Crypto did go way up right after tax time. It then went back down later. Different things. Like any global market there are a lot of components to this. Oh - and as to how I’m doing? Well, crypto is still up from where it started in 2017 by around 600%. Not shabby and vastly better than any other speculative investment I’ve had. So doing great!
The vast majority of the time that I have moved money to foreign exchanges, it has been specifically to trade for tokens or crypto‘s that are available on that exchange and not in my normal one. I know others who have just paid for things in crypto- ordering $10,000 of material from Singapore? Pay in BTC and then the local vendor deals with it. For just small amounts of $$, if you keep BTC around you should be able to use it locally on localbitcoins.com to exchange. I haven’t don’t that but know many who have.
I bought into bitcoin in 2013 so while it gained and then lost a lot of value in the last 6 months...I'm still super happy and grateful for where it is. Also expect in 4-5 years, those holding crypto at current prices will feel the same. It's an investment, I don't think about it day to day or even month to month.
It’s a range bound traders game for now. Roughly $6500 - $9500. Opportunity to make money but way too much uncertainly IMO. Could go under $5000 just as easily as it could go above $12000. Better odds than Vegas.