Had I not heard his voice on the MHFT webinars, I would have thought I was being conned. But given that I'm in the last month of a trial run, he actually called to find out how I was doing with the service and what I thought.
Here's the short version of what I told him.
I'm a pretty experienced investor, but definitely not sophisticated when it comes to using options or, for that matter, trading currencies and commodities.
My first trade with MHFT - a (FXY) vertical call spread - literally scared the hell out of me, so I used a tiny position size. I think I made around $900 ($400 more than my trial subscription, so there's that).
But through the process of using John's trade ideas, I learned. Fast. Nothing will help you grasp the potential of option strategies like doing them. And as I write this, I have multiple positions on courtesy of MHFT that are on track to deliver double-digit percentage gains in a matter of weeks!
I can't quite comprehend how he knows so many well-placed people, but he's incredibly adept at grabbing insights from them, turning these into an investment thesis, and making it incredibly clear and actionable to his reader base.
One day he's writing about a chat with a three-star general and the next you're buying a call spread on Palo Alto Networks (PANW). He connects the dots in a ridiculously useful way.
But it's more than just the idea; it's the timing of the idea. The world is full of people who can say, "Hey, cyber-security is a big deal." Or, "Wow, the euro is getting killed." But the actual trade execution to profit from that in the near term? He's freaky good.
I also love the defined exit strategy. Look, if you're the most disciplined human on the planet and never let a bad trade turn into a long term "investment," more power to you.
I am not. I hate when I do it, but it's happened more than once. With MHFT, the exit is well marked. You can't miss it. Personally, I find that removes significant stress, not to mention risk.
Today, I was over at my local Schwab office - before John called - and was raving about MHFT. Not stark raving. Good raving. I'd be surprised if they aren't signing up for a trial as I write this.
John, thanks for the call. That was a really nice surprise.
But, more importantly, thanks for great work, thinking and ideas. Enjoy your travels, and I look forward to meeting you at one of your conferences.