I welcome all feedback from my customers and post testimonials when they are offered. For some other unsolicited and unbiased reviews, you can check out the this thread on Big Mike’s Trading forum:
I’ve also recently been added to www.investimonials.com. This is the review page for my course:
Over the years, I have received many “thank you” emails from traders around the world. Since I do receive requests for testimonials, I thought I would post some of them here. I do not guarantee riches but I do offer information that can help traders who put in the time and effort and have the intestinal fortitude to deal with the downsides. Many thanks to those who took the time to send me these emails.
Nearly two years ago I sent John a message telling him that I was intrigued by his No BS approach to trading and that I was contemplating abandoning a lucrative career in favor of my day trading dream. Rather than immediately urging me to purchase his book, he explained fairly to me that trading is a serious business requiring serious dedication [Note from John: I think I also told him to go be a doctor]. I suspected then what I know now to be fact. John doesn’t do any upselling. He does in fact cut through the BS that litters so much of the internet.
The No BS course eventually proved instrumental in me securing a position at a major UK proprietary trading firm. The uninitiated may be shocked to learn that for several weeks my employers did not allow me the use of any charts whatsoever. Only the price ladder order flow was made available, the reading of which – as taught in the No BS course – is a crucial skill. To the newcomer I issue the following challenge: put aside your charts and indicators and, with John’s help, commit to developing a deep understanding of the order flow.
I’ve spent thousands of dollars trying to learn how to trade like the professionals do with many different courses but nothing compares to No BS Day Trading. This course is so in-depth and so enlightening that it is worth ten times the amount you pay for it. After I took this course, it opened up a whole new world to me about real day trading and how professionals actually play. This course is the best out there.
Matt W., Florida
I’ve been to at least a dozen trading seminars starting with the $1,000 ones and going all the way up to a $5,000 seminar given by a “Market Wizard”. I agree with you. If you’re a day trader and you’re waiting for your indicator (such as stochastics or MACD) to show a buy signal, many times it is already too late. The smart money is already selling. By the time you figure in commissions and slippage, it’s very easy to figure out why there are very few successful day traders. Reading the tape is one of the few ways that even makes sense. Your No BS seminar is one of the best seminars I’ve been to, regardless of price. I rank it right up there with the $5,000 seminar. Great job!
Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And thanks. Since buying the No BS courses, Jigsaw and switching to treasuries, I just had the best (and most consistent) four consecutive months of my thirteen year trading career.
I am sure you have all heard the old adage, “ How do you make a small fortune? Give a money manager a big one”. For those of us who are brave enough to tackle this pursuit in the absence of the warm grip of a money manager’s helping hand, there is an answer and it is called No BS day trading. It is well known that prop traders are more likely to experience success than individual retail traders. This is because they are taught from the start to look at what matters…SIZE. John has an unparalleled approach to teaching you how to utilize the order book as a primary tool for locating edge and effectively brings the prop experience to your screen. This will cut years off your learning curve and place you well ahead of the typical home gamer. Most of us can’t sit at a prop for a year and stare at the DOM hoping to one day make sense of all the madness. John’s service creates a platform wherein you are able to lean on his years of experience as a prop trader and rapidly transition from a hazy understanding of the market to having a clearer picture of when the odds are truly in your favor. He says he is “stepping out on a limb” when he claims no other webinar will teach you a 10th of what he does. I have traded at a prop, on my own, and attended several other webinars and I can confidently say he is not stepping out on a limb. No one else will teach you this stuff.
Thanks for your great course. This has been far and above the finest and most comprehensive training course that I have ever attended. Just to let you know and thanks to you, I have weaned myself entirely off charts and indicators and am watching Jigsaw for the order flow. It now makes so much more sense. Thanks again for your expertise.
Trading has gone very well since the webinar. I’ve been in a daily trading routine since March with lots of ups and downs and trading small as I learn. As you’ve mentioned, though, it takes some time to be able to develop a feel for the markets and avoid poor risk to reward situations but I’ve been committed to sticking with it because you’ve convinced me that this is a skill that takes time to learn. It is starting to make sense now, mostly because I’ve stuck with it and heeded your advice to look for good low-risk/high probability trades. This month has easily been my most consistent: 14 winning days vs. 3 losing days. I’m waiting for my pitch now and hitting singles rather than swinging for the fences on every pitch and it seems to be working. Thanks for all your help through the webinar and email responses. Everything I’ve heard you say or write over the past year has proven to be true… No BS!
Watching the 10-year today…we were only a few ticks off the low so my bias + RR (risk/reward ratio) + price action told me this was a good area to get short…
It’s funny. Had I known then what I know now I would have paid 10x’s that amount (for the webinar). Trading education is a business for a lot of people but I haven’t come across anyone willing to teach what you do. You teach market truth and reality and, frankly, I don’t think a lot of people want to see that. They don’t want to see how much work it takes to learn the game. I know I can’t get too excited right now about my winnings but what I am excited about is that what I just wrote would have never been possible without taking your webinar. So basically thanks so much, I’m totally seeing the market as it actually is and gaining confidence each day with experience.
Hey John, I hope you’re well. Things are good here. I am swinging some decent size now. 20-50 lots at a time. Thanks so much for the detailed answers. I wouldn’t be profitable if it wasn’t for your education and support.
C.A., United Kingdom
Hi John, Hope all is well with you. I was at your Big Mikes webinar the other day. Good stuff. You’re a great teacher. It’s funny when you have new people. It’s like preaching to a bunch of unbelievers. I can hear them thinking, “What? Don’t use charts? No indicators? Just look at order flow?”. It took me years of being burnt to be able to turn that stuff off and embrace your methodology. I’m glad I did. I’m not 3mos into it yet and the trading world as I know it has completely changed. My last 3 weeks have been profitable with each week getting better. I can’t believe how well I can read the markets now. I’m thinking why isn’t everyone seeing this? The same patterns happening over and over again.
Well, I owe it all to you. Really looking forward to the webinar. Hope this was an encouragement to you and thanks again.
Thank you for a simply outstanding “One to One” training session. It was exactly what I needed after having been through one of your webinars. Your approach to helping me identify my entries and exits will make a huge difference in my success moving forward. I also want to thank you for how much of your time you provided me. We had only discussed a three hour training session but you stayed with me for over 4 hours. It was by far the best value I have received during my trading “education”.
I’d just like to express my disappointment with the webinar package. I’d expected to see you pulling down minimum 10K a day with the expectation that I’d soon be doing the same and so, regretfully, I’ve had to cancel the personal yacht I’ve had on order and yes, I hold you personally to blame…
In all seriousness, thank you for the follow-up email. I had to decide whether it would be worth the money to join the Eurex course and wanted to give you feedback to say, yes, it definitely was, for me at least. I thought the video package you put together was excellent. It was clear a lot of effort had gone into it. The addition of the recap videos to the live sessions also added a lot of value. Having you talk through trades in such great detail, replaying them, explaining what got you into the trade & exactly how you’re managing it and what you’re looking for to determine to keep the trade on, scratch, or take a loss, was incredibly useful. It was good to see the discipline in managing trades. Overall I was very pleased with the quality of the course & material you’d put together.
I’ve been trading for over two years now and although I’ve had some periods of success, I’ve yet to make a profit and consistency has been elusive. To begin with, I hadn’t a clue what I was doing or supposed to be doing. It’s easy to know just enough to think you know what you’re doing while in reality being just another idiot donating to the market with no real viable edge. Now having more experience through having failed in various ways countless times, discovering what doesn’t work as much as what does, finding your website, learning of order flow & purchasing Jigsaw which there’s no way I’d be without, I finally feel like I have what I need to make it. It’s down to me now and I’ve been totally focused over the past month, recording all trading sessions, logging all trades and doing a ton of review work which is making a real difference.
How many of your students write a testimonial BEFORE the course even begins? Just finished all the pre-course work. The price of admission is worth it just for this. You completely show your strategies and methodology in the videos. Anyone looking for buy/sell signals – this is not for you. Anyone looking for excitement – forget it. But if you want to swim WITH the sharks and learn how to survive and maybe flourish, this is the place. I loved your intro book which completely destroyed all our thinking about indicators, charts, and trading sexy futures like gold and oil. You can have your head handed to you quickly. By the way, I suggest people read the book twice as the first time it was way over my head with new concepts. We overlook the most important thing of all – order flow and the actions of buyers and sellers up close and personal. That is what you are stressing. Prior to your videos I thought ZN and ZB were marks of Zorro ! – never traded them in my life. But I can now see how important from a reading the flow and comission point of view these futures can be. I am really looking forward to your course and really appreciate the work you put into the pre-study videos so we can hit the first day running.
Frickin awesome videos! Just wanted to say thank you for all of your ‘starter’ videos. When I heard the term ‘starter videos’, I thought they were probably just a bunch of short videos on the Jigsaw layout, what volume is and how to momentum trade, the basics about treasuries and why you have multiple DOMs up at the same time, etc. What you’ve provided here is a course in itself! Seriously great stuff here.
I honestly cannot thank you enough for what you did. I learned more than I ever thought I would (especially for that ridiculous price). My trading has improved since I started using the Jigsaw tools but because of your course I feel really comfortable using them. The last week alone I made back the money you charged. I know I still have a long a way to go but I will continue to work on it (not that I have a choice though, I became a trading junkie way too early). So once again thank you and please stay like you are.
I want to thank you again for teaching me. I’ve been trading the 10-year treasury notes since November and am doing pretty well. Only two losing days and both small. I’m just using what you taught me. I also watched the videos, some twice, over the holidays. They certainly make more sense to me now after a couple months of learning. I’m thanking you out loud daily.
Just a quick note to say that I thought the trading webinar was great. I thought you did a very good job at explaining things and staying present. Not an easy task for two straight weeks. Very informative and helpful all around.
Trading is a tough business with emotional and financial highs and lows and you should really think long and hard before deciding if trading is for you. You could lose a lot more than you anticipated and become miserable as a result. So be warned.
I have read far too many trading books. 95% of them are a complete waste of time and can do you more harm than good. I’ve learned a lot from John and had a good time doing it. He is a good guy with lots of experience who genuinely wants to help new traders improve their chances of success. The webinars are for those who want to take it to the next level and see what it’s like to be a professional trader.
John’s No BS webinar was a great eye opener on how trading really works. It showed me they key elements of what moves the market. It’s taken me a few months to better understand what was discussed in the webinar and I continue to review the videos from the course. If you’re looking to day trade futures, I highly recommend taking his webinar. He has also been great about follow-up questions and explanations.
I’m a FTSE futures trader from London. I recently came across your course and have to say it has SERIOUSLY impacted my trading. I traded the FTSE futures and mini-gold contracts for two years but it was all with technical analysis. Since picking up the No BS course, I am seeing things VERY differently.
Arnold D., U.K.
I just purchased and went through your book and video and I’m really impressed. Definitely opened my eyes to the real world of day trading.