Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Opening Range Strategy

 Finally A Successful Emini Day Trading System That Anyone Can use

The Emini Futures markets provides the day trader with a fantastic highly leveraged trading vehicle that can lead to large profits even for small beginning account holders. However this built in leverage is a double-edged sword and many new futures traders can experience large draw-downs and take losses in their accounts when first starting out as they attempt to work through the learning curve experimenting with too many different approaches.

What if you could start off, right away with an easy-to-follow, easy on your nerves, 100% Automated system right from the get-go and avoid all of the headaches and frustration that many new traders endure?

This Strategy has created an easy to follow AUTOMATED SYSTEM that captures big point gains in the futures market. It generates 2 dynamic price targets each session for the ES, NQ, YM both long or short and those targets have an average win rate of both 75% and 50% respectively – (sometimes greater). In most instances, when the first target is hit your remaining position achieves a “virtual break-even” no-lose point – you can then relax without fear and let your final contract(s) work throughout the remainder of the session which many times go on to attain very large point gains. This 2 Target/Runner based system is both easy to implement and can be followed safely and mechanically without incurring large upfront draw-downs in your account.

You know it’s a statistical fact that the market will make big long range moves 3-5 times a month on average, (there are 22 trading days in a month) and most trading experts will agree that that the BIG point gains and hence profits, are made on long range days. The problem is most short term day traders adopt scalping approaches going for small point moves and quick wins thinking this is the safe way to go, only to miss out on the huge daily point runs that we see occur. This 2 Target – Runner based system is both easy to implement and can be followed safely and mechanically without incurring large upfront draw-downs in your account.

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  • The information presented here is for educational purposes only and the opinions expressed are those of the presenter only. All trades presented should be considered hypothetical and should not be expected to be replicated in a live trading account.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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  • The information presented here is for educational purposes only and the opinions expressed are those of the presenter only. All trades presented should be considered hypothetical and should not be expected to be replicated in a live trading account.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

How to think about this past week’s choppy market

The coronavirus has been headline news for a few weeks now. This week when I decided to check in on my M1 Finance account. I opened the app on my phone and saw my portfolio was down 10 percent for the week. 
That’s not my preferred way to start my day, but OK, dips happen. It’s the stock market.  
However, it’s what I decide to do at this point that will really make or break my investing strategy over the long term. And the way I see it, I have five choices in a market downturn: 
  1. Adjust my portfolio targets:  “This downturn made me realize that my portfolio choices were riskier than I have the appetite for. I am going to use some more conservative investment options.” 
  1. Do nothing:  “I know markets go up and down. I am confident this is temporary and my portfolio will stay the course. 
  1. Invest even more and buy the dip:  “Stock prices are down. It’s  a great buying opportunity. I’m going to be more aggressive.” 
  1. Take advantage of the dip: “I think the markets have another 10% to lose, I am going to move my positions to those that gain value when the market loses.” 
  1. Sell my portfolio:  “The big one is coming. I am going to hold everything as cash or cash alternatives until the danger subsides and re-enter when the markets have stabilized” 
But which choice is the right one? This is the million-dollar question (figuratively and maybe even literally). 
Of course, I’d love to give you a concrete answer on what to do when markets are volatile . But in reality, it depends on many personal factors, including age, risk tolerance, personality, portfolio construction, current investment, large planned purchases, family structure, health, and so on and so forth.  
Depending on your unique financial situation, my answer could be one of them, some of them, all of them, or none of them. But it would be wildly irresponsible of me to blindly tell you how to uniformly react to this market downturn.  So I won’t. 
Here’s what I will say: M1 developped the tools for the next generation of personal financial management, factored in choppy markets and down markets into their platform. 

Markets can be volatile

Periods of choppy markets and downturns have happened before, they’re happening right now, and they will happen again.  
As investors, and especially in times of calmer markets, we often look at historical market performance from a 10,000-foot view, hanging our hats on reassuring facts and statistics like this one
“The average annual return for the S&P 500 since its inception in 1928 through 2017 is approximately 10%.”
See? History is on our side. The facts are on our side.  We invest our money today, and in 10 years we can reasonably expect – though history is no predictor of the future – to earn somewhere around 159.4% in returns (with compounding).  
Simple, right? 
If that’s the case, though, why don’t we all just do that? 
Because reality sets in. It’s difficult to check emotions at the door. The markets aren’t on a direct path: they go up, and they go down, and downturns occurs more wildly and more often than we tend to see from that 10,000-foot view. Just take a look at the magnitude and frequency of downturns in the table below

And last week’s downdraft is the fifth worst in stock market history, so it feels particularly acute.

The point is, market downturns happen to all of us — often more than once in our lifetimes — and it’s important to be prepared, knowing markets don’t just move upward in a linear fashion. 
As a wise man once said:
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Mike Tyson
We all have a grand plan of how we want to save and invest. We should also have a plan for how to react in choppy markets. 
At M1, they provide the tools you need, so when you do get “punched in the mouth,” you can assess your situation and implement the smartest decisions to move forward. 
So when you look at your portfolio returns and see a negative number, don’t immediately rush to panic. As the New York Times noted*:
“Humility and patience are more helpful than panicky moves to time the market.”
We don’t know the economic effects of the coronavirus yet. Is it a short-term blip or a worldwide drag on the economy for the next year? Let’s use this as a time to assess our goals, assess our financial situation, and assess our investments to make informed, level-headed decisions. And, most importantly, know how to use the tools available to you in a market downturn to best continue marching toward your financial goals.  
For M1 users, these features can help you react to any downturns that come your way, no matter what your unique financial situation:

Portfolio-based investing

For evaluating performance and adjusting your targets
M1’s intuitive Pie design allows you to easily digest how choppy markets have affected you and react accordingly. Here, performance attribution is key: when markets are choppy, you need to be able to quickly diagnose how and where these changes are affecting your portfolio. They designed the M1 portfolio specifically with this in mind, allowing you to view performance of your portfolio as a whole or drill down into specific slices, then efficiently adjust your targets if necessary. 

Dynamic Rebalancing

For taking advantage of falling prices and buying the dip
M1’s Dynamic Rebalancing is built to take advantage of opportunities to buy low. When individual stocks or funds in your portfolio dip in value, these slices become more underweight in relation to their targets. As you invest more money in your portfolio, the M1 platform intelligently deploys more of that money to underweight slices, automatically taking advantage of buying opportunities and bringing these slices back up to their target weights. 

M1 Borrow

For leveraging your portfolio to buy the dip 
If you aren’t already familiar, M1 Borrow is a flexible, low cost line of credit. If you check your portfolio and see the choppy markets as a buying opportunity, you always have access to more capital at a click of a button.  
Having the power of M1 Tools, I know I have the tools I need to make the right decision for me, no matter what happens next week, next month, next year, and beyond.  

Recurring deposits

For making it easy to stick to your plan
During market downturns, our worst enemy is often ourselves. These are the times during which staying the course and sticking to our plan is often the most difficult. It’s all too easy for our emotions to take over: we panic, we sell, and we forget all about our long-term goals. This is when automating our investing is the most crucial. Setting up recurring deposits in the M1 platform allow you to stick to the plan with zero effort and helps us get out of our own way. Setting an investing schedule forces you to opt out of making smart financial decisions rather than opt in, so you’re not tempted to skimp on contributions. 

M1 Spend and cash balances

For putting money into a cash position to wait out the storm 
Cash is sometimes an underutilized or forgotten asset class when creating our investment plan. At M1, we have a couple of cash options. M1’s Spend checking account is a place to park cash while waiting for another opportunity, and people who subscribe to Plus earn 1.5% APY on all cash. The other cash option with M1 is setting your cash balance thresholds in M1 Invest higher and keeping cash in your brokerage account while waiting for your next buying opportunity. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Getting rich: How to build wealth and how to become rich

How to build wealth

There are several potential ways for those who wonder how to become rich by investing. There is no singular thing that you can do, rather it is a culmination of lifestyle changes and habits. You can live beneath your means by cutting out extraneous expenses. You can choose to automate your savings and investments by scheduling regular monthly transfers from your checking account. By doing this, it will force you to live on less while you make good investing habits on your way to getting rich.
Learn how to build wealth and how to become rich.
Building a diversified portfolio of stocks, ETFs, and other securities might help you on how to build wealth. Also, you can increase the rate at which you save by 1 percent every six months and devote 50 percent of all of your raises or bonuses to your investments and savings.

Statistics on wealth

What it means to be wealthy in comparison to others around the world might be different than what you think. According to the Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse, people who have a net worth of $93,170 are wealthier than 90 percent of people in the world. The net worth that is required to be a member of the global 1 percent is $871,320.
The U.S. accounts for 41 percent of all of the millionaires in the world. The median net worth per adult in the U.S. is $61,667, and the average net worth for U.S. adults is $403,974. These higher figures show that while people tend to have more wealth per capita in the U.S., the wealth inequality is also high in the U.S. To be considered rich in the U.S., you will likely need far more than the global amounts.

What are the main 6 lessons for how to become rich?

Here are some of the steps  to help you learn how to build wealth:
  • Invest in yourself financially
  • Spend money only on necessities
  • Create secondary sources of income
  • Manage your risk to reap rewards
  • Create monthly savings
  • Max out your retirement plans
Developing better money habits can help to put you on the path to gaining financial independence and getting rich.

1. Invest early and establish financial goals

The path to building wealth is not simple. Instead, it will require work and adherence to your goals. You need to begin by defining what getting rich means to you. Next, you need to establish your financial goals.
If you have employer-sponsored plans available to you at your job, take advantage of them. Strive to contribute the maximum to your 401(k) plan. If you cannot contribute the maximum, at least try to contribute the matching amount if your employer offers to match contributions up to a certain percentage.
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In addition to your 401(k) or another employer-sponsored plan, you should open a Roth IRA if you are income-eligible. Contributions that you make to a Roth IRA are made after tax, but you will not have to pay taxes when you start taking withdrawals in retirement. Contribute the maximum to your Roth IRA account each year. If you are younger than 50, you can contribute $6,000 per year. If you are 50 or older, you can contribute $7,000 per year.
Consider investing in exchange-traded funds. You might have access to these funds in your 401(k) or your Roth IRA. If you would like to be able to benefit from any returns that you might earn from your ETF investments before you retire, you might want to also consider opening a taxable brokerage account. Choose ETFs that have expense ratios of 0.1 percent or lower. This is the percentage of your money that goes to fees rather than generating returns for you. You should watch your expense ratio and keep it low so that your money is able to work harder for you.
It is also important for you to figure out your risk tolerance. In general, you can afford to be more aggressive with your investment strategy when you are younger. As you draw closer to retirement, your strategy should become progressively more conservative.

2. Live below your means

Saving money requires you to develop better money habits. Getting rich quick is something that rarely occurs, and if you try to employ financial gimmicks, you are unlikely to realize your goal of financial independence and increasing your cash flow. For many people, the key to how to become rich is to do it slowly. Here are some steps that you can take to on your path to attain financial success:
  • Budget and live below your means
  • Eliminate debt
  • Use money management tools
  • Have emergency funds
Create a realistic budget and work towards living below your means. Start by tracking all of your spending for a month. Tracking your spending includes accounting for cash purchases that you make. Save all of your receipts. At the end of the month, categorize your purchases and figure out areas that you can cut.
Work on eliminating your debt. There are a few methods for cutting out your debt. You can try paying off the highest-interest debt first and then using the money that you spent on that debt on the one with the next highest interest rate. Alternatively, you can use the snowball method. This involves you paying off the debt with the smallest balance first and working your way up from there.
Money management tools can help you to plan and to stay on track. These tools can set parameters for budgeting, scheduling bill payments and assisting in debt planning. You can find free money management tools online that you can use.
Finally, building an emergency fund is crucial. An unexpected setback could derail your financial plans. Aim to save between three and six months’ worth of your expenses. A high-interest savings account or a money market fund would be suitable options so that you can readily access the money if you experience an emergency like an unexpected illness, an accident or a job loss.

3. Have multiple streams of income

Passive income is important for building wealth. Many wealthy people have several passive income streams. This is income that you do not have to work for, and it includes compound interest and dividends. Real estate properties and investments in private businesses are other forms of passive income. This type of income source has strict regulations with the IRS, so it may be advisable to seek a professional when determining deductions and taxable income.
The compound interest formula takes into account your principal and the future rate of return that it will earn. You can use the compound interest formula to understand how your investments might grow over time. This is one type of passive income that can help you to build your wealth.
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Dividends that you earn from your stocks, REITs, equity mutual funds, or other equity securities should be reinvested. Instead of cashing dividend checks, reinvest your dividends so that you can take advantage of compounding. A dividend reinvestment plan is an efficient way of investing.
Dollar cost averaging is one method for getting rich that you can employ. With dollar cost averaging, you invest the same dollar amount in a security each month regardless of how the market is doing. Over time, this can help you to control for volatility and to build your savings.
Investing in real estate is one way how many wealthy people start out. Approximately 90 percent of the world’s millionaires invest in real estate. One way to do this is to buy your first home, live in it, and then rent it out instead of selling it. You can then move into your next home, live in it, and rent it out instead of selling it etc...etc...

4. Invest on your own individual terms when determining risk

By now, you should understand that get rich quick schemes are gimmicks that do not work. You should instead focus on learning how to manage your money. If you learn how to accomplish this, becoming rich over time may become an attainable goal.
The science of wealth starts by calculating your risk so that you can determine your risk tolerance. In general, you can have a higher risk tolerance when you are younger and lower one as you grow older. To check your level of risk tolerance, you can take this quiz.
Wealthy people understand the importance of diversification. This involves diversifying your portfolios. Wealthy people make certain that all of their portfolios are diversified, including their IRAs, 401(k)s, their brokerage accounts, and their 529 college savings plans. In addition to having these different types of accounts, the science of getting rich involves making certain that your holdings in each one is diversified across different asset classes. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. It is a method used to help manage investment risk.
Affluent people make certain that they stay current with politics, economics, and other topics in the world of finance. Researching is important for getting wealthy. There are many websites, blogs, and books that can help you to learn how to build wealth. General financial advice is also available to help you to learn about saving money more effectively, adding income streams and increasing your cash flow.

5. Automate savings and make it a monthly habit

Saving money must be viewed as a habit if you have a goal of financial independence. Invest in yourself before you spend money each month. One of the best ways for how to build wealth is to automate your savings.
Set up a scheduled transfer from your checking account at the beginning of each month into your investment and savings accounts. The money can then be transferred from your accounts and into your chosen investments without having to worry about managing your finances. This creates an effortless way to invest.
Automating your investing can help you to live beneath your means while you build wealth. Since the excess money is not in your account to spend, it reduces the chance of spending it on unnecessary purchases. While this approach is not a getting rich quick scheme, it may help you to achieve financial success over time.
Wealthy people also monitor their portfolios and rebalance them on a quarterly or annual basis. Rebalancing your portfolio involves buying or selling investments to get your portfolio back to its target allocation. Doing this as needed or annually might help your portfolio to continue performing optimally. Select brokerages offer automatic rebalancing as a service in an effort to offer more efficient investing. Rebalancing can entail transaction costs and tax consequences that should be considered when determining a rebalancing strategy.

6. Long-term plan to get rich slowly

Amassing wealth is a long-term goal. You should write a financial plan with a focus on getting rich slowly over time. Your plan should include ways to max out your retirement accounts. For example, if you are under age 50 and have a 401(k) plan, you can contribute a maximum of $19,000 per year. You should strive to contribute this amount and also max out your traditional or Roth IRA each year.
Tax-advantaged investments are also an important component of your strategy. Contributions to your retirement accounts are tax-advantaged. Traditional IRA contributions are deductible during the year in which you make them, and your investments are able to grow on a tax-deferred basis over time. Roth IRA contributions are made after tax and are not deductible, but you will not be taxed when you begin taking distributions in retirement.
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Another strategy is to plan to delay receiving your Social Security benefits. If you wait to start drawing your Social Security benefits until age 70 and were born between 1943 and 1954, for example, you will receive 132 percent of your full benefits amount. Waiting to take Social Security can provide you with greater cash flow after you retire.
Finally, reallocating your portfolio once per year can help you to stay on track with your goal of getting rich. You should look at your portfolio and compare it to your target allocation. Make changes to bring it back to your objectives for your investment goals and your desired rate of return. Make certain that your expense ratio remains low, and you may enjoy better overall performance.

Watch your savings grow with M1

With M1 Finance, you are able to invest for free. You will not have to pay any commissions or fees. You can set up automatic transfers from your account so that money can flow in and will be invested in your portfolio according to your individualized account. M1 Finance also uses dynamic rebalancing so that your portfolio returns to its target allocations.
M1 Finance empowers you to manage your money and build wealth with ease. M1 Finance is a cutting-edge investment platform and mobile app where you can open your account for free, individualize your account, figure out your risk tolerance and goals, and fund your account. You create your own custom portfolio by choosing your own securities and allocating the percentages that you wish to assign to each one. If you prefer, you can simply choose a portfolio that matches your goals and your risk tolerance from among more than 80 that have been created by experts. You can also start investing now by signing up for your own account.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

A brief history of low-fee investing

Once upon a time, individuals who wanted to invest in the stock market had to pay expensive fees to do so. Even if you had your own ideas about what you wanted to invest in, high priced financial firms were the gatekeepers – kind of like how, in the first seven decades of commercial air travel, the only way to get a flight booked was to go through a travel agent.
But in the mid-1990s, when home internet access became common, airlines started selling tickets directly to travelers. Today, thanks to constant internet access and algorithms that can serve up the best prices in seconds, buying direct is the norm. The costs of booking a flight declined.
Travel agents still exist, but they add a layer of cost that most travelers aren’t willing to pay.
The history of investing follows a similar trajectory.
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Index funds: The low cost alternative to professional finance

So back to that “once upon a time.”
Once upon a time – up through the middle of the 20th Century – investing in the stock market was difficult to do without paying a professional to help. Individuals who wanted to invest had to rely on financial advisors or fund managers for insight into how and when and whether to buy and sell various instruments and, as I mentioned above, for the nitty gritty information about how exactly to invest their funds.
The professionals came with a price – a hefty one at that. It wasn’t a great model for ordinary individuals, in part because the fees you had to pay these professionals ate into whatever money you made through your investments. On top of that, it was hard to know which professionals were the best – and therefore worth their fees.
Then, in 1960, researchers at the University of Chicago developed a model for an investing instrument that would let investors track the overall performance of the stock market, rather than selectively invest the companies or products chosen by professional advisors.
This model was called an “index fund” because it indexed some portion of the market designed to be representative of the market as a whole. It let people invest passively – without paying anyone to make investment decisions. The cost savings of not paying an expensive professional went straight into the investor’s pocket.
The first actual index fund didn’t launch until 1971. Even though its launch wasn’t that successful, it changed the face of investing.
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Jack Bogle & Vanguard

Quick detour: Between 1949 and 1951, a college student named John (“Jack”) Bogle wrote his undergrad thesis on mutual funds, a financial instrument that was brand-new at the time. His conclusion: these funds could be really powerful for individual investors, but only if the firms managing them seriously cut management fees.
To use Bogle’s own words:
“The grim irony of investing, then, is that we investors as a group not only don’t get what we pay for, we get precisely what we don’t pay for. So if we pay for nothing, we get everything.
In 1974, Bogle founded Vanguard Group following many of the principles he highlighted in his college thesis, creating passive investment vehicles for ordinary people to gain access to the stock market. Vanguard made the first index mutual funds available directly to individual investors.
At the time, people laughed.
Fidelity’s then-chairman asked why any investor would be content with just average returns (which is essentially what a passive index fund promises). The goal of investing, said this chairman, was to be the best. Not shockingly, that thinking required paying Fidelity large sums of money for their insights.
But other wealth management firms were worried: Vanguard presented an existential threat to their operating model. It differed from the established players in the industry in two main ways:
  • It didn’t offer an option for actively managed funds. Other mutual fund companies did, and they charged investors higher fees to invest in these funds. Vanguard’s passive funds were much less expensive for investors.
  • It distributed all Vanguard profits among shareholders. The standard model at the time saw profits distributed among the company and its managers.
This model meant less money for Vanguard and its executives. But Bogle believed that there was no need to have a huge stinking pile of money – enough, he claimed, was as good as a feast. He wrote an entire book on this principle.
It was practices like this that led Christine Benz, director of personal finance at Morningstar, to call Bogle “the conscience of the finance industry.”
And maybe the Fidelity chairman was right that professional investors’ goal was to be the best, but Bogle’s point was that most ordinary Americans weren’t invested in the stock market at all – which meant they weren’t enjoying any returns to speak of.
Index funds changed that.
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Jack Bogle’s revolution: Finance for the masses

Bogle’s ideas were revolutionary, and his belief in index funds has proven prophetic. Index mutual funds and ETFs became widespread. Individual investors have embraced this model, and the amount of money in ETFs globally rose from $204.3 billion in 2003 to $4.4 trillion in 2017.
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That upward slope happened in part thanks to emerging technology that made it possible for ordinary folks to tap into the investment power of the stock market without paying expensive management fees.
But that’s not the end of the story – or at least, that’s not all of it.
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Beyond Passive: Engaged Investing

The rise of passive investing was undoubtedly beneficial for everyday people hoping to invest. The average investor can pay almost no management fee to own a stake in nearly any asset class. An investor can now get that asset classes returns for extremely low costs.
But for today’s investors, the trade-off between low-cost passive and high-cost active strategies no longer exists. You can now create a custom portfolio or “personalized index” and buy it for free using platforms like M1. This lets you curate your investments to your specific goals, values, risk tolerance, and objectives.
We believe that this hybrid approach gives the best of both worlds: a portfolio that can utilize passive ETFs to get low cost exposure to a specific asset class with the ability to take a higher conviction pick on any stock or group of stocks you want.  All of this can be done while minimizing explicit costs like management fees and commissions and implicit fees like trading costs and taxes.
We call this approach “engaged investing.”
Today, it’s more possible than it’s ever been, thanks to the many developments in investing and trading that have emerged since Bogle launched his first index fund, including…  
  • Internet-first platforms (Thinkorswim, OptionsXpress) that combined online access to investment tools with educational materials to help individuals improve their understanding and performance. They made it possible to read up on a an investment strategy, research a company, and decide to buy stock without leaving your desk.
  • App-based models that empower everyday people to manage their funds on the go.
  • Lower and lower participation costs (including M1’s free investing model), which make investing more accessible to more people. Today, 78 percent of investors pay between zero and one percent in management fees for their investments. Incumbents are cranky about it.
These and other innovations have greatly expanded access to investing, which was once something only available at a high price – something that Jack Bogle was determined to change.
As Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You to Be Richput it: “[Bogle] spoke [about investing] in a very simple way. And it was heresy.”
M1 is proud to be part of a tradition of making investing simple, transparent, accessible, and affordable so that everyone has a chance to engage with and learn about the market – and improve their lives in the process.
We owe a great debt to the road that Jack Bogle paved. And we’re thrilled that today’s technology means we can continue down that road further than he ever envisioned.