My, your BI-Administrator, second BOTS-year. The score.

BTC/USDT 2nd Year
BTC/USDT 2nd Year, Bitcoin is the leading cryptocoin.

Although I don’t trade with bots (Tip #1) looking back I have been too active.  Unfortunately this mostly was unintended, at least by me. This was my strategy that I had to change during the 2nd year:

My strategy was simple: buy a number of the most promising bots and see how the perform.
When underperforming, switch to a more promising Bot. In most cases I give it 3 to 6 months.
The exception are my HODL-Bots. These Bots are for the long term or for DIY, “do it yourself” trading. The latter is a easy way to trade crypto-coins on the same platform.
If you not go for the max, like me, but for more safety and stability, better hold on for a longer period or do not switch at all.

Adaptation 1: In post Withdrawn: Why Bots are removed from the BOTS-platform, you find an important reason to stop, or sell a bot er even a whole range of bots. In most cases, but not all (see: One month in the live of a Bot: “At the top”, 3nd period ) this will result in loss, sometimes dramatic loss. Of course this is a tricky one, beyond our control.

In Selection & Spreading you can find the bots that are removed.

Adaptation 2:  Stop underperforming bots due to a coin-crash or due to a BOTS or Creator intervention.

A number of new Agga bots I started in March/April of 2021, lost part of their yield but all show positive results even after the crash end the horizontal marked development in June and July 2021.
Unfortunately many Agga bots  must be regarded as different actually new products, with other characteristics. For that reason I stopped all my Agga bots and used the money to start new ones. Mostly from new Creators. Note that Bamboo (BO) is a new trademark of Agga.
Some other bots, many of Atmos (AM), bud all Track This Out, TTO (TO) in April 2022 and all Bloqtec (BL) bots, during Jan 2022, where Withdrawn.

Adaptation 3:  Two of my Bots where stopped due to Technical issues. Re-starting them showed very different graphs, as pointed out below (November 2021).

Other reasons for portfolio changes

Most bots have USDT (Tether) as Basecoin and some have BTC (Bitcoin), ETH (Etherium) or BNB (Binance Coin) as there Basecoin. Something to be aware of as we learn later.  The USDT bots are regarded as most save, for what that is worth. On the other hand, if you get lucky, you can profit from gains.

Tip #1: Bots are not meant to be traded.
This in combination with Footnote 1: The Power of Compounding. However, nothing is static.

This was published in the first BOTS broadcast, November 2021:

“Previously, the bots graphs in the BOTS store shown to our users had a compounding algorithm (see Footnote 1) that meant they would show increases and decreases including interest on interest (compounding) since the start date of a bot on the platform. So last week’s return was not the return against the amount at the start of the week, but against the investment at the starting date of a bot.

This gave an enormously distorted picture and made rises and falls of 40% common occurrences, while the market fell or rose much less rapidly, purely because the bot had been on the platform for a long time. This has been adjusted after lots of requests from our users and Discord community and now simply shows the true returns over the selected period.”

A event to be aware of.

In the reference below you can read the story of how I started with Bots, my first year. Many improvements have being implemented in the BOTS-App. Interesting to see the Classes: Trading and Hodl,  in the BI-Diagram has now being implemented in the Bot store  under “Trade” type: “1”, “2”, “3”,  “Earn” and “Hold” type: “A”: “Buy and hold” and type: “B”: “Rebalancers”.

BTC/USDT 2nd Year
BTC/USDT 2nd Year

This is what happened with my Bots Portfolio during the second year.

BTC worst month ever 06-2022
BTC worst month ever 06-2022

In the year that Bitcoin closed on  -40% in June, the worst month ever!
Pretty much all stock markets are in the red this year. Crypto is still mostly dependent.

My Bots performanse over August 2021 – 2022.

To recap: At the top of my portfolio, beginning of May 2021, my investment yielded over +400%, including one BNB based bot with upto 2700% gain.
The worst case was around 20 July 2021 when my portfolio was down to just +220%. During my first half year, 2020/2021 the sky was the limit, and not very realistic.

I must admit this is not my pension income. For me this is more like a hobby than anything else. As a sport I try to go for the max and not for low risk. The first Bots-year, Year To Date (YTD) revenue on 1st of  August 2021 was +240% in €euro, including four (recently started, 2 in test) negative Bots.
Not bad at all, to say the least. Just compare my savings income and the taxes due.

My second year, August 2021/2022 is actually a lost year with regard to investments, to say the least. And then, for me, it has been interesting.  While Bitcoin was extremely volatile, most Altcoins experienced the same.
After the Adaptation “cleanup” strategy as described above, my strategy was: wait and see.

Year 2nd Low-High
Year 2nd Low-High

One of my first bots, and my best bot, was/is (27-8-2020 … timing was all). This bot had a All Time High (ATH) around +2700% in November 2021. In the last month it dipped to a All Time Low (ATL) of just +870%. And now it just crossed the +1300% again, going up! All this BNB is expressed in €euro.

BTC-2022-06-19 2nd year worst
BTC-2022-06-19 2nd year worst

This period of one year was a (BTC)disaster.  Some of my bots went under -80%. I decided to keep (the remainder of) these underperforming bots in the hope that part of the loss could be compensated. The value under 50% of the purchase-price is no value for me.

Year 2nd Low low
Year 2nd Low-Low.

To be honest I did not expect to see BTC-USDT value under 33k, let alone under 27k. I could not imagen a BTC-USDT course under 20k, but eventually it tipped a low of 17,500 USDT, where it stopped.

My second BOTS-year, Year To Date (YTD) revenue on 1st of  August 2022 is: +75% in €euro.
Some 20 bots started last and this year, resulted in a loss of aboud -50%.
Only a hand full of these recent bots purchased resulted in miner or higher, yields: Delta1, Angry Toddler, HODL the bottle top 35.

Define what “a good bot” is, so you can choose some bots most suited for you. In general terms, a good bot is one that holds on to profits in stable and falling (bear)markets and makes profits in rising (bull)markets. Of course the best bots make profit in all markets!
For this purpose we advice you to use Bots-comparison Dashboard.
Be sure to pick the right bots for your purpose, risk and time-horizon (use the Purchase Checklist).

In the BOTS App Home display (your Bots portfolio), the negative performance display was changed from red into blue, around mid june 2022. Not sure if this is only about cosmetics and esthetics.  In the Bots-store negative, – is still red.

Year 2nd Low-High
Year 2nd Low-Low red

At the other end it is still within a long-time cycle, which makes sense.

Some Altcoins

Although Bitcoin is the leading cryptocoin, there are many Altcoins with which Bots can make profits, even during a BTC bear-marked.

Piet, your BI-Admin.

See my Portfolio difference 2020/2021 in My, your BI-Administrator, first BOTS-year. The score and use The most popular Bot Creator Poll for your own Portfolio.


Why is my bot making less profit than the underlying coin?

Dear botbuilder, trading in ETH only and took 10% while Ethereum went up by 20%!  Explain yourself!

This type of question comes on a daily base in a variety of flavors, one being more polite than the other. In both bear and bull markets our precious bot heroes are spending a lot of time justifying themselves, while in almost all cases the answer is straight forward. The bot acted rationally, the crypto market did not.
Very often these questions do not come from a lack of trust but more an attempt to better understand how these algorithms works. Therefore, I decided to use an example from the recent past to illustrate how bots behave and why it perfectly makes sense these things happen.

Let’s head into a real-life example.

For demonstration purposes I cut a few corners and use round numbers to ease the math. In reality it is far more complex but irrelevant for this illustration.

We go back to the beginning of May 2021. I have running with 2850 USDT. Exactly 1 ETH at that time. What a coincidence. is in ETH for 100%.  On May the 2nd ETH hit the symbolic 3K. The so called “all time high” (ATH). While every vein in my body was shouting “To the moon!”, started to see some orange flags. Its logic told him the risk of a correction became higher than the chance of continuing this steep upwards line. In an attempt to secure the profit it pro-actively traded 25% of in USDT.  The upwards trend continued and at 3.1K it secured another 25%.

While my emotions kept on shouting to buy more, my bot rationally decided to secure another 25% at 3.3K.

At that point I have 2350 USDT and 0.25 ETH in my portfolio. Against all odds, ETH kept on booming and went almost straight to 4K. On May the 6th realized it was missing out too much and decided to buy again 50% of ETH at 3.5K.

The log file showed the below trades. I skipped a few and the actual numbers are slightly different but as mentioned before, for easy illustration purposes I simplified. In movie terms we would speak of “based on true events”.

Why is my bot making less profit
BOT performance: +11%
Ethereum performance: +19%


At certain thresholds, the algorithm decided to prioritize securing profit.  Would you really bet all your money that Ethereum would hit the 4K at that time?
Probably not. did not either and unfortunately it missed some of the gain in his effort to secure some profit.

But then, would you have done better?

PS: If you want to know how it acted on the recent drop, keep an eye for my next post: “Lessons learned”.


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