Stocks vs Forex, Which One Should You Trade?

Updated: June 28, 2023

When it comes to trading, the stock market is the default place where Filipinos go to. But in the past few years, more and more Pinoys are discovering the fast-paced world of forex trading.

I, myself, used to be a stock market trader, but moved towards forex trading a little over three years ago, because I found it to be easier, and more in tune with my mindset.

Unfortunately, not many people understand that trading is different from investing.

Moreso, it is wrong to believe that if you’re a successful stock market trader, then you’ll also do well as a forex trader (or vice versa).

Trading and investing, the stock market and the currency market – these are beasts with their own characteristics and personalities. And if you face them without the right mindset and skills, they can swallow all your hard-earned money in just a few months, or even days.

This is the reason why I and Stock Smarts book author, Marvin Germo, decided to conduct this one-of-a-kind seminar that will make you understand how the stock market and the currency market works, and help you decide if trading them is for you.

It’s entitled…

The Winning Mindset of Successful Stock Market and Forex Traders

Stocks vs Forex Seminar

When and Where Is This Happening?
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Venue: Berjaya Makati Hotel, 7835 cor Eduque St., Makati Ave., Makati City

Learning Investment:
Regular Rate: Php 3,500 per participant

Who Should Attend This Seminar?

  • People with zero knowledge about the stock market and the currency market
  • People who have extra savings and are looking for an additional income
  • People who are losing money in stock market or forex trading

What Are The Topics To Be Discussed?

  • How does the stock market work?
  • How does the currency market work?
  • What exactly is trading?
  • What is stock market trading?
  • What is forex trading?
  • What’s the same and what’s different between the two?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of trading each market?
  • How does a typical day go for a stock market and a forex trader?
  • What is the proper mindset and the skills needed to be a successful trader?
  • How do I know which one is for me?

Quick Questions:

What if I have zero knowledge about the stock market and the forex market?
Then you should come! This workshop is actually designed for you.

What do I need to bring?
Nothing, we’ll provide everything you’ll need, including snacks!

I’m not available on the date, when’s the next one?
This is just a special project, so I can’t say when or if there will be a next one.

Again, this is happening on June 21, 2014, that’s a Saturday, from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Berjaya Makati Hotel, along Makati Ave. in Makati City.

Berjaya Hotel Map

Thank you to everyone who attended. Please check out Events by Fitz Villafuerte to get notified of other upcoming seminars.


  1. Will there be an online course for this? I would be interested to attend an online course since I am currently not living in the Philippines. Thanks

  2. Fortunately, one can search online and get the same information (and more) for free. There are several forums/websites offering detailed information on the subject/s to be discussed.

  3. @Gillian, sorry but as of the moment, there are no plans yet if we’ll do an online version of this, but thanks for the suggestion, I’ll see if we can arrange one in the near future

    @fxguy007, indeed there are resources online where you can learn all these (and more); however, different people learn different ways and some of them find it hard to grasp these ideas simply through reading 😀

  4. @ Fitz, I agree – if you’re talking about technical details (trading methods). However, the topics laid out were self explanatory and can be read and understood well. Sorry to say, but this is one of those “feel good” seminars where at the end of the day you still don’t know what to do. No precise, concrete, step-by-step details to become a successful trader/business person. And this is true for other seminars including investing and real state. Attendees will not get their money’s worth – very sad.

    I’m a forex trader myself and have proven that trading cannot be thought – you can be guided by a mentor – but you have to attain certain level of skill set to become successful. It’s like driving a car, you know the technical details such as brake, gas, signal lights but to actually drive a car? You need to develop the appropriate skill set to do it.

  5. @fxguy007 – Yes, I also hate those “feel good” seminars as I’ve attended a ton of those and that’s one of the reasons why I started conducting workshops such as these – to be able to provide concrete learning that I sorely missed from those other seminars.

    Most stock market and forex seminars are sponsored by a broker – they’re free but at the expense of the attendee getting sugarcoated learning that will convince them to open an account without the proper orientation of what they’re really getting into.

    This is our objective when we conceptualized this seminar. To provide a naked explanation of how each market works, including the actual risks that they will have to accept if they want to become a trader.

    We spent the first half of the seminar explaining most of the topics given above (because a lot of the attendees have zero knowledge on both markets), but the second half was spent on just answering the last three questions / topics – which is what we want to be the “meat” of the seminar.

    I believe Marvin and I were able to give our attendees a glimpse of how the life of a trader goes, particularly the time we spend on studying the market, the demands of managing our positions, the mistakes we’ve made that cost us a lot of money, and more importantly, the mindset that have allowed us to eventually become profitable traders.

    In the end, we told them to evaluate themselves first, and ask if trading is something they’d still want to pursue now that they know the challenges that lie ahead – the time they’d have to commit, the attitude they’d have to develop and the skills that they’d have to learn – if they want to be a successful trader.

    We concluded the day by reminding them that a commitment to learn is essential in any pursuit, and trading is not an exception.

    And if they do want to take it a step further, then we’ll be more than happy to guide them towards the right direction – particularly, recommending brokers that we trust (and have actual accounts with), the authors that we read, and the forums / websites that we visit.

    This is basically what happened yesterday. Do you think the attendees got their money’s worth? If not, then how do you suggest we improve it because we are planning to do this again.

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