Unlike precious metals such as gold and silver, copper is primarily used in industry. The most common use of copper is electrical equipment such as wiring and motors, but it is also used in housing for roofing, guttering, and plumbing. Reading today’s headlines, a recovery in these areas feels impossible but a lot can change in the next 30 days. Perhaps copper futures will hold support near .00 and make a move back toward .00 in the coming months.Read More
The E-mini contract isn't as mini as it used to be in a coronavirus world. Let's take a look at the possibilities offered by the CME Group's new suite if Micro E-mini stock index futures products. We'll discuss contract specs as well as look at live market action to identify possible trade set-ups, calculate risk and reward, and point out some common trading pitfalls.
Most traders I speak to are interested in the best speculative stock market trade in the wake of coronavirus turmoil, but maybe the best plays are to avoid face-ripping volatility in the financials and look to what might be more logically priced assets such as the grain markets.Read More
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Volatility has arrived and so has Coronavirus. Panelists of the event will be sharing stories, trading ideas, and discussing strategies. You won't want to miss it.
Gold, unlike other physical assets, has very little industrial or practical purpose but it can be an effective way to hedge a traditional portfolio. Yet, using inefficient products such as ETFs could expose traders to unexpected risks and drawbacks. The futures and options markets, on the other hand, offer highly efficient access to gold price exposure fitting the needs and risk tolerance of any sized investor or speculator.
• Why consider gold for hedging or speculating?
• Gold futures vs ETFs.
• What moves the gold market?
• Analyzing and understanding gold seasonal tendencies.
• Mining for clues in the COT Report.
• Technical analysis and gold futures.
• The time and place for gold is not “always”.
• Hedges or diversifiers are only helpful if profits are locked in.
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The US stock market has been shrugging off coronavirus concerns while the commodity markets have priced in a near worst-case scenario. Ben Lichtenstein and Carley Garner discussed the divergence on TDAmeritrade Network on the morning of February 24th.Read More
As the election cycle heats up, like clockwork, talk of a financial transaction tax comes into the conversation. A decade ago, it was a fringe idea but in today’s environment, it is a mainstream solution to the government funding shortfall (I am using the term solution loosely). In other words, you could say things are starting to get serious.
Before an intelligent conversation can be had about the financial tax and the commodity industry, we would need to know the details. Obviously, those are few and far between. Thus, any preparation or guesses at the effects of the financial transaction tax are merely academic exercises at this point. The proposed rates range between 0.5% to 0.005% for stocks, bonds, and derivatives. Assuming a 0.1% rate for all financial transactions, investors buying 0,000 worth of stocks or bonds would pay a tax of 0 in addition to the traditional transaction costs. For a long-term investor, this would more annoying but probably not considered a deal-breaker. Although, a wonderful CNBC article was written by Greg Iacurci recently noting the Vanguard Group estimation that “every day Americans” could be forced to work an average of two and a half years longer to make up the shortfall caused by the tax in their retirement accounts. Nevertheless, if you apply the .1% tax to derivatives, namely options and futures, it is a game-changer (and that is an understatement). Let me explain.Read More
Experienced futures and options broker, Carley Garner, discusses the commodity markets using technical, seasonal, and fundamental analysis and offers ideas on speculation.Read More
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