Trading and investing have got to be one of the consistently hottest topics around personal financial management. For those looking to increase their income, the lure of making deals and earning profits has always attracted traders who are skilled in technical analysis and sound fundamental analysis.
With the amount of different financial products and strategies available in most markets, managing your position is at, and your overall performance becomes more and more a battle against rapid market movements and your ability to keep up.
Profit.ly aims to mitigate the discrepancies of skill between pro and amateur traders by opening communication channels between the two and creating an open sharing community on the best (and worst) trades on the market.
This article will cover the Profit.ly platform and their “Guru”, pricing, and overall impressions of Profit.ly as a trading resource.
Before you go on, you may want to watch this video by Mr. Longevity on YouTube that gives a quick overview. Afterward, you’ll want to read the rest of the article for a more comprehensive review of Profit.ly.
Profit.ly Features Forbes Timothy Sykes
Trading is challenging; this is a lesson learned by both pros and newbies consistently throughout their careers. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to get help from others. Profit.ly allows traders to share information about viable trades and price movements, without having to worry about their anonymity.
Profit.ly can be looked at as a new way to have a socially trading environment, complete with mentors, groups, and leaderboards to see who is leading in terms of deals and their strategy. Take the sociability of Facebook and insert the competitive nature of your favorite arcade game; you then have Profit.ly.
But don’t think Profit.ly is just a place to talk to other traders about their buy and sell strategies. Profit.ly memberships include performance trackers that allow you to monitor the progress of your deals and see how each sale affects your overall portfolio. Most trades on the platform focus on short-term swings or intra-day trading, which can create jitters for some, but it is where you can find the action happening. Profit.ly allows you to manage your data and show you how your deals are performing in real time.
Profit.ly can give you insights into many critical aspects of your trading routine, including:
- Total Running Net Profit
- Gross Profit
- Trade Volume
- Gain/Loss Percentages
- Average Gains/losses
- And much more.
Now some of these may be included in your standard brokerage account suite of tools. But what if you have multiple brokerage accounts? Or what if you want to manage accounts on different platforms? Profit.ly is a great tool to view and collate your macro-level performance. You want to find out which portion of your portfolio is too risky? Which one is the best performer? Profit.ly’s deal tracker is the perfect trading companion to have with you.
Trade Leaderboard and Deal Verification
Trade performance does not have to be a matter of your own enjoyment. The trade leaderboards bring joy to the otherwise difficult task of monitoring and maintaining your portfolio’s performance.
Profit.ly allows you to view the top performing dealers who have shared their deal metrics and can even see the trading strategies they use in their shared posts. If you happen to be the top dealer, you can also share any materials and links to deal tactics that you might’ve found helpful in your career. Helping one person may be a way to benefit you in the future. Sharing is the key here.
You also get the benefit of sharing your losses with other users experiencing a trade loss. Always better to share your grief in life and finances.
Profit.ly has an automated authentication system that allows you to sync your brokerage accounts with Profit.ly. Profit.ly even offers a funny demerit system, called “Maddoff-ed”, after the infamous Bernie Maddoff’s Ponzi-hedge fund. Users can freely designate any other user who fails to authenticate their deals with a “Madoff” tag. Ironically, there’s even a “leaderboard” of Madoff-related users.
This leaderboard and more positive leaderboards consisting of the highest-earning users are available to members of the Profit.ly platform. This leaderboard is useful for those who want to know which people to follow in marketing and trade management. The leaderboards and your account can be filtered according to specific terms for better analysis later on.
Keep up with other traders
It’s easy to network with anyone you like, expanding your industry contacts and lending your trading expertise to others. Send them a private message, or post on their wall for interaction with Profit.ly’s traders community.
In keeping with this social aspect of the Profit.ly platform, you can even follow the progress of other traders and view what developments they are having with their trades in real-time. You can track as many traders as you want and create a curated feed of your favorite traders, so you never miss out on a good deal.
Your profile can be curated to highlight the items that you would like other traders to see. If you’re looking to build a small group of traders to strategize your coming deals with, then you can start posting about your strategies on your profile and see who hits you up on your feed.
But maybe all this socializing isn’t necessarily up to your speed. While other traders can help you develop new trading strategies and offer advice, it may not be your speed. Not to worry, Profit.ly comes with tools and options to fully privatize your profile so that you can keep your information and your trades viewable to you and you alone.
Profit.ly Package Pricing
Profit.ly offers both a free and tiered plan that you can subscribe, with each tier offering different benefits and consequently higher prices.
First off, know that you don’t need to pay a single cent to join Profit.ly’s social trading platform. They have a simple set-up procedure to allow you to participate using just your email and your chosen screen name. You can start to enjoy limited privileges as a Profit.ly member by confirming your email via the registration email. These benefits include:
- importing trades from a brokerage account
- View account data and reportage
- Check out your rank in the Leaderboards
- Check out the blog and other posts from the community
Be warned, though; you may be locked out of some features that paying Profit.ly users enjoy, as well as experience some setbacks in accessing chat functions and some of the more advanced blog tools.
Still, this accessible account option is excellent for those looking to get into a community of traders and start their trading journey.
You can upgrade to the Novice Package for $29.95 per month if you are interested. Not only does it include all the features of the free account as stated above, but it also allows you to verify and track trades across the community and comment on user profiles and posts. Profit.ly allows you to follow other traders and communicate more effectively with them using the full chat suite. You can also view trader stats and see their performance in particular deals or portfolios.
Trading is serious business. You may be aware that it is important to keep certain positions secret if you are serious about trading. When you divulge your work to the broader market, you may start seeing it move against you. You may be in a position that is sufficiently significant to be made public that you can expect to suffer a series of losses.
The Trader package, which comes in at $49.95 a month in fees, allows you to create a private profile, which in itself is its community of traders who willingly share information across other personal profiles; a sign of an experienced trader who holds their cards close to their chest. This way, you can keep your deals and their subsequent gains/losses private to you and you alone.
Naturally, the Trader package comes with all the features mentioned in the Free and Novice packages, with one key exception: the ability to view other stats. Due to the focus on individual trade performance, the trader package forgoes the ability to view other trader’s versions to keep their profile hidden from the users on the platform.
There will be those who look at the three previous packages and wonder whether there is a more comprehensive model that gives you full control over the site’s advanced features.
This model is called Profit.ly’s Pro Package, which comes at a sizable $74.95 a month, though there is a 22% discount available for those who are willing to pay the fees in bulk for an annual subscription plan.
Please think of the Pro Package as a synergy of all the features found in the Novice and Trader packages: you get to continue to view user statistics while allowing yourself the option of privacy in the moments when you need it most.
This package is reserved for those most serious about getting the most out of the Profit.ly platform, so expect many of these users to be seasoned traders or users with deep enough pockets to afford the plan on a subscription basis.
Profit.ly’s Guru System is an exclusive part of the platform. Profit.ly is a social trading platform that focuses on the market, but it also offers a resource center where traders can learn about tips and tricks to improve their performance in the markets.
There are many resources that will teach you how trades work (which can also be found on Profit.ly), but the Guru System is more practical and allows you to learn directly from traders who have been in the business for a while, such as Profit.ly founder Tim Sykes.
You can subscribe to the Guru system separately from the other membership packages. It gives you access to real-world tips and insights on the market, how to get the most out of current trends, and where it is. The Guru’s available change with time, so currently, you have two available experts you can subscribe to, Tim Sykes or Paul Scolardi.
Guru 1: Tim Sykes
Tim Sykes is the most well-known name on the site. He has been a successful trader in penny stock markets and has made a name of himself. His students have made $16million through the trades they mentored, according to data on the site. Forbes Timothy Sykes
Tim offers mentoring in two packages: Tim’s alerts and Pennystocking Silver. Tim’s Alerts grants you access to his exclusive chat room so you can direct communication with him and his other students, as well as 5 to 10 different stocks to be added to a curated watchlist. You can opt-in to receive push notifications and SMS via your smartphone. These notifications will alert you about any important trades that you are watching. This plan is $74.95/month, and it’s a separate subscription to the Profit.ly-tiered membership packages. Forbes Timothy Sykes
Pennystocking Silver is Tim’s more aggressive trading mentorship available at $149.95 per month in subscription fees. This Guru package includes all the features you see in Tim’s Alerts but contains his archive of roughly 7000+ video lessons on trading as well as weekly video updates.
Both packages can be subscribed to on a month-to-month basis, but you do get to enjoy a discount if you subscribe annually (around 20%). Forbes Timothy Sykes
Guru 2: Paul Scolardi aka Superman
You can expect great things from Superman and other nicknames that will help you trade better and understand the market. Paul Scolardi wears the nickname well and proves to be a veteran smallcap swing trader. He specializes in finding explosive potential using market signals and is able to profit big from incoming swings. This is a true “Superman” level of market knowledge.
Like Tim, Paul has two options available for subscription: Superman Alerts and Superman Pro. Superman Alerts functions similarly to Tim Sykes’ alerts package but comes at a higher price point of $147 per month. The Superman Pro package is also similar as it grants you access to Paul’s entire video library of lessons as well as research reports and a handy IPO tracker for those of you who enjoy gaming the IPO-pops that occur with many new listings. This Pro package comes in at $247 a month in fees. Forbes Timothy Sykes
Profit.ly is not the next Facebook. However, it may be a good choice as it focuses only on one niche and allows its users the freedom to trade and interact with the community. The website itself is easy to navigate, and the blog tab offers a plethora of user-submitted topics so that you can see if anyone on the platform has similar inquiries as yourself. Forbes Timothy Sykes
This is not a platform that guarantees “get rich quick”, but rather a social platform for traders to learn from one another and better understand the ever-changing financial markets. You can try it for free, and if the platform appeals to you, you can subscribe to the lower-tier plans to discover what else you can do on the platform. It’s necessary to temper your expectations with what the platform can do for you financially, but you may learn a thing or two on the way to becoming a better trader altogether.
Most Frequently Asked Questions Forbes Timothy Sykes
Is Profit.ly a waste of money?
Profit.ly offers several membership options. One is a free account, while most require a paid subscription. While you can get plenty done using a free account, most of Profit.ly’s more robust systems can only be accessed through their paid subscription packages.
How do I Open a Profit.ly account?
You can open a Profit.ly account in a matter of seconds as it is free to join the platform and start building your profile. You can set up your account as any other social media platform. Once you have verified your email through their registration email, you will be able to confirm that it is legitimate.
For Profit.ly’s paid subscriptions, you will need to have a valid payment method and submit your details on their secure online order form.
How do I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription at any time and for any reason through the accounts management page. Click your profile image at the top right corner of the screen and click settings. In the settings tab, you can see an option to manage your current subscriptions. Click the subscription you want to change and click cancel.
If you have any other concerns, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call their hotline at 205-851-0506. You can also use Profit.ly’s support tab to submit a simple-to-fill out web form or click the button tab on any page.
Who is Tim Sykes, you ask?
Tim Sykes, the man behind Profit.ly has been controversial due to his penchant for penny stocks, aggressive marketing style and his brazen persona. But his deals are legitimate, and his type of trading has profited him now and then.
Like any trader, he has experienced his fair share of losses. But Tim Sykes is willing to consistently learn from them and share these learnings with the Profit.ly community.