DeFi: como escapar del peso (y de la AFIP). Capítulo 3
Capítulos anteriores: IntroducciónLending Capítulo 3: Derivados Aplica mismo disclaimer que el capítulo 1 En esta oportunidad vamos a analizar oportunidades de inversión en activos físicos a través de tokens en Ethereum. Synthetix Synthetix es un protocolo que permite comprar y vender "activos sintéticos" o dicho de otra manera, lograr exposición a activos del "mundo real" mediante el trading de Synths. Todo on-chain, sin intermediarios o terceros que controlen las operaciones. Los Synths son tokens basados en Ethereum que proveen exposición a activos como el oro, plata, monedas (USD, GBP), commodities, índices de stock markets y próximamente incluso a acciones individuales. Estos tokens cotizan como el activo que representan y van siguiendo el precio según el mercado real de ese activo. Aunque lejos esta de ser lo mismo, sería como un ETF tipo GLD que "sigue" el precio del oro físico. Algunos de los Synths que hoy están disponibles son:
sBTC/ETH/BNB y otros, que siguen la cotización de esas y otras cryptos
sXAU representa una onza de oro
sXAG lo mismo pero de plata
sUSD/EUJPY/GBP y otras, para las monedas fiat
sNIKKEI el índice Nikkei 225 de Japón
sFTSE el índice FTSE 100 de UK
y ya están anunciados el lanzamiento de commodities como el barril de petróleo Brent (sBZ) o acciones individuales (sAAPL, sTSLA, etc.) De esta manera uno puede, con sus USDC o DAI, comprar por ejemplo sXAU y de esa manera tener un criptoactivo que representa una onza de oro, generando exposición a su fluctuación de precio. O diversificarse en varias monedas y armar una cartera con Euros, Libras y Francos Suizos para no estar únicamente expuesto al Dólar. Siempre con la posibilidad de hacerlo en fracciones (0.045 sXAU) y sin restricciones, reglamentaciones, trabas, burocracia y todo el listado que venimos repitiendo en estas guías. La cotización de sXAU con respecto al dólar (sUSD) en el último mes En poco tiempo, a medida que se vayan lanzando nuevos synths, uno podría armarse una cartera de inversiones de la misma manera que lo hace en un broker tradicional con acciones de diferentes empresas o ETFs compuestos de mercados enteros como el S&P500. Para empezar a usar Synthetix no hace falta nada más que un wallet y tener disponibles sUSD, que puede comprarse en varios exchanges o en la misma plataforma de Synthetix. Luego ingresar al exchange e intercambiar por el Synth que se quiera. Ese Synth se puede vender en cualquier momento en el mismo exchange por sUSD, que luego podrá ser intercambiado por la crypto que se quiera (o mantener en sUSD que representa al dólar, al igual que USDC o DAI). Hoy cada Synth sigue al precio de su activo mediante un Oracle, que es un servicio centralizado que informa el precio. Ese es hoy el "punto débil" del sistema, ya que ese Oracle podría ser hackeado o intervenido, pero ya se está trabajando en utilizar ChainLink (otra blockchain descentralizada) para informar los precios y poder deshacerse de los Oracles. El proyecto y todos los synths están garantizados por el token SNX que es guardado como collateral, aportado por gente que por bloquear ("staking") sus SNX en la plataforma recibe a cambio ingresos por los trading fees del exchange. Hoy el proyecto está sobrecolateralizado en un 820%. Synthetix es uno de los proyectos más innovadores en el espacio y el segundo en volumen de operación después de Maker DAO (donde se crean los DAI). Hoy todavía es limitado en la diversidad de Activos o Synths que se pueden comprar, pero de a poco van agregando más cantidad y variedad (acciones, commodities, forex). La promesa de la plataforma es llegar a un momento donde una persona pueda invertir on-chain y de manera descentralizada con exactamente las mismas posibilidades y oportunidades que en un broker tradicional. Leer más: AMA con el fundador de Synthetix, Kain Warwick y su CTO Justin Moses (en inglés) RealT Otro proyecto interesante para participar de la economía real vía blockchain es RealT. Antes que nada es importante aclarar la diferencia con Synthetix: esta plataforma tiene un nivel de centralización muchísimo mayor, depende de un administrador central que gestiona la inversión mediante diferentes vehículos legales en USA, consiste en la inversión en activos físicos y varias cuestiones más que la convierten en un híbrido que igualmente me parece que es interesante evaluar. RealT permite participar de manera fraccionada de un negocio inmobiliario real en USA (por ahora, en Detroit), a través de tokens en Ethereum. Está apuntado a pequeños inversores internacionales, permitiendo de una manera muy sencilla y con poca inversión ser parte de la compra de una propiedad y luego de sus ingresos por el alquiler. Sería algo asi como una réplica digital de invertir en un REIT en el mercado tradicional (como siempre aclaro, con sus obvias diferencias). RealT ofrece distintas propiedades fraccionadas en partes de aproximadamente 0.1% de su valor. Hoy por ejemplo se puede comprar por $53.13 un token de una propiedad de $74.389, que va a generar $5.88 por año de ingresos por el alquiler (después de fees), rindiendo un 11.06%. Se pueden comprar cuantas tokens se deseen, y se puede participar de varias propiedades para diversificar. Lo interesante de todo esto es que la participación implica la compra de un token en Ethereum (RealToken), y a partir de ahi quien tenga ese token recibirá los dividendos en forma diaria en DAI. Esto quiere decir que también existe un mercado secundario, ya que los RealTokens pueden luego transferirse y venderse, ya sea a través de su sitio o en Uniswap. Para participar en una compra es necesario registrarse en el sitio y pasar por el proceso KYC presentando documentación, y las direcciones ETH adonde se transfiere el token deben ser whitelisteadas con la comprobación de identidad (los puristas de la descentralización se están arrancando los ojos al leer esto) Es posible ver la actividad de cada propiedad en el blockchain (ejemplo), con sus transferencias, pagos, etc. Desde el lado legal, para cada propiedad se crea una LLC, donde los dueños son los tenedores del token, y estas LLC son independientes de la quien las administra (RealT). Sin dudas es el proyecto más riesgoso de los que venimos comentando por su alto nivel de centralización, pero por otro lado ofrece un rendimiento anual muy alto y la posibilidad de diversificar en un negocio distinto y atado a la economía real. Próximo capítulo: robots de inversión
Barclay Stone cfd Forex broker, opinie: rynek Europy spada na tle braku jednomyślnej dezycji liderów UE
Liderzy regionu nie uzgodnili się dodatkowych zachęt dla gospodarki, podczas gdy liczba przypadków koronawirusa na świecie stale rośnie. W związku z czym rynek europejski spadł od poniedziałku. Widzimy, że niemiecki kontrakt terminowy DAX handlował się o 0,2% niżej, kontrakt terminowy FTSE 100 w Wielkiej Brytanii spadł o 0,1%, a kontrakt terminowy CAC 40 we Francji - o 0,4%. Negocjowanie co do planu ożywienia gospodarki w związku ze skutkami epidemii trwało 3 dni, ale przywódcy Unii Europejskiej nie doszli do uzgodnienia sposobu rozdysponowania się 750 miliardów euro, proponowanych do przywrócenia się gospodarki i jakie warunki postawić przed krajami - głównie przed regionem śródziemnomorskim. Musieli jednak podjąć jakąś decyzję w poniedziałek do wieczoru. Co równie ważne, w tym tygodniu władze USA będą rozważać się nowy pakiet pomocy ekonomicznej, ponieważ wiele programów wsparcia biznesu i gospodarstw domowych wygaśnie już za kilka tygodni. Zapraszamy do naszej platformy Barclay Stone
Ive recently gotten into trading on forex and ive been trying my best to learn the basics, but does anyone have any strategies which are essential to learn? I am not really trying to make massive amounts of profit quickly just trying to make consistent profit. Ive been mainly studying the euusd ,DAX, FTSE and DJIA. Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated!
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Hi all. I've been trading FOREX in pepperstone using oanda charts on tradingview and it's alright as there's no difference in mean prices. However, when it comes to futures, it becomes a problem due to the disparity in mean prices (i base my entries after charting on tradingview). I'm looking from an expansion from FOREX trading into the indexes (ES, FTSE, NASDAQ) thus i was wondering whether there is a tradingview chart which provides something close to the price offered on pepperstone?
Una simple estrategia de operativa intradía o day trading
Day traders Como muchos ya saben, en este blog nos gusta tocar todos los palos desde una perspectiva didáctica, es decir, nos gusta aprender y saber de todo para así ser operadores de mercado con una mayor preparación, experiencia y amplio bagaje, y de esta manera hacer nuestro el dicho de “el saber no ocupa lugar”. Es por ello que hoy traemos una simple estrategia de operativa intradía o day trading publicada hace ya tiempo por Sandrine Ungari, analista de Société Générale. Este método es de fácil implementación y válido para bolsas mundiales, mercado forex, materias primas y bonos. Además es tendencial (preferible), y trata de aprovechar de la mejor manera posible las variaciones del mercado en este plazo temporal, algo que como muchos ya sabemos, no es cosa fácil. Antes de comenzar y como diría mi abuelo: “los experimentos con gaseosa”, es decir, si a alguien le “pica el gusanillo” y quiere llevar a cabo esta estrategia, le recomendamos que primero lo haga en simulación o en cuenta demo, y si después de probarla en repetidas ocasiones en este entorno los resultados son positivos y se decide a hacerlo en real, le aconsejamos que lo haga con un reducido capital. Dicho todo lo anterior, dejémonos de insípidos preámbulos y vayamos directos “al turrón…” Sandrine Ungari y los analistas de Société Générale, han llegado a la conclusión de que los principales índices y activos mundiales, suelen seguir la tendencia marcada en la apertura del mercado, es decir, si en la apertura éste cae, teóricamente el descenso de este activo o mercado se amplificará al cierre, o lo que es lo mismo, si el mercado abre cayendo, cerrará cayendo aún más, o si abre subiendo, cerrará subiendo más. Según los analistas de Société Générale, esto se debe principalmente a que algunos grandes fondos cotizados, necesitan seguir las tendencias del mercado para mantener su liquidez y el equilibrio de sus carteras. Según nuestra amiga Sandrine, la forma de “rascarle algo al mercado” sería:
Comenzar la sesión sin posiciones abiertas y observando el mercado. Tras la apertura, si se produjera una reacción alcista significativa, el trader o inversor compraría el activo en cuestión, que mantendría hasta justo antes del cierre del mercado para en ese momento, cerrar la posición.
No obstante, si la reacción del mercado fuera opuesta y lo hiciera a la baja, el operador debería ponerse corto o bajista, y como el caso anterior, cerrar la posición justo antes del cierre del mercado.
En el caso de no haber una tendencia definida, habría que mantenerse fuera del mercado y no operar ese día.
Según los analistas del banco francés, esta estrategia habría sido rentable en todos los mercados de renta fija y variable durante los últimos años con excepción, de los bonos estadounidenses a corto plazo, la deuda italiana y algunas divisas como la libra, el dólar canadiense y el yen. Por último, los analistas de Société Générale añaden que al aplicarle las comisiones necesarias a este sistema, y debido al elevado número de operaciones del mismo, los mercados donde mejores resultados se obtendrían habrían sido: el Russell 2000, el AEX Holandés, el FTSE MIB italiano, los futuros sobre índices como el SP500 y del Nasdaq 100. Por el contrario donde peor lo habría hecho, sería en los bonos alemanes. Fuente: Société Générale yNeoTrading.es ¿Te ha gustado el artículo?, si es así y además estás buscando unNeoBrókerfiable y con buenos precios, nosotros te recomendamoseste... ¡Si te ha gustado el artículo, no te "empanes" [email protected] y colabora con el blog, comparte en redes sociales y recomienda el artículo a todo el mundo!
When taking a government/treasury bond etf, how much if at all does the geographical exposure effect the rebalancing tactic once a stock crash occurs?
I think we can all agree that government bond etfs (compared to corporate/emerging markets/etc) are the best thing to have if a crash occurs. If you don't agree just assume they do for the sake of this question. Now I'd like to know what your opinion is regarding the geographical exposure of a government bond etf when we are buying that bond etf for the sake of 'taking advantage' of crash by rebalancing our portfolio. I for one plan to take the MSCI etf as a stock etf to be well diversivied (80% of portfolio) https://www.ishares.com/uk/individual/en/products/251882/ishares-msci-world-ucits-etf-acc-fund Though when it comes to the bond etf I think it would make more sense for me to take a eurozone bond etf (that is if eurozone bond etfs are great when a stock crashes occur) due to me living in europe (currency risk, I know the stock etf is in dollars but I don't mind currency risk on a stock etf) So What do you guys think? would a global government bond etf be better for such a situation? would another specific geographical government bond etf provide better results? Would a normal bond (non etf) Be better? Does it even matter? I see a lot of people saying that government bond etfs are superior to other bond etfs in regards to a stock crash. But I never saw anyone discussing the geographical location of that government bond etf regards to a stock crash. Maybe it's cos it doesn't really matter? anyways discuss
A Day in the Life of a Stock Trader - Blog | Horizon Institute
Section 1 – What does a stock trader actually do The life of a trader is often glamorised by films such as The Wolf of Wallstreet and Margin Call – a view that is shared by many who have no direct experience with the wider investment industry. It is also true that different types of traders have very different workloads. Trading emerging markets is not the same as trading FTSE stocks or the forex markets. Let’s start by defining what traders, broadly speaking actually are: “Professionals in finance who buy and/or sell assets on the financial markets.” A day in the life of a trader: Behind the scenes These are people who usually have a background in finance, either through traditional education (think degrees in finance, accounting, economics, investment management etc) or through practical experience at companies working within financial services. This is to say that the day-to-day activities of a trader is to either buy assets (such as stocks, futures, commodities) or to sell assets (such as stocks, forex, bonds). Two distinct roles in trading can be summed up in the Buy side, and the Sell side in terms of execution. A broader categorisation would include participants within the financial markets who trade securities. This encompasses independent traders working from home to large multinational financial institutions which see billions of dollars a day flow from and to their order books. The Buy Side The Buy side is concerned with purchasing assets, and this generally involves taking orders from management or clients and then sending those orders to the broker to be executed. This role is being gradually replaced by technology, specifically automation and AI, and its hard to see a future for buy side traders 20 years from now. There is also a distinctly bad reputation associated with buy side traders, these are often just messengers, and have been known to treat brokers with incredible hostility and bitterness over recent years. The Sell Side Alternatively, the Sell side is just the opposite – these traders are only concerned with selling positions either the firm or the firms clients holds. Again technology is eliminating this role over time, and today both buy and sell side traders simply take message, and pass it along either electronically through an online platform or via telephone for the perhaps more traditional establishments. Private Hedge fund managers Many successful traders have gone on to start hedge funds with private companies and from private investors. This is a highly privileged position to be in, as hedge fund managers are in control of both the broad strategy for the investments and receives the greatest compensation should the strategy be profitable. Private Portfolio Managers Portfolio managers working at a private company (such as a large hedge fund) is again a much sought after position. Portfolio managers generally create a positive or negative selection portfolio, which allows them to implement their own strategy to make the best returns with the lease risk – although these parameters are often set outside the control of the individual portfolio manager. The same also exists within commercial banking, but it is usually more focused on creating a very balanced portfolio that exists to hedge risk as opposed to making real returns. Analysts Analysts do the number crunching and quantitative prep work for the portfolio or hedge fund managers. This role involves applied finance and taking a close look at various assets fundamentals. This includes the balance sheet, income statement and cashflow statement for analysts looking at stocks. This is usually a relatively junior role, and those who are successful here tend to become traders, portfolio managers and eventually hedge fund managers over the course of a successful career. Investment Banking There are still plenty of traders left at investment banks, despite the decline over the last few decades. As much as 90% of the time is spent dealing with clients such as Hedge and Pension Funds. Investment Bank Traders As much as 90% of the time is spent dealing with clients such as Hedge and Pension Funds. The trader is then Making Markets in Assets the clients want to buy/sell, such as stocks, currencies, commodities and bonds. The other 10% of time is Proprietary trading, utilising the banks large balance sheet to create a positive selection portfolio. Market Makers (Agency) Market making is the primary task of an investment trader (~80% of market making business) Split into two sections: Agency Business – Client holds risk Risk business – Investment Bank holds risk Investment Bank charges commission on these activities at a typical rate of 5 basis points or 0.05% Example – Buy £10,000,000 of BP stock at £100 per share = 100,000 BP shares. Commission for bank - £10,000,000 X 0.005 = £5,000 Risk free for bank – algorithm executes trades based on client orders In terms of basis points, 100 = 1% Proprietary Trading This type of trading can happen in two ways, the first where small investors at home use their own capital to trade for a direct gain or commercially where a firm uses its own capital to make trades to be the prime beneficially of the rewards should the trade go well. This is in contrast to how hedge funds would normally just earn a commission, by also utilising internal capital the firm is able to take larger risks, which tend to come with the larger rewards. Here’s another interesting fact: “Only 6% of candidates end up making it as a professional trader” (Business Insider, 2011) This statement alone shows just how competitive the industry is, and to make a successful career is even harder, with only ~5% of traders ever making it to a managerial level. A day in the life of a trader: Behind the scenes Section 2 – How does 8 hours day break down? 6:00 AM Traders usually start the day at 6.30 AM and start to catch up on news that broke overnight that may A) affect current positions or B) provide opportunities for new positions. These changes are digested, and areas of special interest are noted for further analysis later. 7:00 AM Arrive at trading floor at 7:30, 30 minutes before markets open. This is the time where traders prepare themselves for the day. It also serves as an opportunity to talk to colleagues. For most hedge funds and other long-term traders, team meetings will happen in the morning to ensure all traders are up to speed and playing from the same game plan. 8:00 AM Markets open: based on overnight news there may be buying / selling activity to adjust the traders portfolio based on the latest information. Many traders prefer not to trade at the market open due to higher volatility as traders from around the world react to overnight news. 9:00 AM A common task around 9:00 AM would be to scan the market for short term opportunities, or to catch up on fundamental company analysis of companies in the watch list. 10:00 AM Continuation of analysis or opportunity seeking based on the traders own intuition, experience and judgement. This is also prime time for internal meetings with the team and meetings with clients, potential clients etc. 11:00 AM Here we see lower volume and volatility, and so short-term opportunities diminish, traders are thinking about lunch at this point. Finishing up financial models and analysis done in the morning. Another prime time for meetings with the team and clients. 12:00 PM Most long-term traders take lunch, some short-term traders will stay at the desk as timing can be critical to a successful day. 1:00 PM As investment banks and other major institutions return from lunch volatility in the markets increases and short-term traders get back to work. Long-term traders generally get back to analysis, risk management or strategy functions with only a cursory interest in the current market prices and volatility. 2:00 PM Day traders will spend this time monitoring positions and executing trades as necessary. Long-term traders use this period in a variety of ways, as mentioned above. 3:00 PM Short-term traders now think about closing existing positions and stop looking for new opportunities. This is also where the administrative functions of cancelling unfilled orders, or for long term traders, finalising analysis of the day and presenting it to stakeholders. This is the last chance to exit positions for the trading day. 4:00 PM The markets are now closed. Traders often look back at the day, seeing what went well (and what didn’t). Management will often check in and with-it bureaucracy and paperwork. 5:00 PM Time to leave the office and go home. The advent of mobile internet means most traders are now reading the latest financial news, following commentary and thinking about the strategy for tomorrow. 6:00 PM If all went well arrive home, if not then its likely the trader will still be at the office working to meet the deadline of the day, from financial models to briefing management and clients. 7:00 PM Outside of the general workday, traders will spend much of the evening doing research and analysis – everything from learning about the markets to experimenting with financial models to taking an advanced excel course. Section 3 – Why you might want to be a stock trader We meet a lot of traders, its what we do – and here are a few of the top reasons traders we spoke to continue to do what they do. Love the Game Many traders are extremely fond of the game that is the financial markets. Day traders talk about the rush as fast-paced action that runs from 8am to 4pm 5 days a week. The same holds true for long-term traders, and while lacking the constant adrenaline of day trading the highs of closing a trade that’s been on-going for months is just as great a feeling – the analogy one trader used was whereas day traders get Christmas every day, long-term traders get all of their Christmases at once, 4-5 times a year. Financial Freedom This is not just about the ability to make a living from trading and the financial markets, but from having the knowledge and understanding of the world of finance to make sound financial decisions, whether that be in deciding between a fixed or variable mortgage, or the best ways to allocate capital to save for school fees. Intellectual Challenge There is undoubtedly both an intellectual and an emotional challenge in trading successfully. While it is said that day traders trade emotion, long term portfolio managers trade on intellect and sound financial decision making. Style & Expression Traders all trade differently, from value investors to crypto speculators each trader develops a style and method of trading that fits their way of life and the perception they have of the world around them. If you are emotional in-tune with the wider world, then day trading can be exceptionally profitable. The same holds true for value investors like Warren Buffet, a trader who enjoys digesting and analysing reams of company reports to find what Buffet calls “Great companies at fair prices”. This post has hopefully given you an understanding of the typical day in the life of a trader. If you feel your ready to take the next step towards a career in trading and finance, Horizon provides a comprehensive introductory course on Investing for Beginners. https://blog.hioim.com/post/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-stock-trade
Go deep on the Brexit fear. A lot of people are talking about sympathy votes for Bremain (a sad tragedy, the killing of the MP for sure) but the uncertainty is huge simply because both sides are neck and neck right now. The moment the campaigns were suspended, FTSE came up from 4 month lows as if the suspension changed anything. The DAX hit about 9480 and is back at 9600+. This will not hold in my opinion as the week starts off. If the fear and uncertainty sent the DAX from about 10,100 to 9,480, I expect this week that the DAX will hit at least 9300 as the date nears. My strategy (yes numbnuts, I have a strategy) is buying puts on both indexes come Monday. Forex is too hot for me to handle, though I do believe the Euro and the Pound will fall in the coming days up to the referendum. I do not plan to hold my puts up until the day of the referendum, I will take profits before the actual puts. In other words, with about a week remaining until the vote, go for the Faggot's Delight puts and scalp the profits before the vote.
Your AM Global Stocks Preview and a whole lot more news that you need to read: Global stocks are dropping following economic contraction in two of the world’s largest economies
Global stocks are mixed this morning with European stocks dropping on weak German GDP and US stocks little changed
US stocks index futures are little changed this morning, pointing to a flat open in NY with Dow Jones minis +0.02%, S&P500 minis +0.02%, and Nasdaq 100 minis –0.16%
Bloomberg reports that the US will hold off from imposing new tariffs on auto imports, putting a bid into international auto stocks today
Larry Kudlow, the Director of the US National Economic Council for US President Trump, confirms that the US and China have restarted their discussion on trade at “all levels”
US Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is set to give a speech today at the Dallas Federal Reserve – traders are expecting Fed Chair Powell to give some clarity into the trajectory of interest rate increases going forward
The VIX is little changed this morning and is currently at 20.59 after closing at 20.02 yesterday
General Electric (GE) December 21 OTM Calls, USO December 21 & January 2019 OTM Puts, EWZ November 16 OTM Puts and EEM November 16 OTM Calls are the most actively traded options contracts in the US pre-market
US 10-Year Treasury Bonds are higher with yields down -0.37 basis points to 3.136%
The US Treasury 2s-10s Spread has narrowed 0.37 basis points to 0.24%
WTI Crude is currently down -7.07% to USD$55.69/bbl with the Brent-WTI spread up USD$7.86 to USD$9/bbl
Gold is currently little changed -0.18% to USD$1200.06/oz
Global oil prices appear to be dismissing US President Trump’s pushback against Saudi Arabia’s suggestion to cut production by 1 million barrels a day as Reuters reports that OPEC is now considering a cut of 1.4 million barrels
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Amazon (AMZN) will see the first protest in New York City today over its new campus planned for Long Island City in Queens. Some local politicians want guarantees from Amazon that it will do all it can to benefit the citizens of Queens and plan to demand that today. They complain that the area cannot handle 25,000 new people, especially given the state of the subways, saying Amazon is building a helipad while residents are stuck with overcrowded trains. Amazon is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
Apple (AAPL) was downgraded at Guggenheim today to neutral from buy. The note cites supply chain cuts and the lower deliveries of phones it implies. Apple was also had its price target lowered at UBS to USD$225, also citing supply chain concerns. Apple is rated “Attractive” in both our US Large-Cap and US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
Caterpillar (CAT) was maintained as a buy at Credit Suisse in a note to clients. Caterpillar’s price target was updated to USD$183 as well. Caterpillar saw October machines sales rise 18%, this follows a 21% rise in September. Caterpillar is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
Bloomindale's, a unit of Macy's (M), is adding high end appliances to its store in New York City. Bloomingdale's is following other retailers in adding appliances to its offerings. The Macy's unit will offer USD$7,000 refrigerators from LG and washing machines that automatically figure out how much soap is needed. Bloomindale's hopes to spark sales by adding the new products. Macy's is rated "Neutral" in both our US Large-Cap and US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
Merck (MRK GR) cut its full year adjusted ebitda forecast while raising its net sales guidance. Merck expects full year adjusted ebitda 3.7-3.9 billion euros, down from 3.75-4 billion euros. Merck now expects organic net sales to grow 4-6%, up from 3-5%. Merck said adverse forex effects will lower adjusted ebitda by 8-10%. Merck is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
Tata Motors (TTMT IN) had its outlook cut to negative from stable at Moody’s Investors Service. Tata Motors saw the cut due to weakness expected at its Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc over the next 12-18 months. Tata Motors had its rating reaffirmed at Baa2. Tata Motors is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
Tencent (700 HK, TCEHY) reported 3Q net income that beat the highest estimates. Tencent reported net income of 23.33 billion yuan while 18.39 billion as consensus. Tencent 3Q revenue of 8.6 billion yuan was in line with 80.41 billion yuan expected. Tencent saw 3Q online gaming revenue of 25.8 billion yuan, online advertising revenue of 16.2 billion and smart phone gaming revenue of 19.5 billion yuan. Tencent is rated “Attractive” in our China All-Cap Global Top Picks.
Wirecard (WDI GR) shares are sliding despite raising guidance. Wirecard raised its operating profit forecast and investors have not been impressed. Morgan Stanley noted the increased guidance “a minor positive” given that most estimates were already above that. Wirecard entered the DAX in September. Wirecard is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global top Stock Idea.
European stocks are declining to start the morning, though they are bouncing off their early AM lows
The Euro Stoxx 600 is currently down -0.53%, the FTSE 100 is higher by +0.04%, the DAX has fallen -0.46%, and the CAC 40 is lower by -0.52%
GDP for Germany contracted 0.2% Q/Q in 3Q, the first contraction since early CY2015 as the impact of new emissions tests disrupted auto production
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to convince members of the UK Parliament to support her BREXIT deal
GDP for the Eurozone grew +0.2% Q/Q in 3Q, in-line with market forecasts and at the same pace as 2Q
Italian stocks (and bonds!) are dropping this morning following news that the “populist” Italian government is refusing to budge on their CY2019 budget amidst rising pressure from EU officials
Investor sentiment for European stocks is negative with the advance/decline ratio for the Euro Stoxx 600 currently at 0.71x
Oil & Gas (-1.31%), Telecommunications (+0.37%), and Basic Resources (-2.45%) stocks are the top performers in the Euro Stoxx 600 today
Automobiles & Parts (+1.14%), Food & Beverage (-0.24%), and Utilities (+0.7%) stocks are the worst performers in the Euro Stoxx 600 today
56 stocks in the Euro Stoxx 600 are at 4-week highs while 53 stocks are at 4-week lows
16 stocks in the Euro Stoxx 600 are overbought while 27 stocks are oversold according to the 16-day RSI Measure
VSTOXX, the European stocks equivalent of the VIX, is little changed this morning and is currently at 17.81 after closing at 17.03 yesterday
EUR€ is currently down -0.186% against the USD$ to 1.1269
GBP£ is currently down -0.408% against the USD$ to 1.2924
CHF is currently down -0.282% against the USD$ to 0.9902
German 10-Year Bunds are higher with yields down -1.8 basis points to 0.391%
UK 10-Year GILTs are higher with yields down -4.6 basis points to 1.475%
Asia stocks traded in a tight range, closing in the red as investors awaited Tencent (SEHK:700, ADR: TCEHY) earnings after the market close in Hong Kong
The Nikkei 225 finished up +0.16%, the Hang Seng ended down -0.54%, the Hang Seng China Enterprise declined -0.7%, and the CSI 300 was -1%
Japanese GDP contracted 1.2% in 3Q, worse than the 1% contraction expected by market forecasters as the impact of the September earthquake in Hokkaido was a drag on productivity this quarter – GDP is expected to rebound in 4Q
Volume in Hong Kong was weaker than normal with total turnover little more than 40% below the rolling 20-day average for volume traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
China retail sales grew +8.6% in October 2018, a deceleration from the +9.2% pace in September 2018 and below market expectations for +9.2%
Investor sentiment for Japanese stocks finished positive with the advance/decline ratio for the Nikkei 225 closing at 1.59x
4 stocks in the Nikkei 225 hit 4-week highs while 35 stocks reached 4-week lows
3 stocks in the Nikkei 225 closed overbought while 13 stocks closed oversold according to the 16-day RSI Measure
Investor sentiment for Hong Kong stocks finished negative with the advance/decline ratio for the Hang Seng closing at 0.72x
2 stocks in the Hang Seng hit 4-week highs while 4 stocks reached 4-week lows
0 stocks in the Hang Seng closed overbought while 1 stocks closed oversold according to the 16-day RSI Measure
Japan 2-Year Government Bonds are higher with yields down -0.1 basis points to -0.139%
Japan 10-Year Government Bonds are higher with yields down -0.3 basis points to 0.111%
JGBs 2s-10s Spread has narrowed 0.2 basis points to 0.25%
JPY¥ is currently little changed against the USD$ at 113.9
The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union was a tedious procedure, depending on your position in the government of either entity. Those lower-level officials saddled with the bulk of the seemingly endless bureaucratic work were far less fortunate than heads of state and their advisers, who, having wrapped up the final stages of the deal deemed their work done. Though the European-British Free Trade Agreement, signed as part of Brexit, provided some economic respite, ultimately this was a hard Brexit, with the largest blow coming in losing access to the single market. Self-determination (as much as the EU infringed on, at least) had been restored, but at what cost? Well, at first, seemingly none. But then the multinationals started to move. Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, hundreds and hundreds of multinational corporations with European headquarters in London began pursuing new agreements with nations on the continent. Primary targets have been Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Milan, with several other cities in smaller economies also acting as major attractants for MN investment. Once layoffs and relocation of assets began happening, that's when the real economic panic set in. Even with the EBFTA, British firms were faced with higher costs to export to their nation's largest trade partners, and with the mass-relocation of major service providers, the beginning of a recession started to emerge. Speculation on the GBP fed into itself, and by the end of 2019, the currency had almost fallen to the same level of use as the AUD in FOREX markets. Additionally, the Pound Sterling's decrease in value has almost entirely leveled it out with the Euro, which has only furthered issues with exportation into the EU. The end of MN relocation and the GBP fluctuation culminated in a 5.5% drop in the FTSE 100 Index, placing December 25th (affectionately referred to as "Nigger Christmas" by some) among the ten largest drops in the FTSE 100's history. Projections for the Nominal GDP growth of the United Kingdom are currently quite grim:
In addition to the economic turmoil produced by Brexit, nationalism in certain constituent countries has radically increased, and the political situation in others worsened. In England, the English Sovereignty Party has played a role in organizing massive strikes in major cities as MN corporations relocate and other companies are forced to lay off workers due to skyrocketing costs. Nigel Farage has refused to give up his dream of an independent England, free from a UK that is attempting to still bind the country to the EU through the CSDP and the EBFTA. In a brief statement during an enormous protest march in London, Farage exclaimed that "when we said we wanted Brexit, we meant Brexit, not the false exit that we have been presented with, tying us to the continent with tribute, military and economic! We will see an England separate from the United Kingdom! A Sovereign England!" While the words may not resonate with a majority (or even a plurality) of the residents of England, protests (some involving the ESP) and riots are still exploding across the country, either in favor of English independence or in frustration at the impending economic collapse. Meanwhile, in Scotland, support for Scottish Independence has hit an absolute peak, with support hovering between 70-80%, alongside a major surge in support for Scottish Republicanism. Protests and strikes across essentially every major urban area in Scotland have proceeded peacefully, and the demand for a second referendum, largely backed by the SNP, has similarly skyrocketed. This naturally places the UK in a troubling position - the promises to Plaid Cymru for a Welsh referendum were unlikely to go anywhere, with Wales likely voting to remain within the United Kingdom. However, if Scotland is to receive a referendum, it will almost definitely vote to secede, and if it does not receive its referendum, the currently peaceful protests may rapidly deteriorate, perhaps leveling stress on the United Kingdom it cannot currently take. To add fuel to the fire, Northern Ireland still remains politically paralyzed, though the DUP has expressed a great deal of anger at the Brexit agreement, specifically with regard to the "checks occurring at airports on the island in agreement with both Irish and British requirements". This is seen as the distinguishing line between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, designating NI as a second-class country within the Union. The DUP has openly threatened to begin planning for a united front against Westminster with other parties in the Assembly in order to review options for still greater autonomy in Northern Ireland in order to tackle the issues created by the Brexit agreement. There are even rumors that this may lead to increased Republican sentiment within the Assembly. Collectively, the United Kingdom faces nationalistic uproar in nearly every country at the same time as an enormous economic disaster. The EBFTA has stabilized the UK's economy to some degree, and economic ties with Commonwealth Nations may further provide some respite. There is no one clear solution, and no one clear direction. Disunity is on the horizon.
This post was created as I felt compelled to share my experience with Eric Ho's mentorship program that I'd signed up to, along with about 10 other mentees and paid £12,000 each for 1-year program. To provide authenticity of my account, I have provided PROOF of the receipt, plus his "up sell" to other programs, and how he boots people out at the end and there is no more contacts with him whatsoever. I have also found other website, where people have complaining and have lost money, like I had done. I will post the link below in the message, and it shows Eric Ho's company details from Gov.uk's Companies House, which are not worth what he claims, in fact many are in debt & closed down..
Here, I CHALLENGE Eric Ho to comment below this post if he thinks this is an unfair account, as he commented on his Facebook saying how this is not a true reflection of his program... I can provide PROOFs of all the accounts & experience detailed here, from other ex-mentees and how we'd all suffered and lost our savings, with no real value in the end... and if I can provide these proofs, will Eric Ho refund all our payments? Come on Eric Ho, I challenge you.. If you are honest, you should be able to take up this challenge than just comment in your FB..
First, see a link below, for the proof that I was his ex-mentee, so my details below comes from after going through his mentorship program, and it shows further proofs of "up sell", and how he booted everyone out in the end, and how we were only given 7-days to ask for our refund or else your payment is vanished!! And how is anyone suppose to know within 7-days that the mentorship was not a valuable program and it was full of "motivation" rally within a week of signing up?? See: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QT9POxakgkIrXFEQN8uS4VqtEcD08F89 See other people complain about Eric Ho's scam, and John Lee, and their method, which is just telling stories after stories and showing pictures of their success and cars (some outside the car show room) and claiming to be very successful, when they are not... company house record shows average financial statement.. https://www.propertytribes.com/eric-ho-t-127631542.html
Eric Hor, was introduced in one of John Lee's of Wealth Dragon seminar. There were bunch of us in the mentee group, mainly women who seemed vulnerable and naive i.e single mothers and old ladies. Eric Ho operates from his website, erichoofficial.com & hakademy.com.
Eric Ho promised a lots of things prior to signing up to his program and he promised all the mentees that he would help them to launch their business and in many cases, collaborate with his existing business and provide a platform and contacts to leverage our business... hence, paying £12,000 is worth it, in fact its cheap! However, it was far from that.. It became obvious after a few months, and until this point, it was all "motivational" stuffs i.e. meeting up with the group of mentees for dinner and drinks after one of his seminars in London and during these meet ups it was mainly him posting live videos on YouTube with bunch of mentees for his own marketing campaign (to show people what a good time we are all having and to get Likes and Shares). However, secretly many of his mentees were suffering as we forked out £1000 monthly towards his program and it was costing us more than our monthly mortgage payment!
Time goes fast, you set appointment with Eric whenever he is in London, but he sees all of his mentees after his 2-3 days seminar, where he is tired after long event, so it's rushed through as only 30mins appointment, and given generic advices and he is seeing mentees one after another.. During this appointments you go there and wait, he is talking to another mentee, then your turn comes, as you start the meeting, you see the anotehr mentee waiting for you to finish the meeting... so Eric Ho is in a rush to see you off. Hence, advices are given on the spot... He even forgets the last conversation you've had with him and repeats many comments / feedback that was given in the last appointment, as he sees all the mentees + new followers (to sign them up for his program) on that day... the new followers are far more important to him as they are a potential leads for another 12k per person and since we've already paid our fees and locked in the contract... we are a less priority for him. He forgets the action plan you had discussed with him in the last meeting and its clear that he cannot keep track of all his mentees seeing one after another after his long 2-3 days seminar event... He is very tired and gives you generic marketing advice. And when you make progress or need some suggestions from Eric Ho, our "mentor", he is out out of the country, somewhere overseas, posting videos from the beach about his luxurious lifestyle, flying business class flights and showing off his latest branded watch! and you are there stuck and unable to contact him or in the best case you receive a messages on Wats App. And that’s all...
You wait for him to return, but then you see another video from another part of the world, again, marketing himself and his seminars, and his new gadgets or a catchy video title and image of him and his latest girlfriend. Talking about his girlfriend.. he keeps using them in his video, to get likes and views, then after a year or so, there's a new girl and the old one is never seen again! And his new girlfriends are the seminar audience! At this time you start to doubt if Eric is serious about business. A true business man, a mentor should be there for you and know and care abot your business as much as you do.... not posting 5 videos, and 10 selfie a day! Think about it people.. his mind is occupied by social media posts and videos, and all he wants is NEW leads so he can generate additional fees... once you have paid, you are yesterdays newspaper to him..... You true business personnel dont act like this i.e. Fortune 500 companies executives, FTSE 250 leaders don’t act like a child showing off their new toys on a social media with his cars, watches, house etc.. Its unbearable as you begin to wonder that your payment is actually funding his lifestyle and his latest gadgets, and you are cant even reach him!
You begin to wonder and talk to other mentees and they all feel the same but no one dares to confront him as he is "so nice" and always so "positive" talking about "motivational stuffs", a sage, guru, who acts like one of those religious cult figures that brain washes people and builds up followers for his ulterior motive. The key here is, get likes and shares from Facebook, Insta, YouTube etc.. then get them to attend the seminar and then use classical sales technique i.e. "one day offer only" and sign them up for 12 months contract, where you can only ask for refund within 7 days (terms) and its impossible to know that you wont get any value within 7 days, so now you are locked in the contract and if you miss payment, Eric Ho and John Lee (Wealth Dragon) will send you red letter to take you to Debt Recovery and send bailiff to your house... and they have in-house lawyers workling for them, who emails you warning you of the consequences.... then you get worried and also have no time to go to the court and pay additional fee to solicitors not knowing you might lose more money because you have signed the contract... so you keep quite and pay the 12k!!! "Its numbers game" as they say... for example, get 100 likes and views, from that, get 20 people to seminar, then get 1 person to sign up and lock in 12 months contract... thats 12k! Now multiply this by few hundreds and thousands, then there you have it.. About 30-40 mentees a year, plus now "UP SELL" their other products, i.e. Public speaking, Forex, Property investments, Heath & Fitness, Spiritual mind etc.... thats their game! And make you bankrupt!!
By the way, if you want to learn Public Speaking, then just join your local Toastmasters club, where you will only pay between £50-£60 for 6 months!! with every 2 x weeks meetings, it will cost you more or less the same price of a coffee/tea per meeting. Toastmasters is everywhere, almost in every country. I have now completed almost my 10th speech. One thing about Public speaking is, its not a skill you obtained by attending a weekend or week long training that Eric Hor and John Lee is offering.. you must attend regularly every 2-3 weeks, even if you miss some meetings (that don't matter), to develop your skills. It's developed and built over time - not by attending short trainings on weekends or week-long program paying thousands of pounds/dollars. So dont be fool, don't pay Eric Hor and John Lee. Public speaking skills is like any other skills you learn, whether sports, or your regular exercise. If you stop going to gym for few months... what happens? Same with public speaking... you must attend regularly for at least 6-months to a 1-year.. then you develop skills + see other speakers do it, which you will pick up subconsciously, and when you step up to do your speech.. you will naturally exhibit skills (that you had picked up by watching other speakers on a regular basis by going to these meetings).. also, for every speech, you are given a detailed guide, as to how to structure it i.e. bullet points, linking between these points, and how to put a capturing opening and conclusive closing of your speech. You will also learn how to use body language, vocal variety, include research information in some speeches, which really helps professionals wanting to do great presentation for their work etc. And you become better at it, over time. You can never learn this over a weekend intensive course or week long course. Once you go through the Toastmasters club, the process will stay with you forever - just like driving a car or bike. So save you money from these fraudsters and join Toastmasters International club, which has nearly 16,000 clubs worldwide. You will also learn to take leadership roles as these two skills go hand in hand. Check out: toastmasters.org and click on "Find a club".
Eric Ho uses uses a traditional sales technique as he takes you through an emotional ride by sharing his stories, and others stories, and then says that he wants to work with "entrepreneurs" and he is looking to "invest" in the right business and "collaborate" with them, and this makes you feel like signing up to his mentorship, and it could perhaps, provide that opportunity to launch your business. With that mindset, he lures you towards him and when he offers the "1-day only" sales offer, at the end of the seminar to sign up, you do it! But there is no plan, no accountability, no real business expertise provided, except FULL of motivational stuffs, which you can nowadays watch on YouTube and feel the same or better. All you get is his regular get together for dinner and drink (which you have to pay yourself btw), and again, his posts on YouTube video promotions with all the mentee group for marketing to show what a good time we are having. Who will rant or show sad face on the video (live)? I was in a group, where there was single mothers and some of them borrowed money from their parents to sign up to Eric's mentorship so she can make her business successful. She promised to pay back to her parents but it never happened as her parents passed away, before she could make any money. And Eric didn't even share the 50% profit that she had generated through her sales i.e. webinar sign-up consulting therapy work, after getting some leads from one of the webinar Eric had sets up. It takes her 3 months to get her 50% share. She even cried in one of our meet ups and shared her story. Another lady, Psychologist, that signed up, she spoke on the Eric's stage few times, she was very happy, got her to give him fantastic testimonial, she changed her title to "international speaker", and time goes fast... soon it was 12-months and she was crying in one of Eric's seminar at the back stage because it only hit her that she hasn't made her money back but paid 12k! Eric saw her cry, he knew WHY! as others try to sooth her, but he went on the stage and did his gig! There was no remorse nor any sympathy...... yet he acts like he feeds those childred in Kenya! Oh by the way, it was told that this charity is not his set up... it was existing orphanage and they would work with anyone that give them donation and you can put that in your business as a social enterprise business. And why wouldn't they accept donation for such purpose?
Another mentee, similar type of business, didn't get anything i.e. 50% commission, so he stopped asking after few times and completely dis-engaged with Eric and stopped talking completely after about 6-months in the program.
Eric lied to another mentee suggesting that he will use his product in his existing business to collaborate with him and launh his product in his YoYo Noodles bars, which Eric supposedly owns. He signed up to it, but it never happened and when he asked to Eric about it, after few months of developing a product and brand, Eric simply said that he had already sold his noodle franchise business. So he can't help him! However, it turned out to be a plain lie as Eric still owned the business and he was participating in Franchise trade shows later that year. He still owns this YoYo Noodle franchise and can be easily seen in Google search.
Another mentee couldn't afford the fees, so she was called by their staff called Marcos from Wealth Dragon, a big spanish bull dog that looks like a bouncer but acts like a motivational guru himself until you miss 1-payment! He acted like a bully when she didn't pay on time and this mentee, was already in debt and Marcos advised her to take loans from her credit cards as she would easily recoup that money anyway from the program, and when she was unable to keep up the payment to Eric, after few months, she was instantly kicked out without any notice and blocked from the Wats App and Facebook group. That’s when we saw the real Eric Ho.., not so nice and kind as he appears to be on the stage and videos and showing off his charity work in Kenya... Oh yeah, once you are mentee, you will get a "special deal" to volunteer and go to Kenya with him to do this charity work and the price you pay on a special deal is much more expensive than you would have booked a ticket and accomodation and gone by yourself... Another "upsell" like his books, like the upcoming seminar tickets, some "hero" seminar, but the principal is same.. motivation and emotional roller coaster stories and "upsell" another product.. there were few guys who finished all their savings by keep buying into these programs.. One nurse lady, single, in her 50s, spent more than 30k in all of their seminars, combined with, mentorship, forex, property, public speaking etc.. all her life time saving, all that over time she did.... tut tut.
There is nothing special or no real expertise offered in business by Eric Ho because all the advice is generic and 90% are motivational. And since all motivational in YouTube videos are sourced from Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich book and the Power of Law of Attraction book etc. The 99% of the motivational gurus use these techniques to elaborate and explain their stories and persuade and convince audience to excite and take action.. And take action you will, by paying £12,000 for 1-year of generic advice and about 5 to 7 appointment with him (since he is out of the country more than half of the year giving seminars)... so how can you meet him possibly even if you want to........ Have you ever noticed that 99% of his previous mentees are completely out of the picture or out of touch after 1-year... ever wonder why? Because it finally sinks into them that it was all bullsh!t and they lost their money! Deep down inside in their heart, they know they lost their money, and there was nothing they could do after 7-day no refund policy!
If you, readers, want a motivation then I suggest you go to the horse's mouth i.e. Tony Robbins who revolutionized this game. And it is unfair how Eric Ho and John Lee do it... because they excite audiences through emotional story telling method, where their seminars are held for 2-3 days, long hours, deliberately making the audience tired and making it harder for us to think clearly and decide carefully, and prompting audience to say "yes" to many of rhetorical questions and multiples "hi5" among audiences and then encourage audience by stating they want “joint venture”, “partnerships” with only few select entrepreneurs and the offer is for "today only" sale price, and saying how Eric is only looking for only few partners only so its not for everyone (making it sound exclusive)! And he only wants few mentees only because he already has few of them already... That makes it exclusive and people sign up..... but after few months in the next seminar, he says the same thing and sign more mentees... and from different countries and it all becomes one big "social" group... hence, he loses track in 1 to 1 meetings of your progress and business plan.... and offers motivational advices only.
The contract states that you cannot ask for refund after 7-days but its hard to know, for anyone, within 7-days, what value you are getting esp. when the guy is flying around the world giving seminars when, ideally, you want a business mentor that can support you and give your advice in the time of need and hardship, not while he is posting videos of his latest gadget and business flight travels, which you, the mentees, had funded!! The irony is that, Eric present himself as the best son in the world to his parents, giving his father and mother a luxury watches and presents, when his parents, DONT know that its funded by these mentees who have worked hard to save up their money all their life and are paying £12,000! And some have really struggled to put that money together. I recall after a day or two of the seminar, both John Lee and Eric Ho, challenges the audience to see if they can raise money from their banks, friends and families and challenges everyone to make phone call during lunch break and see how much they can possibly raise…… during that day, it stays like that…. But its only until tomorrow or last day, when the offer for the “sale price for today only” is given and subconsciously the audience feels confident to take this offer because they were able to get loans or friends/family were willing to lend them a day before... see the trick??? These guys are experts, professionals in stealing your money!!! Vipers! Snakes! A bad name to Chinese/ Oriental community! A rotten tomatoes in the basket affecting all.
They are not different to those gurus, cult leaders, who builds followers and eventually brainwashes then and manipulate them.. its same technique! Eric Ho and John Lee builds followers from YouTube videos showing off gadgets, good lifestyle and happy mentees videos then you end up going to their seminar and hearing their well crafted and devised speeches, do activities, and make you feel they are great people, a guru and then challenging you to raise the money (from friends and family) then hooking you to buy their “sale price for today only” products. And to suck more out of you, there are many upsell in the pipeline...!
I saw many old ladies, retired ones, in their 60s running at the back of the room to sign up for a “LIMITED PLACES” only offers – without reading any terms and conditions! Some were signing up for Forex to use their special trading method to make unlimited amount of money whilst trading for half an hour a day! A pictures are shown of people being happy and drinking coffee and trading and making money! I think I should tell my investment banker friend in Canary Wharf to bring all their banker friends and his bosses and learn to trade so they can make all the money in the world in half an hour.... they don't have to invest millions in their sophesticated softwares that trades in micro-seconds and are competing with other banks and institutional investors!! No offence, but what do these retired ladies do to out-beat the investor bankers that uses latest tools, softwares, factors in speculations, world economy, politics, wars, currency fluctuation etc. etc.. Many of these ladies are old enough to be Eric's and John's mother! No mercy, no remorse! One mentee was charged double the normal price because she asked for 6-months extension in the mentorship, and she could not say anything about it..... but she shared her disappointment with us in the group.
Please people save your money, and if you are really need inspiration to do business then know one thing for sure...... all these types of motivation seminars are almost bullsh!t! If not ask any real business leaders from Fortune 500 or FTSE 250 companes...... and they will tell you what it really takes, and how competitive, dog eat dog world is out there...... thus the motivation part is only 5% of the business, the other 95% is pure hard work, grit, effort and sleepless nights......... to make it successful. Even that doesn't guarantee it! Almost every industry and sector have very high competition and innovations are quite rare, infrequent, and mainly big companies that invests heavily in Research & Development create it.... The money you need to invest to start the business costs almost double than your initial projection, and it takes twice a long than expected. You are alone, often questioning your own insanity at times, friends almost misunderstands you.... and once you have built your product or brand, then only you realise, you need more money to market it... and without marketing, there is no exposure and no one knows about it... so when you factor it all, the 12k you paid Eric Ho for motivation, was the money that you could have used for building your own business and marketing it...... now you are more broke than before and lack of money de-motivates and stops you from continuing to work on your start-up business. So not only Eric Ho has stolen your money but he has killed your dreams!
Please note, motivation gives you energy for temporary time only, maybe a month or two, then you go back to “default” that have built in you since your childhood! So how can one-off 2/3 days seminar change your “default”? It’s like trying to change a habit overnight. Can you? So, you can only change your “default” by consistently grinding through hard times and persevering and pushing through rejections and hard times... and having insatiable desire and hunger to succeed.. thus, only only few makes it? But if you need motivation, just go to the horse's mouth i.e. Tony Robbins who is probably best in the business. Not liars and hypocrite like Eric Ho and John Lee.
And if you really need mentor, you need go to real experts, which you can easily find on LinkedIn, industry publications, and surely you won’t have to pay 12k!!! You need experts from the industry you want to specialise in, and have contacts and networks with industry leaders, and can help you to raise finance, and be focused in you as much as you are working on your business, they push you, ask you hard questions, even gives you hard times and sometimes you hate him/her but after getting the results you want... you respect them! Thats the kind of mentor you want... what will Eric Ho and John Lee tell you? Motivate you? what about rest of the 95% grit. They hardly talk about it.. Can they introduce you to any Venture Capitalist? or Private Equity firm or Financial Institutions? Those professionals dislike motivational speakers and don’t even allow them in their circle, believe me! If you want join prestigious business clubs in London, check out London's Capital Club, Club house london, De Amstel Club, etc... and these clubs dont allow motivational gurus, if they find out they are trying to sell seminars or books etc, they are booted out! some clubs asks for your business’s revenue before joining... And these are the clubs where PE firms, VC, bankers, advisory firms i.e. 'Big 4' and 'Magic circle' professionals hang out! This is where you meet real business contacts! This is where you need to be, so they can pull you up to their bracket... not someone who is in your bracket and you have to pay 12k! Motivational gurus like Eric and John wont be allowed near that circle. They will be a laughing stock! Eric and John is just trying to ride off what Tony Robbins have achieved. He is one-off! I remember they said they want to go IPO on stock market! A motivational seminar company on stock market? In which security exchange? In Mars? What investment bank will represent them? In fact, their business is not sustaible in long term because anyone can be a motivational speaker with NLP courses and reading 100s of motivational books out there... you dont need any qualification! Thus, they are all over the YouTube now and ERic Ho and John Lee is getting competition, whether they like it or not!
So, find real expertise who can link you to bankers, lawyers, accountants, leading marketer, entrepreneurs.. NOT motivational speakers that post videos flashing their bling bling 3-5 times a day like a teenager! In fact, its so immature! I mean, Eric is like in his mid-30s and his girlfriend Marta (white girl) was a seminar attendee and Eric dumped his then girlfriend Jamie for Marta. And before Marta, the left Jamie for another attendee, her name is Trinity. But when she found out Eric was dating another seminar attendee Anna (with blond hair) she dumped him! All these girls pictures are in his FB, Insta, if you go back time... What’s sad is that Jamie still works for him, H Akademy, and have to face Eric and his new girlfriend... And Eric Ho has the heart to face her everyday with his new girlfriend in the same place. Its all over their social media... its sad! But that should tell you the credibility of the guy that you have to pay 12k!! Of course, I only came to know this all after a 1-year mentorship program and Eric was publicly (In Wats App group) arguing and fighting with another girl called Jadey, who worked for him but she left after realising everything... A challenge will be find out how well his mentees have done in their business, besides the YouTube video testimonials, since they had taken up his program.. its hard to know their revenuce increase after few months of the program, so their company's financial statement before and after the program should be compared and validated.. Of course no one would do that... Any previous mentees up for that challenge? Well all his mentees disappear after 12 months and new arrivals are excited and buzzing every year… until they cool off at the end of the year, get kicked out from Wats App and FB group……… I hope some of those new mentee reads this and realises how it works with these con artists... Eric Ho is a fraud!
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