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What This Forbes Karmagawa Feature Really Says About Me

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 4/18/2022 10 min read

Wanna know the most interesting thing about me? Check out my recent feature in Forbes. Karmagawa — my charity — is front and center. The point of view is way different from the ‘Tim Sykes is a penny stock millionaire’ sort of press I usually get…

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s great to be a millionaire.* I’m proud of what I’ve achieved as a trader. I’m even prouder of what my students have achieved — including my latest student to cross the million-dollar profit line, Jack Kellogg.*

Plus, I know that ‘millionaire trader’ is better clickbait than ‘nice guy who gives to charity.’

But I’m happy to get press like the Forbes Karmagawa feature because it tells the story of my personal development. I’ve changed a lot over the years — money isn’t my biggest motivator anymore.

I wish I’d had a mentor to teach me these kinds of lessons. I want to teach my students to trade … but I also want to teach them to aim for more in life than just making money!

Ready to get out of the money mindset?

(*I must remind you that these results are not typical. Individual results will vary. Most traders lose money. My top students have the benefit of many years of hard work and dedication. Trading is inherently risky. Always do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

Time Changes Everything

I started trading as a teenager in the 90s. My parents gave me permission to get started with $12,415 of my bar mitzvah money — they figured it was mine to lose.

Turns out I didn’t lose it … I turned it into millions.* Wanna know more? Check out my autobiography for FREE. Download your copy of “An American Hedge Fund” today.

At that time, I didn’t see a future of mentorship and philanthropy. I saw a future filled with cars, girls, and luxury. But I’ve changed.

Don’t get me wrong — I live a good life. I love to travel, and I like to do it in style.


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I like having nice things. I like good food. Most importantly, I recognize that having money gives me the freedom to live the life that I want.

But I also recognize that there’s no use hoarding your money while other people are suffering. I want to use my money and influence to make the world a better place. Like when I helped donate $1 million to the people of Yemen…

That’s why I’m happy about the article in Forbes — Karmagawa is the focal point. It tells the story of how I got involved with charity work in the first place, and what I’ve achieved since then.

It’s a great reflection of who I’ve become and what motivates me now.

What’s the Key to Finding Your Passion?

A lot of people think that passion is like a pilot light that never goes out. Wrong. This is something I think you can learn from my Forbes Karmagawa feature…

You’ve gotta keep stoking the fire. You’ve gotta find a source of motivation to keep you going. Otherwise, you could get burned out.

When I started trading, I was super motivated by making money and the things it could buy.

When I bought my first luxury car, it was amazing. But the second car didn’t bring me as much happiness.

When I found out some of my friends were building a school in Cambodia, I got inspired. I’m a take-action kind of person, so it didn’t take long for me to start building schools of my own.

So far, I’ve built 70 schools. I’ve also donated to numerous charitable organizations and done extensive work to help save the coral reef

Donating to charity helped me find new motivation to make money and trade. This is my passion!

Learn more about my charity Karmagawa here:

Trading, Teaching, Charity: My Best-Life Balance

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I love trading. I love teaching. But these days, what I love best is giving back to charity. That’s the real lesson you can learn about me in the Forbes Karmagawa feature.

These might seem like disjointed pursuits. But together, they form an ecosystem that gives me my best life.

Here’s how it evolved:

I started trading to get rich. I got rich. Suddenly, people cared about what I had to say and wanted to know how I did it. So I started teaching.

But here’s the thing … Once I became rich, making money was less motivating. I didn’t need more money. Donating to charity gave me a new source of motivation and passion.

Now, I trade to teach. I use my profits from trading to give back to charity. Through charity and thanks to the freedom that trading gives me, I get to travel the world.

See? All the systems work together. The perfect equation to give me the life of my dreams.

What Motivates You?

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I’m always saying that traders shouldn’t follow alerts … if you wanna be in this game for the long haul, you’ve gotta figure out a strategy that works for you.

You’ve gotta become self-sufficient. But that’s not just a trading lesson — it’s a life lesson.

If you want to live your best life, you’ve gotta figure out what your passion is and what motivates you.

Maybe it’s buying fancy cars…

Or maybe it’s giving back to charity…

It could even be just giving your family a better life.

No matter what your goals are, money can help give you the freedom to pursue them.

But you’ve gotta be motivated. You’ve gotta be willing to put in the hard work.

I’ve made over $6 million as a trader … Several of my top students have passed the million-dollar profit mark, too.*

Does that inspire you?

If you’re interested in the path I took, consider my Trading Challenge. This is the ultimate trading education, the culmination of my 20+ years of experience in the stock market.

Alternatively, my new 30-Day Bootcamp is a great low-cost starting point. A lot of traders start here and progress to the Trading Challenge afterward.

I created the Bootcamp series with my student Matthew Monaco. If you want an inspiring story, here you go. He was just starting to find consistency in his trading when we filmed it … now, just a few months later, he’s up over $400K in profits.*

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Sure, part of that is thanks to the volatile market, but a lot of it is because he took the time to study, learn the rules, and develop a strategy that works for him.

What the Forbes Karmagaway Feature Says About Me

If you read the Forbes Karmagawa feature, then you probably know that I’d be psyched to see more people finding consistency in the penny stock niche, making money, and donating to the many worthy causes out there.

I’ve already had at least one student follow my lead

But your goals are your own. I consider it my honor to be able to teach my students the rules of the penny stock game so that they can work toward their dreams.

But I’m just training wheels. I can teach you what I’ve learned over the past 20+ years in the stock market. The Forbes Karmagawa feature can teach you what I’m doing with my charity.

But what you do with that information is up to you. Are you ready to take the next step?

Did you read the Forbes Karmagawa feature? How does this post inspire you? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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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”