I don’t care about 99.9% of stocks out there. So, I focus on what works, and what really works are these kinds of earnings reports through press releases. Four times a year come these report earnings. Companies update their investors how they are doing. Right now, it’s earning season.
A big thing are newsletters. You’re looking for these specific catalysts. There are lots of websites out there that claimed to have good picks and the picks for stocks are mostly compensated. If you send enough emails to people, you might actually get the stock moving higher. That’s when I like to bet against it because whoever is paying for this promotion, once they’ve sold out their shares, it’s over. The strategy is called pump and dump.
For example, the insiders pay $2 million to send out emails to 20 million people. The reason why they are spending $2 million is because they are going to try and sell $5 million worth of stocks. Once they sold all of their stocks, they don’t promote it anymore. The stocks collapse all within a few minutes or hours.
It’s waiting for these kinds of catalysts in terms of real companies with earnings and contracts, or waiting for these scams to basically just show themselves and you get that based on, you look at the email sent, you look at which are the hottest stocks.
Every single day I’m looking at the biggest winners. I don’t care about stocks that are doing nothing. I don’t care about thousands of stocks that supposedly have good stories. I care about stocks that are moving because they are in play which means traders are trying to manipulate them. They are trying to pump them. Usually, with just a small amount of research, anybody can Google the company and the word scam, to find a research report.
Google Maps is huge. I love pulling up Google Maps on some of these company’s ‘headquarters’. I’ve exposed hundreds of companies. Promoters hate me. They turn out to be barns or little shacks in the middle of nowhere or strip malls. They are fake companies but they get up in terms of value because the stock goes from 20 cents a share to $2 a share. Still, it’s only $2 a share but it’s up 10 times and whoever has been promoting it is selling into the strength. It’s much more predictable.
A lot of people are scared of the manipulation. I embrace the manipulation because it’s so predictable. These people who are sending out their promotions, they don’t change their tune. They say, “This is an amazing stock” and when the stocks start crashing, they say nothing. It’s very simple, pump and then dump. There’s no going back and forth like if you’re trading a stock like Google, what is the value of their new platform? Facebook has to value mobile versus desktop growth, there are a lot of calculations, a lot of evaluations, and a lot of guesses in it. With pump and dump, it’s very black and white so it’s just about learning how to identify them, learning where they are in the pump and dump cycle.
It’s sometimes good to buy scams. A lot of people will get freaked out. It is like the first day of a scam. I’d say, “I just invested $50,000 in a scam.” They are like, “Oh my Tim. You’re crazy.” I say, “No, if it’s a scam, then it should do well for a few days, and they often do.” You just have to try and understand that all of the Penny Stocks are manipulated but you can use that manipulation to your advantage legally. I know it sounds fishy but it’s not.
Let’s talk numbers. What your biggest lost? Biggest gain? Earnings?
I lost $180,000 before. There was this company Taylor Devices (TAYD). It’s still in business. The stock went from $1 to $6 back in 2004 in a day roughly because the Asian Tsunami, and this company makes earthquake absorption equipments so everyone was speculating on message boards that this company was negotiating with Asian governments to put their earthquake absorption equipments on all these buildings. This was total bullshit because the company was near bankruptcy and I exposed it. I talked about it but the stock kept going.
I shorted 100,000 shares at roughly $6. The next day, the stock was at $8 and I cut my losses. It was good because it went up to $9 the next day, but I stuck with it and then the stock crashed from $9 to $6 and I made back $220,000. It was the worst $40,000 I’ve ever made. Then it went down to $2. I was too early in the pump and dump pattern on that one but conceptually, I was right. Most of the time, you’ll find that I’m right. It’s just a matter of timing and that’s why it’s not an exact science. It’s more of an art.
At that point, I was already a millionaire. I’ve been a millionaire since age 22. So I’ve been a millionaire for a decade. That’s nice but at the time I was barely a millionaire and when you lose 10% of your net worth in a day or 15%, it makes you conservative. So now, I’m much more conservative.
Those were my crazy days. Now, I make about $30,000 in a day but I don’t bet that big anymore because now I’m focused on teaching.
How do you stay level headed when you’re a millionaire at 22?
The good news is that for trading, you need money to make more money. I’m making money but I’m also paying a ton of taxes so I’m keeping the money in the account. It was very good for me that I wasn’t able to spend a lot. My biggest splurge when I made my first $100,000 in one weekend was taking my entire college dorm out to dinner. It was only like $800 because no one could afford alcohol. We’re all freshmen. I was at the right place at the right time.
When I made my second million, I splurged a little more. I actually just got into watches and had a Rolex. I’m passionate as you can tell so during one of my speeches at my conference in Vegas, I was like, “Do you think I give a shit about this?” I chucked my Rolex across the room. It just went in the wall and it exploded. I just got a Lambo. I got this $5 million mansion. After a decade of being a millionaire, I’m finally enjoying the toys and basically the spoils of what I’ve been working so hard for. But in the beginning, I couldn’t spend because I was using it to trade. Now, I make money trading. I still make roughly $300,000 a year trading but I make roughly $3 million a year from teaching so my business has shifted, which I think is much better.
I’ll trade maybe a few times a week. I just take advantage of opportunities. I’m always ready. I have my finger on the trigger at all times like a sniper. I do a watch list every morning for my students to prepare to know what stocks are hot today, new videos to prepare my students and to prepare myself, but I only want to trade good opportunities and that comes when there’s a big promotion going on, earnings, or contracts being announced. I’ve done 2,000+ trades over the years but before, I used to trade every day. I’ve cut back because I really want to value my time. I’m a big believer in enjoying life. I usually trade maybe 2-3 times a week and that brings me roughly $300,000 a year in profits over the past few years. I can make more if I traded more. I could probably make $600,000 but then I would make far less from teaching.
A lot of people are just like, “Oh you just make your money. Laugh all the way to the bank and don’t talk about it.” But as someone who is a teacher, as someone who is trying to teach this boring subject, how do you get people interested? Wait, you can become a millionaire too. Most of the photos I post now are just of me having fun – going to Italy, throwing my $50,000 party, driving my Lambo, getting this mansion, working from anywhere.
I spent two weeks in the Maldives recently. I took 13 of my closest friends, business partners, and students. These are things that people would want to do so I use them as like a carrot to get people in. Does it turn people off? For sure. People are like, “why aren’t you only talking about your trading strategy?” I’ve already did that. I’ve done 140 hours of specific technical video lessons which most are free to watch, but there is only so much technical content that I can create.
If I do a post on my blog about a good stock and spend 45 minutes explaining every single indicator, versus posting a 2 minute video of my $5 million mansion. Guess which brings in more students? 10 to one, mansion over technical, I still do the technical video once you’re a student but unless you’re a student, you don’t get any of that.
Right now, I’m just trying to draw people in so that they actually want to learn. That’s my main focus. I wish more teachers did this. Education in America is pretty fucked up because they are focusing on the wrong thing. No one wants to go to an accounting class. Nobody wants to go to Math or Science class. They want to create the next Facebook. They want the rewards. That’s how people think. So this is why I have 2,000+ students whereas there are a lot of traders who have $3 million in the stock market but they are not teaching and not getting the word out there. Shame on them. If there are some traders reading this and you’ve made millions and you have a strategy that you can teach, teach.
That’s what you should be doing. You should get the knowledge out there. Unfortunately in my industry, if you’re very successful at trading or investing, you don’t tell anybody how. You do it for yourself. You do it for a few wealthy elite. That fucking sucks. That’s why you invented the hedge fund industry that can almost take down the entire American economic system with one failure, long-term capital management. So you have this fucked up supply demand balance. I’m going to do everything I can to get the word out.
How were you able to establish your credibility as a proven trader?
Covestor was a website that basically taps into your brokerage account and verifies all your trades. As a teacher who is trying to say, “Look at my strategy, look at me,” it’s a very good tool to validate yourself if you’re good. After two years, there were 60,000 traders who signed up. I was number 1 because I went back to $12,000 to show that I could do it again in 2007, and that $12,000 had grown into $200,000. Just the fact that I could go from $12,000 to $200,000 in roughly three years again, showing every trade where students could follow it in real time, see videos, and see the blog posts; that made me number 1 and that gave me crucial, crucial validity and credibility. At one point I was like, “Look at my ranking. Don’t take my word for it. Look at Covestor. Compare me to everybody else.”
It’s just about transparency. That’s why my business succeeds. Covestor was the first stop but I’m all over Facebook, Twitter everywhere showing free picks, showing premium picks, and most of the time, I hit.
Do those ‘autotrading’ tools we read and hear about actually work?
I’ve never seen an autotrader millionaire, I’ll tell you that. A lot of people have claimed to have made millions but I have never met anybody who has made millions off autotrading somebody elses strategy. I’m a big believer that it’s also not just about the money. It’s also the self sufficiency. I want my students to learn. I have over a dozen students who have made over $100,000 with my strategy but they are all self sufficient. After what they have learned in a year or two, they don’t need me. I’m just their training wheels. I think that’s infinitely more valuable than if they just autotraded and have made $100,000. They still would have no idea what to do. Now they can go off on their own.
One of my top students has made $600,000. I haven’t created a millionaire yet but he has made $600,000. He didn’t even come to my conference because he is off playing golf. That‘s fine. It’s kind of disrespectful but I’m disrespectful so I appreciate that.
What is your other company Profit.ly?
Profit.ly is my version of Covestor. When Covester started getting into autotrading instead of just focusing on tracking as many different bloggers and traders as possible, I was like, I still want to track. So we created Profit.ly. Obviously it’s biased because it’s my website but you could see all my trades. I upload them and the beautiful thing is that instead of just tapping into one of my accounts like Covester did, you see all of my trades across all my accounts. We integrated my newsletter, my chatroom, and everybody else’s chatrooms so now there are 21,000 members in just a over two years. We’re competing against to see who is best and it’s not based on percentage.
It’s based on money because I was number one on Covestor because I turned $12,000 into $200,000. That’s great but I’m not number one in Profit.ly because I only make $200,000-$300,000 a year. There are some traders in there who make $1 million, $2 million a year. It’s based on dollars, which I think is more valuable. When was the last time you paid rent with your 10% earnings? You pay rent with $10,000 not percentages.
We changed that. We integrated it with the newsletters and the chatrooms, and now we basically have this crowd sourcing newsletter movement where out of 20,000+ traders, we pick the best. I think we have 15 newsletters now of the best traders and they also teach. You can see their trades. They have their own chatroom. They do video lessons. Some of them do webinars.
For example one trader has made $1.5 million over the past two years so now if you go to Profit.ly/iu, and you can get into his chatroom. He does webinars and video lessons, and you can learn. It’s not just my strategy. It’s others, and next year, who knows, we’ll have 100 top traders so we’re just growing. I’m not a one-man operation and that’s why a lot of my Profit.ly employees are down here in Florida.
Well you have to learn it. We’re not Covestor. We don’t autotrade so you have to watch the videos. I have 800+ video lessons and it just keeps growing every time I do more trades. I have selected 30 of the best ones. I have 12 DVDs. You could probably get away by watching the top one or two videos Penny Stocking and Penny Stocking part 2. Everybody learns differently. I blog post, I do private coaching. I do webinars so it’s about you understanding the catalyst, the news, the pump and dumps, the earnings, the contracts, and the brokers. There is free stuff everywhere especially on TimothySykes.com. My website is totally free.
I like trying to prepare my students so I have a daily watch list. Most of the traders who have newsletters, they have a daily watch list like, “Okay, this is a stock that I’ll probably buy if and when it hits this.” Then you get a real time notification via email, instant message, Twitter, text message, and many different ways when that trade is actually made. It depends on the teacher. It depends on the newsletter. It depends on the strategy but I like trying to prepare people. It’s my dream when, in my chatroom, I make a trade, and there’s already 10 of my students in that trade. People should be able to be in and predict my trades based on what I teach so I think that’s what everyone should really do but it’s a process.
Investimonials is like Yelp or Trip Advisor where you can review brokers, financial software, financial websites, you can review my DVDs, different newsletters, and different blogs. You can review Jim Cramer, commentators, everything related to finance. I thought it was going to be a cute little side project. We’re up to over 10,000+ financial products and categorizing everything so it’s very useful especially the broker reviews because there are not that many out there. The software that we’re developing called StocksToTrade.com is actually coming out in the next few months and it’s going to create our own charts.
We’re going to pipe in my alerts and watch list so it’s mainly for my subscribers and then for other so called ‘gurus’ who want to deliver useful information with their subscribers with moving charts and everything. We have been working on that for six months.
I have a lot of projects mainly just focused on transparency, giving better value to traders, and blowing up the bullshit industry that I’m in because there are so many snake oil salesmen who are like, “Oh I turned a few thousand into a few million.” Well, show me your trades. Show me that. I encourage everybody. There are quite a few people who claim to have made billions and now they are selling their strategy. If it’s so good why are you selling it?
The reason why I’m selling is because I was on TV and this is a damn good business, and guess what, I show every single one of my trades. What’s your answer? That’s what I love. I love exposing scams. It’s not just about the money. I love changing the industry for the better. That’s what really drives me every morning.
Teaching. Trading is a high. I don’t know if you know any traders but we can have very addictive personalities and you want that high. I made $100,000 freshman year. I had acne face. I couldn’t even get a girl. My fake ID was taken away. I was a loser and made $100,000 in a weekend. It opened my eyes to what’s possible. I wasn’t rich at that time. At that time, I had gone from $12,000 to $175,000 and I had made roughly $100,000 on my $175,000. So I made over 50% in one day.
That’s the value and beauty of Penny Stocks. That opened my eyes to “Guess what, you can have this amazing feeling and this high.” It was just realizing how great of a world this is, because I was middle class. $100,000, that’s like two years of work for my parents. This was in one day and I had no idea what I was doing. I actually mis-timed it and if I had one more day, it would have been $200,000 but I was just overjoyed.
But when you get that kind of confidence, you want that high and so now, I’ve had that high now. If I make $100,000 on a trade, sure, it’s great but I have done it, I don’t know, a dozen, two dozen times. If one of my students makes $100,000 for the first time or the second time, I envision the high that I use to get because now they are getting it. Because I have taught them to get that self-sufficiency, to get that feeling, Maybe it’s just their first of second time but there will be more times, eventually, the high phase. By transferring it to other people, I was reborn. It’s beautiful. I love teaching.
You need $2,000 to be able to short sell and be able to bet against companies. One of my student’s name is Jarmall. He is still in college and a single dad. He has a part time job and he invested $500. He is up to $41,000 in profits this year. Since he started with $500, he could only buy stocks. It is possible. I would recommend having at least $2,000.
You really need to study. Even before opening an account, I would suggest watching my videos. I have over 700 video lessons. I show the 30 best in a blog post. It will cost you $99 to subscribe and you get all these 30 video lessons and you get 700 more. There are some of my students, they are literally just watching these videos nonstop.
I brought two students to the Maldives with me, Kristen Gramazio, she made $4,000 on her $10,000 account on NTE and Tim Grittani who turned $1,500 into $128,000 in a year with my strategy and made over $150,000 in 2012. He’s already up $20,000 in the first 2 weeks of 2013. He is just a recent college grad. But they studied everything nonstop. Even while they were in Maldives, I have a picture on the plane that I have to post. They were watching my video lessons and DVDs. It’s about getting comfortable because this is such weird stuff. Penny Stock, shortselling, weird stuff. So you’ve got to learn that and then you’ll be prepared as an earnings winner comes, as the next scams come. There are always going to be scams. There are always going to be new companies. You just have to be prepared with your knowledge.
The main thing that you guys should really take away is that whether it’s internet marketing, FOREX trading, or Penny Stock trading, because of the world, because how fast the internet is everywhere in the world, but if you learn these kind of undiscovered industries, you can make so much money from anywhere in the world. I hate it when people say, “I can’t trade. My parents want me to be a doctor or a lawyer.” Those industries are crowded. Everybody wants to be a doctor or a lawyer. You have to study 8-10 years before you can even get your degree and then you’re not even guaranteed income. You’re also in debt for years just paying back your education. It fucking sucks.
With this stuff, you can literally become a master within a year or two. The learning curve has increased. The rewards have increased. The independence is increased and I just want more and more to realize that. I think it’s fantastic. We’re at a very special time in history more people should realize that.
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