Financial Freedom Toolkit

Playing
Markets

Playing markets is perhaps the most underrated skill on planet earth.  The gap between what we should know and what do know is massive.  As the value of our money shifts, you can either capitalize or get screwed.   Learn how to play the game or you’re destined for number two.

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What Is Playing Markets?

Playing markets is the concept of reading economic cycles and making decisions in an attempt to increase your overall global wealth share.  It uses a combination of trading, investing, and business principles to time financial moves based on the changes in markets.

Why Playing Markets?

Learn to play the markets or they will play you.  Whether you know it or not, we’re all forced to play.  Don’t you think you should know the rules?

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything I write about.

Hell, I hardly claim to be an expert on myself.  😂😂😂

These breakdowns are largely for me.  I use them to record and reference.  Unlike most others on this site though, this concept might actually be useful to the outside observer.

No promises.  I’ll let you tell me.

Protective Priority

Retain your buying power.  As public policy manipulates our money, you need to know how the value flows.

Compound Your Capital

Until you start growing by percentage, you’ll never understand.  Learn how it works and your worldview changes.

Lining Up Lifestyle

What do you want your life to be like?  The markets force you to answer  important questions we often ignore.

Currency Caused Crises

Our fiat currency system eats away at the value of your dollars every single day.  This makes cash a gamble.

World Watching

Playing markets will tell you what is really going on in the world.  Trade and invest to know what’s next.

King of the Flip

The bankers and their friends make manufacturing money seem so easy.  Learn the principles behind it all.

Reading the financial currents necessarily an easy thing to do.  Here’s a quick look at how playing markets has gone for me so far.

Learn with Me

I’m only just hitting my stride with this one.

I’m way too broke to claim any level of mastery.  😂😂😂

In the long-term, I think I’ll be great at it.  Of course, I think that about most things.  However, I know I’m at least 20 years away from feeling like I’m an actual expert.  This is a big’un.

It touches just about all areas of modern life, whether directly or indirectly.  Know it or not, our futures are tied to big economic games.

Let’s be clear though, I’m still figuring this thang out.

Like most things, I learn with the intention of teaching.  Maybe it’s my life purpose.  Maybe it’s just an effective mindset to learn.  Maybe it’s both.  Whatever the case, I’m pretty much all in on learning markets.

If you can’t tell this is one of “my things” (as seen on PlayingMarkets.com).

My Experience

I’ve really only just started with this one.

Market playing mastery is still a decades or two away.

I’ve only just gotten my feet wet.  So you can definitely find better sources of advice.  This page is actually one phase of me teaching myself how get good at it.

I understand how important it is to my life.

Sometimes it falls to the back burner.  That’s fine.  Exposure to markets over time provides balance anyway.

Nonetheless, the progress on this page is evidence of the urgency I feel.  Our financial system is frighteningly fragile while offering ample opportunities.

Just getting started.  Still, optimistic on my prospects.

  • Importance – 98%
  • Passion – 85%
  • Mastery – 35%

Journey Started: 2014

Skills of the Wealthy

Playing markets is a game-changer.  Often unseen, economics affect us all.  Take advantage by learning how to play the game.

Where Playing Markets Fits in a Good Life

Playing markets is one of the most important pieces of the money puzzle.

For me, it’s a “Tier 3” concept, combining with Financial Literacy to form Zach’s Money Mastery.

Under it, you’ll find Trading, Investing, and more.

1. Money
2. Money Mastery
‣ 3. Playing Markets
4. Markets
5. Cycles
5. Influences
5. Structure
4. Investing
5. Goals
5. Strategy
5. Vehicles
4. Trading
5. Strategies
5. Technical Analysis
5. Assets

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Videos Watched

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Books Read

Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

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Learn How to Play Markets

For trading and investing newbies:

Let’s start with the best advice up front.

Just get started.

If you want to understand trading and investing, you have to jump in.  Next time you get paid, put some money in a market—any market.  Stocks, gold, Bitcoin.  Pick something and go.

You can dive deeper into the options later.

Avoid analysis paralysis early on; there will be plenty of time for that later.

In the beginning, force yourself to pay attention.

Watching the markets doesn’t do you any good unless you are playing them.  And you won’t pay attention anyway, unless you’re invested in something.  Not to mention, the earlier you get started, the more powerful the effects of growing by percentage.  For many of the best investments, time invested affects your gains most.

Yes.  It’s true…

“Playing Markets” goes well beyond the individual concepts of Trading and Investing.

In fact, playing markets is more like a future planning strategy.  It’s about navigating macroeconomic trends with personal economic tools.  It arose from seeking answers to questions like “if the dollar is losing value versus other world currencies, where should I save my money?”  Thus, it also has an impact on life and business planning.

The base is defensive.  But part of that defensiveness is strategic aggression.

If there’s an easy 5 or 10x on the table, you better find it and take it.

Tesla stock, Bitcoin, baseball cards: either get in or miss out.

It’s what the big banks do (and all our politicians too).

At the highest level, it’s about leverage, timing, and influence.

For we plebes, it’s more about walking the “economic tightrope.”

The long game is inevitable: our very money gets shattered.

Sound far fetched?

Ask Google about “hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic.”

Our system is far more fragile than we would like to believe.

Luckily for Americans at least, the dollar is strong.  The “powers that be” in this country won’t just take the L.  No way.  They’ll pawn it off on the rest of the world (ask Google about the Bretton Woods Agreement) and the American people.

So you better be ready to go with their flow.

Play your cards right and you might even make out better than they do.  As the gears of society turn, you can either learn to run along their tops or get ground up between them.  Those are your only two options.

Thus, playing markets.

The institutional players don’t play by the same rules as you.

In some ways, that’s a good thing–but only if you educate yourself.

Once you do, you’ll realize that “the little guy” has some distinct advantages in the market.

Agility may be #1.

20 years from now, it might even be the name of the first chapter in Zach’s Market Playing Manifesto.

When you have a small stack of chips, it’s easier to get in and out.  You don’t have to worry about slippage.  You also have less rules to follow than the major money managers.  This gives you more ways to protect your wealth while allowing you to take more risks at the same time.  As your stack increases, you have to be more cautious.

Your playing style should be tailored to your income, wealth, goals, and other factors.

But the basic premise is something like…

Increase your overall wealth rank by:

  • Putting Your Money to Work For You
  • Protecting Your Wealth Against Loss
  • Building Money Management Skills
  • Profit From Macroeconomic Patterns

 

How to Begin Playing Markets Step By Step

01

Put Skin in the Game

There’s only one requisite skill to begin learning to play markets:  Saving.  You need capital to start.  Stack up $100-1000 and throw it in.  Choose an amount that would hurt to lose but you can leave to work in the market no matter what is going on in your personal life.

02

Pick Your Market

Once you’ve got a grip, you need to figure out which market to stash it in.  I’d recommend Bitcoin or the stock market.  With the former, you get exponential potential.  With the latter, you get predictable growth and diversity.  Either is a good starting point.

03

Learn Your Market

With money on the line, now you’re in the game.  If you aren’t motivated to watch prices, you might not have put enough in.  But go beyond that.  Dive into what is relevant in your market.  Learn what purpose it serves in the world and watch what drives price.

04

Money Management

This should almost be #1.  Seriously, it’s the whole point of playing markets—learning to manage your money in the face of the global economic climate.  In this context though, it’s a nuanced concept that makes the difference between profitability and losing money.

05

Master Psychology

This may be the true level up.  Let’s call it the “Mastery of Self in the Context of Markets.”  It has a nice ring to it (and an even better profit margin).  Learn math to understand the numbers.  Gain experience to learn yourself.  Find the intersection to make the right decisions.

06

Find Your (1st) Style

Playing markets is a personal thing.  You have to find ways that work for you.  Time periods, strategies, risk tolerance.  Learn yourself.  Don’t be a signal chaser.  Find and/or develop a style that you can win with consistently before moving to the next market.

07

Expand Your Market Scope

Learn a new type of market.  If you chose stocks at first, go with Bitcoin, gold, or forex next.  You might even go from investing long-term to trading short-term to boost your learning curve.  And just like your first market, total immersion is the best way to learn.

08

Adapt & Win

Here’s the end game: become recession proof.  Learn how to navigate the flow of macroeconomic tides.  The first priority is to protect your buying power.  Building wealth comes second.  Form the contingency plans that help you thrive in all conditions.

Remember: just start.  The first time you put your money in the game, you change the trajectory of your financial future.

My Favorite Playing Markets Videos

Everything you need to learn about playing markets is easy to find online.

I’m no market playing titan.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I simply listen to what my Heroes say and apply it.  Not everything sticks.  But enough does to have an impact on my economics.

Data
Dump

 

One of the main purposes of This Site is to catalog my learnings.  I’m not that learned.  But I’m working on becoming moreso.  If you see a “data dump” on this site, you’re looking at unsorted information.  It may be related or completely  unrelated, depending on the topic.

 

Ray Dalio Breaks Down His "Holy Grail"

Playing Markets

31 Habits of Wealthy Traders

Trading as a Way of Life

The Mindset of a Trader

The Great Surge of Everything Is Coming

Trading Robots

The Real Truth About the 2008 Financial Crisis

AI for Smarter Trading Decisions

Making Sense of the Coronavirus Dump

Good Example From Dan the Man

Really Strong Overview of How Dan Looks At Price Trends – Context Provided By Late 2018 Stock Market Bounce (SPY IWM QQQ XLF VIX)

  • “What I look for on the sign of the bounce” ~ 0:56
    • Doesn’t Use Fibonacci Retracement But Uses Similar Visual Principle
    • “Looking at Odds of What’s Most Likely to Happen Next…”
    • Compares Bounce in Feb 2018 to Bounce in Dec 2018 (SPY)
    • Emphasizes Percentage of Bounce as Sign of Market Health
  • Begins Explaining How He Starts to Estimate Whether the Top Is In ~ 3:59
    • Factors in Fundamentals like Pension Rebalancing & Tax Law Season
    • “Lose the Hourly Uptrend Thats the First Indication that the Daily Lower High on the Bounce Has Been Set”
    • Touches on Nuances of Extended Hours Trading in Stocks, Make Note But Take with a Grain of Salt
  • Good Overview of How to Identify & Read Market Trends ~ 6:04
    • Shows Hourly Uptrend Key Support Levels
    • Illustrates How Much Room Bulls Have to Establish Uptrend on Daily Timeframe
    • “Even if the Top of the Bounce is Set… The Bulls Still Have a Chance… for Continuation”
    • Touches on the Importance of Volume as Price Goes Either Way
    • Says If The Market Gives All the Bounce Back without Higher Low, It Signals Significant Weakness
  • SPY Analysis Done, Goes On To Compare IWM, QQQ, XLF, & VIX ~ 8:31
    • IWM Almost Identical to SPY
    • QQQ Better Weekly Bounce But Still Almost The Same
    • XLF Again Similar But Nuance of Double Low As More Important Level
    • VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) Provides Inverse Look For Context (Moves Somewhat Opposite of Others)

Removed Video From Gary Vee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpQ48yCsWzs

Guys.  It happens in one day.

Talking to Guy in the Real Estate Business About Debt & Recession

Datadash's Investing Plan for 2019

Datadash: How To Invest in Commodities

Datadash: Uranium Fever

This video highlights the current Uranium market.  It’s valuable not only in the actual information, but also in how he analyzes this market.

It has a few too many soundless pauses but it’s really strong.

  • Uranium Market Negative History Since 2007 ~ 0:40
    • Commodities Boom Lead to Parabolic Run Up
    • Fukushima Disaster & Japanese Nuclear Shutdown
    • Supply Glut Due to Overproduction (Japan Was #3 World Uranium Consumer)
    • Production Cuts from Cameco, Paladin Energy, Kazatomprom
  • Begins to Highlight Positive Trends ~ 3:01
    • Japanese Has New 8 Restarted Reactors & 14 More in Review
    • Top Ten Nations With Plans in Construction is Significant
    • “Perfect Storm” Clip from CEO of Uranium Energy Corp
  • “Have Uranium Markets Actually Bottomed?” ~ 5:52
    • Prices Still Low for Uranium & Stocks in Sector
  • Global X Uranium ETF (URA) Price Action & Trends ~ 6:40
    • Uranium ETF with Mix of Large, Mid, & Small Caps (Predominantly Miners)
    • 90% Drop From 2011 Highs ($130+ to $13)
    • This is What Institutional Traders & Other Long Term Players Like
    • Volume Increase Indicates Institutions Stacking Up
    • Price Strength Confirmation (No New Lows Since January 2016)
  • Short-Term URA Analysis (Aug’ 2016-Aug ‘2018) ~ 8:18
    • No New Lows Since Jan ’16; No New Highs Since Feb ’17
    • Simple Wedge “Signalling Massive Breakdown or a Breakdown”
    • “Make or Break Moment for Uranium Equities”
    • Indicates Gold and Silver BreakDOWNs Through Similar Patterns
    • Says He’ll Get Bullish If Price Breaks Above the Wedge

Datadash: Comparing Bitcoin & Gold

Datadash: U.S. Stocks Face Buyback "Blackout"

Datadash: Comparing Bitcoin & Gold

Datadash: US Stocks See Their Worst Month Since 2008

How the Economic Machine Works

How a Secret Society Created the Federal Reserve

Hidden Secrets of Money

The Federal
Reserve

 

The corruption of our money is one of the main reasons I created this concept in the first place.  I don’t trust the Federal Reserve (or central banking in general).  The story of it’s founding raises enough red flags.  But you don’t have to look that far back to see things going wrong.

 

Macro-
Economics

 

Economics is complex.  The markets affect everything.  Jobs.  Loans.  Real Estate.  Gas prices.  Food prices.  It’s a million Rude Goldberg machines at once 🤯 but they impact your life.  Too bad.  So sad.  Remain ignorant of the market’s machinations at your own risk.

How the Economic Machine Works

Is There Inflation or Not?

Understanding Market Cycles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drOd3w9LsEw

How To Trade Market Cycles

The Crash Course

Everything You Need to Know About Investing

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Business
Investing

 

In their purest form, markets are more closely tied to business than banking.  In their current form however, that may not be true.  Still, their interrelation is undeniable.  Markets impact businesses.  Businesses impact markets.  Thus, an opportunity to play markets.

 

Money &
Currency

 

Our monetary system is the number one reason for this concept.  It’s a glass house.  And we human beings are nothing if not a bunch of hairy stone throwers.  It’s like we take a terrible system and continually look for ways to make it worse.  Or maybe that’s just the people in power.

 

Hidden Secrets of Money

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Ray Dalio Breakd Down His "Holy Grail"

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Money
Management

 

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Technical
Analysis

 

turning price data into… the path to profitability probabilities

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Krown's Introduction to Technical Analysis

Krown's TA Trading Strategies Playlist

How I Play Markets to Climb the Wealth Ladder

If you haven’t noticed, I take this stuff seriously.

You don’t have to do it like me.  But maybe you wanna know.  So I guess I’ll tell you.  You might have picked some of it up by reading through this page or clicking on some of the links.

I’ll spell it all out here.

 

 

at lowest level, it is conservative, self controlled investing/swing trading with a plan to move fast (and hopefully recognize when you need to)

economic see saw/tightrope walker/fence sitter

most important hings in playing markets is protect your capital and macro trading

watching the flow of sentiment to see where you can find 5x or 10x

protect against inflation and the other corrupt money games

Bitcoin Swing Trades

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M1 Portfolio

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Crypto HODL Positions

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Business Investing

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Defense Wins Championships

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My Top Three Trading Teachers

YouTube University is my go-to for trading training.  I've completed several programs and keep up with these guys weekly.

Krown

operation Director, Elegant Themes

TheChartGuys

Tech Support, Elegant Themes

Tone Vays

operation Director, Elegant Themes

So, You Think You Want to Climb to the Top?

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