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Trading Class | The Synapse Program – Another Batch of Promising Traders!

Last weekend, we concluded another full-house run of the Synapse Program, training another batch of promising new traders, and imparting to them lifelong real trading skills, which we hope they will continue to apply to achieve consistent results in the markets. 

We look forward to seeing all of you participate actively in the discussion forum, and at the upcoming monthly mentoring workshops. Remember, a skill is not learnt overnight, and it takes practice to perfect it. Together, we can avoid the common pitfalls that most beginners struggle with.


“The topics covered are very complete and cover all aspects of trading. Spencer is also very knowledgeable and is able to answer all the questions asked.”
– Ivan Tan (PCS Security)

“Content is simple and easy to understand, very useful for novice and even experience traders. One of the best courses in the market, will gladly recommend to other family and friends.”
– Adrian Khwang (Standard Chartered Bank)

“I have known Spencer for several years. He is a passionate trader & very well read in the subject of price action and technical analysis. Definitely someone good to talk to in terms of trading ideas and TA.”
– T.Y. (Proprietary Trader, Propex Derivatives)

“Detailed explanation of the 7 setups!”
– Christopher Chan (Mitsubishi Corporation)

“This is a very good training program for beginner, even for those seasoned traders.”
– Lam Lee Lee (HR Professional)

“”Detailed program which covers full aspects of trading. Good explanation given on the technical aspects of charts. Very friendly and nice trainer.”
– Janice Ong (Student)

Shares Investment Guest Article Feature

Recently, I was asked to write a feature article in the “Shares Investment” publication to give an outlook on the Singapore market. As you can briefly see from the chart in the picture, I am expecting a larger correction, which would at least see prices dip below the 3,000 round figure. To find out more, this publication is available at selected bookstores and most news stands.

According to Investment Trends’ Singapore Broking Report 2011, Shares Investment (Singapore) is the most popular magazine among frequent stock market traders in Singapore. Since july 1995, Shares Investment has been weel-acclaimed by both the investing public and local stock brokers – boasting of more than 30,000 readers every issue.

SGX Exclusive Interview | StockWhiz Trader Profiling


Recently, I got profiled for the SGX StockWhiz Online Investing Competition, and was asked to share some of his experiences with the participants:

  • What are some trading strategies that you would like to share?
  • What are the key elements of successful trading?
  • How do you decide which financial instruments to trade?
  • What are some educational resources you would recommend?
  • Who would you consider to be your trading mentor?

To read the full interview, click here.

Tips for your Resume: How I Managed to Land a Job With the Big Boys

The point of a resume is to provide your future employer or headhunter a glimpse of your achievements and skill sets, and the purpose of this is to stand out sufficiently, so as to get an opportunity for an interview.


After looking through many resumes and talking to many employers, I have a pretty good idea of what they are looking out for, and what should be avoided in your resume. Here are some of my personal guidelines:

If you have any additional tips to share, feel free to add them in the comments below.
Good luck! 😀

Lunch with Jim Rogers

Yesterday, I attended the Shares Investment Conference, and here are some insights I got from the talks, as well as from chatting up the speakers during the private VVIP lunch session.

Insights from Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers is a very charismatic speaker, sharing not only market wisdom, but also wisdom on living life to the fullest. He had tons of interesting travel stories to share (especially since he travelled around the world).

He is bearish on the US and European markets, for obvious reasons, at least throughout 2013 and 2014. He also talked about a possible bond bubble in the forming, especially in the longer term.

For his portfolio, he is short on US stocks, and has large holdings in Singapore stocks. He is also buying up china stocks (during a crash), expecting a long-term bull for China, at the same time also accumulating the RMB. Other up-and-coming investments include Myanmar and N. Korea, which are starting to show some signs of opening up.

His most bullish sentiments lie in the commodities sector, especially in the area of agriculture. He spoke of cycles of supply and demand for these markets, such as natural resources, land, and commodities. Hence this new cycle is expected to usher in a new era of prosperity for farmers. If one is interested to invest in US real estate, he recommends areas like Iowa and Texas.

On a non market-related note, Jim says that the most important thing is to find your passion in life and do it, then you will never have to work a single day in your life. Trust your heart, and don’t let others discourage you. He ends off by suggesting that investors study philosophy and history, the former to teach us how to think, and the latter to help us draw from the past to cope in a world that is ever-changing.

Insights from Mike Bellafiore

Mike is a famous proprietary trader in New York, and the trading firm he started, SMB Capital, is now one of the top trading firms in New York. He was featured in the famous TV series, Wallstreet Warriors.

Mike started off the talk by stating upfront that there is no need to predict the market in order to make money. He said that many professional when asked will not be able to give a view on the market, simply because it is not necessary to have a view on the market to make money.

When training his new traders, he tells them not to dwell on a losing trade, and instead focus more on the winning trades. One should not celebrate a trade simply because one has made money on it. One should be asking “could I have made more on this trade? Did I manage the trade well such that I got the most out of it?”

When asked about his views on high-frequency trading (HFT), he said that it resulted in more whipsaws, and stops getting taken out more frequently, but the way to go around that was to be ready to re-enter a position upon getting stopped out, and using a time filter to aid in this decision-making.

Someone in the audience asked him what parameters he used for his indicators, to which he replied that he preferred not to use indicators at all. This got me sitting up in my seat, because I had been telling my students the same thing. He said that newbies tended to get bogged down by indicators, but professional prefer to use a blank chart to read the psychology of the market. In fact, the messier one’s chart is, the more likely he has no idea what he is doing.

Over lunch, he shared with me some useful tips on starting a trading firm, and I am very grateful that he is willing to share his experience so generously. Overall, I had a great time at this conference, and I would like to thank the speakers and organisers for the great insights and excellent lunch!