October 4, 2010 - Here we have a brief explanation of the Elliott Wave Theory basics with an example and a tutorial on how to use our Online Elliott Wave Projector at
How To Profit From Deflation
August 24, 2010 - This video shows how you can profit from the threat of deflation. It will talk about how deflation will affect the gold, treasury bond, and stock market. Enjoy!
The Five Gold Keys of Investing Success
July 19, 2007 -
CTCR and our sister company,
The Investment Mentoring Institute, have
just released a new FREE CD "The Five Gold Keys of Investing Success".
This is an audio presentation by Courtney Smith, our Editor-in-Chief.
This killer CD contains a complete system that you can use right away.
All the rules of this easy-to-use system are revealed. In addition,
Courtney will reveal four additional keys to success, including an
amazing technique that can turn some losers into breakeven or even
profitable trades! This CD should be acquired just for that technique
In addition, Courtney shows you some of the critical psychological
techniques you need to be a successful futures trader.
The techniques are ones that Courtney has used to build the amazing
track record of having a top-ranked futures trading newsletter, a
top-ranked hedge fund as well as top-ranked mutual funds and stock
June 11, 2007 -
Jay Kaeppel is the author of a number of books on futures and options.
Optionetics has produced a three part interview with him.
Read the interview with Jay.
Commitment of Traders No Longer Valid?
May 8, 2006 - The Commitment of Traders Report (COT) has been a mainstay of futures traders for decades. People like Larry Williams have created large volumes of analysis on how to use this public information to profit in futures trading.
Now comes a report that shows that the COT may no longer truly represent what market participants are doing and is therefore not as valid if not completely invalid as a analytical tool now. Click
here for more details.
CME and Reuters Link Up To Offer More Derivatives
May 8 , 2006 - The CME is the dominant futures exchange but is completely overwhelmed by the volume in the cash market. Reuters is the dominant trading platform for the cash market. The combo of the two will give a jolt to both entities. This is, as the cliche says, a win-win for both. Click
here for more details.
To Deal With Losing Streaks
15, 2006 -Everybody
goes through losing streaks. It's a fact that haunts every
trader. But what should you do with them? Can they put your
into financial ruin or psychologically break you? We've written
a special article on the subject. Click
here for more details.
seems to be no issue that the trading floors filled with screaming
traders will soon be a thing of the past. Here's an article
about this passing into history.
of Refco Regulatory Problems
has an interesting
history of the problems that Refco has had with regulators
going back to the 1960's, including the famous trading coup
of Hillary Clinton.
out that I had conversations twice with Phillip Bennett about
buying Refco. The first time was in 1993 and was very serious.
I was the CEO of Quantum Financial Services at the time and
were aggressively expanding. Tommy Ditmar was the owner and
CEO of the company at the time with Bennett as his CFO. I
got the impression that Ditmar just wasn't interested in owning
the company any more and just wanted to dump it.
were very serious about our interest and did a lot of due
diligence. Refco had only taken over Conti to become the biggest
futures merchant a few years before. Our main contact was
Bennett. He came across to me as British and professional,
both attributes that were rare in the Chicago futures scene
at the time.
then, Refco had a very large overseas operation but had yet
to become the power in forex and other capital markets.
ended up passing on the deal because the company wasn't a
good fit for us more than the price was too high. If memory
serves me correctly, the price was almost free but came with
the assumption of the lot of liabilities.
dropped out of university because I couldn't see any courses
that could help me become a successful trader. Accounting
courses? What did that have to do with the bellies? MBA? Puhleeze,
that helped you to become the vice-presidnt of a big company.
instead, I enrolled in the University of Hard Knocks.
out that they now have futures
trading contests that enable students to actually trade
futures. Now this is a course I could have taken!
The Keys to Successful Futures Trading
2, 2006 -One
of the most important issues of CTCR was our special issue
on The Keys to Successful Futures Trading. We asked 19 futures
gurus about what they felt were the keys to making money as
a lot of the answers surprised me. For example, they wern't
self-serving at all. They never tried to hype their own intelligence.
They admitted to a lot os mistakes.
the same time, a lot of their answers were Mom and apple pie.
gurus that participated included:
approaches range from fundamentsl to technicals to astrology
yet they often came back to the same underlying keys.
the end, I wrote an analysis of their comments. We've been
running excerpts from it in our weekly e-letter.
packaged this special report into an electronic e-book of
15 pages. Because it is so important for every trader, we
are giving it away for free! Yes, for FREE!
owe it to yourself to read this important issue!
With Just a Little Money
of the critical problems with trading is not having enough
money. How are we to learn how to trade without starting with
a bankroll of $100,000?
have recently been giving away a classic back issue of CTCR
which dealt this this issue: Click
here to request your free copy! You
will also receive a free subscription to the CTCR email letter.
most traders start with a small bankroll and most people thinking
of investing in futures have small bankrolls. What do we mean
by small? Probably anything less than $25,000.
I've done some research in the past and found that the chances
of success increase dramatically with the size of the bankroll
as you move from $0 to $100,000. The reason is that a small
bankroll cannot diversify and that people nearly always take
too much risk. With $10,000, most people will risk, for argument's
sake, $1,000 on one trade. That means you are wiped out if
you have a net loss of ten trades (with certain assumptions).
The article was written so that traders could have a more
diversified portfolio and still trade futures. The problem
is that two of the methods, options and spreads, require more
work and knowledge to implement.
Trading options and spreads are much more complex than trading
simple futures. In effect, you have to add an additional level
of analysis before you can make a trade. Typically, you need
to understand the payoff structure of options as well as implied
volatility before you want to put on an options trade.
In spreads, you need to probably understand the difference
in the fundamental demand for one futures contract compared
to the demand for another one. Few traders use fundamentals
these days so it is unlikely that they will have a different
opinion on two different expirations of the same commodity.
It's possible to use just technical analysis to trade inter-commodity
spreads. In fact, I think it is an excellent idea since some
of these spreads have huge moves and trend better than the
two separate commodities.
idea comes from legendary newsletter writer Bruce Gould:
would pick one segment of the market, either livestock, or
grains, or metals, or interest rate futures, or whatever,
and I would just concentrate on that segment and forget the
others. There is just too much going on, and the stuff overwhelms
you. I would then take that one group, let's say the meats,
and I would develop myself into a good meat trader. If you
follow hogs, bellies, cattle and feeders, or if you follow
wheat, corn, oats, soybeans, meal and oil, you'll see plenty
of tradeable patterns. Those few markets will soon show you
everything you will ever come across. I suggest you try to
be successful within one group before you watch all the markets
at once. WHen you're watching everything, you're always disgusted
or panicking because you're not in whatever's moving. Then
you jump into that, and it immediately goes against you. Before
long, you have no capital left."
20 , 2005 - This was our most popular
issue ever in terms of actual sales when it was first published
in 1990. The reason was the cover interview. Carl Futia achieved
the dream so many traders aspire to. After many years of going
down the same false trails so many of us have walked, Carl
was able to reach the point where he earns his living from
his personal trading. His ideas about trading are, in many
respects, directly contrary to the conventional wisdom.
Carl's pointed criticism of the popular trading approaches.
He even has some harsh words for traditional trend followers
and computerized technical analysis. Then find out exactly
how he trades.
is more than enough detail so that you can make his approach
your own if you choose. Carl's ideas will fascinate and challenge
material: Profile of Andrew Cardwell, the best expert on RSI
in the world.
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