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THE 10-MINUTE
MILLIONAIRE

THE ONE SECRET ANYONE CAN USE
TO TURN $2,500 INTO $1 MILLION OR MORE




D. R. BARTON, JR.





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My life is in the hands of my Lord, Jesus Christ. My heart and my eternal thanks belong to my amazing wife, Cathie. My admiration goes out to Meg and Josh, who continue to deserve it every day. My gratitude belongs to my dad, who has inspired me, believed in me, and shown me how to live.

 

Along with everything that I do, this book is dedicated to you.

FOREWORD

In a recent survey by BlackRock, Inc., the world’s largest money-management firm, 74 percent of respondents said that they expect to feel financially secure in their retirement. However, there’s a $30,000-a-year income gap between what they need and what their savings will earn.

During our educational webinars, when we ask participants what their biggest concerns are, we consistently hear that market volatility creates intense anxiety for traders and investors alike.

When you combine these responses, what you get is a large group of Americans who need to be successful in the stock market to grow their nest egg and fund their retirement, especially in the current environment of historically low interest rates. However, because of concerns over market volatility and a distrust of Wall Street, the average investor has sat out the seven-year bull market that began in 2009. Some pundits have called this the most-unloved bull market in history.

What investors and traders need is a disciplined methodology that gives them the confidence and conviction to be in the stock market, not on the sidelines. D. R. Barton, Jr. has researched and developed just such a plan.

I have known D.R. for more than 20 years. In that time, I have come to respect not just his trading acumen but also his integrity . . . in life and in his trading system research. What he has done in The 10-Minute Millionaire is to bring together three disciplines that are essential to success in the stock market:

  1. A high-probability trading plan with well-defined entries and exits.
  2. A focus on money management and risk management.
  3. A plan that allows traders to take advantage of volatility—and not be spooked by it.

What D.R. has put together is a trading plan that positions you for success. He understands that focus is the key to success in the stock market. Focus leads to conviction and conviction empowers you with the confidence you need to follow the trading plan religiously, like all successful traders do.

I have compared the quest for a consistently reliable trading system to the search for intelligent life in our universe . . . we know it’s probably out there but it’s darn hard to find. D.R. has taken one big step in the right direction with The 10-Minute Millionaire.

—Marc Chaikin

Founder and CEO, Chaikin Analytics LLC

August 2016





[Editor’s Note: Marc Chaikin is a legend in the super-competitive world of technical market analysis. His groundbreaking work includes the development of the Chaikin Money Flow and Chaikin Oscillator indicators—both industry standards found in virtually all the widely used charting-software platforms. Chaikin is now building an even greater legacy through his new venture at Chaikin Analytics LLC. His latest quantitative, fundamental and technical- analysis models are being used in market-beating indexes at the Nasdaq, on institutional trading desks, and by individual investors throughout the world.]

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The first money I ever earned was the $5 I got for mowing Mr. Campbell’s yard back when I was 10.

Mr. Campbell was a neighbor of ours, and I remember that he had one of the all-time great nicknames: Soup. (I just called him “Mr. Campbell.”)

That nickname isn’t all that I remember from those childhood days in Virginia. I also remember all the people who helped me get those jobs done . . . as well as the lawn-mowing dollars that followed.

Back then, my dad let me borrow the push lawn mower. Mom would run me down to the Esso station for gas anytime I ran low. And when I was away on vacation, I knew I could count on friends—like close buddy Rob, or Mike, the little brother of another friend—to cover my commitments.

Because I had a great team, by the time I was a senior in high school, I was mowing 14 lawns per week—even when holding down a full-time summer job in the city of Radford electrical department.

Lawns were meticulously mowed (people just love straight lines—that’s how I got all those terrific referrals). I made good money for college. And I always thanked everyone who helped me. I was especially grateful to my dad, who provided mowers and maintenance and eventually the use of our 1968 Ford Torino Squire station wagon so I could expand my territory. And my back-ups were always there when I needed them.

I learned a valuable lesson here . . . and I learned it early. Ever since that very first job, I’ve been getting projects done by working with talented and caring teams.

The projects have run the gamut: at work, at church, volunteering at schools, even starting and coaching sports teams. And in every one of those endeavors, the whole was greater than the sum of the parts.

The 10-Minute Millionaire is another of my team success stories. There are people who I’ve worked with for decades in the trading and investing world and I stand on their shoulders. That background has combined with the talented people who helped to make this book project a reality to produce an end result that is—once again—greater than the sum of its parts. And because of that, it’s certainly much more useful and enjoyable than anything I could have done on my own.

Mike Ward is brilliant. He is the founder and publisher of Money Map Press, and is an amazing idea man and gifted marketer. When it comes to understanding the complex synthesis of people, publishing, and financial markets—Mike is without peer. This book project is his brainchild, right down to the title. Mike, thanks for your support, your guidance, and your leadership. And most of all, thanks for being such a great friend for more than decade.

Bill Patalon is a selfless genius. His vision is what makes this book what it is today.

When it comes to communicating any topic, Bill can find both the key concept and the hidden nuggets of gold scattered about and turn them into a glorious unified whole that trips lightly off the tongue. I had a bunch of ideas. Bill culled them and massaged them and created a continuity of message that will both resonate and be useful for many a reader. I have never had the honor to work so closely with a man who has such tenacity and talent. I’ve made friends in numerous ways before, but jumping directly into the trenches with Bill has been one of the most satisfying befriending experiences I’ve ever had. Bill, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for the many long nights, the even more numerous brilliant insights, and for pouring a large chunk of yourself into this book. I’ll continue to treasure our weekly market-review phone calls for as long as you’re willing to have them.

I met Andrew Greta two full years ago. We hit it off immediately. Andrew has an amazing combination of abilities—he can conceptualize ideas at a high level and dig into the nitty-gritty details. A rare medley of skills. Andrew had the unenviable task of pulling more information out of me than I knew was in there. His creative, editorial, and analytical inputs were indispensable during this project. Andrew, thanks for all your contributions, both large and small (and there were lots of both). I deeply appreciated your calm and accepting demeanor no matter what chaos was going on around you. And I look forward to collaborating on many projects with you in the future.

Every project has unsung heroes. Terry Weiss has shown his leadership in so many ways through this process. A key player in the structuring (and re-structuring) of the book, his guidance has been felt in many ways. Terry, I really appreciate your nonstop encouragement, your positive leadership, and your foresight for all of the possibilities from here.

Stephanie Bills probably didn’t expect to see her name here. But without her steady and skilled hand at the helm of my trading newsletter, I could not have given as much attention to this book. Steph—it’s been a joy watching you develop your skills and talents. Thanks for having my back. And I’m looking forward to bringing all the new projects we have on our plate to fruition.

Truly insightful concepts are hard to find. So when I needed a really big unifying story for this book, I went to the most exceptional mind that I know. Meg Barton is my daughter, but I thank the Good Lord that she got her smarts and her looks from her mom. She has more ability in her pinky than most people have in their whole bodies. Early in the writing process, I was stuck trying to find an example that would tie the book together, a concept that would readily describe the importance of preparation in being able to do things efficiently. I gave the problem to Meg. She is the researcher who found the story of Huck’s Defeat and so elegantly tied it into the importance that 10 minutes can play in our lives. Meg—you make me proud. Thanks for pulling together the key story for the book. You’re amazing and I love you. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

My son, Josh, was helping with this book before he even knew it. In high school and college he taught himself how to code. So when I needed some programming work, I asked if he’d like to learn a new programming language. He quickly agreed. So Josh is the guy who turned all of the trading rules into lines of code for much of the really deep research that I did long before I started using the 10-Minute Millionaire strategy in real time. Josh is not doing much programming now: he’s in the first year of his MD/PhD track at medical school. Josh—I love you and you make me proud. Thanks for your meticulous programming and research work that helped refine and simplify the 10-Minute Millionaire strategy.

I know you’re ready to change the world and I can’t wait to watch you do it.

There are lots of people who can do detailed technical work at a very high level. And there are those who can think strategically and really understand the big picture. But there are precious few who can do both. Fortunately, I married one of the precious few. Cathie Barton has been my best friend, my spiritual lighthouse, and the most fun person to be around since the day we met (the day before college classes started our freshman year). She is the mom to two amazing children (see the preceding). She’s also a PhD civil/environmental engineer and a global leader in issues management. But all of that is easy compared to putting up with me, especially during a project. Yet Cathie has always been the voice of reason and the consultant I most trust to ask about any of the tough questions during the book writing process. Cathie, thanks for sharing insights, problem solving, and helping me stay focused on the right thing. In you, God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.

My dad is featured in several stories throughout this book. That’s because he has always been and continues to be the man I most admire. I need look no further for a model of integrity, of how to be a good dad to your children and of how to have fun, enjoy life, and still keep yourself centered. My dad has provided me with encouragement and inspiration throughout this process. Dad, thanks for showing me the way instead of just telling me the way. If everyone had a dad like you, this world would be a much better place.

My brother, Douglas Barton, has always been there for me throughout the project to help research and conceptualize ideas. Douglas has a great knowledge of the financial markets, which he shares with his banking clients, my dad, and me. Many of the things that he worked on have been saved for later publication, but I am grateful for his contributions and willingness to help.

There is a whole host of people who have taught me invaluable lessons about the financial markets.

I met Dr. Van K. Tharp at one of his seminars two decades ago. He taught me so much about the psychology of trading, risk management, and many other topics directly and indirectly related to the markets. We started a seminar company together, wrote a book together, and taught together. Van and I have kept and grown our friendship through trying times and triumphant times and his work continues to inspire me.

Christopher Castroviejo is one of the most interesting and intelligent people I know. A veteran market insider, Christopher has taught me much about the inner workings of Wall Street and the markets. We’ve given hundreds of financial training sessions together, taught thousands, and worked in the hedge fund world together. Christopher is a true friend and we continue to talk about the markets every day.

I have admired Marc Chaikin’s work for decades. Marc is an incredible thinker and student of the markets. He’s been a good friend for decades. And I still learn from him every single time we talk.

Brad Martin was a floor trader in Chicago for 20 years. He teamed up with me to design and teach trading seminars for half a dozen years. He shared much of what he knows with me about how floor trading works, about short-term trading, and was a naturally gifted teacher for our students.

Dr. Chris Szymanski helped me write through a section of the book that we ending up saving for later publication. Chris is a caring friend who is a fine trader and top-notch thinker.

All of us involved in the project would like to thank Tula Weis at John Wiley & Sons and her team for their wonderful help. Tula has been the steady, guiding hand throughout this project.

Unlike the lawns I mowed as a teen, the process of writing a book doesn’t always play out in straight lines. But there’s still that same great feeling of achievement when the job is done. Especially when you know there was such a wonderful team effort to get here.

—D.R.B., Jr.

PROLOGUE

It was March 27, 1988—Palm Sunday, in fact. I was watching the sun rise from the very top of an 80-foot chemical distillation tower in one of the world’s largest industrial complexes.

And I was unwinding.

You see, I’d been working at the South Carolina site for almost 24 hours—the white-collar version of a college all-nighter. The team I headed had been finalizing the startup of a facility known technically as a “continuous uranium de-nitrator.” The plant, built to prepare spent uranium for long-term storage, would be the first of its type in the United States.

For an engineer like me, it was a fascinating project to get to lead.

And a demanding one, too.

For months, team members and I had been running through a comprehensive startup checklist. The dangers of processing multiple deadly materials had been accounted for and controlled. Every switch, valve, and control loop was tested and retested.

But with a plant startup like this one, there’s a defining moment—a climax, if you will—when the rehearsals must end. Someone must push the button so that the facility’s live performances can begin.

That’s when you find out if all your hard work—and the care you put into the risk-reducing checks and rechecks—has paid off.

When you’re working with radioactive materials, as we were, those efforts, and this final moment, are critically important.

Here’s one example. Before the plant went live, we could actually work on the equipment wearing a minimum of protective gear. But once uranium entered the pipes, the system was “hot”—meaning it was actually radioactive. From that moment on, even simple tweaks to the system required us to don full protective gear . . . and to use a much more elaborate safety plan.

For us, that first live performance had started before dawn on Palm Sunday in 1988.

I was the one who had the responsibility to push the button (hit the “Enter” key on the control system keyboard).

I can still see it all in my memory: circuits closed. Valves opened. Pumps started. The sophisticated chemical plant awoke from its startup slumber, came to life, and ran like the well-oiled machine we’d designed it to be.

Without a single hitch.

All of the startup team’s hard work, all of the systematic checks and rechecks paid off. By every metric, the project was a success.

We even brought it in on time and under budget.

It was quite an achievement . . . and I was understandably proud of what our team had accomplished.

But hours later, as I’d perched atop that distillation tower and watched the light come up, I remember thinking—for the first time ever—that I wanted to be something other than a chemical engineer.

I was physically exhausted and mentally drained (100-hour work weeks will do that to you). I was 600 miles from my lovely and talented wife. And we hadn’t started our family (a biological impossibility when both spouses are in two different places).

With this project now receding in my professional rearview mirror, I realized that I was already thinking about the next phase of my career . . . and my life.

With the benefit of hindsight, I now see that my high vantage point on that March morning gave me more than just a great view of daybreak.

It also allowed me to look into the future . . . my future . . . and the new professional course that ultimately led to this book.

I should tell you that by this point in my life I’d already been actively trading and investing in the financial markets for two years. I’d made some interesting discoveries. And I’d begun to understand the obstacles individual investors faced in their quest to trade effectively, safely, and profitably. (Take the area of information, for one example. I’d seen the paucity of data available to retail investors, and had seen that the little bit of information that was available was tough to understand—or just wrong.)

As an engineer, I’d spent years distilling sophisticated chemical processes into simple systems—with simple instructions—that anyone we hired and trained could follow. And I’d built in risk-management controls that let those same workers operate safely.

As I relaxed at the top of that tower that Sunday morning, I realized I could take that same simplicity, clarity, and safety and apply it to the complex and off-putting world of investing.

In other words, the same “keep-it-simple/keep-it-safe” approach that made it possible for a plant to churn out a stream of badly needed chemicals could also be used to create a system that would churn out a stream of profits, and wealth, for individual investors. And thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions—and attention to risk-minimization—the system in each of the two worlds (chemicals and investments) could be monitored and optimized in very small chunks of time.

The 10-Minute Millionaire is the result of that March 1988 epiphany.

After I climbed down from that distillation column, I spent the next 10 years straddling both worlds. I stayed with DuPont until 1999. I was the team leader and ultimate “push-the-button” guy for yet another startup, a project that also came off without a hitch—even though it posed even greater potential dangers and risks than the project I described earlier.

Having paid my dues on projects out in the field, I moved into a business-development role in a newly created DuPont-owned venture—an idea incubator designed to hatch new products, including cutting-edge fibers and composite materials.

However, even as I worked on these projects, I became more and more immersed in the investing world—learning from and trading alongside some great financial minds as I refined my own systematic approach to the financial markets.

By 1999, I was able to take early retirement from DuPont—and devote my full attention to trading and investing.

When doing something that you’re passionate about, time really does fly.

Since breaking out on my own, I’ve co-founded two different financial-seminar and trader-coaching companies. I co-authored the book Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom—a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller. I served as the risk-management and chief operating officer (COO) for a hedge fund. I also launched and ran three separate investing newsletters.

I’ve also done a fair bit of coaching, an activity that—believe it or not—really aided my quest to design a wealth-building trading system that is simple, fast, and safe.

In addition to those extracurricular pursuits, I’ve spent the better part of the last 16 years preparing lesson plans to help young people understand complex subjects.

For example, I’ve taught investing—stocks, bonds, and the financial markets—to elementary school students. I’ve also taught economics to kids in grades three through six to help them get ready for a statewide competition. (More than a dozen of the teams that I trained across all four of those grade levels have scored first-place finishes.)

Here, yet again, I saw how this ability to transform the most- sophisticated concepts into simple-to-follow systems led to pay dirt. Let’s face it, you can’t fudge “marginal utility,” “opportunity costs,” or “supply/demand equilibrium curves” to third graders. They either get it—and win ribbons—or they don’t.

I’m proud to say that the kids I’ve worked with—all of them wonderful—have managed to get it.

Helping investors get it is what The 10-Minute Millionaire is all about. The “it” here is our system—one designed to be a reliable and repeatable way to identify and profit from the stock market extremes that show up virtually every day. By using this system, you’ll have the opportunity to take a small, underperforming part of your portfolio and grow your trading account to a million dollars or more. And you’ll be able to do this with consistently small commitments of time.

I’ve broken this book into three sections, each with a specific goal—a format designed to help you learn the 10-Minute Millionaire system in the most efficient way possible.

I believe you’ll enjoy the simplicity, time efficiency, and comprehensive nature of the 10-Minute Millionaire method. In fact, I hope this book serves as the life-changer I’ve intended it to be . . . that it allows you to look down from a higher vantage point . . . and picture a future that’s financed by wealth and marked by great personal fulfillment.

After all, you deserve it.

My personal goal here is as powerful as it is simple. I want the work we do here together to give you the money and free time you need to do the things you love and help those who need you the most.

If today serves as the starting point for that new journey, that new direction in your life . . . then I’ll know I succeeded.

Because you’ll have succeeded, too.

—D. R. Barton, Jr.

Newark, Delaware

Fall 2016

SECTION I


It’s Time to Think Like a Millionaire (aka “The Path to Wealth Is a Lot Shorter Than You Think”)