Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Template?
My template is "the way I trade". My template is my PROCESS. It is NOT an algorithm. It is NOT something you put on a software program. You can use ANY brokerage account you want. Once I teach you my template "how I trade", then you could be able to go and apply it to ANY financial market. You could apply it to Stocks, Futures and other markets.
Once you see trading from this "new understanding", you should realize that most markets trade very similarly. They all require the same thing- a buy or sell decision. It does not matter what brokerage platform you use.
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Trading really is a big mental challenge.
It takes dedication and persistence to make the mental shift required to be proficient.
There is potentially hugh money to be made with trading for those who are committed to overcoming the mental challenge.
Are you willing to put your best effort into learning?
Is Trading Risky?
It is super RISKY! Most lose their money. YOU might find that strange that I put that right here, up front.
It's also in the RISK disclaimer section.
It is the first topic that you need to come to grips with. "Can you handle RISK?
Ponder that as you are going thru my site.
I can help you- only if you are ready to change the way you think.
Does your teaching apply to more than just stocks?
Stocks and other items to trade are all based on "directional dynamics". So yes, once you learn the correct metrics of engaging and disengaging a trade, you can easily apply it to other markets.
Can I apply your “Template/Method” to markets other than USA?
Yes once a person knows how to trade and engage the markets, then they can trade any of the markets.
It’s like when you learn how to drive a vehicle - you can basically drive any vehicle, any brand, shape, style, anywhere. Trade in any country.
I am not a financial broker or advisor and do not make any buy or sell recommendations.
Once I learn your method- can I use any brokerage platform such as eTrade, ThinkorSwim or TradeStation?
Most modern platforms are comparable. Each one has a little different feel to them. It’s kind of like- where is the best bank to bank at question? They’re all virtually the same.
My method can be applied no matter what platform is used.
I have students who use many different brokerage platforms while applying my method. I don't specifically teach how to open a brokerage account or all the little differences of each platform.
That is your personal data that you and your brokerage firm will discuss. For example, many banks now offer trading through their brokerage division. When you get to that stage of needing a brokerage account, you might simply open it at your bank.
Just know there are many options. However, I would be happy to address your questions as needed.
Brokerage accounts are really a general thing. As I see it, there is no overwhelming advantage of one versus another.
The key to successful trading is having the correct understanding and insight on how to engage trading. That is very specific and is what I teach in my course.
If you are new to trading, I recommend that you do not even address which brokerage platform to use question- until you have fully understood and can prove to yourself how to engage trading properly.
In my course videos, we show you places to practice and simulate for free. You do not need a live brokerage account at this stage. In the video lessons, you will be seeing the same steps that I have used to trade correctly for years.
Then - you will take your new "correct understanding" and use the free charting sites to perfect your newly acquired knowledge.
There is an order to becoming successful.
Is the trading technique proprietary?
I would say so. The methods I use to engage the market are based on my initial two key factors. The first factor- I have limited money to risk and possibly lose. The second factor- I only want to allocate limited time to this endeavor. I need this to be productive, utilizing no more than 5 random hours a week.
Once I reversed engineered the process of "how my brain saw things" the trading steps unfolded, and I was able to develop a "template" that indicates to me when an optimum time is to engage and disengage a trade. I have used the exact same methods- "template" for the last 23 years.
After you learn the template- (the process that I teach), THEN you will be able to use that specialized knowledge as you see fit.
When you know "how to engage correctly", then you can choose what area you want to trade in.
Can someone trade during crazy world events?
This market is exactly what a proficient trader wants. We want movement. This market is great for traders that know how to engage correctly.
How much money do you need to start trading?
Perhaps a better question is to frame it like this- "How much money do I need to be comfortable and peaceful to start trading?"
Because in reality very little is technically needed to start trading. But that's only a piece of the puzzle.
Let's answer it with this in mind- "as a person thinks - is the way a person goes". Once a person learns how to trade as I refer to as "CORRECTLY", and that means how to engage and disengage the market properly - then and only then - can they decide which marrkets they want to trade. And how much money is needed.
There are many different markets to trade.
Each of these markets requires different starting capital of $500-$1000- and up to $25000.
A topic for later is- the brokerage firm could give you a multiple of 4-10 times to use for your buying power. Which means you get 4-10 times what you put in your account to trade with.
REMEMBER, the key is to learn how to trade FIRST. It is a mistake in thinking- and usually prevents someone from becoming great, if they get overly concerned about which market and how much they need and things like that up front.
I'm just pointing out a sequence of the way events and thinking patterns need to be.
Don't worry about the market you're going to trade "yet".
Until you get that done; Meaning until you learn how to trade correctly.
For example- "learn how to drive a car correctly and safely first, then you can properly decide which type of car you might want and how much capital is required for that type of car.
Here are some examples of how much cash is needed to trade.
If you're someone who wants to trade the stock market for example, you can have either a "cash only account" or a "margin account".
Margin accounts have certain advantages which can be hugh.
Only in the Stock market and related Options market, if you elect to have a "Margin account", there is a rule called the "PDT rule" (Pattern Day Trader- which requires $25k in your account) however with this type of account you can trade many times during a week.
If you do not have $25,000 to fund your account- you get limited to how often you can trade during a 5 day period.
This PDT rule only applies in the Stock markets with a Margin account.
Another choice is you can have a "cash" account (example $1000) in your stock trading account, but you are limited to how many trades in a 5 day period you can make.
I have that amount ($25K) and have a Margin account, so I get to trade in the Stock market as often as I like. I am not limited to the 3 trades in a 5 day period.
Remember the (PDT Rule) only applies to Stock market trading with a Margin Account.
If I didn't have $25K to fund my stock trading account -and I wanted to trade many times during a week, no worries, here is what I would do-
because I know how to "trade correctly"- I would simply go trade in one of the other markets, like the Futures market.
I could fund my account with $500-$2500, and quickly be trading.
I personally don't care which market I am trading in.
They present the same engagement principles.
The Futures market does not have the PDT rules that apply.
You can fund your account with a small amount (broker determines) and you trade.
Since I have the proper engagement knowledge in my brain, I could care less where I trade, simply because it doesn't matter. I know how to trade correctly, so I trade any market.
What are common big mistakes?
Many new traders make mistakes when starting out in this field. These costly mistakes are avoidable.
Here is a primary mistake made- and almost all of us make this mistake!
Starting to practice "before" they are completely trained in the correct process.
Do not practice until you are trained by an experienced trader. You are just reinforcing the wrong patterns in your brain.
Another Big mistake- Not fully accepting that ALL Trading is RISKY and you have to get yourself mentally ready and flexible to engage the flow of money.
You can lose money and most likely will lose unnecessary money until you get yourself trained.
Like all new activities, you have to get comfortable first before you try it in live trading. Let me say it clearly- DO NOT TRADE with REAL money, until you fully accept all responsibility for your actions.
Most will not follow that instruction.
Be Wise- Get trained first, then prove to yourself you are correct in your understanding, then you can think about trading live.
Once you get the the course- we show you places to practice or "simulate" trading for free. You then get to prove to yourself you understand what to do. No worries about getting a brokerage account until you are ready to start trading live.
Opening a brokerage account to trade is similar to opening a bank account. It is not a big deal.
Can I be a successful trader?
A primary qualifier that I see- as an early indicator to success, is this- if someone can and will be open to seeing the task of generating income in a different light.
For example- Can you see yourself generating a week's income in 5 hours or less? I know you would like that, but can you have some faith in yourself that you can learn to do that?
Would you at least be open to me teaching you how to think that way? And then actually doing it?
Another key success indicator is- How long does it take you to make a decision?
Another indicator is- "Are you fearful in starting? If you are new to trading, you should be apprehensive. That is normal.
However, do you know the direct antidote to removing fear? Most don't apply the antidote.
Just like we do with everything we are fearful of, we get trained, and the fears melt away.
I remember the first time I made a few thousand dollars trading. I was nervous on the trade, but once it happened everything started changing in my mind.
If someone is "working" 40-60 hours per week, because that is "normal", then their internal thinking will be the stumbling block. If on the other hand, you are open to being taught, (just like everything you know was taught to you), then I can show you my template and you can start applying it.
How easy is it to learn?
One of the reasons Mike agreed to open this specialized knowledge up with the world is because of his nieces. That is also why he chose to have them in the videos. He wanted to show everyone that two young lady's, age 18 and 22 can quickly pick this up and start applying it.
However, I will say that this young age- is not the ideal age to learn trading.
Simply from a "interest perspective".
Meaning- at that age they usually have other more predominant interest other than seriously making income. That is from what I personally have seen.
For example, take a person near the age 37 and older, they are super attentive and very motivated to develop a large income stream that they can own.
How long do I have access to the course?
Either 4 months or 12 months. You decide.
After enrolling, most folks access the course for two months while they are learning the material and getting comfortable with the concepts. We give you four months of access to the material across any and all devices you own. For most- this is all that is needed, and it fits their schedule. The e-book material is yours to print out and keep. And naturally once you learn this, you will have the skill for life. If your budget allows, we have an option for you to extend the access period for 12 months. A small nominal fee will apply.
If you choose to get the "Extended Access" at time of enrollment, we will allow monthly payments to be made for that portion.
In the 12 months plan, I do have a few additional things I offer.
Currently I am offering to do a personal screen-share session with you if needed. (Screen-share is where I could see what you are seeing on your computer screen) while you are on a practice site and help guide and answer personal questions about the course.
Also, I have about 10 additional videos of screenshare sessions with previous students that you get access to. You get to see and hear 10 different scenarios of training. In these sessions, I get to fine tune someone's understanding. It's amazing how we can all be adjusted in our thinking.
Under very special circumstances, we could make the material available to you longer, at no charge. Example- you got in an accident and could not participate in the time allotment.
Please know that I don't put effort on covering every general word or feature or concept of the trading world. For example- "What is a "stock chart?" or "What are the hours of trading?".
Those super general items can easily be found on a web search. However, I am very happy to cover the vital insights that are required to trade peacefully.
That's what I invest my time on.
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