Mike’s note: Since the March market crash, both new and experienced investors have flooded in and tried to trade the market for a profit. But both groups are still prone to making avoidable mistakes…
That’s why I wanted to share this essay from the editor of The Palm Beach Daily, Teeka Tiwari. He shares a personal experience from early in his career where he made risky bets instead of following a few key strategies that could’ve saved him millions.
Read on below to see how he went from losing it all to now being called America’s No. 1 investor…
It was December 2017. We were wrapping up a banner year at my flagship cryptocurrency newsletter, Palm Beach Confidential.
Now, back in January 2016, I’d realized cryptos were the next big investing megatrend. I knew we were at the beginning stages of the biggest story of my investing career.
My publishers at PBRG were skeptical at first. But I eventually convinced them to let me share my crypto ideas with hundreds of thousands of subscribers who rely on us for income-producing and money-making ideas.
The rest is history…
Bitcoin rocketed from about $400 per coin when I first recommended it in April 2016 to nearly $20,000 in December 2017. Ethereum did even better – and has been up as much as 15,821% since then.
My top recommendation rose as much as 151,323%. Even after the 2018 crypto pullback, it’s still up a staggering 8,353% today.
As you can imagine, many of my readers made buckets of money. Some became “overnight millionaires.” And others built on their already sizable nest eggs.
While I’m extremely proud of these results… I’ve always advised against going “all in.”
One thing I’ve always been clear on is: Cryptos are ideal asymmetric bets. Put simply, placing relatively small, equal amounts of money on my well-researched picks can lead to life-altering gains.
I recommend putting no more than 2% of your liquid net worth into cryptos. They’re intelligent speculations. And my system is the best in the world at sniffing out the next 100-bagger cryptos.
But if you truly want to build long-lasting wealth, you need to generate multiple streams of income.
It’s a lesson I learned the hard way – and one of four that I’ll share with you today…
How I Lost It All
I made my first big haul in the early 1990s, buying beaten-down junk bonds. And in the mid-1990s, I started making money hand-over-fist in technology stocks. I was making a fortune.
But by late 1998, I’d lost it all. You see, I made a terrible mistake…
Instead of taking small bets on high-risk/high-reward ideas, I was taking massive stakes.
By the time the 1997 Asian financial crisis rolled around, I’d built up a substantial portfolio. But I stuck around too long and got too greedy.
And when the market went against me, I made bigger and riskier bets. I lost all perspective and was investing for my ego, not my bank account.
Within three weeks, I lost everything I’d made and more. I went from wealthy to poor in less than a month. And ultimately, I was compelled to file for personal bankruptcy.
It was a stunning reversal. Here I was, the golden boy who finally got his comeuppance.
I learned many lessons on position-sizing, risk management, and diversification. But one of the biggest lessons I learned was: You can’t build your portfolio solely with high-risk assets.
Four Wealth-Building Lessons
To truly build long-lasting wealth, you need to generate multiple, reliable streams of income – in addition to your riskier strategies.
Please reread that sentence. Don’t dismiss it as unimportant. My whole life changed when I embraced this investing philosophy.
And you can open up the same road to wealth I did by doing the following:
Focus on increasing your ability to earn more money by improving your work ethic and work skills.
Choose to live well below your means to save over 60% of your monthly income.
Put no more than 5% of your liquid net worth into asymmetric investments.
Put the rest of your money into conservative, income-producing investments and strategies.
While all these steps are important, the last one will build the foundation for your future wealth.
More Income = More Choices
It may seem paradoxical, but the more “safe” income you build, the more “free” income you’ll have to speculate on high-risk/high-reward plays.
You can use that extra money to make more life-changing, asymmetric, “crypto-type” plays – like bets on small cannabis stocks – without risking your current lifestyle.
With extra income, you can spend money on your hobbies without guilt… go on a dream vacation… buy a second home… or pad your retirement nest egg.
The point is, when you have a steady income source (separate from your employment or main source), you’ll have so many more options in your life.
Look, it’s never too early or too late to begin building your wealth. The sands of time will continue to slip away, regardless of your actions.
So why not make the choice today to do something different… Put yourself on the road to the happiness, security, and independence that comes from creating financial security for yourself and your family.
Let the Game Come to You!
Editor, Palm Beach Daily
P.S. Because of my track record, I’ve been called America’s No. 1 investor. And to truly build long-lasting wealth, you need to generate multiple, reliable streams of income.
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