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Swing Trading vs. Intraday Trading: Which is Better?

When it comes to trading, most people think that trading is stressful and boring because it involves staring at a screen the whole day and watching prices move, and then having to execute trades at lightning speeds to make any profits.

That is quite often what is shown in the movies, and very much dramatized.

In reality, there are many different kinds of trading, and here is a simple infographic depicting the main categories.

Source: Forex Useful

 

Generally, what you see in the movies tend to depict scalpers and day traders, which is the most stressful kind of trading. I myself tried it for a couple of years, but it started to take a toll on my health, which I decided was not worth the money, even though it was pretty good.

Position trading is more useful in timing the market to build your long-term portfolio, as I mentioned in my previous blog post: http://synapsetrading.com/2018/05/how-to-build-a-1m-dollar-portfolio-by-30-the-practical-stuff/

Hence, I find that the most useful kind of trading for anyone who is doing it part-time, or does not want to get too stressed out, is to use a swing trading approach. This means taking tactical positions to capture the medium to long-term trends.

With just 15 minutes a day, it is more than enough for me to place and manage my swing trades, which leaves me more free time to focus on the things that matter in life.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to swing trading as well, for example your income will be more lumpy as compared to intraday trading, and you will need a ton of patience in waiting to enter the perfect trades, and also waiting for trades to play out.

In summary, the type of trading style really depends on each individual personality and amount of free time, but personally I prefer to use the swing trading approach because it gives me the best returns for my time and effort.

Do you know what is your preferred style, and does it play to your strengths? 😀

 

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?

How to Combine Price Action with Multiple Timeframes

One of the simple yet powerful techniques I use to allow me to quickly identify trading opportunities with minimal time and effort (typically 15 minutes a day), is to use this Excel table which combines price action with multiple timeframes.

To create this table, I observe the daily and weekly charts of various products (forex, stocks, cryptocurrencies, commodities, etc), and list down whether I think it is bullish or bearish on each timeframe. For the weekly chart, I only need to update it once a week, and for the daily chart, this takes me a few minutes a day.

Here are some chart examples:

This is the daily chart of the EUR/USD, and you can see that it just completed a pullback and is looking bullish. So under EUR, I mark it as bullish. For most products, I always benchmark them against the USD for easy comparison.

 

This is the weekly chart of the EUR/USD, and you can see that it is also very bullish, and rebounding off a large trendline. With the alignment of both the daily and weekly trends, this make the EUR/USD a very good long trade to be in. And since the GBP is also weak, going long on the EUR/GBP is also a good idea.

 

For the S&P 500, the long-term trend is bullish, but the short-term trend is bearish. In such a scenario, we will pass and wait for more price action. The goal is to take the best trades, not take as many trades as possible. Quality over quantity.

At the start of every week, I will be posting the updated table on the Synapse FB page, with the best trading opportunities for the week. For those who do not have much time to trade, this will be an easy way to find good trades without having to use any complex indicators/software/algorithms.

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The One Key Trait which Separates Billionaires from Millionaires

*Note: This article is adapted from Quora (written by Ziad K Abdelnour, Wall Street Investor), and the source to the original article is listed at the end of the article.

Given the nature of my business, I am often asked by friends how does it feel like to deal with billionaires on a daily basis and what really makes them tick. Understanding after all the billionaires psyche is key in unlocking potential not seen anywhere else.

Well for a start…let me tell you that the main thing I realized after starting dealing with billionaires a decade ago is that billionaires tend to be really good at understanding systems of value creation and placing themselves into those systems more effectively than anyone out there.

Billionaires tend in fact to view the world as a tangibly fungible place. They see the world and want to move the puzzle pieces entirely around. They look for the faults in the ecosystem and identify massive holes and what could be added to fully capture that value. Then they spend about 10 years maniacally attacking the gap, organizing people, recruiting and generally creating a “cult”. They create a bible so to speak of values and ideas that bundle together in such an appealing way to attract the smartest people around (aka the future millionaires).

The billionaires I know don’t look forward to the weekend. They don’t drink. They work from 5am to midnight everyday including weekends. They don’t socialize with friends and they often mix friends and work. It’s all one big chain that supports their vision of the future and tying up the value. This is a different internal programming than most people have out there.

What do you do if you live in Trent, Michigan today? The auto plants around you are closing. It’s tough to be a billionaire potential person in that environment, but 100 years ago in 1912 it was actually possible. Ask the Ford family about this. So overall, location, timing, industry and proximity can be a major factor that comes into play. Tech is what’s happening now, but other industries happened before. 1950s Texas oil well drilling, 1910s autos Michigan, 2010s Silicon Valley. There is much to discuss, but the mindset pieces are the key and are universal.

So what to make of it all?

Well, I see billionaires having 3 types of focus

1) Inner/self: a keen sense of where you want to go, and self discipline to get there.
2) Empathy and the ability to inspire others.
3) Awareness of where the greater world is going, and what can be done to shape it.

The young millionaires I know seem to spend a lot of time working on 1 and 2, talking about emotional self discipline & company culture.

The billionaires & ultra high net worth power players have on the other hand mastered all 3, particularly the 3rd. They are the “unreasonable” ones who adapt the world to their vision. They are absolutely fearless. Perfectly willing to move mountains, change cultures, lobby regulation to achieve their vision and kick real ass..

Come to think more of it, billionaires would seem to have more in common with a homeless man on the street than a millionaire in the sense that they are completely unconventional and independent thinkers. They are outcasts from regular society and most probably will always be.

A millionaire might have more sense about her-himself and scale back to preserve wealth and “quit while they are ahead” sort of speak.

The billionaire mindset defies logic and decisions are made against all outside reason. They really don’t give a rat’s ass about the money and frankly have a clean detachment to it, therefore with that clarity of thought mixed with pursuing their passion, make most of the money.

One common theme that I see all the time in my billionaire friends and that’s the theme of failure before success. Self-made billionaires NEVER give up if they fail. They just go on and on and on until they stop failing and become a success.

Now that you know the basics of the billionaires psyche, go use those priceless tips to make a killing and never turn back.

Source: https://www.quora.com/Whats-it-like-to-be-a-billionaire/answers/7455932