YOUR BIGGEST TRADE
(WILL YOU JOIN THE “500″?)
URGENT NOTE: On August 31st this offer will EXPIRE — and the price will DOUBLE. Act NOW to lock up your seat…
Jack here. This is my all-time favorite Shakespeare passage:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves
Or lose our ventures.
In every man’s life comes the moment – that precious moment – when it is time to act. One must seize the day… the opportunity… the trade… or destiny fades.
In the next few minutes, I am going to present to you what could potentially be the biggest trade of your life. (It has to do with the Driver’s Manual.)
“Biggest trade of your life.” Am I joking around? No. I’m dead serious.
Reward to risk is measured by “R.” If you buy a stock with $2 per share of risk and $10 of upside, that is a potential 5R trade.
Your potential R on this “trade” is so big it’s almost ridiculous to put down a number. It could have R of 10,000… 100,000… or even a million. That sounds wild, I know. And I can obviously make no guarantees as to what you will accomplish.
But I think when you finish reading this, you will agree. I think you will say “Wow, Jack is right. That seven-figure-R could be real.” And this extraordinary trade is going to be offered to 500 people… and 500 people only. That’s it. Furthermore, this offer is set to expire as of midnight, August 31st, 2014. As of 12:01 a.m. on September 1st, the price doubles. And at year-end 2015, it will likely double again.
Let me take a few minutes to tell you about this “trade” in full. You’ll have all the info you need by the time you finish.
And of course, if you have any questions, you can email myself or Mike (as you always can anyway) via jack@ or mike@ mercenarytrader.com.
In the next few pages you will find out:
• The full vision for the Driver’s Manual
• Why we need to charge for it (and why you benefit)
• The “Biggest Trade” – and why only 500 get it
• What you’ll receive… and what you need to do
“NEXT LEVEL”… “NOBODY COMES CLOSE”…
This is powerful stuff. If your Driver’s Manual experience doesn’t radically transform you as a trader, or at minimum show you the door for such transformation – after all, only you can walk through it – I will eat a deck of playing cards. You can come to Vegas and watch.
Lao Tzu said: “He who has mastery over others is powerful. He who has mastery over himself is more powerful still.” We want you to tap the core of incredible energy and resources deep inside yourself and become the full measure of who you can be… a 21st century Highlander if you will… one of the most radically powerful human beings on the planet.
And why do we want this?
So that you can join Mike and me – and your fellow Mercenaries – in carrying out one of the most awesome trading visions ever conceived.
Can we deliver? Consider the following documented testimonials and decide for yourself:
“WOW! The information you provide is like opening the best presents at every holiday… You are the best investment I have ever made in self-improvement…” – S.B.
“Reading [the Driver's Manual] for me these days is Luke sitting in Carnegie Hall listening to a Mozart symphony. I am very encouraged that it all makes perfect sense to me and I realize that even 2 years ago this material might as well have been written in Sanscrit.” – G.Z.
“the DM manuals keep getting better and better… my perspectives on life and trading are changing for the better…” – J.M.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Drivers Manual as it continues to unfold. Pardon my French, but the stuff you guys are working on putting together is truly some next-level shit…” – G.V.
“Of all the trading material online, and I’ve seen most of it, nobody comes close to what you offer…” -A.P.
“As you’re well aware this path can be excessively isolating to an individual’s psyche so it is a pleasure beyond measure to have found kindred spirits. Your voice has echoed and validated many of the thoughts, ideas and struggles I’ve had, and to be honest, is nothing short of miraculous to me…” – D.Z.
“Your work is a true inspiration…” – A.C.
What we do is radically unique. There’s Mercenary Trader… and then there is everyone else. That’s why our roster of Mercenary community members (and DM subscribers) includes:
- veteran traders and investors
- prop desk traders
- options market makers
- angel investors and venture capitalists
- trend followers and mechanical traders
- seasoned hedge fund managers
- registered investment advisors
- seed fund capital allocators
- investment bankers
- sovereign wealth fund managers (the largest pools of capital on the planet!)
- business owners
- poker players
- college students
- hungry individuals brand new to trading
When you too join the Driver’s Manual, a key benefit — a huge one in fact — will be free access to our four-times-per-year DM events.
You will meet your fellow traders… swap stories and insights and knowledge… and quite possibly develop exciting new business connections and lifelong friendships.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a step back and consider the big picture…
THE DRIVER’S MANUAL VISION
We have been told, by multiple people, that the core concept behind the Driver’s Manual is a work of genius — or at minimum sheer brilliance.
Yet the power of the DM isn’t testimony to the brilliance of any one individual. It’s all about evolution… and in that regard, persistence far outranks IQ.
We have been working on Driver’s Manual concepts — tinkering, iterating, experimenting, refining — for years now.
It started as a very rough idea. Then it grew… took on a life of its own… evolved.
Evolution is central to all progress. When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere. The great ideas, the great strategies, the great masterworks, do not spring forth like Athena from Zeus’ forehead. They are a product of experimenting, observing, refining and testing… with talent and serendipity mixed in.
That’s a big reason too, by the way, that things have taken a while to get rolling. We haven’t been dawdling our thumbs. We’ve been giving the evolutionary process time and room to work.
This is my all-time favorite Nietzsche quote: “Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.”
All along — for more than four years now — Mercenary Trader has had the same basic goals. We’ve tinkered with the path, but the goals are rock steady:
• Build an awesome community of traders.
• Help those traders… and help them help each other.
• Kick ass in markets (and at the poker table).
• Have lots of fun.
• Be the best at what do.
Everything Mercenary Trader does, in one form or another, is an expression of those five goals. Those five goals are what being a Mercenary (with a capital M) is about… and will always be about.
And the Driver’s Manual, as the vision has transformed, is the evolution-based outcome of thinking about those goals… and acting on them, working to make them reality… day in and day out.
In result, the fully envisioned DM will be far, far more than just a set of materials teaching traders how to trade.
To really communicate the power of the Driver’s Manual, in its ultimate realized form, we’ll use a quick series of paradigms:
• The Turtle Paradigm
• The Research Paradigm
• The Sharing Paradigm
• The Enlightenment Paradigm
THE TURTLE PARADIGM
In the early 1980s, Richard Dennis and William Eckhardt conducted the most famous trading experiment of all time.
For those rusty on the story, Richard Dennis was a superstar trend follower. He began as a floor trader, then ran $5,000 into more than $100 million.
Dennis and his partner, William Eckhardt, had a friendly argument. Dennis thought trading ability could be taught. Eckhardt thought it was internal — you either have it or you don’t.
So Dennis and Eckhardt ran an experiment to see who was right. They advertised in the newspaper and sought trainees, picking and choosing among applicants. Then they taught the applicants basic trend-following rules, and gave them a sum of Dennis’s money to manage.
Richard Dennis dubbed these trainees “turtles,” because he had once visited a farm in Singapore where they grew turtles in vats. He joked that he was growing traders in vats.
The results of the experiment were legendary. Many trainees washed out, but a few of the turtles saw spectacular success. A handful went on to manage hundreds of millions, and a good number still run funds to this day. (Richard Dennis has long since retired. But his partner, William Eckhardt, still runs more than $300 million in a trend-following fund.)
The turtle experiment proved without a shadow of a doubt: The art and science of trading can be taught. Maybe not to all, perhaps, but certainly to some.
But here is the funny thing: What the turtles were “taught” by Dennis was absolutely minimal. At heart it was a bare-bones list of trading rules (which you can now find on Google – just type in ‘original turtle rules’).
So this begs the question:
• What if the ‘turtles’ experiment had been conducted on a far deeper level?
• What if trainees were taught not just basic rules, but everything?
• What if the training emphasized self-mastery as much as anything else?
• What if the training included all the steps for becoming a master trader…
• And covered all mediums – print, audiovisual, interactive, even face-to-face…
• And what if that training never stopped… but just kept going deeper?
The Driver’s Manual will function like the original turtle program writ large. It will expand on the paradigm by orders of magnitude.
There are so many different ways to learn:
You can learn through reading (PDFs and articles).
You can learn through studying (tests, workbook problems, quizzes).
You can learn through audio visuals (podcasts, speeches, videos, power points).
You can learn through software (dynamic interactive training).
You can learn through regular face-time with mentors (deep interaction).
You can learn through conversation with fellow practitioners (shared insights).
And which is the best way to learn? There is no “best” way. They are all awesome ways to learn. So why choose? Why not have all of them?
True trading “mastery” is such a deep, powerful and noble goal, the actual attaining of it takes years. There is just a tremendous amount to absorb, and practice, and learn.
So why not build an interactive experience – the Driver’s Manual – that naturally reflects that reality?
An experience that starts with the turtle concept… expands it tenfold… and never stops?
That is what the Driver’s Manual does. That is what the Driver’s Manual is: A body of powerful, in-depth instructional materials — along with conferences, community member interaction, face-to-face mentoring, and more — designed to TURN YOU INTO A MASTER TRADER.
If you want the training… the knowledge… the tools… and the community of fellow traders to walk alongside you in your journey to boot… then the Driver’s Manual is for you.
THE RESEARCH PARADIGM (WHY WE CHARGE…)
The Trading Psychology Field Guide – an awesome compendium of resources in the Mercenary Vault – will always be free.
The Driver’s Manual, however, is not free. We have to charge for it. And as time goes by, and new depth is added, we’ll have to continually raise prices. At first by a little, and then by a lot.
As of September 1st 2014, the price is going to $995 per year. By year-end 2015, that price will double once again. By year-end 2016, it will double yet again.
[Quick reminder: You have until midnight of August 31st, 2014, to bag the "500" offer price of just $497 for 18 full months. After that, the offer will never be seen again.]
There are multiple reasons why we have to charge — and eventually charge $4,000 per year or even more. But the biggest, most powerful reason is this:
Profits generated by the Driver’s Manual will be invested directly back into the Driver’s Manual… making it even stronger.
As we have already explained, the DM mandate is training master traders. That is a huge, huge mandate.
The breadth and depth of it explains why we can start off running… and just keep going.
And as the Driver’s Manual funds itself (through member subscriptions), we will be able to invest that funding directly back into research and events.
What does that mean?
Here are some examples:
The best speakers in the world. As we explore the deep psychological elements of trading mastery, we may choose to, say, invite a top neuroscience expert to fly in from Switzerland and speak at a quarterly DM event. Or if we are expanding our coverage into, say, exotic options structures, we might want to fly in the world’s foremost authority on that topic. Or perhaps we might ask the world rally-car racing champion to share insights, or the foremost authority on chaos theory. We’ll be able to do crazy stuff like this. And we will. Because it isn’t actually “crazy”… it is all in service to the DM’s stated goals.
Interactive training and development. What is the absolute best way to develop training mastery? What are the best tools? Do those tools involve quizzes… workbooks… audio-visual learning? Something wild and not even imagined yet, like 3D holographic learning? We don’t know, but we can experiment and find out. With DM funding we will expand the roster of DM training materials from simple PDFs and whatnot to dynamic interaction tools, all the while using feedback from YOU to determine what is most effective. As we seek to transform you into a master trader, you will report back to us: “XYZ” seemed to work better than “ABC” and so on. You will help us iterate and refine and improve the tool sets even further — and we will relentlessly improve them. DM funding makes this possible.
Powerful trading software. Master traders need master-level software tools. The right software, combined with the proper training, can dramatically enhance trading capabilities. We already have incredibly powerful ideas in this space. With DM funding we can create that incredible custom-made software… putting super-sharp developers and programmers hard at work on it… again with your help and feedback. We will seek not just to make you a samurai in trading terms, but to put the katana (killer world-class software) directly in your trained hands… through the evolutionary development of software that you help build and create, with your funding and feedback as a DM member.
Trading Research & Development. The optimal way to test new trading strategies is with real capital. DM funding will help expand our trading “R&D” efforts, as we try out experimental methodologies and techniques. Through this testing and refining process — again evolution at work — we will find new and powerful strategies that work. And then, of course, we will teach them… making the DM even stronger. Every time frame. Every methodology. Every logical approach. If it potentially adds to breadth and depth of trading mastery, it will be fair game in our line of sight. And live-fire R&D will shows us what really, truly works.
Expanded analyst coverage. The scope of Driver’s Manual activity is so big, Mercenary Trader will have to expand as an organization in order to fulfill it. We will need traders and analysts working for us, full-time, as we grow our R&D and research budgets, adding depth and breadth to new market areas and strategies and timeframes. How many analysts and traders will Mercenary hire in the next five years? Possibly as few as three or four… possibly as many as ten or twenty. DM funding will enable this too…
Trader funding capabilities. DM funding will further enable MT’s sister entity, Mercenary Capital, to carry out its mandate. The mandate of Mercenary Capital is simple: Fund the next generation of trading superstars… give them full-scale back-office and operational support… and help them grow their fledgling hedge funds to hundreds of millions under management (in exchange for a minority investor stake). If you succeed in becoming a master trader via Driver’s Manual training, not only will we applaud you… we’ll potentially fund you. And market you to our active community of investors.
Is it a brilliant and inspired plan? Yes.
Is it really happening? Yes.
Can you pitch in? Yes.
You may have heard of Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup acquired for an eyebrow-raising $2.3 billion by Facebook.
Oculus VR began as a “cool idea” and sought funding on Kickstarter, a community investment website. Thousands of people put money into Oculus VR (via Kickstarter) out of the goodness of their hearts, because they loved the virtual reality “vision” and wanted the company to succeed.
You know what those funders got in exchange for their investment? A t-shirt. The venture capitalists who backed Oculus VR for tens of millions saw a 2,000 percent return on their capital when Facebook swooped in… but the early Kickstarter backers got nothing but t-shirts! (It was a slap in the face really.)
Here is the thing: By charging for the DM, we are creating our own version of Kickstarter funding.
Except, as a backer, you will receive far, far more than just a piece of clothing. (And we’ll never sell out to Facebook.)
You will get all the benefits of the DM itself. You will be directly contributing to, and investing in, the dynamic feedback loop that turns you into a master trader.
How amazingly sweet is that? Forget social media video game fluff. Together we can collectively make our own small (or not-so-small) fortune… and keep it.
THE SHARING PARADIGM
The research paradigm offers plenty enough reasons to charge for the Driver’s Manual. But here is another: We want to put up a barrier for those who are not serious. We want to keep out the non-committal types, the dabblers too wishy-washy to invest in their own destiny.
The late Jim Rohn once said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I’m not sure how scientifically accurate that is. There are certainly glaring exceptions to the rule. But for the most part, the concept has value. You are who you spend time with.
As such, we want to make the community of DM members — a sort of “community within a community,” the larger community of Mercenaries — as high quality as possible. That means restricting access.
The more high-value the community, the more value we will get from sharing with each other… and that means sharing trading and investing ideas too.
Have you ever tried to glean trading ideas off a public message board? If you have, you know how awful the experience is. It’s like dredging for diamonds in a septic tank. Every once in a blue moon you might, just MIGHT, come up with a gem. But mostly it’s pure crap.
Now, though, imagine an idea-sharing community with the following characteristics:
• everyone is thoroughly trained.
• everyone has a deep understanding of markets.
• everyone understands the key elements of a great trading idea.
• many members are already seasoned traders and money managers.
From what you’ve already absorbed, you can surely see the DM will be powerful… mind-blowing, even, in its capability to facilitate trading mastery.
But even given all that power, it’s possible that the “sharing paradigm” becomes just as big a value in the long-term.
Over time the DM will have community message boards (no outside riff-raff! no flaming!)… community research collaboration (the sharing of excellent ideas)… monthly cash prizes for the strongest trading and investing idea (in the thousands of dollars)… niche-specific insights from money managers in different countries or different market strategies… and more.
As a community IDEA SOURCE, and SHARING SOURCE, it’s going to be huge. Traders helping traders… to the ultimate degree.
And of course, we will not only share ideas, we will share experiences:
• Trading and life experiences worthwhile for fellow traders to hear.
• Actual “fun event” experiences for camaraderie and bonding.
DM members will get more than just great trading ideas from their fellow DM members. They will get insights, stories, and wisdom.
There is no single individual who can share as powerfully, as deeply or as comprehensively, as an entire community can. This sharing will take place through physical events… through emails and message boards and conference talks… through video testimonials and interviews… and through the simple bonds of friendship, hanging out, getting to know your fellow DM members.
And we will also share experiences literally, through regular community participation in things like:
• poker outings in various cities around the world (WSOP, WPT etc)
• snowboarding and ski trips (getting a big chalet)
• snorkeling and scuba diving in Mexico and the Bahamas
• rally car racing, deep sea fishing, tearing up the autobahn…
• kicking back in Tuscany… or Barcelona… or Paris…
• and more… whatever we feel like…
We’ll do a lot of this stuff because WHY NOT, given the capability… but also because it’s great for deepening the bonds among our fellow traders (while fully experiencing the richness of life)…
The next one is maybe the most powerful paradigm of all…
THE ENLIGHTENMENT PARADIGM
Last but not least, we’ll even take our shot at changing the world…
Let me (Jack) get personal here for a second. I’ll try to keep it brief.
As we know, the great trader Jesse Livermore had a dark side. That dark side eventually killed him. A few of you have wondered aloud via email — and I agree with these speculations — whether or not Livermore’s dark side was connected to his brilliance.
Was it possible that Jesse’s torment somehow intertwined with his incredible capabilities? Did it shape and mold him in some way?
I say the answer is yes. There are multiple books and articles documenting the connection between brilliance and emotional instability. All throughout history, many great minds have been troubled minds.
My theory is that when you combine three things – super-high intelligence, super-high creativity, and super-wide emotional range i.e. capacity for deep emotion – the result is something like a turbo-charged 400-horsepower car. You can do great things with a vehicle that has a 400-horsepower engine in it. But if you don’t learn how to drive it, and how to take precautions, you can run it into a wall.
But I say the answer is “yes” to the Livermore question for a more personal reason… because I have seen the impact in my own family. In some ways, I am Jesse Livermore. Besides sharing the same initials of our real names (JL), I have a relative – my own grandfather – who committed suicide in the prime of a very successful life…
Granddad was a wonderful, much loved, brilliant man — a regional editor for Time magazine and a successful product inventor. People adored him.
Like Jesse, my grandfather had everything at the time of his death: Wonderful family, friends, respect, money and accomplishments. But that darkness took him anyway. I’m sure the right combination of cognitive training and mental perspective could have saved my granddad. Just like it could have saved Jesse.
That twin streak of darkness and brilliance goes all through my family tree. It’s the 400 horsepower thing. I have another close relative who played a role in the invention of the CVV code — that three-digit number you see on the backs of credit cards. My own dad has that combination of blessing and curse… and I do too.
A lot of Jesse’s insights likely came from efforts to wrestle down his own demons. I looked at the history of my own family in my late teens, and saw the clear potential for demons within myself.
I then resolved, around age eighteen, to master my emotions pre-emptively – to figure myself out and transcend the family demons before they could hurt me.
That resolution occurred twenty years ago… and it was that same resolution that put me on the path to creating the Field Guide and Driver’s Manual today.
This is part of what qualifies me as your guide… what gives me validity as I show you this path. It’s a path I’ve been walking for two decades. I want to help others walk it too, so that we don’t have to lose any more great men like Jesse – or my own grandfather – to the conquerable demons of this world.
But here is what’s exciting. You don’t need demons to bring out your best self. You don’t need grief to bring forth glory.
Everyone can benefit from greater self-mastery, greater self-fulfillment, and greater ability to manifest an iron will and make things happen. And that is what makes me really excited. Trading mastery is self-mastery. And self-mastery, in turn, is the key to cognitively and emotionally advancing the entire human race.
The brilliant physicist Michio Kaku has speculated that, if the human race is to survive for thousands of years, we will have to do two things. First, not extinguish ourselves (world war being the greatest threat) – and second, develop the technology to go off-planet before the next extinction event kicks in (ice age, comet, volcanic ash suffocation, etc etc). Either that, or develop the tools to forestall or reverse that extinction event before it happens.
Are such things probable? Who knows. But they are certainly possible.
And if we put together the most dynamic community of traders that has ever existed, we will have the resources — financial, mental, logistical, spiritual — to actually change the world.
To help spread “enlightenment” if you will… not some cheesy, fuzzy definition of the term, but in literal ways: Everything from huge strides in mental and emotional self-mastery (turning two-thousand-year-old ideas into 21st century tools)… to clean drinking water in third world countries… to the deeper enablement of talented individuals everywhere (which in turn accelerates the power of research and technology breakthroughs)… to whatever we choose as immensely powerful individuals, individually, collectively, or both.
So yeah. This vision is personal…
IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING…
So is all of this hypothetical? Is it all “in the works” but part of some unrealized future?
Nope. It’s already happening.
We held our inaugural DM conference over Memorial day weekend, at Mercenary HQ in Veer Towers (City Center, Las Vegas). It was simply awesome.
The conference began with a Thursday night “Mercenary meetup” — which we hold every month — Friday night cocktails on the Veer pool deck (shown below), and a follow-on weekend of sharing, learning and camaraderie. Everyone who came had an excellent time. New friendships were made, and new business alliances were cultivated. Some attendees even flew in from Europe, and a few have already made plans to attend the next DM event (Labor Day weekend 2014).
Again, this is all real and happening… the no-cost events are a huge part of the DM value-add… and you can get in on the ground floor…
Listen, there is simply nobody else on the planet doing what we are doing.
We have an incredibly vibrant community of real traders… from true beginners to some of the most successful fund managers and traders in the world (the collective pool of money managed by the Mercenary community runs into the tens of billions… easily…)
We also have, by nearly unanimous consensus, some of the most powerful training and psychology materials ever conceived…
And you can join us. You can be a part of this, and truly accelerate your trading journey… by taking what could be the most powerful forward step ever as you move confidently in the direction of your dreams…
OH AND BY THE WAY…
There is another benefit for DM members that is absolutely huge. One that hasn’t even been touched on yet. In fact, this benefit is so big it is easily worth tens of thousands all by itself. That is not exaggeration but understatement.
There are people who would bite off someone’s hand for the incredible value of this information (and training)…
The picture above is the view from Mercenary HQ. If you come to our Labor Day DM conference, you will see it yourself from the floor-to-ceiling living room windows.
The building to the left of Caesar’s Palace is the Bellagio, home to the most famous poker room in the world. The Bellagio poker room is precisely a 13-minute walk from Mercenary headquarters. How do we know? Because I (Jack) make that walk five to six days per week, to play high stakes No Limit in the Bellagio poker room.
When I play poker — typically 10/20 No Limit these days, a game where the average stack is typically $5,000 to $10,000 and big stacks can be $50,000 or more — I use a proprietary cash game methodology called “Maker.”
That methodology was developed by yours truly over many years and thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears, tracing back to the card room of the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada.
Why tell you this? Because of the following:
- We have started a Mercenary poker team.
- We are training DM members in the proprietary “Maker” cash game methodology.
- It is our intention to bankroll and deploy cash game players… in high stakes cash games all over the world.
- YOU can join us.
Poker and trading are a perfect combination. The skill sets have a massive amount of overlap: Psychology. Probability. Controlled aggression. Emotional control and risk control.
The incredible overlap between poker and trading, in fact, is the whole reason I became involved in poker in the first place (circa 2005, almost a decade ago). I had an obsessive genius client who talked so much about poker (his latest obsession) that I finally said to myself, “that sounds a hell of a lot like trading” — and it was.
The above snapshot was taken with my iPhone. I call it “just another day at the office”… because that’s exactly what it is.
You will always recognize me at a poker table by two things: My black skull card protector and the laptop in my lap.
The laptop highlights another reason why poker and trading make such a sweet combo: You can trade and work from the table in between hands.
It takes a bit of experience and training to do this. But Mike and I have been doing it for years. As long as you don’t slow the game down, no one cares about electronics at the table. All the major card rooms have fast free wi-fi and USB chargers under every seat.
But does the “Maker” methodology actually work? Well, let me tell you this: As hyper-competitive traders we track everything. We track every session, every chip, and even P&L for every individual “action hand” we play.
And we have hundreds of hours of iron-clad statistical proof for the latest version of Maker (with thousands of hours for the “beta” versions)… and a six-figure run rate.
You can potentially earn six figures as a professional cash game player — if you can deploy the “Maker” methodology as effectively as we do. And if you show real promise and talent, we will back you and enable you to generate serious revenues in high stakes cash games around the world.
Sounds crazy right? Who does this? Who dominates high stakes cash games while trading markets with the stats to prove it?
MERCENARIES DO, that’s who. You can come to Las Vegas. You can come to any monthly meetup (free to all and open to the public). You can drop into Bellagio and see me sitting there with a 5 to 10K stack on any given day.
Again, in terms of stats, we track everything. We have metrics out the wazoo (and will show you how to use them).
Below are actual results as reportable to the IRS (we keep everything 100% above board — tax games are too dangerous when you’re talking serious revenues).
We started officially testing the “Maker” methodology in Las Vegas cash games — starting at 5/10 No Limit — on May 18th, 2014. In early July we added 10/20 into the mix. (That’s why you see the big dip — 10/20 has significantly higher volatility than 5/10. It’s just a much bigger game.)
The data you see represents 268 hours of live cash game play (from yours truly) at a “table wage” that would be worth $183,000 per year in a normal 40-hour-a-week job (with two weeks of vacation thrown in).
As mentioned, we track everything — every hand and every chip. We have 200+ hours of official statistical proof (with thousands of hours more in previous iterations) that a $150K+ earn rate with Maker is real… and we are gathering more statistical proof every week… and we see the potential to push that earn rate even higher via 1) moving up to yet higher stakes — 25/50 is next — and 2) redeeming time by trading and reading market research at the table.
Why share something as proprietary — and incredibly valuable — as the Maker cash game methodology?
Because, as mentioned, we are starting a poker team. We have serious motivation in raising a Mercenary army of poker players, traders and eventual money managers.
We want to bankroll future superstars… in the trading world and the poker world… with plenty of potential overlap between the two.
And again, this is already happening. The first iteration of the Maker core methodology has already been distributed.
We already have our first potential team members (besides Mike and myself) studying up and practicing on a poker simulator.
Here is some recent feedback:
I mentioned that I found Maker to be complex, but I probably should have used the term comprehensive instead. I, like most players I suspect, came to the game only considering hand equity — are your cards better than the other guy’s cards. I never gave much thought to position, fold equity, stack equity, and other subtle elements of the game. After reading the initial chapter of Maker I can see quite clearly how you can create a statistically significant edge by folding all of these seemingly minute parts of the game into a comprehensive strategy… - P.M.
DM benefits on the poker side include:
- the rule-based specifics of the Maker methodology
- a body of additional supplementary materials through the Driver’s Manual
- the opportunity for face-to-face Q&A via DM meetings and events
- the opportunity to share notes and experiences with fellow DM members
Look, the reality is that, when teaching a discipline as subtle and complex as cash game poker, even the best instruction materials in the world can fall short… UNLESS they are supplemented with face-to-face interaction and instruction.
But you will HAVE that… through REGULAR ACCESS to myself and Mike… and your fellow practitioners… on a quarterly basis or even every single month if you regularly attend the free meet-ups.
We will do everything in our power to help you succeed… because the field of opportunity is so rich, we want you on our bankroll (or simply enjoying success and financial freedom as a fellow Mercenary).
EVEN IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT POKER…
Okay, maybe you are 100% trading-focused and don’t care much about poker.
Maybe the idea of making six figures in high stakes cash games — which could then fuel a bankroll for your trading — doesn’t really excite you.
But even if that’s the case, the knowledge embedded in Maker — comprising strategy, probability, observational techniques, and much, much more — could still make you a much more powerful trader.
And remember, comprehensive access to the Maker cash game methodology — and the opportunity to join the Mercenary Poker Team — is just a single feature of the larger Driver’s Manual.
The poker add-on comes IN ADDITION TO super-powerful, in-depth information and TRADING instruction in areas such as:
• how to manage and size trading positions
• the essential elements of price action analysis
• how to conduct fundamental analysis
• how to conduct macro analysis
• the key elements of portfolio management
• how to set up trades (with spreadsheet formulas)
• how to monitor trades
• how to “nail and scale” big trading opportunities
• and MUCH, MUCH MORE…
As such, the value of the DM will be cumulative. It will just keep getting better, and bigger, as time goes on. Every month your subscription will become more valuable.
So part of our rationale is rewarding those who come in at the very beginning… by giving them an EIGHTEEN MONTH subscription term (instead of the standard year).
The first “500″ will be there when the DM materials are in their early stages.
So their initial entry price option will last a lot longer… even extending into a second year $497 renewal option after the first eighteen months.
In other words:
IF YOU ACT NOW, BEFORE THE “500″ DEADLINE EXPIRES, YOU COULD PAY AN INSANELY LOW $497 NOT JUST FOR EIGHTEEN MONTHS, BUT FOR ANOTHER FULL YEAR AFTER THAT… EVEN AS LATECOMERS PAY MULTIPLES MORE.
Another advantage to being one of the 500: You will have calendar seniority that is permanent.
As you have already heard, we will conduct DM conference events every quarter.
Sometimes these events will center around awesome activities with limited seats.
If we decide to drive Porsches on the autobahn, for example, or go deep-sea fishing off the coast of Argentina, or get a ski chalet at Whistler, the “RSVP” head count will be limited.
Not out of intention but simply because, if 200 people want to come to a limited-space event, 170 might have to be turned away.
And that’s where calendar seniority comes in:
Whenever we set an RSVP deadline for a limited-space event, we will sort by calendar seniority.
That means the earlier you became a DM member (or Live Feed member, which gives the same privileges), the higher you are on the seniority list.
Thus becoming one of the “500″ could have benefits years from now, as the ranks of DM members swell, when limited seating events come up where we can only handle X number of attendees.
ONLY FOUR POSSIBILITIES FROM HERE…
If you’ve read this far, and absorbed all that the DM has to offer, I only see three real possibilities:
- you have a few questions that still need answering
- you’re utterly convinced of the value (and are ready to act)
- you aren’t actually serious about achieving your dreams
- you’re crazy
If it’s #1, you can just email us (via jack@ or mike@ mercenarytrader.com) and we’ll answer whatever questions you have. If it’s door #2 we’re good to go.
There are no worries over #3 because we know you’re serious about achieving your dreams — and of course we know you’re not crazy. (Right?)
So let’s do a recap and wrap this up:
For the initial 500 people who take the trade, your initial cost — of just $497 — will get you the following:
• Not twelve but EIGHTEEN months of DM subscription value.
• A follow-up FULL YEAR renewal option of $497 (even after the price has doubled!).
• Permanent calendar seniority for all space-limited future DM events.
And you will also get:
• Invitation to the next DM conference (and all future events).
• Physical access to the Maker poker methodology (this is HUGE).
• Permanent access to the Strategic Intelligence Report (as part of DM membership).
• Email broadcast of conference materials (for when you can’t attend).
• A Mercenary Trader ball cap (handed out at your first DM conference).
FULL EVENT BENEFITS… EVEN IF YOU CAN’T COME…
It should be added: The purpose of DM quarterly events goes far deeper than camaraderie (though camaraderie is important).
As mentioned, there will be Q&A panels and round-robin discussions. There will be opportunities for direct feedback. And there will be top notch presentations.
All of this will play into shaping the DM materials. You’ll have a hand in this too if you like — even if you can’t physically attend.
That is because questions can be emailed in. We’ll take them into consideration at the event.
We’ll also record or transcribe the Q&A discussion, and share presentation materials and transcripts when new stuff comes up.
And then we will archive this material for posterity, and broadcast it to DM members via email.
So you’ll get the lion’s share benefit of our events even when you’re not there.
Bottom line: We will evolve you into a master trader… and get your feedback along the way to shape and accelerate that evolution.
And you’ll get the full long-distance benefit of the quarterly events, regardless of whether you come to all four every year, or just one, or none at all.
ACCESS TO THE STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE REPORT
As a DM member, you’ll also get complimentary access to the Strategic Intelligence Report (SIR).
That alone is worth a $199 per year value. (Though the content of the SIR is worth far MORE than that.)
In the SIR we’ve racked up an impressive slew of gainers, on both the long and short side.
More importantly, we’ve made a lot of key “macro” calls in keeping SIR subscribers dialed in to what’s happening.
The SIR will help you better understand how we think… which in turn will dovetail perfectly with the DM materials (as you learn to think like a master trader).
But what if you’ve already subscribed to the SIR? (Some of you reading this are already on board.)
Simple: To cover your SIR subscription, we’ll give you FOUR ADDITIONAL MONTHS of DM access.
One last recap:
A one-time $497 offer for EIGHTEEN MONTHS of DM access.
An additional second year renewal option at $497 (even if the price goes up).
Invitation to the next DM conference Labor Day weekend – and of course all conferences to follow.
Permanent calendar seniority for all limited seating DM events.
Access to the Maker poker methodology (upon completing a Skype interview / signing an NDA).
Access to quarterly conference materials, even when you don’t attend.
Access to the Strategic Intelligence Report — or four extra months if you already have it.
A Mercenary ball cap on attending your first conference.
And of course:
Powerful New DM materials (monthly if not weekly)…
Regular communication from us (Jack and Mike)…
All the benefits of becoming a Master Trader…
And sharing trading ideas and insights with your fellow Mercenaries…
All at a cost so low (relative to “R” potential) it is practically nothing…
WHY WOULD YOU NOT DO THIS?
I think I’ve made a compelling case why the “R” on this trade is huge.
Becoming one of the “500″ — an inaugural DM member — is one of the most powerful steps you could take toward fulfilling your trading dreams.
Nobody knows what the future holds. But this could be the start of an adventure, a truly immersive and life-changing experience, that takes you to the heights of all you’ve wanted to achieve.
Ten or fifteen years from now, when you are running nine figures, being interviewed for yet another installment of the Market Wizards series, maybe you’ll be able to say: “Yep. I was one of the 500… I was there at the beginning.”
Far-fetched? Sure. Impossible? Nope.
And what is the worst that could happen?
You learn an incredible amount about trading… become a far better trader… advance down the path of financial freedom… radically transform your poker game… and maybe make some lifelong friends and new business contacts along the way. (Gee, that’d be terrible.)
And the cost – $497 for a full 18 months – is peanuts relative to value.
$497 is a mid-range car payment (about what I pay on my Audi A4)… the price of a round-trip plane ticket… the plumbing bill on a busted water heater. For what you get, it’s practically nothing.
And yet, sadly… most of you reading this won’t move forward.
Most of you won’t join the 500… won’t take up the DM offer at all.
I know this, because I understand human nature by now.
The vast majority of people in this world are tire kickers. They dream in the night but shrink away in daylight. As Teddy Roosevelt once put it, they are the “cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Most folks never act on their dreams. I wish it weren’t so, but it is.
Henry David Thoreau nailed it. This passage from Walden is absolutely true, which saddens me:
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.
But the good news is, a percentage of you will act. A percentage of you will step up, which makes us very happy. And if you have the vision to see the power of this opportunity — coupled with the courage of self-belief and the guts to act — then that makes you Mercenary material (and the type of member we’re looking for).
We’ve made this “500″ offer as compelling as we can. The value on delivery is orders of magnitude above the cost, in lots more ways than one.
Becoming one of the “500″ – an inaugural DM member – could be one of the biggest and best trades you’ve ever made. Befitting master traders in the making, the 500 who step up will deploy vision and quickness in seizing the moment.
Because once the 500th person signs up or the clock ticks midnight on August 31st — whichever comes first — the deal disappears. Forever.
Again, if you have questions, feel free to email them to Mike or myself: mike@ or jack@ mercenarytrader.com.
Right now, though, I have one question for you:
Are you ready to make the biggest trade of your life?
To become a DM member — and grab this opportunity before it slips away — just click the link below.
Let the ultimate journey begin…