I was watching YouTube and my feed was taken over by Eye-Opening Spoiled Fish Trading videos and in between were advertisements for trading services and trading chat rooms promising quick and easy profits.
YouTube has become a cesspit of snake oil salesmen and fake trading gurus.
YouTube Spoiled Fish Trading Alert: Trading is not easy and you cannot make millions of dollars in your pajamas, on your iPhone, whilst simultaneously travelling the globe.
I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true.
The only explanation for all this hustle is that YouTube must have become a fertile breeding ground for fish.
So how can you avoid becoming one?
Let’s start by highlighting some of the shady characters currently doing the rounds on YouTube so you know who and what it is you have to look out for.
1. The Spoiled Fish Trading Smooth Operator
Top of the list is the smooth operator who knows all about internet marketing. These guys usually broadcast themselves from a beach or New York penthouse with wads of cash spread out on the bed.
A good way to lure fish is to show wads of cash spread out on a bed.
They claim that trading is so easy, all you have to do is follow their signals and take their courses and you will become their next millionaire student.
Some of the videos these guys make are so laughable that you think it must be a spoof. You keep waiting for the big ‘reveal’ but it never comes.
Without doubt, the smooth operator is the most dangerous character on YouTube.
Many run illegal practices like front running and demo trading.
And they get away with it by using clauses that tell you not to bad mouth their services. Top prize goes to the guy who pretends to have spoken at Harvard University when in fact the whole thing is a ruse set up by actors and other con artists.
2. The Clueless Millennial
Next on the list is the clueless millennial. These guys mean well but they don’t have enough experience to be talking markets.
The last time the market went down these guys were in kindergarten.
They don’t realize that their strategy (aggressive averaging in) is a ticking time bomb.
Ironically, being born in an era of online means most of these guys got their trading knowledge from, you guessed it, YouTube.
The result is a cyclical regurgitation of stale trading info.
Top prize in this category goes to the guys and gals buying leveraged ETFs and cryptocurrencies on every dip. Because everything goes up eventually, right?
3. The (So-Called) Live Trader
This trader broadcasts his impressive trading abilities for everyone to see via YouTube live stream. He is therefore a shining beacon of transparency and skill. Or is he?
Apart from being incredibly boring to watch, these traders cause a lot of harm since many of these charlatans are actually operating demo accounts. New traders (aka fish) see the profits being made on these demo accounts and think that trading is easy and viable.
They come to believe that good trading is about watching the market and acting on impulse.
Buying options or futures contracts because…
“Hey, I was doing so well for the last 6 weeks! I can do this.”
All the while they were utilizing a system that has no correlative alignment proven reliable. Thus, should not have worked from the start.
Sadly, they blamed an intermediate term signalling system because it was not designed to function within their “own short term” option or futures trading.
They hope, dream and think their own system can be tamed inside a historically proven trading system.
Sorry, Taming is not how it works.
4. The Clueless Chartist
There are literally thousands of videos on YouTube that show you how to trade particular indicators and chart formations.
They never give you concrete rules or tell you how profitable a chart pattern is.
Because as time passes charts change with market winds just like the clouds.
Shhh,,, please do not tell anyone this secret; but “the wind is unpredictable.”
Have you ever seen the clouds move and change shapes? This is precisely what charting is. Guessing which way the winds blow in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 1 hour, 8 hours, 1 day, 5 days, 1 month, and 1 year from now.
Which begs the question, do any of these YouTube guys really know what they are talking about?
5. The Copycat Merchant
Lastly, there is the copycat merchant. This is the guy who manages to piggyback off other people’s content, making themselves look good when really they don’t have a clue.
Top prize in this category goes to the guys who take down a video following a DMCA complaint only to upload another exact copy under a different username days later.
I hadn’t realized the situation on YouTube had become so bad. Good trading content is out there but it’s being swamped by hours of garbage.
These characters waste your time, send you down the wrong path and cause you to lose money and they don’t seem to care about it. A lot of the time they get away with it through the use of disclaimers.
Here is one such paragraph buried deep in a disclaimer of a well known YouTube trader:
This disclaimer was taken from a well known trading website.
In others words, these guys are going to show you trades in their chat room but they’re not going to tell you which are real and which are fake.
Even a fool knows this is a bad deal.
Unfortunately, fish don’t read disclaimers.
So what can you do?
The best thing you can do to avoid being conned is to seek out trading content that is science based, not based on squiggly lines or emotional appeal. But they are hardly ever backed up by data and statistics, analytics, and decades of time tested Nobel laureate supported scientific proof.
Don’t base your preference on popularity or number of views because there is a clear negative correlation between these things.
There is a negative correlation between trustworthiness/trading ability and number of views on YouTube. Before going on YouTube be aware that a lot of the content is poor and ask yourself whether it’s worth your time.
Instead, look for content that is backed up by data. For example:
- Does it show historically back-tested performance results?
- Does it show win rate and maximum loss?
- Is the sample size large enough or historically long enough?
- Can you replicate the results yourself with time?
Good trading is not easy, you need a proven system. Good trading is statistics, process and discipline, and a long history of proven performance.