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Celebrating My True Love This Valentine’s Day

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 1/24/2023 30 min read

Valentine’s Day conjures up images of flowers and chocolates. But it’s really about love. Love is a powerful emotion. It builds people up, makes them feel invincible only to tear them down when things go astray. 

Should you try to find love this Valentine’s Day? Is love worth all the pain?

The short answer — yes, love is absolutely worth it.

If you’re looking for a mushy love letter from me … sorry, you’re in the wrong place. Don’t take it the wrong way, I’m thankful for each and every one of you. But this Valentine’s Day, I’m saving all my love for Mother Earth. 

Our planet is in desperate need of love and affection. The human race treats everything like it’s disposable. We use up a resource or destroy an area only to move onto the next. What happens when there isn’t a next?

People don’t seem to care about the planet. I don’t think people are inherently evil. They’re misguided — maybe misinformed. Earth is all we’ve got. We have one planet. There aren’t any do-overs. It’s time to get serious.

My Favorite Kind of Love This Valentine’s Day

Believe it or not, I’m capable of love. I love my family, animals, traveling to new countries, learning about new cultures, building schools, and teaching. 

When I first started trading, it was so much harder to find financial information. That information barrier allowed people to take advantage of uneducated traders. 

So I set out to make the sketchy penny stock industry more transparent. The internet made that possible. 

Over time, the information inefficiencies improved. It’s not perfect, but it’s easier than ever to access financial information. (I use this revolutionary tool every day.)

It’s great that we’ve seen some changes in the market. Promoters aren’t what they used to be. But I think we can do better. I know we can do more.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how rich you become … If the planet is dying around you, you won’t be able to enjoy your hard work.  

I love my life and that I have the opportunity to give back in so many ways. But if we don’t save the planet, none of it matters.

Think about it … on a dying planet, your hard work, your studying, your money — it’s all worthless. 

That’s why I’m dedicated to making the planet a better place. It’s about education and information. Just as it is with penny stocks.

Modern Day Black Gold

Information is a valuable commodity in the modern world. By some accounts, it’s more valuable than oil. Sadly, far too many people still don’t have access to good information.

There’s undeniable scientific proof Earth is dying. So why does the mainstream media suppress these stories?

I don’t know. It’s disgusting. And it’s part of why I’ve turned to social media. Information can spread through social media at lightning speeds. And it can help directly influence society.

My obsession led to the birth of my Karmagawa charity. I believe that together we can elicit change and leave the world in a better place.

Why Should We Care About Animals?

I hate it when people say…

“Why do you care about endangered species? It’s evolution. It’s how the world works”.

Narrow-minded people who think like that are the problem. Don’t blow off a problem with a lame excuse. Humans share the planet with millions of species. As a species, we need to own up to our mistakes.

We understand so little about the world we call home…


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Repost from @karmagawa We love this photo of a critically endangered orangutan extending his hand to help a man out of snake-infested waters in Borneo as this is the exact type of kindness that we humans must learn to show to animals in these desperate times. Sadly, it’s estimated that the Bornean orangutan population has dropped by 80% within the past three generations and an estimated 150,000 orangutans have been killed in the last 15 years alone. This is due to deforestation, the clearing of their rainforest habitat for logging, pulp paper and palm oil plantations, and the truly terrible practice of poaching orangutan mothers and selling their infants as pets. We humans MUST do better, we MUST stop killing so many innocent animals and treating them so badly otherwise we doom the future of our planet and our own species too. The #coronavirus is truly tragic, but since it appears to have started in a wild animal market, it should be a wakeup call for EVERYONE to change our ways and treat animals with love and respect before it’s too late! Please use your social media platform to help us spread awareness about this URGENT crisis, share this beautiful photo and important message with your followers and tag people, celebrities, influencers and news media that need to see it — let’s all work together and extend our own hands to help animals worldwide! Amazing photo by @anil_t_prabhakar #savetheorangutans #endanimalcruelty #karmagawa

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Take the pangolin for example. Have you ever heard of a pangolin? Most people from western cultures haven’t.

Pangolins are the most heavily trafficked animal in the world. It’s a disturbing issue. Type in “pangolin” on Instagram and a warning pops up. Maybe you’re wondering…

Why Are Pangolins So Valuable?

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Honestly … they shouldn’t be. It’s not that we shouldn’t value them. But people have a lot of misinformation. Some believe pangolin scales can cure cancer, headaches, or STDs. So they eat pangolin scales.

Dozens of cultures have ‘medicinal’ purposes for pangolins. Those claims are 100% false — similar to rhino horns.

How does this affect you?

A recent article places pangolins at the epicenter of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Yep, I’m talking about Covid-19 — the virus that so far has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and shut down large portions of China.

Researchers from the article discovered a 99% link between Covid-19 and a virus pangolins carry naturally. The virus is self-contained in pangolins — but humans created the problem.

When humans sell pangolins in unhygienic markets and mix them with other exotic animals, the virus mutates. All it takes is one mutation. Once the virus spread to humans, we got this pandemic.

Wake up. 

You should watch the movie “Contagion.” It’s not a documentary, but the producers did a great job explaining how deadly viruses come about. It’s eye-opening.

The Karmagawa Movement

Karmagawa has gained 300,000 followers on Instagram the past month. We’re bringing awareness to topics people have never heard about and they love it. Follow Karmagawa here.

I bet most of you never heard of a pangolin before this post. The mainstream media doesn’t talk about pangolins. Yet, this little weird endangered species might be the cause of the deadliest virus in decades. It’s important to learn about this stuff.

One of the core problems Karmagawa is trying to solve is people’s misinformation about endangered animals. We have science, facts, and statistics proving pangolin scales and rhino horns have no medicinal value.

Too many people don’t understand science. They prefer to believe old wives’ tales and superstitions. We’re working to change that. 

Karmagawa’s working to spread accurate information and crush misguided beliefs.

By killing these animals and treating them terribly, humans are creating new viruses. Viruses that are killing us.

What if it’s karma … we kill animals and inadvertently destroy the human race? Sorry, I don’t want karma like that. We need to respect this planet and all the life on it. And ultimately, we have to understand that…

Why Charity Is So Important to Me

I love helping people. But it’s crucial to remember humans aren’t the only species on Earth.

I want you to take a minute and try to look at these pictures. I know they can be horrific … but this is actually happening around the world…

Warning: Graphic Images. Some people may find the following content disturbing or offensive.


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⚠️WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠️ Repost from @karmagawa Please share this URGENT post about the coronavirus outbreak with your followers as people have begun killing their pets, mistakenly believing that they can get the virus from them AND THAT IS NOT TRUE! There is NO evidence that cats and dogs spread this virus and pets do not deserve to be killed all due to rumors/misinformation! Swift left to see photos of this tragedy and read the official statement from the World Health Organization that says there is no evidence that dogs or cats can get infected with this new virus and please share this URGENT information with your followers and HELP US ALERT EVERYONE RIGHT NOW to save the lives of too many innocent animals that are being killed due to these ugly rumors! Sadly, after these rumors went viral on social media in China, reports say several poor animals were thrown from the upper floors of apartment buildings in the middle of the night, waking up neighbors when they hit the ground, and found in street the next morning. This virus is truly scary, having now killed 426 people with 20,620 confirmed cases in 27 countries and 60+ million more people are still on lockdown to prevent further spreading, but we must NOT spread false rumors and remember to treat other people, and animals, with respect. To stay updated in real-time our US followers can now text us at 323-310-1679 and also follow @karmagawa on Instagram too. Please let’s all use our social media platforms to spread accurate information ONLY, not rumors that cost innocent animals their lives so share this URGENT post with your followers and tag people, celebrities, influencers and news media that need to see this and let’s work together to to save as many humans and animals alike as possible! #coronavirus #endanimalcruelty #coronavirusoutbreak #karmagawa

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We force animals into terrible situations. This cruelty must stop.


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⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ Repost from @karmagawa THIS ANIMAL CRUELTY MUST STOP RIGHT NOW! Please share this URGENT video of a kangaroo being forced to box and fight in front of a paying audience with your followers and tag people, celebrities, influencers and news media that need to see this as we MUST work together to stop blatant animal cruelty like this before any more innocent animals are hurt! Let us be very clear: WILD ANIMALS ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOULD NEVER BE FORCED TO BOX/FIGHT! The key to ending this madness is making everyone aware and creating laws to make shows like this illegal and that process begins with you sharing this with your followers and tagging people who need to see this RIGHT NOW! Let’s all use our social media platforms for good — as disgusting animal shows like this only happen because too many unaware people buy tickets and do not realize how cruel they are to the animals…we can fix that by working together to educate EVERYONE and put a stop to this abuse RIGHT NOW! #dontbuyaticket #endanimalcruelty #karmagawa

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Look at these markets … This is inhumane.


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⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ Repost from @karmagawa Please share this CRUCIAL post with your followers because we must make EVERYONE aware that the unhygienic markets where live dogs, cats, snakes, rats, bats, monkeys and many other animals are traded are NOT just in China, THEY EXIST WORLDWIDE! And because these markets are breeding grounds for deadly zoonotic diseases (viruses that spread from animals to humans) like SARS, MERS and now the coronavirus, WE MUST BAN THEM ALL PERMANENTLY before any more viruses are created and getting the word out about this URGENT PROBLEM is key to saving countless lives! The coronavirus may have come from bats as they host the highest proportion of viruses of any animal, and with more than 1,300 species of bats, they are second only to rodents in mammal diversity, so selling these creatures with countless viruses in these disgusting markets is sadly the perfect environment for deadly viruses to grow and mutate to become deadly to humans as one of them will eventually go truly viral and kill thousands, if not millions of people…so, why risk it? The problem is hardly anyone is aware that this is a global issue so WE MUST use our social media platforms to spread awareness and BAN WILD ANIMAL TRADING WORLDWIDE, not just in China, as this new coronavirus, which still has no vaccine, has now killed 132 people with 5,900 confirmed cases in 15 countries, numbers which are growing 30-50% per day despite attempts to limit its spreading. To stay updated in real-time about this crisis, our US followers can now text us at 323-310-1679 and also follow @karmagawa on Instagram too. Please pray for the the victims of the virus and their families and share this post with your followers and tag people, celebrities, influencers and news media that need to see this and let’s work together to PERMANENTLY ban the trading of wild animals, not just in China, but WORLDWIDE! Eye-opening photos by @paulhiltonphoto #coronavirus #endanimalcruelty #coronavirusoutbreak #karmagawa

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Humans are taking advantage of these innocent animals. This horrific treatment will come back to haunt us in ways we can’t expect…


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⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ Repost from @karmagawa Please share this URGENT post about the coronavirus epidemic with your followers as the origin of the virus has been traced to the zone of the Wuhan market where live wild animals like snakes, rats, bats and monkeys were traded before China instituted a temporary ban yesterday. But a temporary ban is NOT enough, WE MUST use our social media platforms to spread awareness and BAN WILD ANIMAL TRADING WORLDWIDE as this is EXACTLY what caused the SARS virus that killed nearly 800 people in 2003! SARS was 17 years ago and yet these markets are doing the exact same thing, selling live wild animals in unhygienic conditions that create diseases with devastating consequences for the entire human race! This new virus, which has no vaccine, has killed 82 people with 2,887 confirmed cases in 15 countries, numbers which have increased 50% SINCE YESTERDAY and 60 million more people are on lockdown to prevent further spreading. To stay updated in real-time our US followers can now text us at 323-310-1679 and also follow @karmagawa on Instagram too. Please pray for the world and share this URGENT post with your followers and tag people, celebrities, influencers and news media that need to see this and let’s work together to PERMANENTLY ban the trading of wild animals that create these deadly viruses! #coronavirus #endanimalcruelty #coronavirusoutbreak #karmagawa

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Some of my Instagram followers ask: “Why post such gruesome pictures? Why don’t you just talk about stocks?”

I talk about stocks all the time. I have a ridiculously strong work ethic.

Some people follow me on social media because they don’t want to pay for my Trading Challenge. They think they can sneak by without investing in their education.

I don’t have a problem with anyone taking advantage of all the free information that’s available. That’s why there’s so much of it out there — I want you to learn as much as you can. But once you’re truly serious about trading, you’ll have to…

Step It Up

If you want to learn from me, apply for my Trading Challenge today. But I don’t have time for lazy people.

Or check out my YouTube channel for free lessons. You won’t find a full market education there, but it’s a good start.

Since I started Karmagawa, I don’t post as many trading tips on Instagram. Honestly, it’s not the best place for it. And it seems silly to use my audience for only the stock market.

Karmagawa is about helping the planet, animals, and humans.

Check out the incredible work we do in this Karmagawa documentary about saving rhinos…

Or learn about Earth’s depleting oxygen source…

Karmagawa isn’t solely focused on land animals. Some of Earth’s greatest treasures are in its oceans. In the coral reef documentary, we explain how underwater “trees” account for a larger portion of Earth’s oxygen than the trees on the surface. The world is an incredible place. 

So it’s not just about stepping it up as a trader, it’s about being a better human.

Misinformation Kills Innocent People

The coronavirus doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon … Sadly, the number of confirmed cases is speeding up.

I’m still not stocking up on supplies, but the virus is deeply concerning. If humans keep selling, exploiting, and eating these exotic animals … it’s only a matter of time before we create a virus that wipes us out.

Exotic animals like bats, pangolins, and rodents are the most dangerous. These animals have a lot of viruses that naturally coexist in their systems.

It’s rare for humans to contract these viruses. Viruses don’t just jump from one species to another. But when humans mix exotic animals and force them into terrible conditions … it doesn’t take an immunologist to know bad things will happen.

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Where Can You Get Real Information?

Whether it comes to trading or taking care of the planet and its inhabitants, I’ve taken it upon myself to spread real information on all my social channels.

Why? Because I HATE misinformation.

I hate misinformation in the stock market. I hate misinformation that kills the planet. People deserve to know the full story.

It’s important to help teach people. Too many people learn useless lessons in the public school system. Too few are exposed to useful information … or they believe fake influencers on Instagram. Don’t trust random people. Make people earn their titles.

There is a ton of misinformation out there. It’s important to know how to ignore the noise. 

Let me put it this way … I want to be the teacher I never had. I had to figure out how to day trade on my own and I made millions.* But money wasn’t enough to make me happy. I had to teach myself how I could make a difference in the world.

I want to share with you everything I’ve ever learned. Find the right information. Study it and let it change your life.

Here are some of my top trading education resources. Learn it. Live it…

Trading Challenge: this is my most comprehensive course. Only apply when you’re willing to commit because not everyone gets accepted. Come ready to focus on what really matters.  

Pennystocking Silver: the 6,000+ video lesson library gives you years of trading insight and examples. 

The Complete Penny Stock Course” … I get asked so many questions that are answered in this book. It’s a great place to start.

My best-selling book “An American Hedge Fund”: you can get this today for free

My YouTube channel: get access to well over 1,000 free video lessons. Priceless knowledge.

Specific must-read blog posts: I use these brokers, I trade using these rules, and my number-one rule is cut losses quickly

Information Isn’t The Enemy

I believe through education and social media we can clamp down on misinformation. I’ve already changed the way a lot of people think about penny stocks. Two decades ago, people wouldn’t touch a stock under $5 with a ten-foot pole.

Many people didn’t like the fact that I was sharing penny stock patterns and teaching people how to take advantage of this niche.

Haters used to say, “Don’t teach penny stocks. It’s just a bunch of losers and scams.”

… but now I have hundreds of profitable students and several millionaire students.*

As better information spreads, the penny stock landscape changes. Before, this niche was filled with promoters and suckers. There was no middle ground. There were a few professional traders who kept what they knew quiet. I don’t want to do that.

I believe in people and I believe in the power of knowledge. My Trading Challenge has helped several millionaire traders learn a repeatable process. Locking in small amounts every day and avoiding large risks.

Twenty years ago, traders like my successful students didn’t exist … Now, they’re living lives they never thought possible, and providing for their families and generations to come…

AND, they’re teaching their kids to take care of their families and the planet and all its creatures…

See how the circle of life and love can keep going? Let’s keep it up! 

I want to apply the same concepts that helped my students make millions to save our planet. There will always be hate and confusion, but I will always work to share and spread good information. Knowledge can change the world.


I donate all my trading profits to charity. I don’t care about profits. I’ve made enough money in the market. (See all my verified trades on Profit.ly.)

For me, it’s about helping people. I do that through education and charity.

I’m not saying you need to do as much as I do. You don’t have to donate all your profits or make documentaries. But I think you should care. I think it’s really important to give something to reputable charities — 5%–10% of your earnings.

Let’s work together to make this a better planet for ALL animals and humans.

I’ll keep sharing this information. I’d appreciate it if you share it too. I know some of what I post isn’t pretty or fun to look at, but it’s important. I’m trying to look after the world. You should too.

[*Profits my students and I have earned trading are not typical. Please remember that all trading is risky. 90% of traders lose. Do your due diligence and research every trade. Never risk more than you can afford to lose.]

How do you help care for the planet? Let me know in the comments … I love to hear from you! 

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Timothy Sykes

Tim Sykes is a penny stock trader and teacher who became a self-made millionaire by the age of 22 by trading $12,415 of bar mitzvah money. After becoming disenchanted with the hedge fund world, he established the Tim Sykes Trading Challenge to teach aspiring traders how to follow his trading strategies. He’s been featured in a variety of media outlets including CNN, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Forbes, Men’s Journal, and more. He’s also an active philanthropist and environmental activist, a co-founder of Karmagawa, and has donated millions of dollars to charity. Read More

* Results are not typical and will vary from person to person. Making money trading stocks takes time, dedication, and hard work. There are inherent risks involved with investing in the stock market, including the loss of your investment. Past performance in the market is not indicative of future results. Any investment is at your own risk. See Terms of Service here

The available research on day trading suggests that most active traders lose money. Fees and overtrading are major contributors to these losses.

A 2000 study called “Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors” evaluated 66,465 U.S. households that held stocks from 1991 to 1996. The households that traded most averaged an 11.4% annual return during a period where the overall market gained 17.9%. These lower returns were attributed to overconfidence.

A 2014 paper (revised 2019) titled “Learning Fast or Slow?” analyzed the complete transaction history of the Taiwan Stock Exchange between 1992 and 2006. It looked at the ongoing performance of day traders in this sample, and found that 97% of day traders can expect to lose money from trading, and more than 90% of all day trading volume can be traced to investors who predictably lose money. Additionally, it tied the behavior of gamblers and drivers who get more speeding tickets to overtrading, and cited studies showing that legalized gambling has an inverse effect on trading volume.

A 2019 research study (revised 2020) called “Day Trading for a Living?” observed 19,646 Brazilian futures contract traders who started day trading from 2013 to 2015, and recorded two years of their trading activity. The study authors found that 97% of traders with more than 300 days actively trading lost money, and only 1.1% earned more than the Brazilian minimum wage ($16 USD per day). They hypothesized that the greater returns shown in previous studies did not differentiate between frequent day traders and those who traded rarely, and that more frequent trading activity decreases the chance of profitability.

These studies show the wide variance of the available data on day trading profitability. One thing that seems clear from the research is that most day traders lose money .

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Citations for Disclaimer

Barber, Brad M. and Odean, Terrance, Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors. Available at SSRN: “Day Trading for a Living?”

Barber, Brad M. and Lee, Yi-Tsung and Liu, Yu-Jane and Odean, Terrance and Zhang, Ke, Learning Fast or Slow? (May 28, 2019). Forthcoming: Review of Asset Pricing Studies, Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535636”

Chague, Fernando and De-Losso, Rodrigo and Giovannetti, Bruno, Day Trading for a Living? (June 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423101”