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Seminar 2

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Meet Featured Trader, Kelly

Meet our newest featured trader, Kelly.

Q: How long have you been trading?

A: 1.5 years

Q: How many trades do you think you average per month or year?

A: 3

Q: Why did you decide to start stock trading?

A: Husband thought it sounded like my personality

Q: Have you been to any NVOWS seminars?  If so, which ones and what were
your thoughts on them?

A: 1,2,3,4,Entity  Too much selling and not enough practice  Good info too
 
Q: Is stock trading what you expected?

A: Yes

Q: What strategy do you prefer? (i.e. spreads, stocks, options, etc)

A: Working towards Credit spreads

Q: Are you consistently profitable?

A: Not yet

Q: Would you recommend someone join Top Gun?  Why or why not?

A: You can get the info cheaper other places

Q: Besides NVOWS materials what other resources (books, websites, people,
etc) do you use?

A: Trade smart University has great videos and they make it very understandable! 

Q: Anything else you’d want to add.

A: Would love to meet in Omaha maybe 1 time every 3 months to talk about what is working for people and what to avoid.

Trader October 14, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

Q&A with Marcel

And now presenting to you the next installment in our trader interview series…meet Marcel.

Q: How long have you been trading?
A: I have been trading since September 2013

Q: How many trades do you think you average per month or year?
A: On average I would say 1-3 trades a month.

Q: Why did you decide to start stock trading?
A: I had always been interested in the stock market, and wanted to learn how to invest. Initially I did not know the difference between an investor or trader, but now have come to understand that when I am trading my money is in the market for less time than the typical investor.

Q: Have you been to any NVOWS seminars?  If so, which ones and what were your thoughts on them?
A: Yes I have attended Seminar 1 ( Knowledge is better than Gold) about 3 times. In this seminar I learned a tremendous amount about the market, how it works and how I can use this vehicle to create wealth for my family and future generations.  I have also attended Seminar 2 , and learned the wonderful world of options!

Q: Is stock trading what you expected?

A: I honestly had no idea what to expect.  I regularly heard things about trading and when hearing the opinion of the typical buy and hold strategists a fear of trading was created, as they made it seem that smart investors buy and hold and typically likened trading to glorified gambling.

Q: Is there anything you know now that you wish you had known when you started?
A: No. If anything I wish I could have learned about trading sooner in life. I wasted so much money on things I don’t even own anymore. It would have been great to take that money and put it towards something useful, like my future business. Once a person learns something it is soooo easy to then go and find the same information and say “Hey I could have learned this sooner” but, I have a saying that goes “You don’t know, what you don’t know, until you learn what you don’t know”. In essence NOW that I have learned a strategy I can easily go find sources that simulate, and talk about this strategy, and NOW I have the luxury of saying “oh I could have learned this without spending X amount of money to know what I know now”, but the reality of the situation is if I did not learn what I learned in Seminar 1 , I would have no clue what to look for. Who knows maybe one day I would have discovered this wonderful strategy, but in the information age where there is a plethora of bad information mixed in with a finite amount of good, who knows how long it would have taken. I am writing this in May of 2014. I took my first seminar 1 in March of 2013, there is no way I would have half of the information I do now had I not attended seminar 1 with NVOWS.

Q:Are you consistently profitable?

A: I am pretty much even for the year.

Q: Would you recommend someone join Top Gun?  Why or why not?

A: Yes. I invested in my family business, and any child that I have from now on will also be able to participate in our business. I am leaving a legacy behind that will change my family for the better. The information I have received is invaluable, and it was worth the money I put in to get it. Every year thousands of high school graduates enroll in their first semester of college. For the price of that first year’s tuition at a university, I have gotten a much more valuable education in my opinion.

Q: Besides NVOWS materials what other resources (books, websites, people, etc) do you use?

A: First and foremost, I am getting in the habit of praying and asking Jesus for guidance before making any decision. I have endeavored to learn market tone on my own so, I read Reuters and MarketWatch to get a feel for the market tone, and compare my discoveries with NVOWS market alerts. I also bounce ideas off of my brother who is also a Top Gun. I do trust NVOWS, but I want to fly my own  plane.

Q: Anything else you’d want to add.
A: If you are thinking about taking Seminar 1 with NVOWS… Just go!  99.00 bought me a new opportunity. It bought me hope for dreams that I thought were unattainable.  IF you are anything like me, I am sure you can make a list of worse things or less valuable things you have bought that cost equal to or more than 99.00.  Take a chance, what do you have to lose?

Trader September 23, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Q & A With An Actual Trader- Kevin

This is the big day!  For over a year I’ve been working on a special feature for my blog where ordinary everyday people turned traders would answer a few questions.  I hope this feature will help guide many as they decide if trading is for them and who they should learn trading from.  I also think many traders will benefit from learning how other traders are doing and what is or isn’t working for them.  Each week I will highlight one trader until I have no responses left.  If you would like to be one of my ‘ordinary everyday’ featured traders please shoot me an email.

So without further adieu…meet Kevin.  He should really be one of those people in my People You Meet Along the Journey post because he is definitely one I would not have met had I not started trading.  We met through my blog and he’s been my closest ‘trading friend’ since.  We’ve been bouncing trades, stock market theories and life off one another for years now.  Two weeks ago my family was fortunate to meet his beautiful wife and family as we passed through his neck of the woods for a wedding.  They were gracious to open their home, table and lives with us as we talked well into the night. (At least it felt that way since we all have very little ones.)  Okay okay enough with the rambling, here is a little Q & A with trader Kevin.

Q: How long have you been trading?
A: On and off for over 2 years.
Q: How many trades do you think you average per month or year?
A: When i am actively trading, I average about 5-10 trades a month.
Q: Why did you decide to start stock trading?
A: I was initially drawn in by radio ads from David Mitchel, and attended a 2 day seminar and enjoyed it a lot. But long before that, I believed (and still do) that the stock market is one of the few remaining level playing fields where anybody, regardless of background can make money with the right skills.
Q: Have you been to any NVOWS seminars?  If so, which ones and what were
your thoughts on them?
A: I’ve attended seminar I twice, and seminar II three times. I enjoyed both seminars, but they tended to run much longer than needed. I think both could have been condensed into a 1 day seminar by omitting much of the up selling on their other seminars and products. The information from seminar I lays the foundation on knowing when to be in the markets and provides a basic strategy for market timing, and seminar II teaches options buying strategies using the same chart patterns taught in seminar I. The seminar speakers are knowledgeable and entertaining, but their presentations are basically derived from slides made by David Mitchel. Sometimes the information on the slides begs a question that goes un-asked, and I found that sometimes the best bits of information gleaned from attending the seminars came from privately asking the speaker during a break rather than during the actual presentation.
Q: Is stock trading what you expected?
A: Heck no. I never expected the emotional roller coaster it would turn out to be for me. I never expected it would be so tempting to not follow basic rules.
Q: What strategy do you prefer? (i.e. spreads, stocks, options, etc)
A: I prefer buying options, long calls and puts. Spreads come in at 2nd.
Q: Is there anything you know now that you wish you had known when you
first started?
A: Can the answer be “everything”? In all seriousness, if i had to give myself advice 2 years ago, i would say to stick to the basics, all of the fancy strategies you are tempted to try out are a dead end. Timing is everything and getting the stock direction right is only half the battle. Buy options with plenty of time till expiration to give your position time to work itself out. Don’t get greedy and take profits when you still have a chance. Don’t try to shadow the trades of a day trader who makes millions unless you are actually approved to day trade in your account. (I was dumb enough to try this).
Q: Are you consistently profitable?
A:Not at all. I’m consistently unprofitable. I’ve made thousands and lost thousands, but i’ve definitely lost more than i’ve made. Every loss is a lesson, and sadly i think learning the hard way seems to be the only way i’ll learn. On the bright side, I think i’m on my way to actually learning to not do dumb things.
Q: Would you recommend someone join Top Gun?  Why or why not?
A: This is a tough question, because I want to say yes! absolutely join top gun! The information taught is good and solid and has the potential to earn you much more than you paid in tuition, but now that i’ve been around the block so to speak, I am a little hesitant to recommend. Why? Because the information is readily available for free elsewhere. The tricky part is knowing what information to seek out online. Listening to the wrong person can be very costly, which I know from experience. I am tempted to tell just a few key words you can google to find all the information you’d ever want, but maybe that’s not fair. You’ll just have to sign up for top gun. 🙂
Q: Besides NVOWS materials what other resources (books, websites, people, etc) do you use?
A: In no particular order: 1option.com has a daily market analysis that is helpful. Even more helpful is his “options strategies” and “option Q & A” sections which are a goldmine of information. I also visit https://tradinglicks.wordpress.com/ which has a unique perspective on the market. The blog author invented a market timing indicator using volume alone and i think it can be a valuable tool to see which direction the big money is pointing towards. I also sometimes i listen to the market recaps from Brian Shannon, a certified market technician at http://alphatrends.tumblr.com/. He has some enlightening blog entries as well. I’m also reading a book by Richard Wyckoff, one of the pioneers of technical analysis – the guy who coined the terms “support and resistance”. Much of his book is in harmony with NVOWS/David Mitchel, but his ideas on volume analysis are different (and better). The book is called “The Richard Wyckoff Method Of Trading and Investing in Stocks”
Anything else you’d want to add.
A: There is a reason most people lose money in the markets. It is hard! Don’t beat yourself up if you’re one of the 85% of market participants not making money. Keep at it, keep learning (from good sources teaching sound principles) and dont give up. A person who takes risks with his/her money is wiser than the person who sits on it, even if the risk does not end with reward. Money will come and go, but the experience and knowledge gained from participating in the stock market cannot be replaced. Many people after years of hard work and determination finally have their light bulb moment and began consistently making money, but prior risk and failure is almost surely a part of that path for most.

 

Trader August 13, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Neuventure on Wall Street (now known as TRADEway) Seminar 2 Review

In the past 3 years I have attended NVOWS Seminar 2 on options 3 times with 3 different instructors. My first was David Mitchell, the second was Chris Johanson and the third was a couple of weeks ago with John Quinn so obviously that one will be the freshest on my mind.

Naturally seminar 2 starts with a review of Seminar 1, once again going over rolling stocks and learning a little more about trending stocks. We then covered some of the most common patterns and bases. Then it was time to dive into options, starting with basic definitions and just the buying of puts and calls. I later learned on my own you can also sell (to open) puts and calls. I’ll admit my first Seminar 2 was a bit overwhelming as I tried to memorize and grab onto every last piece of option information taught. I felt as though if I didn’t grasp even one small piece that it would all fall down around me and I’d never grasp options. This isn’t the case. Even though there are still some concepts to this day within options that make my head spin I was able to learn a simple way to buy puts and calls. So simple I might add that I was a little surprised to pay $6400 to learn something that simple. But, having never stock traded before and being so new (at the time) to stock trading I had no idea that all this information was out there for the taking and even if I had, I don’t know where I would have even begun to look. Now that I’ve been trading for a few years though I would at this point feel a lot more comfortable navigating the stock/option trading information overload to find the bits of information needed to use such a simple strategy in my trading.

And what NVOWS seminar would be complete without the many long, relationship building breaks built-in as well as a good dose of selling. At this one I once again had the opportunity to buy the approximately 15k Hawaiian 3 day Practice in Paradise and the 10 Trade Options Webinar for about $2,500. Then there’s the $11,000 cruise I can take to learn new gap and news plays. Of course there is a whole new set of home study courses I could also buy on candlesticks, gaps and stock splits. One thing I would like to note here is that a thorough and complete stock trading training program will need to cover things like candlesticks, gaps, bases, indicators, etc. With NVOWS these things are only covered on the most BASIC level at their seminars if they are covered at all so if you want a more holistic view of trading you must buy these Home Study Courses or study up on them on your own or choose a stock trading training program that includes these in the upfront cost.

All 3 of my instructors were excellent and I learned some different tidbits from each of them. In addition to options this seminar also teaches the David Mitchell Advanced Stop Out Rule. The Seminar wraps up with looking through some real-time charts for great patterns and buy points and learning how to actually go into Eoption, (the brokerage NVOWS uses) pick out the correct option from the option chain and place a trade.  I was comfortable buying calls and puts after taking the seminar just once but my husband appreciated attending the Seminar 2 again. Everyone is different and learns differently.

There are definite advantages and disadvantages to choosing a stock training program that is live. One huge advantage is getting to meet so many like-minded people and learn from them and be encouraged. Another advantage is it forces you to take some time out of your life to learn this new skill on a particular date and time. The drawbacks however include not being able to review the seminars at home as a refresher especially if you need more than just 2 days to understand the concept. You may have to wait months until another one comes to your area as opposed to other stock training courses that are all online and can be watched and rewatched on demand. Everyone has to decide what will work best for them.

 

How ‘bout you? What were your thoughts on NVOWS Seminar 2?

 

 

Trader August 4, 2014 14 Comments Permalink

Hey, it’s time for hay and a Seminar 2 retake

I am so excited for this weekend!  I am going to retake NVOWS Seminar 2 on options.  Hopefully I will be there both Friday and Saturday but as of today I still have only found a sitter for my son for Saturday so I might miss Friday.  Just found out today that John Quinn will be teaching which will be nice because I always love a fresh perspective and learning from a speaker I haven’t heard yet.  So far I’ve learned from David Mitchell and Chris Johanson at my previous options seminars and both of these took place in Colorado Springs.  This weekend will mark the first time I’ve attended a NVOWS seminar in my home state, good ol’ Nebraska.  The Good Life.  Land of runzas, corn and seeing for miles and miles and miles.  Did I mention miles?  Speaking of corn I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned before that I live in a corn field.  Literally.  You can’t make this stuff up.  I live in a machine shed in a corn field but that’s another story for another day.  Feel free to ask if you’re interested in the how and why and what in the world.  Speaking of fields, it’s time to put up the hay so I’ve included a picture for your viewing enjoyment of me throwing a few token bales.  For the most part I just drove the truck and trailer while my husband and sister did the heavy lifting.

hay with april

My sister is the one in the flannel that looks much more country than I.  She was visiting from Colorado Springs and wanted to take part in the hay process.  She worked really hard and all her cross fit training paid off for us.  We put up 300 square bales so if you are in the market for hay, let me know.

Well I’ll be sure to write up a Seminar 2 review after this weekends refresher.  Until then, happy trading!

Oh and for my birthday I got a moped.  Call it a midlife crisis (or mid 30s crisis) if you must but I’ve always wanted one and man is it fun.

Trader July 21, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

People You Meet Along the Journey

Each time we attend a stock-trading seminar we meet so many great people.  In fact it’s our favorite part of the seminars, learning what is working and not working for other traders, swapping stories and encouraging one another.  During our first seminar we sat next to a very kind man who was retaking that Seminar 1 and was still not profitable.  When we asked why he simply said he kept breaking the rules.  Well, that gave my husband and I all kinds of confidence.  You see, we weren’t going to break any rules like this guy. : )  Funny to think back on that now!  To this day we still use the handout he had created and given us on tracking our stocks.

During the next Seminar we met another man by the name of Paul who sat in front of us.  As the lunch break rolled around my husband and I started heading toward the parking lot and our cooler of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when Paul caught up with us and asked if we’d like to go to lunch…his treat!  Boy did we ever!  We were sooooo excited.    During lunch he took time to listen to our story and encourage us to run hard after God and His best for us.  He told us we could definitely do this and be successful.  As we’ve kept touch through email his encouragement has continued to mean the world and he has even offered to let us stay at his place whenever we come into town for retakes.  What a blessing he is!

At our most recent Seminar 2 retake we were able to get acquainted with several right around where we were sitting.  One such man by the name of Mark also took us to lunch.  We are so spoiled!  Last we talked to Mark he was profitable and also offered us encouragement and an invitation to stay with his family whenever we’re back in town for retakes.  This seminar was special to us because we had the most incredible teacher, Chris.  He took the time to sit down with us on the first day after everyone else had cleared out.  He listened to our story and genuinely cared about us and our success.  He said he thought the Holy Spirit was prompting him to do something and he wanted to pray more about it, speak to the founder and follow up with us the following day.  The next day after everyone left we once again sat down with him but it was obvious he was very exhausted and coming down with something.  He told us to call the office the following week and he would tell them what he was thinking.  Well, we did but it seems we had fallen through the cracks and no one knew of anything.  Chris has since gone to be with the Lord and we along with so so many others miss him especially every Monday night on the webinars.  It seems we may never know what he had in mind for us.

Here we have just included a few of the special people we have met through our time with NeUventure on Wall Street.  Perhaps in future posts I will share a few more.  I think most students with NeUventure would site the people as one of the things they appreciate the most and what makes NeUventure special.

 

How ‘bout you?  Who have you met along the way?

Trader February 22, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

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