto · What is pattern trading and what are the most common formation patterns to watch for in crypto.

Pattern trading, or formation trading, refers to making trading decisions based on standard chart patterns.

You will most often see pattern trading on “slower” markets such as stock markets, and a lot of crypto traders use formation trading as well. Again, usually on the “slower”, large cap crypto markets.

Pattern trading is notoriously linked with retail traders who go with someone else’s advice because they don’t know what they’re doing, and often lose. Specifically, vague patterns like “head & shoulders” are often mentioned in this way.

The fault lies not in the market patterns themselves though, it is in the way they are used.

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Trading Psychology

beyondta Trading Psychology · What is the definition of trading psychology and how to work on yours?

Trading psychology is a term that refers to the individual mindset a trader has while being active participant of a market.

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Wyckoff (simplified)

method Wyckoff (simplified) · What is the gist of Wyckoff method and how to make use of it.

Wyckoff Simplified (ELI5): Wyckoff Method is a trading strategy that combines supply/demand dynamics with market psychology.

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ATNET Glossary / Chart Patterns & TA


technical BBands · What are BBands, why are they loved so much by crypto traders and what are their highest probability patterns on the crypto markets.

BBands is the abbreviation for Bollinger Bands™, a popular technical indicator. BBands are available in TradingView basic charting library, with many advanced scripts and BBand strategies added into the script library by users.

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technical Div · Div, AKA Divergence. Covers regular div, hidden div and exaggerated divergence with links to more info on how to trade them.

Crypto traders use div as a short for divergence.

Divergences are a “level” indicator, they are too vague to justify opening of a position.

Still, they are an important aspect of technical analysis and can give you edge because of how easily they get missed or misinterpreted.

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Ichimoku Cloud

technical Ichimoku Cloud · Ichimoku cloud 101 and links to all the in-depth guides and strategies.

Ichimoku Cloud 101: Ichimoku cloud is a technical indicator suitable best for longer timeframes.

It is developed to give a “single glance” idea about the structure of the market, which is also loosely the meaning of the Japanese term Ichimoku.

This single-glance market information is typically whether the market is weak, strong or possibly approaching reversal.

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technical Scalping · What is scalping and what kind of charting set up is best for it

Scalping is a trading method most common in forex, oil and cryptocurrency markets.

Scalping refers to trading technique of capitalizing on small price changes. Positions are typically shortly after they become profitable, collecting a small profit.

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Sideways Market

technical Sideways Market · What is a sideways market, also known as ranging market, and how to trade it.

Ranging market is a market that is lacking a trend of direction.

It is not bullish (not consistently marking up) and not bearish (not consistently marking down).

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TK Lines (TK Cross)

technical TK Lines (TK Cross) · What do crypto traders call TK Cross and TK Lines?

In technical analysis, TK Cross refers to a crossover of the Tenken and Kinjun lines (TK lines) of the Ichimoku Cloud indicator.

The TK lines are sometimes called the balance lines.

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ATNET Glossary / DeFi Glossary


jargon CBDC · What does CBDC mean in crypto? What all can it do, according to the proposals?

In crypto talk, CBDC stands for central-bank-issued digital currencies, or simply central bank digital currencies.

The topic of CBDC became a hot topic in the blockchain and crypto community after the October 19th, 2020 annual meeting of International Monetary Fund where the FED chairman Jerome Powell had a talk on cryptocurrencies.

While most crypto enthusiasts do not give CBDCs a lot of credit, there are legitimate reasons for such assumption to be wrong.

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jargon DeFi · What does DeFi really stands for?

What is DeFi

DeFi is short for degenerate finance.

Sorry, decentralized finance.

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TLV (Total Locked Value)

jargon TLV (Total Locked Value) · What does TLV mean in crypto and what information it gives you?

What is TLV: In DeFi slang, TLV is short for Total Locked Value, a yield farming market metric.

The total locked value shows the total liquidity locked up in a DeFi contract.

TLV measures its health and also the market share of that project.

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Yield Farming

jargon Yield Farming · What does Yield Farming mean in crypto, how it works and what are its risks?

What is Yield Farming: In DeFi context, Yield Farming is a term for earning passive income on your cryptocurrency by locking it up into a DeFi (decentralized finance) contract.

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ATNET Glossary / OPSEC Glossary

Coin Control

jargon Coin Control · What is coin control and where can you get it?

In the blockchain industry, we call coin control an advanced feature of cryptocurrency wallets that lets you choose which incoming transaction you want to spend and which to leave unspent.

This feature is necessary if you want to escape from a dust attack, an attack on privacy that happens on the bitcoin blockchain.

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Dust Attack

jargon Dust Attack · What is a dust attack and what can you do if your crypto wallet was dusted?

Dust attack is an attack on privacy that happens on the bitcoin blockchain.

A potentially malicious actor is sends the smallest possible transaction amount to large amount of addresses and presumably runs a bot that watches from which addresses the coins were moved and where.

Following the movements of the dust may eventually lead to a transaction that will be identifiable in real life, such as an online order or a p2p cash sale. It can also be used to link different wallets owned by the same person.

The counteraction to do if your wallet “got dusted” is called coin control.

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OG Crypto Opsec Electrum · All you need to know about the Electrum wallet, plus links to all the guides (how to install, signatures, backups, sweeping, segwit and legacy addresses)

Electrum is one of the oldest cryptocurrency wallets still in use.

The original Electrum wallet is a bitcoin wallet. Its homepage is at and it is actively maintained by the same developer, Thomas Voegtlin, since 2011.

Electrum has a good track record in terms of security.

It can be an advanced bitcoin wallet if you enable advanced functionalities, but if you are more on the beginner end, they won’t stand in your way.

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ATNET Glossary / General Crypto Jargon


jargon ATH · ATH in ATNET Crypto glossary. What do crypto traders call ATH?

In trading jargon, ATH stands for All-Time High.

A market makes a new all-time high if its price action rises above the previous all-time maximum price. There is no other requirement for timeframe, patterns or any special technical setup. Even if the market retraces abruptly, the new ATH still counts.

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jargon BFX · BFX in ATNET Crypto glossary. What do crypto traders call BFX?

In crypto trading jargon, BFX is short for Bitfinex.

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jargon BGD · What do crypto traders call BGD and how to trade it?

In the crypto trader jargon, BGD is short for “big green dildo”.

Crypto traders call BGD a large green candle painted at a longer timeframe (at the very least hourly).

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Bart Formation

jargon Bart Formation · What do crypto traders call the Bart formation and how to trade it?

In crypto, the Bart Formation, or just Bart, is a chart pattern where the cryptocurrency market rallies sharply, usually on a shorter timeframe like 30M, and after a period of flat (sideways) action retraces all of its previous gains.

The name Bart came from the pattern’s likeness to the shape of Bart Simpson’s head.

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jargon DCA · What do crypto traders call DCA and how to do it?

The DCA acronym in crypto trading or investing stands for dollar cost averaging.

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jargon DYEC · DYEC in ATNET Crypto glossary. What does DYEC stand for in crypto?

In crypto trading jargon, DYEC is short for do you even chart.

DYEC is a variation on the famous DYEL exclamation from online fitness communities (Do You Even Lift?) which is posted when someone gives bad advice or talks down to others while making it obvious they don’t know what they’re talking about.

In crypto communities, DYEC is a valid response when someone posts bad technical analysis, which is something that happens a lot in very popular communities such as TradingView.

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jargon HODL (HODLing) · What do crypto traders call Squishy and how to trade it?

In crypto jargon, we say hodl instead of “hold”, as in “hold crypto”.

The term “hodl” is not an acronym but a drunk misspelling of “hold”.

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jargon KYC · What does KYC mean in crypto and where do you not need it?

KYC means in crypto the same thing as it means in legacy finance industry: KYC stands for know your customer.

Practically, KYC will be the requirement by a crypto trading platform to get a scan of your ID card (at least). KYC is usually coupled with AML screening (anti-money-laundering).

Thanks to decentralized trading, in 2020 there are ways to buy or trade crypto with no KYC.

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jargon LBC · What do crypto traders call LBC, why is it now dangerous and what to use instead.

LBC is the acronym for LocalBitcoins, the once-trusty peer-to-peer platform for anonymous purchase of cryptocurrency.

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LTH (Long-Term Holding)

jargon LTH (Long-Term Holding) · What do crypto traders call LTH and how to do it right?

In crypto, LTH stands either for “Long-Term Holding” or “Long-Term Holder”.

A person who is a “Long-Term Holder” is someone who invested in cryptocurrencies for at least several years. LTH is not a short-term market speculation, but a long-term bullish opinion on a cryptocurrency or blockchain in general.

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jargon Mewn · Mewn in ATNET Crypto glossary. What does Mewn stand for in crypto?

In crypto trading jargon, mewn is a variation on moon. Moon will refer to exclamations such as “To the moon!” and similar, in other words an extremely bullish sentiment.

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jargon Moonmath · What do crypto traders call Moonmath and where to get it?

In crypto, Moonmath is a half-joke prediction model for future Bitcoin price based on past performance.

The basic Moonmath table projects a price development starting from a certain past timespan. It tells you on which future date the price of Bitcoin will reach one million dollars, should the trend of the selected timeframe continue.

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jargon P2P · P2P in ATNET Crypto glossary. What does P2P stand for in crypto?

In crypto jargon, P2P is short for peer-to-peer or person-to-person and usually refers to a way of purchasing cryptocurrency.

If you purchase crypto in a P2P way, you do that directly with a counterparty; without the participation of a service provider such an exchange platform. You may have used a platform to find that counterparty, but your transaction happens between your cryptocurrency wallet and the wallet of your counterparty.

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jargon Perps · What do crypto traders call perps and how to trade it?

In the crypto trader jargon, perps is short for perpetual contract or perpetual swap, a popular derivative product intruduced by BitMEX trading platform. Similar product is now traded also on OKEx and elsewhere.

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jargon Quarterlies · What do crypto traders call quarterlies and where to trade it?

In the crypto trader jargon, quarterlies is short for quarterly futures.

Quarterly futures are a derivative contract that expires every three months.

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Segwit (vs Legacy)

jargon Segwit (vs Legacy) · What do crypto traders call Segwit and should you use it?

SegWit is a crypto jargon term that stands for Segregated Witness.

Segregated Witness is a network feature activated on the Bitcoin and Litecoin blockchains.

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jargon Squishy · What do crypto traders call Squishy and how to trade it?

“Squishy” is a crypto jargon for the bearish MACD crossover specifically on the 3D timeframe.

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jargon TA · TA in ATNET Crypto glossary. What do crypto traders call TA?

In crypto and legacy trading speak, TA refers to technical analysis.

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TV (TradingView)

jargon TV (TradingView) · TV in ATNET Crypto glossary. What do crypto traders call TV?

On crypto trading forums and chats, TV usually refers to TradingView.

Less seasoned crypto traders or visitors who are not familiar with the jargon usually take the abbreviation to mean television, but it’s almost always TradingView.

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To The Moon

jargon To The Moon · To The Moon! in ATNET Crypto glossary. What does it stand for in crypto?

In crypto trading communities, To the moon! is an exuberant exclamation common during market runups.

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