How to Invest in US Stock Market (Learnings from Awesome 10X Global Investing since March 2020)

Illustrated by Filipino Artist April Fronda.

One of the skills I proudly learned in 2020 is how to globally invest in Global Stock Markets—US, China, London, Poland, Australia, Hong Kong and Philippines. I’ve always wanted to know how to invest in awesome businesses around the world and learn the secrets of high network individuals who do it.

The advent of retail investors has disrupted mutual fund, hedge fund and private fund investing, putting the power of global investing in your hands. Yes, you can do it even if you are in the Philippines with Interactive Brokers. (Note: eToro is not counted because it is a trading derivative, and you are not shareholders of the companies you are buying.)

I’m sharing here what I learned from stock investing globally for 1 year since the March 2020 crash.

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How Awesome 10X was born. Every Gen Xer needs to know how to globally invest to build long term wealth. I was seeking a mentor in December 2019, and this was exactly the same time I met up with Nikki Yu who was my Maven Secret mentee before during her Dimsum Trader days. Nikki patiently taught me how to invest in the global stock markets one-on-one.

We were already expecting the market to crash in February and we conducted our first (and last) face-to-face training session in SMX Aura. We wanted to share knowledge on how to invest globally because nobody was teaching how to do this especially in Manila.

Upfront, we decided we will NOT manage other people’s money (not even that of our relatives), and we will not create a mutual fund like Ark Invest. We had a mutual conviction to teach people how to fish and invest their own money. And that is how Awesome 10X Global Investing was born.

Awesome 10X Testimonials. We had a lot of testimonials throughout the year but one of the most memorable was the former ABS-CBN employee who invested his separation pay in the global stock market and multiplied it in the markets during the pandemic.

Check out this playlist: 🔴 Awesome10X Testimonials! (Why You Should Join the Awesome 10X Inner Circle?)

Despite the many testimonials, most Filipinos stay away from the global markets because they think it is risky, others just want to stay in the local PSEI market while some don’t want to get out of their comfort zone to learn this.

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Investing is NOT gambling. We treat global stock investing as 25% of your pizza pie.

Divide your wealth into 25%-tranches composed off Cash, Stocks, Property and Business/Professional Career. Allocate your assets this way to create long term wealth. Invest accordingly. Your cash earns nothing and it’s for emergencies; stock investing gives you long term return by actively tracking but passively holding; properties can give you passive income through rentals; and your business or job gives you monthly income.

Allocate your assets this way to create long term wealth. Invest accordingly.

Illustrated by Filipino Artist April Fronda.

There’s no perfect pasta sauce in Global Investing. There’s no one way to make a yummy spaghetti sauce.

There are different recipes in the same way there are different ways to construct your own global stock investing portfolio. Others invest in EVs and Solars. Others prefer Genomic Sequencing and Artificial Intelligence. There’s nothing wrong with that. People need to simply DIY their spaghetti.

Personally, I like investing in companies that help Planet Earth like biodegradable alternatives to plastic, electric vehicles, solar companies, fintech 3.0, genomic sequencing, artificial intelligence and gaming. I love coaching newbies to learn how to find their own conviction and decide which companies they want to own and support (and not just trade).

Illustrated by Filipino Artist April Fronda.

Winners Win over a Decade. Awesome 10X Longterm Investing Rules Construct a Portfolio that are Secular Winners for the Decade. Let Your Winners Compound Over Time. Do not clip their wings. Let them fly high into the sky. #NeverSell coz #WinnersWin

2020 was the start of the next tech boom and innovation that were fast tracked by the pandemic. Think investing for a decade and visualize what 2030 would look like, what companies you want to invest in to succeed and compound your profits over time. This was the hardest to learn especially during market corrections.

Time in the market is key NOT timing the market. I learned a lot from the bull run of 2020 and the bear correction of 2021. Nobody teaches this in schools, and the only way is learning practically from your experience in the market with guidance from a mentor like Nikki.

I was a pig for not taking profits with a 300% return already, and I got slaughtered though still up by 100% return. I learned how to listen to the market, to my mentor and to my own gut feel based on months of experience.

You are not yet late, the boom is just starting. The best time to join is today and get experience in the market with the proper investing mindset and community to help you in your Awesome 10X journey.

Illustrated by Filipino Artist April Fronda.

Halo-halo Diversification Rule. Halo-halo refers to the summertime treat loved by all Filipinos. It literally means “mix-mix” in English. All #Awesome10x Portfolios Diversify in a Mixture of Secular Trends. We chill and make money while we sleep.

It is good that I didn’t learn how to trade before because people I know who have trading background had a tendency to bet on just a few companies one time big time. The problem with this is that this is a betting mindset and you can also lose big time.

Thanks to Nikki, I learned how to diversify with 20-50 companies early on to minimize market downturn impact.

Illustrated by Filipino Artist April Fronda.

Investing is like planting Root Crops. Awesome10x Tranching and Planting Root Crops For Maximum Harvesting Effect and Awesome10x Quarterly Cost Averaging Rules.

Invest in regular tranches like planting root crops. Some plants will be harvested in Q1, Q2, Q3 or Q4 or in the next few years. Space out your buying in three or more tranches for proper price entries. 3%, 6%, 9% are the recommended percentage weights per stock for secular trend winners.

Some newbies in the market want to get 100% returns in 1 day which is unrealistic. You have to know the fundamental and technical analyses of the companies and the secular trends that they support. You have to nurture them over time, and reap benefits in 6-9 months time—just like having a baby.

Illustrated by Filipino Artist April Fronda.

Its better to be a FLAWED DIAMOND than a PERFECT BRICK.

“Only those who do not expect anything are never disappointed. Only those who never try, never fail. Anyone who is currently achieving anything in life is simultaneously risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing something than to excel in doing nothing. A flawed diamond is more valuable than a perfect brick. People who have no failures also have few victories.” – John Landis Mason

This is my favorite quote from Nikki: you don’t need to be perfect and you need to accept your flaws. What’s important is that you are taking your shot, you’re learning from your mistakes and you’re celebrating your wins. It’s fun when you have a good supportive community like Awesome 10X.

Learn how to invest globally; download 5-Step Practical Startup Guide to Global Investing the Awesome10X way.

Together with the Awesome 10X Community, we would like to honor Nikki for being passionate in teaching us, especially our OFW families and those affected by the pandemic, how to invest globally so that we can build long term wealth. God bless you and your family!

Live an Awesome Life with Christ,

Founder & Digital Creator, Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Thanks to Nikkei Team for the experience. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.

P.S. The market is on a valuation correction now which means if you missed the chance to enter last March 2020, now is the right time to enter the markets this 2021.

Learn how to invest globally; download 5-Step Practical Startup Guide to Global Investing the Awesome10X way.

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