A series of video tutorials to help you get started! (In collaboration with TradeHero & SGX)

How Much Capital Do I Need to Start Trading?

For new traders looking to start out their journey, what is the minimum amount of capital you will need to start trading?

What is the optimal amount of capital you should use to ensure that you take your trading seriously?

And lastly, does it make sense to start out with demo trading?

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Should I Start off with Trading or Investing?

This is one of the questions I get the most from new traders and investors, who cannot decide whether to start learning trading or investing.

Most people end up only focusing on either one their whole lifetime, without realising that combining both is essential to building long-term wealth, and achieving it faster.

But how exactly do you combine both these skills?

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Longest Bull Run in the US Stock Market – Good Idea to Buy Now?

 

If you’ve been reading the news, you will know the US stock market is at an all-time high, and quite possibly one of the longest bull runs in history. According to Zerohedge, this is the longest bull run since the great pyramid boom of 2580 B.C.

Article: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-22/longest-bull-market-great-pyramid-boom-2580-bc

Also, the US economy seems to be doing pretty well, especially with the booming tech sector, and even the banks are hitting record profits.

Article: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-23/us-bank-profits-hit-record-60-billion-q2

But I think the big question on everyone’s mind is this:

 

Is this a Good Time to buy Now?

If you believe that markets follow the boom and bust cycle, such as the 10-year cycle, you will know that we are “overdue” for a big correction. Logic dictates that we aim to buy after a big crash to get the best value (and most potential upside), hence buying at the all-time highs might not seem like a good idea to many people.

 

If you look at the current chart of the S&P 500, you will see that the price is just testing the prior highs, which means that it is at a very critical point.

If prices get rejected at this level, it could end up forming a double top reversal pattern, which is very bearish and could see a decline to the 2280 levels.

For the strong uptrend to continue, prices need to confidently break above the prior highs and stay above that level.

 

What Could Go Wrong?

With escalating political tensions with many countries, and the trade war with China, a confluence of negative factors could adversely affect the fundamentals of the US economy.

Article: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-23/trade-war-escalates-us-china-slap-each-other-fresh-16-bn-tariffs

With the risks in mind, I will not be aggressively accumulating positions at this time, and will have to focus more selectively on key sectors.

 

How to Build a $1M Dollar Portfolio by 30 (The Practical Stuff)

This is the dream of many millennials, to build a million-dollar portfolio as soon as possible, so that they can live off the passive income, and focus on pursuing their dreams, interests or hobbies, without having to worry about money any more.

When I was in my 20s, that was my dream as well, which was why I read hundreds of books ranging from investing, trading, psychology, motivation, philosophy, biographies, businesses, digital marketing, finance, accounting, etc. And that was when I realised that most of wealth creation boiled down to 3 simple core principles.

1) Multiple sources of Cashflow

The first thing you need to get started is a solid base capital, so at the start if you do not have much capital, almost all your time and resources should be focused on generating as much cashflow as possible to build up your ammunition.

If you have a well paying job, then you can start saving aggressively, but to speed up the process, most people will seek to generate multiple sources of income or cashflow. Some examples include working a side job, starting an online business, etc.

For me, I decided to use forex trading, because it did not require much capital to start, and also because I did not have much spare time, and could only afford to spend 15-30 minutes a day. Now, it provides me a steady monthly cashflow, which allowed me to move on to step 2.

2) Timing your portfolio purchases

Once you have sufficient capital and consistent cashflow, the next step is to start building your long-term portfolio. Start by having a rough idea oh what your ideal portfolio is, and what kind of risk/return profile you are looking for. Look out for assets that have a good chance of capital appreciation, as well as passive returns in the form of dividends or rental yield. Over time, I tend to favour having more “passive income” type of investments.

Do not be in a hurry to buy everything at once. Watch and study the market cycles, and aim to buy stuff only when they are cheap or “undervalued”. This can be done easily by looking at the charts of any product over the past 50-100 years of history. There is no need to spend hours reading financial reports or analyst reports. Remember, our goal is to get the most out of our limited time.

3) Re-invest the passive income

As your portfolio grows, and you continue to add to it via your monthly cashflow contributions, the real kicker is when the effect of compounding kicks in.

The best way to do this is to also re-invest the passive income which you get from the portfolio itself, creating a snowball effect which will literally grow your portfolio exponentially.

Once you have assembled your ideal portfolio, all you need to do is to check on it once every 3 months or so, and do some rebalancing. In the meantime, you can pretty much enjoy the fruits of your labour, and focus on living your life instead of having to worry about money.

For me, this means travelling around the world (50+ countries to date!), and sharing my knowledge to inspire and help others do the same.

Now, are you ready to start building your own portfolio?

Will the Stock Market Crash or Continue Going Up for Another 10 Years?

Since the crash of 2008, and the recovery which started in 2009, the stock markets (especially the US markets), have been on a steady uptrend.

Chart: S&P 500 index (weekly chart)

Many of us have heard about the 10 year cycle, where the market is supposed to crash once every 10 years, for example the Asian markets during the 1997 currency crisis, and the global markets in 2007 during the subprime crisis.

However, in 2017, we did not see any significant crash or correction, which have led many analysts to rethink the theory.

Now, it is 2018, so should we be expecting a delayed crash, or are we experiencing a structural change in the markets?

If we observe the supercycles of major human technological innovations, we see that each major wave of progress is driven by a major technological innovation, such as the steam engine in the 1700’s or the internet and IT advancements in the 1900’s.

And based on the cycles, we could be in the early stages of the 6th wave, which is going to be driven by the upcoming huge advancements in applications of big data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, internet of things, and blockchain technology.

Source: The Market Oracle

This means that we could be on the cusp of a super bull market, if these technological advancements are able to create a quantum leap in productivity for businesses and a huge jump in the standards of living across the globe. All these would translate into stronger stock prices, which instead of crashing the market, would propel it to new heights.

However, there are also major concerns:

  • Unequal gains across companies: the major tech companies may soon dominate all industries via the application of new technologies.
  • High unemployment: If machines take all the jobs, what are humans going to do?
  • High debt and leverage of US and European economies
  • Political risks: clash of superpowers (US and China)

In summary, many retail investors are wary of entering the stock market now because it is at all time highs and has already “gone up a lot” since 2009, hence they are waiting for a “big crash” before going in. However, this big crash may not come if successful widespread application of new technologies and innovation are able to drive a quantum leap in productivity.

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