Sasha was actually one of the reasons I joined freetrade and I must admit I used his referral link to give him a free share as gratitude (I did see a few other really good YouTubers with referral links I could have also used, such as mosh money, Chris palmer etc), I used to watch his videos at the start but now I must admit I’ve really gone off him. I think he’s let the fame get to his head a little and sees himself as some kind of investment king when he says the same spiel of “I’m not a financial advisor but…”. I agree some of his videos are unnecessarily long just for add revenue and he can yap on for 10 minutes about something that could be summarised in 2 mins. I can see a lot of his videos are based on the educational model and he will use a lot of click bait titles to make arguments for and against some of the basic investment tennets (such as one video about the pros of dollar cost averaging being titled as 'become a billionaire with dollar cost averaging, with the next video about 'why dollar cost averaging will destroy your life) lol… Although I must admit watching them did teach me a lot and I can see his educational intention behind it and in the long term these videos will make him some good YouTube money which he will reinvest in stocks I’m sure! He’s a smart guy, he admits he can get ultra geeky which is sometimes a put off and can go into excessively boring detail on some specific stock videos which I end up switching off from.
I think what annoys me about him is that he thinks he’s like Elon musk and he thinks his videos can influence or intimidate trading platforms without realising his channel isn’t that big lol he’s a little over his head, I didn’t like his moan about freetrades free share policy as it felt like he was salty that he’s not getting as much commission that he feels he is entitled to (huge sense of entitlement with him) and trying to push above his weight and made himself look like an idiot in the process. He does admit that he will be wrong a lot of the time (and it appears he is) especially with lucid which he was supposed to be a long term investor but jumped off the train and will most likely miss the train when it goes to tesla land (but that’s a whole other topic). I respect his honestly but don’t buy into his ‘I’m amazing and listen to me because who would have known I was right’ mentality. Good luck to him!
To be fair to him, I did see him say pretty much exactly this about Monzo in a video about whether or not customers should worry about the warning in their annual report about “the viability of the business as a going concern” (paraphrasing).
Of course, it did have the usual “IS MONZO GOING BUST??!!” title and click-bait thumbnail, but then that’s the business and everyone on YouTube basically does that.
I don’t regularly watch his videos and only found out about him from this particular video, which was posted by someone over on the Monzo community (where I saw it) so having an impression on someone after one video is a bit difficult, but he seemed even-handed to me.
just a general thank you to all who have posted. I realise many have strong opinions on Sasha. some good, some bad. I’m pleased we have managed to maintain a civil discourse unlike some other places on the internet.