More on the Tim Sykes Millionaire Trading Challenge

steal-moneyIn the last couple of days, I have had an email exchange with a purported journalist who is interested in the Timothy Sykes Millionaire Trading Challenge. Because I’ve written about Tim’s Trading Challenge before, he wanted to ask me some questions. The writer is interested in doing a negative piece on Tim and students, and since I’m a forensic accountant in the trading challenge, he thought I could provide some information.

He wanted to know if I have done a formal investigation of Tim Sykes, have reviewed his brokerage statements to verify his trades, or verified the returns of Tim’s students. The answer to all of these questions is NO. Why have I not investigated Tim and his students? No one has retained me to do so.

Tim Grittani, Fellow Marquette Alumnus, Makes $1 Million Trading Penny Stocks

Tim Grittani, a student in the Timothy Sykes Millionaire Trading Challenge, hit the $1 million profit mark a few weeks ago.

Grittani graduated with a finance degree from Marquette University, my alma mater (and the university at which I am now teaching Fraud Examination to graduate students), and started trading penny stocks with $1,500.  In less than three years, Grittani turned his $1,500 into more than $1 million.

See Sykes and Grittani appearing on Fox & Friends today:

Getting Started in the Tim Sykes Millionaire Trading Challenge

Earlier this year I wrote about being a part of the Timothy Sykes Millionaire Trading Challenge. I signed up in March, and have been learning Tim’s core strategy (shorting penny stock pump and dumps) as well as other strategies (he and his instructors also teach other ways to trade, so students don’t have to rely solely on trading penny stocks).

There is a lot of material to get through, and it can be overwhelming at first. Where do students start? Here are my recommendations:

  1. This “syllabus” outlines what is on each of the DVDs. It is very helpful if you are looking for specific information.
  2. One of Tim’s students put together this checklist, which summarizes Tim’s trading strategy and the most important chart patterns. Keep this handy.

Timothy Sykes: Millionaire Trading Challenge

I recently joined the Trading Challenge being run by Tim Sykes. I introduced you to Timothy Sykes in 2008 when I reviewed his book An American Hedge Fund. He took about $12,000+ that he got for his Bar Mitzvah, and turned it into $1.65 million as a young high school and college student.

And then he did it all over again… Starting with the same amount in 2008, and growing it again just to prove that he can profit from the stock market without a huge capital base to start.

For several years, Tim has been teaching students how to trade using his core strategy. The strategy involves short selling  penny stock pump and dumps. He finds penny stocks (defined as trading at less than $5 per share) that are worthless at the core. The companies are shams, which generally tout some amazing product or service, but have no revenue, no profits, and often no real operations.

Timothy Sykes Calls Foul, Shaq and His Lawyer Cry

shaqTimothy Sykes is a fantastically successful blogger, penny stock trader, and educator. He makes a living by teaching people how to recognize “pump and dump” schemes by penny stock promoters… and then short those stocks for a profit. They make money when the price of the stock they’ve shorted goes down… which is inevitable if you can identify a stock that is all hype and no substance.

What is a pump & dump? Essentially the promoters of a virtually worthless stock (worthless, because the company is a sham of some sort) do mass mailings of marketing materials. This is the pump. They hype a company with false and misleading information, hoping to interest people in buying the stock (taking long positions). As those people start buying up shares, the price of the stock rises rapidly. While this is happening, people who previously held the stock start selling (at an inflated price, thanks to the all the buying activity generated by their hype). This is the dump. The people selling make a ton of money on their stock.

Huffington Post Writes about Tim Sykes and His New Website

The Huffington Post ran a really nice story about the one and only Timothy Sykes today. Tim just rolled out a new website, which is kind of a portal for everything related to stock trading. Of course he peddles his book and DVD set there, but he also details his stock trades and teaches others his methods.

Tim is notorious for being arrogant and flamboyant. I see it mostly differently: He has a total passion for what he does and stands up for what he believes in. He is trying to teach others about his craft (shorting penny stocks) and although some may disagree with that as a trading strategy that can work for the common person… I give him kudos for believing in the strategy and teaching others about it accordingly.

Timmay as Fraudbuster?

Penny stock trader, author, entrepreneur Timothy Sykes (aka Timmay) has put on his little detective hat and found a fraud in progress. Being promoted by none other than CNBC “reporter” Sri Jegarajah. Timmay makes an excellent point…. Networks like CNBC aren’t about serious news or reporting. They’re about entertainment and advertising dollars.

And by not being skeptical about the stories they’re “reporting,” they are doing a huge disservice to all those who think that they’re credible just because they’re called CNBC. But the CNBC guy made a huge mistake… he somehow took the words of a paid promoter and thought that this was credible research.

Here’s a snippet of what Timmay had to say… great research… and apparently not all that hard for anyone who bothered to look.

Tim said it would happen like this

My buddy Tim Sykes promised me that I’d become addicted to watching my Amazon.com page for my book Essentials of Corporate Fraud… checking my rankings to see if I’ve moved up or down. He was right. And I am excited because I have gotten below 10,000 for the overall rank. Yay!!!

Buzz Created By Haters is Still Buzz!

A few months ago I agreed to read and review An American Hedge Fund by Timothy Sykes. I’ve been a bit remiss in writing the review, but am finally ready to share my thoughts. The best way I can describe Tim is that he’s a character. He is a young ambitious guy, but he’s got some over-the-top ideas that I hope don’t do him more harm than good.

His creativity in regard to the stock market and growing assets is fantastic. He wrote his book to give ordinary people a peek into the life of a day trader. Tim made many mistakes while he was growing his $12k+ Bar Mitzvah money into over $1.65 million. (Incidentally, he’s working on repeating that feat just to prove that he didn’t just get lucky.) And he’s not hiding those mistakes. He’s telling the world about them.

I liked the book. I really did. I think it could have been even better with a stronger editor, though. The story is inspiring, but at the same time Tim spares no criticism of himself and the mistakes he made. What I think the book lacked is a bit of the “how-to” that I expected from it. I really enjoyed Tim’s story, and feel that adding some practical tips along with his story would have been a big benefit to the book.

An American Hedge Fund

I have been remiss in my duties…. I promised Timothy Sykes that I’d review his book, An American Hedge Fund on FRAUDfiles. And I still haven’t gotten around to it, thanks to an upcoming move of my office and a dozen other work-related things that have needed my urgent attention.

I promise to do a real review soon, but for now, this is it. I read the book a couple of months ago, and it was fantastic. Timothy basically took $12,000 from his bar mitzvah and turned it into over a milllion dollars in three years. He started his own hedge fund and had lots of ups and downs.

But people working within the hedge fund industry have many regulations about what they can say about the industry. So in order to really be able to talk freely about the industry, Timothy has closed his hedge fund and is now promoting his book.

My full review of the book soon…

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