Review of #traderchecklist Instructional DVD by @timothysykes Chapter 3

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This chapter finally starts getting into some pretty decent nitty gritty of trading. It starts out with some basic technical analysis training. Which while somewhat basic is very useful education for newer traders. While technical analysis is by no means a silver bullet every trader at least needs to be able to quickly recognize key levels. Especially multiple time frame support and resistance levels. For a lot of us that have been around a while it is second hand to pick them out. But as a new trader you HAVE to be able to see these patterns and price levels.

The majority of this chapter is based around charts Sykes has traded in the past. Tim gets pretty in depth and recaps each one of these setups and how he traded it. He has always impressed me with his ability to remember specific tickers and the trades he makes. Unless I write notes down I can’t remember how I traded a stock 2 days ago much less 2 years ago.

Tim also begins to discuss a lot of trading psychology such as never believing the herd and only trading price action. As well as a good discussion of FOMO, which is one of the biggest and hardest vices for new traders to defeat.

“Trade the price action, ask questions never” – Tim Sykes

The recap for this chapter is a little shorter since you really need to see it to get Sykes thoughts on each chart. Also if you are curious the tickers he covers I go over them all below.


Charts intro
     -support/resistance breakout/breakdown
     -Simple but effective chart description
Example charts, wedge etc.
Basic description of buying breakouts and selling breakdowns.
Cup and Handle
Recap of TOPS
Low float discussion
Use chat/alerts for trade ideas, NEVER follow alerts or other traders
     -think on your own/be self sufficient
XXII recap – breakout explanation
Beginning of “earnings winner” description
Penny stocks, NEVER try and buy breakdowns, most low priced stocks never come back.
     -Can work with real stocks
$KONE – low float, squeeze setup
“Trade the price action, ask questions never” – Good quote
Most penny stocks are junk that is fine, but the price action is what makes them traceable.
Recap of more low float runners/charts
$VLTC – Recap of big move then breakout over NHOD
Discussion of watching multiple time frames
$SPU – recap
Good discussion of FOMO and why it is tough for traders.
     -focus on just the best plays
$ESI morning spike and late day push example
     -Research Float/market cap etc, not covered here.
$YOD recap
Recap of Seeking Alpha and the history of it, then the failing of it as a catalyst – adapt.
$GRNH – Weed stocks
     -Men’s Journal interview NOT Men’s Health
Be willing to adapt and go long or short and change even during the same day.
Figure out what works for you, study and paper trade till you find it.

Review of #traderchecklist Instructional DVD by @timothysykes Chapter 2

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Another solid chapter, but much like Chapter 1 there is a lot of preparation and setup in this chapter. Sykes starts out with a solid breakdown of CAN SLIM and how it inspired the Sykes Sliding Scale. It was pretty interesting to hear him describe CAN SLIM and make analogies to his own acronym weighting system.

Some funny anecdotes about Sirius and other stocks with tons of bagholders. But useful in that Tim makes the point that these traders and investors all had no “system” and traded all on hope. The best way to get destroyed in the market is to trade on hope and not have some sort of trade plan.

Beauty of the Sykes Sliding Scale (SSS) is even if it is not perfect (which Tim points out it isn’t) it creates a framework and methodology for approaching trades. One of the biggest problems for any traders, myself included, is over trading. By having a set of criteria that keeps you out of mediocre trades your potential for success is greatly heightened.

The chapter finishes up by beginning to describe the “P” in SSS, which stands for Pattern/Price. The last 10 minutes really starts to get into the “meat” of the info and wraps up by teasing “Patterns” in the next chapter.

I highly recommend NOT skipping any content but it is nice to be past all the background and setup info and getting into the real content. Of course like any class, you have to have the obligatory “meet the instructor” and “syllabus” day. As I mentioned in Chapter 1, Tim does a good job of doing all of this quickly and in an interesting manner.

Really looking forward to Chapter 3 and the rest of the course!


Breakdown of CAN SLIM
-Summary slide
-Next specifics slide

Sirius – Stock Shock documentary

RSI – Quick breakdown

LX21 – Quick Bio and chart
-Star rating system

Intro of the Sykes Sliding Scale (SSS)

Breakdown of PATTERN acronym
-Ease of entry/exit
-Past performance
-A “at what time of day”
-E – Environment
Varying weight based on criteria
-Scale of 0-100
Not an exact science, like CAN SLIM it is a method/workflow
-You will not win 100% of the time, but you can gain an edge with a method
Good to have a method/system to avoid overtrading.

Good discussion of the evils of overtrading

SSS – Early stages MS/DOS analogy – further refining coming

More indicators the higher potential for success and avoiding overtrading

Breakdown of “scoring system” on each criteria

Higher the score, more aggressive/paitient with position

Different scenarios based on scores

“Goal is to be better prepared on every trade, that leads to higher odds of success”

“Open Sourcing” (SSS) modify/extend etc. (trader always free

Detailed discussion of “P” Pattern/Price
-avoid chop
-Be agile, able to go long and short
-recognize patterns/repeat
-MTF breakouts/breakdowns

Critics criticize trading “gimmes” but thats the goal of SSS, find and trade only the layups.

Even almost 20 years later, simple patterns still work long and short
-technical scans pick these up

Avoid sideways chop at all costs.
-mid range action

Not all breakdowns/breakouts continue, cut losses quickly and trade your plan.

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I’ve done a lot of these reviews of trading instructional materials through the years and while I hope these recaps offer value and are useful to anyone that stumbles across them. I mainly do them to enhance my learning experience. Forcing myself to pay attention and take notes is a simple way to get the most out of a video instruction. Like many I struggle with “Internet ADD” and it can be easy to jump around to twitter or other stuff, I recommend forcing yourself to unplug and take notes.

So after that introduction I’ll move on to the review and recap of Chapter 1.

To be honest this might be the best opening chapter Sykes has ever done. He does a great job of succinctly giving his background and history. As well as some media appearances and other bio type information. Of course there is also the necessary legalese disclaimer stuff. But in contrast to some of his older materials Sykes gets right down to business and doesnt ramble on too much about the past. Sure it’s useful to understand where he comes from, but we want to learn how to trade or get better at trading not a history lesson. The first half of this chapter was well balanced in doing all the necessary setup material without dragging on to long.

The second half goes into the philosophy behind the Sykes Sliding Scale. Not a lot of detail, of course that will come later. But I was curious and intrigued by Sykes taking the CAN SLIM type methodically and adapting it to his breed of low priced stocks.

Not a ton to go over since obviously it was just the intro, but check out my notes below and keep an eye here for further chapters. I plan on rolling through the viewing pretty quickly.


P.S. If the bulleted list above is not fully linked, just know you arrived here before I completed all the chapters. As soon as I write a review I will link up the TOC.


More Bio and History
     -Media appearances
Gritanni background
More media
Good description of the validity of “penny stocking” for small accounts only. chart
Profit chart breakdown – historical
More profits breakdown, discussion of small account trading, PDT etc
James Altucher endorsement of Sykes
What makes a successful trader?
     -Good list
Patience is everything, in learning and waiting for trades.
Treat trading like a business, take it seriously.
Location independence.
Nothing wrong with being wrong in trading.
Informational inefficiency in penny stocks – take advantage of it.
Preparation is key
Small profits add up.
Trade scared and cut losses fast.
No profits are guaranteed.
Trade volatile low priced stocks but be quick.
Risk management discussion
Brokers – E-trade and Interactive Brokers
Wash rinse repeat the same patterns and trades.
     -Don’t believe the hype, just trade the price action
Be agile/adapt – long/short, day/swing
STT – Paper Trading – get comfortable
What makes a successful trader – line up indicators on each potential setup
     -never trade on “gut” or tips
Have a “system” like trader checklist.
    -Reuse and learn from this system, modify to your needs
History and description of past training materials
Penny stocking adaptation of CAN SLIM

School Charity Project work with @timothysykes

The inspiration for this post came from many areas. But after finding out that Tim Sykes was working with some third world school building charities, I thought I’d highlight these projects. My interest comes from many areas considering these projects touch on so many of my core passions. Trading, construction, charity, youth and education.

Before going into the coverage of these projects and my involvement, keep in mind I did a full very detailed review of the trading education product that was used to fund both of these projects. Tim Sykes came out with “How to Make Millions” trading course and if you are interested click this link for tons of info. With this introduction to stock trading course Sykes has raised over $1,500,000 to date, all of being allocated to charity.

First off Sykes has a long involvement in charity projects going back to his college days at Tulane, considering he was funding scholarships from his dorm room I was not that surprised when I saw on my social feed that he had decided to allocate some of the proceeds from his charity DVD towards constructing third world schools. I have long been a follower of Pencils of Promise and Adam Braun, though I have never pulled the trigger on getting involved I have great respect for what these charities are accomplishing.


Great thing is now through my relationship with Tim Sykes I will be able to help in a REAL way with these projects vs just sending a check. After complimenting Tim on his large donations to these charities I almost jokingly asked if I could go on a site visit with him and potentially actually swing a hammer or help in some other actual boots on the ground way. Tim quickly replied and said “Sure come along this fall and spring to visit Laos and Cambodia and we will see what you can do.” While I am unsure how much help I will be allowed to give, just having the opportunity to help out on a project like this in a physical way is very exciting to me. Not to mention just having the opportunity to visit and see the children and communities is greatly inspiring to me!


At this point in the summer of 2016 Tim has funded two school related projects:

$50,000 donation to the Cambodian Village Fund (1 School)
– $120,000 to Pencils of Promise in Laos (2 Schools)

There is no doubt Tim Sykes is an “aggressive internet marketer” but it is 2016 and my social feed is full of guys selling products online, and I purchase many of them. But I have not seen any of these others create a product where 100% of the proceeds go to charity. And if they have I’m confident none of them have contributed close to $200,000 to make some of the poorest and neglected areas of the world better.

Its cliche but children are our future, and thanks to the internet, children anywhere in the world have a legitimate chance to the the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. IF and only IF they are given an education. Everybody likes to bitch on social media about what a fucked up world we live in, but $200,000 spent in a third world country to help 100’s or maybe 1000’s of children is a very real and substantial way to change the future.

Altering your profile picture or pissing and moaning on social media won’t do a damn bit of good in the end. While in the grand scheme of things its a small project Tim Sykes is making real change in the world. And something like building schools is a force multiplier. The potential for good to come out of these and future products is beyond exciting to me. And I thank Tim for the opportunity to help and can’t wait to visit and work on these projects!

Watchlist for 7-7-2016 – $TRCH, $GDEE, $VSR, $EYES, $LEDS, $MEET

Today’s Watchlist

Today’s List: Full list from Yahoo Finance

Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (TRCH) -NasdaqCM

Ideal push to $1.50’s for short on yesterday’s HOD’s.


Golden Edge Entertainment, Inc. (GDEE) -OTC BB

Probably “everybody” short and it will crack at some point, but I’ll hope for a para/squeeze out.


Versar Inc. (VSR) -NYSE MKT

I’m long bias, it held $1.50’s all day and perked into the close, will watch if it can get going, but thinking probably 50/50 it goes nowhere.


Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (EYES) -NasdaqCM – SemiLEDs Corporation (LEDS) -NasdaqCM

I should probably be long bias on dips, but I’ll focus on big rips mid day to fade. Otherwise I’ll let them run and look to short in the coming days.



MeetMe, Inc. (MEET) -NasdaqCM

Hoping for a rip through $6.00 to start a short.


Watchlist for 7-6-2016 – $BGI, $XBIT, $MEET, $TRX

Today’s Watchlist

Couldn’t get much brewing yesterday, missed GREAT potential trades on $XBIT and $INSY by being cheap on my order entry. But I always try and focus on only entering at my price, so it happens, I miss because of it. But it lowers stress so it’s my method. Ended up trading $EXAS mostly just out of “wanting action” after those early misses. I also flipped and tried a long on $INSY after it held in the afternoon, looked very solid until AdamF tweeted and brought that uptrend to a screeching halt. It happens.

Today’s List: Full list from Yahoo Finance

Birks Group Inc. (BGI) -NYSE MKT

Doubt I will trade this but pretty much have to at least keep an eye on it. My goal would be a morning rip, then a short entry mid afternoon for a fade into the close.


XBiotech, Inc. (XBIT) -NasdaqGS

Feels like the longs are thinking “we got saved” ideally a push to $20 then a fade back under, giving them an exit, then a long fade back to lows.


MeetMe, Inc. (MEET) -NasdaqCM

More or less back burner watch, will have the chart in the background to spot a big rip squeeze out.


Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corp. (TRX) -NYSE MKT

Meh, I like the chart, but thinking this just slow grinds up and then drops out of the blue, not sure if there will be an edge to be found.


Watchlist for 7-5-2016 – $VMRI, $EMES, $SGY, $RYI, $TERP

Today’s Watchlist

Back with daily watchlists, will be back to consistency. Nothing amazing on watch, lots of similar setups, not looking to short any sideways charts. I’ll look for big pops or fades that ideally turn into late day cracks.

Today’s List: Full list from Yahoo Finance

Valmie Resources, Inc. (VMRI) -OTC BB

Lot of action in this lately, I have not traded it up till this point. Would like a pop to $1.50’s with risk on Friday’s high.


Emerge Energy Services LP (EMES) -NYSE

Never like trading commodities especially oil, but will consider shorting this if it gets above $12 or if it starts putting in lower highs and looks to fade.


Stone Energy Corp. (SGY) -NYSE

Again oil and gas.. Similar to EMES setup wise too, will watch pops or look to join a fade.


Ryerson Holding Corporation (RYI) -NYSE

Interesting chart, though a little too “real” for me. Will not join this grind, but setting an alert for a big rip to give exits to longs and start the fade.


TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP) -NasdaqGS

Another play like a lot on watch, hoping for a big para or looking to join fade.