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Boom, Bust, Boom: Buying Bitcoin on Bali

TIPS AND HOT WARNINGS from the highly volatile alternative galaxy of cryptocurrency.

Buying and Trading Cryptocurrency in Indonesia

Is Bitcoin legal in Indonesia?

In a word, yes. It's legal to buy and trade cryptocurrencies on an online exchange – Indonesia has its very own Indodax, formerly – but it's illegal in Indonesia to ask for or accept payments in anything but Indonesian rupiah, so you won't be paying for a smoothie or your hotel bill with Ripple or Dash while you're here.

Can I buy Bitcoin in Bali?

Yes. Grab your passport and cash, go down to your local Bali Bitcoin office – in Denpasar or Ubud – and sign up with Indodax. The staff will take your details and take your photograph for their records, and you're good to go.

Just don't spend it all at once...

... And the current price of Bitcoin in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Bear in mind that the price of Bitcoin on Indonesia's Indodax exchange is approximately 2,3 percent higher than the figure shown here.

Essential Crypto Trading Tools Charts

If you're trading in rupiah on the Indonesian cryptocurrency exchange – – you're going to want to keep a close eye on the BTC/USD pair at the same time. While there's a live ticker at Indodax giving Bitcoin's price over a number of popular exchanges, that doesn't cut it.

Bitcoin/USD interactive chart

Bitcoin/USD interactive chart at

Go to, click on Bitcoin / US Dollar, and then Interactive Chart. Just sign up for free. The nice thing is that you can add trend lines or lines of resistance and they stay on your chart in between sessions – unlike the trading tools at Indodax.

For expert takes on the crypto world, head over to chart ideas.

The Chart Guys: Cryptocurrency Push-Notification Alert System

If you're planning on investing a large amount of money, or need a distinctly sharper edge to your scalping knife, you can always sign up to The Chart Guys' Cryptocurrency Alert System over at

It's not free. The basic version sends you push-notifications via Telegram and/or e-mail alerts on RSIs, MACDs and IBs for $19.99/month — or you can go pro with the premium service for $34.99/month and also get volume climax alerts, price shear alerts, abnormal volume alerts and psychological level alerts.

(If you don't know your Golden Cross from your Death Cross, or an RSI from a MACD, Dan and Co. have got these price indicators covered in a series of succinct, easy-to-digest videos.)

It's like having a little parrot that's fluent in crypto sit on your shoulder and peck your ear every time the price looks as if it's going to do something significant. A useful animal.

Technical Analysis Tools and Tutorials

How to Use Fibonacci Retracements in Tradingview

Courtesy of TRADEPRO Academy.

Visualising the Crypto Market with Coin360

A handy visualisation of the cryptocurrency market's coins at

Visualising the Crypto Market with Coin360

The crypto world can be cruel. Coin360's bloody visualisation of the cryptocurrency market from January to March 2018.

Percentage calculator

And unless you're a maths genius, you'll also need a percentage calculator.

Percentage calculator

Percentage calculator by Jari Jokinen.

The Cryptocurrency Numbers Game: Up, Down, Sideways... Repeat

The Chart Guys

When you're entering as dangerous a space as the cryptocurrency market, it pays to have some reliable friends on your side.

The Chart Guys aren't just your dingo crypto pyjamas on a day out – they're a solid crew who have years of experience on the stock exchange, and also make a speciality of the crypto world. Their calls are spot on – look at what has happened in the crypto space in recent months and review what they predicted before the event – and you'll get an idea that they are definitely in this for the long ride.

The Chart Guys on YouTube

The Chart Guys on YouTube.

Mr Kristof

Kristof's OK. A realist without bullshit.

He's also got a clear call on the current state of the Tin Dollar:

'... and you gotta remember, at least 10 trillion dollars of the traditional [stock] market is funny money, it's fake money. Remember we had 10 years of quantitative easing in the United States where you just printed more money that's not backed by anything.

Ten trillion dollars of our stock market is funny money, it's bullshit money, and it's a 24 trillion dollar market. So imagine if that collapses. It could quickly lose 10 trillion dollars, and that's gonna suck... It's not cool. There's gotta be a sense of awareness...'

If that isn't a call-out, I don't know what is. And you thought Bitcoin was a fragile little flower? Laugh on.

Mr. Kristof on Nixon's Fake Money Enterprise... and the potential of Stellar Lumens (XML) in 2018.

The Nixon Shock – and thanks for the fish, you bastards

The story of 'Tricky Dicky' Nixon's divorce of the US dollar from gold in 1971. Got to go get me one of them MAGA hats.


Carter's cool – he's his own man, and human with it. I like his take on the scene. Subscribe at YouTube, and give him a run.

Coinmastery on YouTube

Coinmastery on YouTube.

Crypto Kirby

A thoroughly realistic, no-nonsense wild child with a hot little finger on the crypto pulse.

Crypto Kirby on YouTube

Crypto Kirby on YouTube.

And a handful of cool others on the wire...

Cryptocurrency News for Breakfast

Coin Desk

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency news at Coindesk

Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin news at CoinDesk.

Coin Telegraph

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency news at Coin Telegraph

Bitcoin and crypto news at CoinTelegraph.

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