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Some Coinbase Tips

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I probably should be embarrassed to be talking about Coinbase, since it’s basically the tricycle (with streamers) of the crypto trading world, but screw it, yeah, it’s one of my accounts. What should embarrass me more, however, are a couple of dumb, money-wasting things I’ve done. I’d like to at least share my “a-ha!” moments with you, since some of you probably have an account there and, God help you, may be as dumb as me and might commit the same sins. So here goes:

  1. Don’t take cash out unless you really want it out for good – – in other words, don’t make a withdrawal just because you don’t think you’ll be in a trade for a while. The reason? Because there’s a 2.5% charge whenever you make a deposit. So, for example, if you start off by sending a $10,000 deposit to Coinbase, you’re already going to lose $250 instantly for the privilege of doing so (this is one of those egregious fees that makes people cringe about Coinbase). Withdrawing money costs nothing. However, if you want to “re-load” for a trade later, you’re going to suffer the same fee again. So just leave it there! Once you’ve paid your pound of flesh, that should be enough.
  2. When you sell a coin, don’t sell it for cash (the default) but convert it into a dollar-like equivalent, like Tether. The reason? Commissions! From what I can tell, selling for cash involves a nasty commission (like $50 for a $3,000 trade, for instance) whereas “housing” the buying power in $USDT costs nothing.

In short, you want to avoid cash transactions like the plague, and just keep moving things from “lake to lake with a ladle” (as my former post described it) to keep those fees and commissions to a minimum.


Who Was That Masked Man?

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I know there is a very strong correlation between the red-ness and the blue-ness (politically speaking) of a given area and its disposition toward wearing face masks. I have to say, though, I’m very surprised at my experience today. The reason is that today, June 15th, is at long last (fifteen months in!) Californians can ditch their masks and go back to normal.

I suspect people would be flinging these things in the air………….making bonfires with them……….shouting shrieks of liberated joy. Want to know the reality from the ground? Not a change. None. At this very moment, I am typing this outside of Whole Foods. I intended to go in there, sans mask, but yet every person – – every single one – – had a mask on just like for the pats fifteen months. I have never been accused of being a rigid conformist, but since I didn’t want to look like a total asshole, I fished my trusty mask out of my pocket and donned it.

Sheesh, I seriously thought we were done with this crap.