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Timothy Sykes
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BornApril 15, 1981 (age 37)
Orange, Connecticut, U.S.
ResidenceMiami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Alma materTulane University

Timothy Sykes (born April 15, 1981) is a penny stock trader.[1][2] He is best known for earning $1.65 million by day trading while attending Tulane University.[3][4]


Sykes graduated from Tulane University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a minor in business.[5] While at Tulane, Sykes routinely cut class to day trade.[6] In 2003, during his senior year, he founded Cilantro Fund Management, a short bias hedge fund,[7][8] using $1 million mostly from his friends and family.[9]

In 2006, Sykes was included on Trader Monthly's "30 Under 30" list of up-and-coming traders in the market,[10] a selection which editor Randall Lane later called "our worst pick" among the chosen honorees.[9] Sykes claimed that the Cilantro Fund was "the number one long-short microstock hedge fund in the country, according to Barclays";[9] Lane later discovered that the rating came from "the Barclay Group," a small research company based in Fairfield, Iowa, and not the well-known Barclay's British bank.[11][12]

In 2008 Sykes decided to recreate his initial investing success by again starting with $12,415.[13][14] He named the attempt Transparent Investment Management (TIM).[3][15] After two years, Sykes turned the sum into $90,368 and was the top ranked trader on Covestor.[16][17]

Sykes self-published An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund in 2007.[18] The book documented Sykes' experiences from day-trading in college to becoming a wealthy hedge fund manager.[19]

In 2012, Sykes created "Miss Penny Stock," a financial beauty pageant among the female representatives for his brand and company.[20][21]

Teaching and other projects

Sykes currently works as a financial activist and educator.[22]

In 2009, Sykes launched, a website devoted to collecting user reviews of financial services, videos, and books, as well as financial brokers.[23]

Sykes co-founded in 2011, a social service with about 20,000 users that provides stock trade information online.[24] Sykes said the service serves two purposes: "creating public track records for gurus, newsletter writers and students and allowing everyone to learn from both the wins and losses of other traders to benefit the entire industry."[25]

Sykes founded the Timothy Sykes Foundation, which has raised $600,000 and has partnered with Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club.[26]

In February 2017, Sykes donated $1 million to Pencils of Promise to help build 20 new primary schools across Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, to be completed between 2017 and 2018.[27]


Sykes has publicly criticized various businesses and celebrities, including Shaquille O'Neal[28] and Justin Bieber,[29][30] for promoting "pump and dump" schemes,[29][31][32][33] in which an investor purchases stock, hypes others into buying that stock to inflate its price, then sells the shares at a higher price and shorts the profit from the resulting decline.


  1. ^ Yousuf, Hibah. "Trader turns $1,500 to $1 million in 3 years". CNN Money.
  2. ^ de la Merced, Michael (December 8, 2006). "Culturally, Hedge Funds Go Public". New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "Timothy Sykes Will Not Be Stopped, Gosh Darn It". New York Magazine. November 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Neal, Jeff (March 13, 2009). "Interview Central: Timothy Sykes, Part 1".
  5. ^ "Timothy Sykes' LinkedIn Profile". LinkedIn.
  6. ^ Toren, Adam (October 25, 2011). "Young Entrepreneurs: "Quit being such babies!" Tim Sykes Tells it Like it Is".
  7. ^ "US magazine toasts star traders aged 30 or younger" (PDF). Reuters. July 27, 2006.
  8. ^ Joe, Michael (May 8, 2012). "Two students win Sykes Award recognizing nontraditional abilities and interests". Archived from the original on February 25, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Randall Lane (2010). The Zeroes. page 56: Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59184-329-0.
  10. ^ Barber, Andrew (August 2006). "30 under 30" (PDF). Trader Monthly.
  11. ^ Thomassen, Lucilla. "5 Things You Should Know about Tim Sykes".
  12. ^ Randall Lane (2010). The Zeroes. pages 151-153: Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59184-329-0.
  13. ^ "Wunderkid is Back". Investment News. November 12, 2007.
  14. ^ "'Wall Street Warriors' TV Star Timothy Sykes Sets Up New & Transparent Challenge". PR Web. November 1, 2007.
  15. ^ Kuhn, Eric (May 6, 2008). "From Bar Mitzvah Thousands to Bar Mitzvah Millions: Tim Sykes Launches New Site". Huffington Post.
  16. ^ Sykes, Timothy (November 2, 2009). "How To Turn $12,415 Into $90,368 In 2 Years [A BLUEPRINT]".
  17. ^ Goode, Michael (December 10, 2009). "A first look at auto-trading Tim Sykes using Covestor Investment Management".
  18. ^ Sykes, Timothy (2007). An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund. BullShip Press. p. 235. ISBN 0979549701.
  19. ^ Chatzky, Jean. "An American Hedge Fund".
  20. ^ "Stock up on girls". The New York Post.
  21. ^ La Roche, Julia. "Penny Stock King Tim Sykes Is Hosting A Beauty Pageant Where Girls Will Parade Around In Bikinis And Cocktail Outfits". Business Insider.
  22. ^ "Party's Over for Hedge King". New York Post. September 21, 2007.
  23. ^ Kincaid, Jason (November 25, 2009). "Investimonials Wants To Be Your Guide To Quality Financial Products". Tech Crunch.
  24. ^ "Best Advice I Ever Got: Timothy Sykes". Inc. June 1, 2011.
  25. ^ Anderson, Tom (September 15, 2011). " Mines The Masses For Stock-Trading Gold". Forbes.
  26. ^ Rampton, John The Man Who Wants Everyone to Be a Millionaire Inc. September 24, 2015
  27. ^ "Make Money and Make an Impact with Tim Sykes". Lewis Howes.
  28. ^ Veneziani, Vince (March 3, 2010). "Tim Sykes: I Dare Shaq To Take Me To Court!". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  29. ^ a b Cunningham, Brandon. "The Curious Case of Justin Bieber and Options Media Group (aka PhoneGuard)". Motley Fool.
  30. ^ Peterson, Kim. "Justin Bieber's penny-stock trouble". MSN Money. Archived from the original on 19 Aug 2018.
  31. ^ "Not Spongeworthy". New York Post.
  32. ^ "SpongeTech CEO Arrested For Fraud A Week After Suing Short-Seller". Business Insider.
  33. ^ "Bill for Spongetech fraud: $52 million". Crain's New York.

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