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Being a Successful Penny Stock Trader with Timothy Sykes

By | Andrew Fiebert and Matt Giovanisci

What is a penny stock?  Can they make you rich?  Well, it worked for our guest Timothy Sykes who turned $12,000 into $4.2 million by trading them. Timothy took his bar mitzvah money and started trading penny stocks against his parent’s wishes. What they warned him would be a hard lesson in the value of a dollar, turned into a small fortune. What Is A Penny Stock? Penny stocks are stocks sold by speculative companies for under $5 per share. Penny stocks are usually growing companies that have limited cash and resources or companies in dire financial trouble, often already in bankruptcy. As such, they are much riskier than traditional stocks. You don’t trade penny stocks with the intention of finding the next big thing, rather, you’re trading momentum. If you’re wrong about a pick, get out fast. This is not a buy and hold discipline. When a “conventional” stock is down, over time, it’s likely to bounce back. That’s not the case with penny stocks. The companies often go out of business before a bounce back can happen. Short Selling You can make money betting against a company too. You take a negative position and sell first, then buy. If you see a stock that you think is over valued at $10 a share, you sell it and buy it back later at $2 a share. How do you sell a stock you don’t own? You borrow from your broker. You’re betting on failure. What Makes A Penny Stock Risky? This all sounds good, take a small amount of money and turn it into millions through penny stocks. But nothing is that easy and the vast majority of penny stock traders lose money. There isn’t much publicly available information on these companies and some of what you can find is from dodgy sources. Never risk disaster, don’t be sure of anything. Some of the companies are very young so there isn’t much information to be had. Many are in bankruptcy making it hard to find a fair valuation. The exchanges that these stocks are sold on do not have any minimum requirements to remain on the exchange. Because these stocks don’t have a lot of liquidity, you might not be able to sell them. More Is Not Always Better If you have $1000 to buy Apple stock with, that won’t get you much, currently less than ten shares. But if something is selling for .50 a share, you can snap up 2000. It seems more likely that your .50 cent stock will rise to $1 a share and you’ll double your money. But you have to consider the value, not just the price. The value is what someone else is willing to pay for something. In this case, part of the value of the stock is the value of the company. And a company selling shares so cheaply, is not doing well. It’s better to own part of a company that is making money than losing it. Do Your Research This kind of trading takes a lot of research. Timothy spends about 17 hours a day doing this. And as mentioned above, it isn’t easy because there sometimes isn’t much information to be had and what you find might not be accurate. Look for momentum, look for warning signs. Yahoo Finance is a good resource. The SEC website also contains a search engine where you can find all official filings made by a penny stock or any notices about an enforcement action from the SEC directed at any particular penny stock. You can use the lack of coverage for penny stocks to your advantage. CNBC and the Wall Street Journal aren’t following them. But you are and if you see some momentum, the company just got a big order for example, there is a lag between the time you see it and the time more casual observers see it. General Rules Look for big movers based on a big earnings win or a big contract win. Look for signs of economic value gains.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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