Table of Contents
- 0.1 How I Spoke My Truth and Created Some Controversy
- 0.2 New Schools in Thailand and Foodie Adventures
- 1 My Best Trade of the Week: Cronos Group, Inc (NASDAQ: CRON)
- 2 What My Students Did Last Week: See It All On Twitter
- 3 Question of the Week
- 3.1 “What’s the most common excuse you hear people say about why they can’t get ahead in the market?”
How I Spoke My Truth and Created Some Controversy
I recently spoke at a conference in Vancouver, B.C. at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference. My topic: How to Choose Only the Best Investments. If you want to know my answer in far greater depth than I could give in a talk, apply for the Trading Challenge.
I got heckled. This guy flipped out on me. You’ve gotta see it.
He said I was full of crap. It seemed like he was trying to come off as some kind of market vigilante. Then he started swearing and I think he got escorted out. I didn’t know who he was at the time (I’ve since learned who he is; do your own research), but all I could do was laugh.
“You’re full of s**t,” he said …
My answer: “I show 20 years of trading. I share everything. How is that full of s**t?”
Afterward, people told me not to take him seriously. (Why? Again, do your own research.) And they were also complimentary to me, saying, “You handled that really well.”
I just laugh at my haters. This is the beauty of being transparent online.
New Schools in Thailand and Foodie Adventures
After Vancouver and the heckling incident, I flew to Thailand. We have two new schools opening here with my charity, Karmagawa.
I also did a whole food tour with some of the best foodies in the world. I had some amazing Thai food. I gained around 7 lbs. in 3 days — something like 2½ lbs. per day. Impressive, I know.
Before I tell you about my best trade of the week, I want to emphasize that I’m always looking for my next top student.** Everywhere. But there are NO lazy people allowed.
I’m looking for my next top student EVERYWHERE, but be warned: NO lazy people allowed! pic.twitter.com/2akONhG3IO
— Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) January 25, 2019
My Best Trade of the Week: Cronos Group, Inc (NASDAQ: CRON)
My best trade of the week was Cronos Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON). I only made a few hundred dollars. I took roughly half the potential profits so it probably could have done a little better.** I had major jet lag but managed to stay awake and trade.
Which brings up a very important point before you have a look at the chart. This trade shows you can do this from anywhere. This is my classic morning panic pattern and it was a good one. OK, check out the chart:
I dip bought the morning panic — timed almost perfectly — with a goal of making 20-40 cents per share on the bounce. It’s a little higher priced stock than I like to trade, especially early in the year after I’ve rebalanced my account down to $12,000.
I took a small position of only 1500 shares. I was in at $14.47 and back out at $14.71 when the stock seemed to be having some trouble in the low $14.70s. It’s good to dip buy the first morning panic on a multi-day runner like this. It was only a 1.66% gain for a $360 profit.**
Let that sink in …
I played it safe by trading a pattern I like and know. I played it safe by getting out near the low end of my predetermined goal. Small gains add up over time. This is what it’s all about.
Set your plan, trade your plan, and cut losses quickly if things go wrong.
One more thing before I move on to my students…
I made a video lesson for this trade. It’s available to Trading Challenge students and Profit.ly subscribers. Also, big shout out to Mark Croock who is one of the mentors. He alerted this trade in the chat literally seconds before I did. Nice. One of the many reasons I love my students.
Which brings me to …
What My Students Did Last Week: See It All On Twitter
I love all the great tweets coming at me from students on!
Some of you are killing it on morning spikes like Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ:BOXL). Take a look at the quick chart I made on this one. You see a huge morning spike followed the next two days by morning panics with a bounce.
Microbot Medical (NASDAQ: MBOT) was hot again, too. I talked about MBOT in last week’s question of the week. You can see the chart there.
The lesson to be learned is: Find your pattern. Whether it’s dip buying morning panics or breakouts …
… whatever it is, you’ve gotta test everything and you’ve gotta try everything.
It’s not just about the money you make, it’s about getting comfortable with a pattern and taking what the market will give you. Don’t feel like you always have to trade.
Sometimes the best trade is not a trade at all.
So, congratulations to my students who are studying like crazy to learn potentially life-changing skills.
(BTW, I made all the charts in this post with the most badass stock screener available anywhere, StocksToTrade. I use it every day.)
Question of the Week
“What’s the most common excuse you hear people say about why they can’t get ahead in the market?”
It’s not one excuse. There are a few I hear over and over again. Self-defeating excuses do nothing but hold you back. Here are the most common. I’ll give a thought or two on why they’re lame excuses you should toss out of your life right away.
Excuse #1: Not Enough Time
We all have 24 hours in a day and we all choose how to use those 24 hours. Before I get a bunch of haters saying “But, Tim, you don’t know what my life is like and what I have to go through …” Blah, blah, blah.
You have time to read this? You have access to the internet? You have a burning desire to get yourself in gear and learn? Drop this excuse from your life. Make time.
I work with my charities to build schools in places where children probably won’t get a decent education without the school getting built. They’re grateful for every opportunity. You have no excuse. Stop holding yourself back!
Excuse #2: I Don’t Know How to Learn
Are you serious?
If you can read, be grateful you can read and get to work. Take notes. Make a study plan. Study, study, study. Watch my YouTube channel. Keep reading these posts. I almost feel like an idiot for answering this one. You know how to learn. Can you tie your shoes? You can learn.
Excuse #3: Don’t Know Where to Start
Let me make it easy for you …
Free guide on my blog: How to Trade Penny Stocks: Penny Stocks 101.
Inexpensive book written by student and badass tech dude Jamil Ben Alluch: The Complete Penny Stock Course.
12-hour guide updating my original 7-step framework: PennyStocking Framework Part Deux.
And the one to rule them all: Trading Challenge
Excuse obliterated. Study up.
Excuse #4: My Account is too Small
Stop. Holding. Yourself. Back.
You should start with a small account. You need to study, learn the patterns, and learn to trade with rules. You need to make a lot of small trades at first. You have to learn the discipline. The fastest way to become an ex-trader is to blow up your account.
I rebalance my account down to $12,000 every January so I’m forced to trade the way I teach my students to trade. In other words, my account is small for most of the year. My top student Tim Grittani started with $1,500 and now reports nearly $7.5 million in profits.**
And finally …
Excuse #5: It Takes too Long
Listen, this is not some get-rich-quick scheme. It’s not gonna happen overnight. You’ll definitely have to study.
I didn’t learn everything overnight! I didn’t even have all my trading rules in place until year 8 or 9. You must have patience. I still don’t know everything and I’m in year 20+. I’m still learning.
Here’s what I know:
It Gets Easier Over Time
Accumulated knowledge and experience is the answer. Not excuses. Get busy, study up, and learn so you have the chance of doing something amazing with your life. Maybe you’re already doing something amazing, I don’t know. But if you’re not, study.
Life Is Long
You don’t have to get this by tomorrow. But to get it at all you have to start. The sooner you start the sooner it will all make sense. Start today. No more excuses.
There’s Always Going to Be a Stock Market
Barring some crazy apocalyptic-world-changing-event …
… the stock market will go on.
You have time. Use your time wisely.
Anyway, wouldn’t you rather make enough money for one of those prepper bunkers? And have your bug-out bag ready? I don’t think anything like that’s gonna happen. I’m just saying there will always be a stock market and now’s the time to take advantage of it.
There Will Always Be Opportunities
We live in amazing times. The internet has changed everything and there are opportunities everywhere. I talked a little about this in my last weekly update.
The only question is, are you prepared to capitalize on the opportunities that come your way?
Are you a trader or student trader? How will you take advantage of the lessons in this post? Let me know in the comments below. I love to hear from you!