Chances are you’ve come across a site featuring Tom Gentile, and you want to know if he’s legit before buying his subscription service. Which I think is a smart move considering how many scammers there are online, and the price tag on some of his services.
So, is he a scammer or legit financial guru?
Tom Gentile is not a scam or fraud. He’s a professional trader with a proven track record of success, dating back to the 1980’s. And, together with Money Map Press, he helps people trade the market through subscription services like Money Calendar Pro.
Does that mean he’s going to make you rich? And does that mean you should listen to every word he says? Well, to answer these questions (and others), let’s dig a little deeper.
Who Is Tom Gentile?
Tom Gentile is a professional trader and as such he makes money buying and selling financial securities (like stock options and shares).
According to his Money Map Press profile page, he’s known as a “America’s number one pattern trader” (AKA pattern day trader). And someone who has developed some of the most technologically advanced trading systems on the planet.
What’s a pattern trader?
A pattern day trader is someone who places four or more trades during a five day period, within a margin account. So Tom is an expert at placing trades on a daily basis, taking advantage of the highs and lows within each day of trading.
What’s the deal with Money Map Press?
Money Map Press LLC is the company he works with, alongside other “gurus” in the industry, to provide expert investment tips. So when you buy a given product from Tom Gentile, you’re really buying from Money Map Press.
How did Tom’s journey begin?
Tom’s career began in 1986, while he was still living at home with his mom and dad. He doesn’t have any formal business or trading education either. He basically taught himself everything he knows, by learning from other great industry leaders and through experience.
And it paid off. Not only did he create his own success within the trading world, but he went on to teach others how to do the same.
In 1993 he was part of a group of people who started what would become one of the most well known options trading education companies in the world, called Optionetics. Which was sold in 2009 to optionsXpress, and eventually to Charles Schwab and Company for millions of dollars.
What’s His Net Worth?
One of the common questions people have when it comes to successful people from all walks of life is, what is their net worth?
I’ve asked this myself.
And despite hours of searching through just about every article and YouTube video out there on Tom Gentile, I couldn’t find this information.
With that being said, he does say numerous times throughout his publications and sales letters that he is a millionaire.
Which I would have expected. Not just because he’s an expert trader with over 30 years experience, but because he was a big part of Optionetics, which sold for $20 million back in 2009.
Not to mention, he has either written or co-written a bunch of well-known books.
For example, books like The Index Course, The Options Course, The Stock Market Course, and The Volatility Course.
And he’s even been featured on sites like Bloomberg, Fox Business, and Reuters to name a few. Which doesn’t happen unless you’re doing something right, right?
In any case, his success is well documented. So, short of losing money somewhere along the way, I think it’s safe to assume he’s a millionaire. Either way, he certainly has an impressive track record and is someone who knows how to make money trading the market.
What Services Does He Offer?
Tom is best known for his work with Money Calendar Pro.
But he’s actually behind eight subscription services, which you can find on the Money Map Press LLC website. Services which teach people how to trade options, futures contracts, stocks, and even cryptocurrencies.
Here’s an overview of what Tom Gentile sells:
- Money Calendar Pro ($4,995 per year)
- Alpha-9 Trader ($6,250 per year)
- Microcurrency Trader ($5,000 per year)
- Cryptocurrency Windfalls ($5,000 per year)
- Daily Flash Cash ($5,000 per year)
- Weekly Cash Clock ($4,995 per year)
- V3 Trader ($1,950)
- Fast Fortune Club ($599 per year)
- PowerProfit Trades (free email newsletter)
As you can see, these programs aren’t cheap!
Which is probably one of the reasons why there’s so many scam reviews and complaints about Tom Gentile (and Money Map Press) online.
I’m not saying these have zero merit (no person or product is perfect), but sometimes people will spend their last dollar on a subscription like this, then complain when they didn’t get rich overnight.
Which isn’t helped by some of the marketing they use to sell it, but we’ll get to that in a moment. For now, let’s take a closer look at each of the subscription services he’s currently selling, so you know what they’re all about.
Money Calendar pro is a subscription service which Tom says allows you to tap into his proprietary technology, to predict patterns in the stock market with 90-100% accuracy.
As a member, you get weekly trade recommendations based on this system, and Tom’s personal analysis of over 300 of the top stocks and ETFs. Along with training, tools and other resources to earn money in the stock market.
Fast Fortune Club is a monthly newsletter subscription, where Tom reveals his recommended options trades. And apparently, these are all based on his Money Calendar software.
Each newsletter contains a new “Money Calendar” that is loaded with “Payday Appointments”. So as a member, you get to know which trades to place, and when, along with training on how to trade the options market.
According to Tom, Alpha-9 is “part artificial intelligence” and uses a “proprietary sequence-matching protocol” to detect hidden patterns in the stock market. Even patterns that no other trading systems can find.
And as a member of Alpha-9 Trader, you get access to this, as well as a host of bonuses and other resources, to help you take advantage of these patterns and make what Tom says could be between $3,000 to $5,000 per day.
Most people have heard about Bitcoin or cryptocurrency somewhere. It’s basically a digital currency that you can trade on special cryptocurrency trading platforms.
And Tom says he has studied, mined, and traded cryptocurrency over the past 5 years, to come up with a system that he says can make you up to 20,000% returns.
I personally think that sounds a bit far fetched. But the truth is people have made this sort of money with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum for example back before these got popular. So I guess anything is possible with the right knowledge, capital to invest, and timing.
Daily Flash Cash is something Tom developed that, like some of his other tools, he says can help you take advantage of short-term trading patterns. Or as he calls them… “Flashpatterns”.
According to Tom (and Money Morning’s Mike Ward who interviewed him), you can make up to $4,325 in just two hours using this system.
Weekly Cash Clock is a subscription where Tom shares information he learns from his unique market analytics system. He says that, as a member, you can make profits of between 100-500% each and every week.
Tom makes the bulk of his money from anomalies in the market. Whether it be stocks, options, crypto.. whatever. And he says that $68 trillion dollars is going to be changing hands over the coming 12 months. And that, with a subscription to V3 Trader, you could make $10-$30K per month.
This is a free, bi-weekly email subscription service that helps you learn how to trade options. Since it’s free and does contain some great value content, I’d say it’s a good place to start before buying anything.
Is Tom Gentile a Fraud or Scammer?
Tom Gentile is not a fraud or somebody who scams people.
He’s a professional who clearly knows how to make money trading the market, and is respected in the world of pattern trading.
His subscriptions aren’t cheap though…
And I guess you could argue that they’re overpriced even. But I think it comes down to the value you are getting from your purchase, and more importantly the results you get, more than what you pay.
What are people saying?
Well, I won’t sugar coat it, there are numerous complaints about Tom Gentile online. Which is not uncommon for someone who has reached the level of success he claims to have reached.
However, while I wouldn’t believe everything you read, I think it’s safe to assume that at least some of these complaints have some merit. For instance, one of the common complaints I saw was people saying they’ve lost money following his recommendations…
I have made over 35 trades between 2018-2019. I followed Tom’s directions exactly as specified. All have been complete losers! I have lost over $200.000 trading his Money Calendar Pro system.Source
This is the nature of trading though. Not every trade is going to be a winner, and how successful you are ultimately comes down to how well you learn and apply what you learn.
Which is echoed by comments (on the same comment thread) from people who say they’ve found success with the system and made money overall. So it’s a bit of a mixed bag.
What does Tom have to say about people who call him a scam?
Tom Gentile scam complaints don’t have any basis in reality. I’ve never tried to scam anyone in my life. There’s no reason to do so. In fact, my only goal has been to show people how to do what I do: Learn how to invest in the stock market.Source
Who or what should you believe?
I think that is only a question you can decide for yourself.
If you’re in doubt, the smart thing to do would probably be to spend some time watching his YouTube videos and subscribing to his free email newsletters, before investing a single dime.
And if/ when you do decide to get some skin in the game, only ever invest what you’re willing to lose. Never, ever, just blindly follow another person’s advice, no matter how good they claim to be, and risk all your cash. That is a recipe for disaster.
Always take the time to learn and develop your skills, risking small amounts you can afford to lose, before “going all in”.
My Personal Feelings About Tom Gentile (and his programs)
I’ve reviewed a lot of newsletters from guys like Tom Gentile, who work for companies like Money Map Press, Agora Financial, and Banyan Hill to name a few.
There’s literally hundreds of these “newsletter services” online, from all kinds of different financial gurus.
And one thing I have found that most of them have in common – is a good marketing department. I mean, a very, very clever team of marketers.
As an internet marketer myself, I can’t help but see how clever it is. But at the same time, I have to admit that I do find some of it to be a bit misleading.
As in, some of these subscriptions really pump up the income claims and make everything sound super amazing. When in reality, what you actually get isn’t that amazing at all, it was just marketing hype.
The other thing I’ve found is that these sites rarely ever tell you just how risky the whole thing can be if you’re not careful, in a more upfront manner.
They talk about all the potential benefits, and leave out the disadvantages and the fact that you need to invest $10,000’s to make anywhere near what they make out.
So my personal feelings about Tom Gentile is that he’s obviously a smart, successful trader. Someone who does teach people a valuable skillset. But I think the marketing behind some of his programs could be more ethical.
The trouble with that sort of marketing is that, while it’s obviously very effective at driving sales, it attracts the wrong type of people.
So for example, instead of attracting a group of people who want to educate themselves on making money in the stock market, they’re attracting people who want to get rich overnight. Which in turn, leads to disappointment and lots of scam complaints. It’s a vicious cycle.
Summing It Up
Tom Gentile is a professional trader, who sells some pretty expensive subscription services, using some pretty bold claims. And not everyone who pays $1,000’s to join and even more to invest, turns a profit.
Does that make him a scam?
I don’t think so. Because not everyone makes money when they buy ANY type of investment or business training program. There’s actually a whole host of reasons why people fail, including lack of effort and commitment.
And just because something is expensive does not make it a scam. It makes it expensive and perhaps overpriced according to some, but that doesn’t fit my definition of a scam. Especially not when it comes with a money back guarantee, as most of Tom’s subscriptions do as far as I know.
With that being said, I do find some of the marketing a bit misleading. But it’s hard to exclusively point the finger at Tom for this, since he works for a large company who hires all kinds of people who handle that aspect separately.
Either way, I think the important thing is to research any given subscription you are looking to buy. Maybe even watch some of Tom’s videos, and subscribe to his free emails to see what you think. Then make a decision, and only invest what you can afford to lose. Because no matter who you’re learning from, all forms of trading are inherently risky.