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Trading Mastery Program (TMP) – Batch Q3 2017 is Ready to Tackle Any Market!

Last week, we concluded another exciting run of our “Trading Mastery Program”, where we imparted our proprietary “behavioral analysis” trading strategies to empower another batch of traders to create a 2nd source of income from any market (stocks, forex, crypto-currencies) by spending 15 minutes a day.

 

Training Feedback from Attendees:

“Great course. I have studied about candlesticks and chart patterns before attending the course. However, not able to put them together to make consistent result. This course really stitch together and show me how to combine all the knowledge that I have learnt.” – Kyaw Zaw Than

Excellent and comprehensive course. Very systematic and clarity in the course.”

“Spencer Li is knowledgeable and able to articulate his points across.”

“I am new to this so I am very pleased with the step by step guide as to kickstart trading in the post-program resources.” – Jane

“Glad that I had attended the course. Spencer is a humble & friendly trainer/coach. He is able to explain/simplify the whole material in a very simple manner yet with a lot of meaning to it. Such as the behavior of price action, etc.” – Chi Wee

“Spencer is very knowledgeable and really knows his stuff. The techniques are explained clearly and simple for beginners like myself to understand.” – Eugene

“Spencer’s strategies are simple to understand. He is approachable and very helpful. I am happy with the post-programme support that is available to us.” – Juliana

“A great overview of what trading is about with strategies based on understanding which is delivered. I feel safe to start with trading now.” – Thomas

Strongly recommend this course for anyone that wants to do trading.” – Chua Swee Chin

“Course was comprehensive with clear explanation for each strategy taught. Good amount of case study to discuss for better understanding.” – Ethan

“This is my 1st resit, and will definitely come back for another if the need arises. This is because besides refreshing yourself, you get to learn new stuff and becomes more confident in trading.” – Johnson

“Spencer is extremely detailed and methodical in his explanation. Program is extremely comprehensive.” – Tessa Ong

“Before this I learnt a lot of strategies from books and friends – After this programme I learnt to stick to one and profit.” – Rahim, Freelance Artist

Trading made simple with only a few setup to master and focus on. Not too much information overload.” – Jude

 

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We will also be opening a few seats to the public for each session, on a first-come, first-serve basis. for those who are keen, you can reserve your slot via this link: http://wp.me/P1riws-31L

Good luck to all the new “future millionaires”, and see you all at the top! 😀

Trading Foundation Workshop – Back by Popular Demand!

Last Tuesday, due to popular demand, we conducted another intake of the “Trading Foundation Workshop”, and we were pleasantly surprised by the massive response. (We had to close registrations early due to space constraints.)

Thank you everyone for the support, and I am sure everyone had a very fruitful and content-packed learning session during the 3 hours of intensive training.

Once again, thanks for all the support, and we will continue to hold more events to promote the teaching of real and proper trading & investing skills to the public at affordable prices. Cheers! 😀

The Top Hedge Funds of 2016 Share Their Best Bets for This Year (With New Charts & Examples)

Bloomberg recently did a good cover on what hedge fund managers are looking out for in 2017. The general consensus is clear; the market is uncertain, and world events are causing markets to react in unexpected ways.

“You’re going to have to take way more risk today in order to try to make outsize gains versus a year ago,” -Hanif Mamdani, PH&N Absolute Return Fund

I found the article to be pretty insightful, with a handful of key take-aways. To make it easier for my readers, I’ve broken up the article into easy-to-digest sections, and added some charts and examples to make it clearer. Here we go:

1. Distressed Energy Companies

Hedge funds specializing in purchasing companies that are on the verge of collapse, actually profited from the rise in oil prices last year. Companies that were in the red started to turn profitable, and after purchasing companies at ultra-cheap prices, these assets were starting to bring in significant capital gains for hedge funds. Even though oil has risen significantly, hedge fund managers still see the potential for more gains.

It’s interesting to look at the related ETFs for oil and gas companies. I’ve pulled out 2 charts of U.S Oil & Gas company ETFs (XES and IEO). The gains over the year are impressive.

The charts above summarize the oil and gas sector for the year of 2016.

On the technical side, the Oil & Gas sector is still on an uptrend. It is prudent to remain bullish when the market is still trending up. It’s interesting that XES has broken out of a wedge, and looks to be gathering bullish momentum.

In the longer term, oil & gas companies seem to be picking up momentum.

 


A few weeks ago, I was invited to give a talk at the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) on the Offshore & Marine sector, and Keppel Corp was one of our top picks. 

2. “Global Macro Deceleration”

Some hedge fund managers are positioning themselves for the worst. For example, a border tax in the U.S could “cause a global depression and a major equity market decline,” says Carlson Capital’s Black Diamond Thematic Fund. They’re waiting for commodities to “correct meaningfully” (meaning a decline in commodity prices), and looking to scoop up good stocks at the bottom of the market decline.

Traditionally, sector rotation strategists have sworn by investing in stocks like semiconductors, industrials and miners during full-blown bear markets. These stocks are famous for having high volatility and are not for the faint-hearted. A famous example, Caterpillar Inc, is shown below:


Heavy industrials like Caterpillar Inc tend to move cyclically with the economy. Notice the 6 big swing it has had since 2012!

3. Long High-Yield Corporate Bonds Amidst Rising Interest Rates

Some hedge funds are betting on higher-yield corporate bonds rising during this period. High-yield bonds typically have both a short maturity and high coupon rate. With interest rates expected to rise in the coming decade, bond prices are likely to fall and bond holders will actually be worse off (Economics 101!). However, with the shorter maturity, higher-yield corporate bonds become more attractive as they are less exposed to the beating by rising interest rates. Bearing in mind these ideas, it is understandable why these have been attractive to institutional investors in the past year.


I’ve inserted a little-known ETF, “HYG”, a high-yield corporate bond ETF that tracks the prices of high-yield corporate bonds. You can see that the bear trend sharply reversed at the turn of 2016 and has been rising steadily since. The uptrend is still in force, and some hedge fund managers are looking to speculate on a variety of interest-rate products.

What They’re Saying:

In summary, what we notice to be the consensus about the market in 2017 is this:

  • Heightened interest rate, inflation rate, and economic volatility
  • Renewed interest in unconventional investment strategies

That being said, it’s important to keep yourself updated and continually learning about financial markets. In such a unique market climate, it would serve you well to continue reading up and knowing what market participants are paying attention to.

Want to Learn How to Tackle the Markets?

Join us for a 3-hour intensive “Trading Foundation Workshop” where you will learn all the necessary skills, and witness firsthand live trading, where many of our new attendees managed to make some profits from their very first trade! 😀

Register now: http://synapsetrading.com/trading-foundation-workshop/

 

Research Sources:

bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-28/the-top-hedge-funds-of-2016-share-their-best-bets-for-this-year