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Derivatives: Are Odds are Stacked Against Us ?

For many, the world of finance is a complicated system better left to the experts.  But, what the average American doesn’t realize is, that if left to the  “experts,” the world of finance could come crashing down.  What will be the cause of this potential imploding of the global financial infrastructure?  The answer is simple: derivatives.  You may be asking yourself what derivatives are and how they could possibly have such a grand impact on our world. 

The Definition of a Derivative

In the simplest of terms, a derivative is a contract that is established between two parties that ultimately determines what the payment agreement will be between the them.  But, since this definition still leaves things in general terms, it is easier to understand derivatives by looking at what they do rather than by what they are.  Derivatives impact how financial institutions calculate the potential payout of an investment. 

The Greater Impact of Derivatives

When derivatives were first used, they were there as a protection, as a way to avoid risk.  But, in recent years, they have become based on speculation so much that derivatives are no longer realistic.  This means, the payoff of investments is over calculated to the extent that there would not be enough money in the world to cover them all if they were all to be cashed in all at once. So, if the world’s financial market were a casino, and all of the investors were the players, if they all won at the same time, it would end up breaking the house.  

Right now, the top U.S. banks have a strong grip on the financial outcome of our nation.  In 2002, just over half of all banking assets in our country were managed by the top 10 U.S. banking institutions.  Just short of ten years later, that number has jumped to over 75 percent.  This rapid control the U.S. banks are gaining over the nations funds should be of concern since many of these top banks have a high exposure to derivatives.  And, essentially, if over speculating derivatives were to cause just a few of these banks to fall, then a good portion of our overall banking assets would fall with them.  And, this would cause a global financial crisis since there is no government that would be capable of bailing out these banks if that were to happen. 

Several years ago my speaking presentation started off with a short film clip about the size and potential destructive force of the derivatives issue. One of the first places that I played this video was in London and a few snickers went off in the background. The “comments” were especially directed at the idea of bank failures and that the entire system was so fragile and interconnected.

Well, a year later I was back in London and Black Rock had failed and the British were rather nervous to put it is polite terms. Not to gloat, but only to reinforce the problem some brief comments were made and we showed the film clip again.  It was received much differently the second time, nothing like a dose of reality for bankers, brokers and fund managers to perceive things differently.

The Solution

At this point in the cycle of a currency crisis it is primarily on an individual basis that a solution exists, meaning that monetary assets outside the mainstream must be owned. Obviously for those familiar with this issue know precious metals offer the only viable way to hold and save real wealth outside the bond and equity markets. Longer term it is more difficult to state how the system will “right” itself because for the first time this currency crisis is truly global and we are all interconnected.

David Morgan

Evidence Supports the Bears’ Case for the S&P 500

I am not one to discuss fundamentals or macro views, but this situation in Europe is beginning to morph into a media frenzy. Price action in the marketplace is changing rapidly in short periods of time based on the latest press releases coming from the Eurozone summit.

I cannot help but comment on the seemingly arbitrary actions coming from this high profile meeting. Nothing has happened that market participants were not already privy too. The European Union is going to strengthen their EFSF fund by levering it up roughly 4 : 1. I have yet to hear how exactly they plan on doing this, but this action was no surprise to anyone that has read an article about the sovereign debt crisis in the past month.

There was also discussion about backstopping European banks’ capital position. Since European banks are holding billions (Euros) of risky sovereign debt instruments, it would make sense that their capitalization is a primary concern of Eurozone leaders based on current fiscal conditions. I would argue that the banks should be well capitalized regardless of economic or fiscal conditions in order for a nation to have a strong, vibrant economy that has the potential to grow organically.

The final piece of this week’s political nonsense involves write-downs on Greek debt in the neighborhood of 50% – 60% in order to stabilize Greece’s debt to GDP ratio. Apparently Eurozone leaders want to structure the write down so as to avoid payouts by credit default swaps which act as insurance against default. How does a bond take a 50% – 60% valuation mark down without a creating an event that would trigger the payout of CDS swaps?

If a write down of that magnitude does not trigger the CDS swaps, then I would argue they are useless as a tool to hedge against the default risk carried by sovereign debt instruments. If the CDS swaps do not payout as projected by European politicians, the risk assumed by those purchasing government debt obligations around the world would be altered immediately.

The impact this might have on the future pricing of risk for government debt instruments could be extremely detrimental to their ability to raise funds in the private market. Additionally, the write downs would hurt European banks’ capital positions immediately. If the CDS swaps were to pay out, bank capital ratios would suffer as those who took on counter party risk would be forced to cover their obligations thereby straining capital positions even further potentially.

Price action today suggested that the equity markets approved of the package that European leaders were working on. However, the biggest push higher came when news was released that China was interested in purchasing high quality debt instruments as a means to help prop up poorly capitalized banks and sovereign nations in the Eurozone through an IMF facility.

The market did an immediate about-face which saw the Dollar selloff while the S&P 500 rallied higher into the close reversing a great deal of Tuesday’s losses. Inquiring minds wish to know where we go from here? I would be lying if I said I knew for sure which direction Mr. Market favored, however that did not stop me from looking for possible clues.

It has been a while since I checked out the short-term momentum charts that are focused on the number of stocks in U.S. domestic equity markets that are trading above their 20 & 50 period moving averages. The charts below illustrate the current market momentum:

Equities Trading Above the 20 Period Moving Average

It is rather obvious that when we look at the number of stocks trading above their 20 period moving average that momentum is running quite high presently. This chart would indicate that in the short-term time frames equities are currently overbought.

Equities Trading Above the 50 Period Moving Average

A similar conclusion can be drawn when we look at the number of stocks trading above their 50 period moving averages. It is rather obvious at this point in time that in the short to intermediate term time frames, stocks are currently at overbought levels. This is not to say that stocks will not continue to work higher, but a pullback is becoming more and more likely.

Additional evidence that would support the possibility that a pullback is likely would be the  recent bottom being carved out in the price action of the U.S. Dollar Index. The U.S. Dollar has been under selling pressure since the beginning of October, but has recently started to show signs that it could be stabilizing and setting up to rally higher. 

The daily chart of the U.S. Dollar Index is shown below:

The U.S. Dollar Index is sitting right at major support and is oversold based on historical price action. If the Dollar begins to push higher in coming days and weeks it is going to push equity prices considerably lower. Other risk assets such as gold, silver, and oil would also be negatively impacted by higher Dollar prices.

Members of my service know that I focus on several sectors to help give me a better idea about the broader equity markets. I regularly look at the financial sector (XLF), the Dow Jones Transportation Index (IYT), emerging markets (EEM), and the Russell 2000 Index (IWM) for clues about future price action in the S&P 500.

During my regular evening scan I noticed that all 4 sector/index ETF’s are trading at or near major overhead resistance. With the exception of the Dow Jones Transportation Index (IYT), the other 3 underlying assets have yet to breakout over their August 31st highs. The significance of August 31st is that is the date when the S&P 500 Index put in a major reversal right at the 1,230 price level before turning lower. It took nearly two months to regain the 1,230 level and its significance continues to hold sway.

The daily chart of IWM is shown below illustrating its failure to breakout over the August 31st highs:

The chart above illustrates clearly that IWM has failed to breakout above the August 31st highs. I am going to be watching IWM, XLF, & EEM closely in coming days to see if they are able to breakout similarly to the S&P 500. If they start to rollover, it will not be long before the S&P 500 likely follows suit.

Currently the underlying signals are arguing for lower prices in the short to intermediate term. While it is entirely possible that the S&P 500 rallies higher from here, it is without question that current market conditions are overbought in the short to intermediate terms

Key sectors and indices are not showing follow through to the upside to help solidify the S&P 500’s recent break above the key 1,230 price level. Additionally, the U.S. Dollar Index is currently trading right at key support in addition to being oversold. At this time I am not playing the S&P 500 in either direction, but I will be watching the underlying price action in the U.S. Dollar Index closely. I will be watching for additional clues in the days ahead.

Market and headline risk is high presently.

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Chris Vermeulen & JW Jones

This material should not be considered investment advice. J.W. Jones is not a registered investment advisor. Under no circumstances should any content from this article or the OptionsTradingSignals.com website be used or interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell any type of security or commodity contract. This material is not a solicitation for a trading approach to financial markets. Any investment decisions must in all cases be made by the reader or by his or her registered investment advisor. This information is for educational purposes only.

The Eurozone Wags the Gold & Silver Dog

If Greece defaults and the European situation begins to spin out of control where will money flow? It would not make sense for market participants to buy Euro’s during a default regardless of whether the default it structured or not. In fact, it is more likely that European central banks and businesses would be looking to either hedge their Euro exposure or convert their cash positions to another currency all together.

Some market pundits would argue that gold and silver would likely benefit and I would not necessarily argue with that logic. However, the physical gold and silver markets are not that large and depending on the breadth of the situation, vast sums of money would be looking for a home. The two most logical places for hot money to target in search of safety would be the U.S. Dollar and U.S. Treasury’s.

The U.S. Dollar and U.S. Treasury obligations are both large, liquid markets that could facilitate the kind of demand that would be fostered by an economic event taking place in the Eurozone. My contention is that the U.S. Dollar would rally sharply along with U.S. Treasury’s and risk assets would likely selloff as the flight to safety would be in full swing.

To illustrate the point that the U.S. Dollar will likely rally on a European crisis, the chart below illustrates the price performance of the Euro compared to the U.S. Dollar Index. The chart speaks for itself:

Clearly the chart above supports my thesis that if the Euro begins to falter, the U.S. Dollar Index will rally sharply. In the long run I am not bullish on the U.S. Dollar, however in the case of a major event coming out of the Eurozone the Dollar will be one of the prettiest assets, among the ugly fiat currencies.

The first leg of the rally in the U.S. Dollar occurred back in late August. I alerted members and we took a call ratio spread on UUP that produced an 81% return based on risk. I am starting to see a similar type of situation setting up that could be an early indication that the U.S. Dollar is setting up to rally sharply higher in the weeks ahead. The daily chart of the U.S. Dollar Index is shown below:

As can be seen from the chart above, the U.S. Dollar Index has tested the key support level where the rally that began in late August transpired. When an underlying asset has a huge breakout it is quite common to see price come back and test the key breakout level in following weeks or months. We are seeing that situation play out during intraday trade on Friday.

We are coming into one of the most important weeks of the year. Several cycle analysts are mentioning the importance of the October 26th – 28th time frame as a possible turning point. I am not a cycle expert, but what I do know is that we should know more about Europe’s situation during that time frame. It would not shock me to see the U.S. Dollar come under pressure and risk assets rally into the October 26th – 28th time frame. However, as long as the U.S. Dollar Index can hold above the key breakout area the bulls will not be in complete control.

If I am right about the U.S. Dollar rallying higher, the impact the rally would have on gold and silver could be extreme. While I think gold would show relative strength during that type of economic scenario, I think both metals would be under pressure if the U.S. Dollar started to surge. In fact, if the Dollar really took off to the upside I think both gold and silver could potentially selloff sharply.

As I am keenly aware, anytime I write something negative about gold and silver my inbox fills up with hate mail. However, if my expectations play out there will be some short term pain in the metals, but the selloff may offer the last buying opportunity before gold goes into its final parabolic stage of this bull market. The weekly chart of gold below illustrates the key support levels that may get tested should the Dollar rally.

For quite some time silver has been showing relative weakness to gold. It is important to consider that should the U.S. Dollar rally, silver will likely underperform gold considerably. The weekly chart of silver is illustrated below with key support areas that may get tested should the Dollar rally:

Clearly there is a significant amount of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Eurozone and the Euro currency. While I do not know for sure when the situation in Europe will come to a head, I think the U.S. Dollar will be a great proxy for traders and investors to monitor regarding the ongoing European debacle.

If the Dollar breaks down below the key support level discussed above, gold and silver will likely start the next leg of the precious metals bull market. However, as long as the U.S. Dollar can hold that key level it is quite possible for gold and silver to probe below recent lows.

Both gold and silver have been rallying for quite some time, but the recent pullback is the most severe drawdown so far. It should not be that difficult to surmise that gold and silver may have more downside ahead of them as a function of working off the long term overbought conditions which occurred during the recent precious metals bull market.

Make no mistake, if the Dollar does rally in coming months risk assets will be under significant selling pressure. While the price action will be painful, those prepared and flush with cash will have an amazing buying opportunity in gold, silver, and the mining complex. Right now, risk remains excruciatingly high as the European bureaucrats wag the market’s dog.

Subscribers of OTS have pocketed more than 150% return in the past two months. If you’d like to stay ahead of the market using My Low Risk Option Strategies and Trades check out OTS at http://www.optionstradingsignals.com/specials/index.php and take advantage of our free occasional trade ideas or a 66% coupon to sign up for daily market analysis, videos and Option Trades each week.

JW Jones
This material should not be considered investment advice. J.W. Jones is not a registered investment advisor. Under no circumstances should any content from this article or the OptionsTradingSignals.com website be used or interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell any type of security or commodity contract. This material is not a solicitation for a trading approach to financial markets. Any investment decisions must in all cases be made by the reader or by his or her registered investment advisor. This information is for educational purposes only.

SP 500 Looks Poised For A Sharp Pullback Near Term says Dr. Copper

October 20, 2011
David A. Banister- www.MarketTrendForecast.com

Back on October 3rd I wrote a public article forecasting a major market bottom at around 1088 on the SP 500 index.  I surmised we were about to complete a 5 wave move to the downside that commenced with the Bin Laden highs of 1370 in early May of this year.  The following day we bottomed at 1074 intra-day and closed over my 1088 pivot and continued higher as we all know.  That brings us to the recent highs of 1233 intra-day this week, a strong 159 point rally off the 1074 lows in just a few weeks.

Markets I contend move based on human behavioral patterns, mostly because the crowd reacts to good or bad news in different ways depending on the collective psychology of the masses.  There are times when seemingly bad news is ignored and the markets keep going higher, and there are times when very good news is also ignored and the markets go lower. This is why I largely ignore the day to day economic headlines and talking heads on CNBC, as they are not much help in forecasting markets at all.

Using my methods, I was able to forecast the top in Gold from 1862-1907 while everyone was screaming to buy.  I was able to forecast the April 2010 top in the SP 500 well in advance, the bottom last summer, and recent pivot tops at 1231 and 1220 amongst others.  All of this is done using crowd behavioral theory and a bit of my own recipes.  That brings us forward to this recent rally from 1074 to 1233, which as it turns out is not all that random.

The rally to 1233 will have taken place within a 13 Fibonacci trading day window which ends today.  In addition, the rally is leading into the end of Options Expiration week which tends to mark pivot highs and pivot lows nearly every single month.  Also, at 1233 we have a 61% Fibonacci retracement level of the 1010 lows of July 2010 and the 1370 highs of May 2011.  1233 was my “Bear line in the sand” I gave out a few months ago to my subscribers as a likely bull back breaker.  In essence, the market is having trouble breaking the glass ceiling at 1233 for a reason; it’s a psychological barrier for investors now.

Near term, I expect the market to have another sharp correction to work off the near 160 point SP 500 rally that has taken hold in just over two weeks and again on 13 Fibonacci trading days as of today.  In addition to that, we should follow copper as it tends to be an extremely good indicator for the SP 500 index long and short term.
Right now, Copper has dropped 8% this week while the SP 500 levitates on a magic carpet ride within a 30 point range.  Copper looks like it has begun a 5th wave down, which will likely take it to the $2.70’s per pound from $3.46 last week on its recent bounce from $2.99.  Below I offer a few charts showing the projected copper pattern and also one showing the SP 500 relating to Copper.

Right now, Copper has dropped 8% this week while the SP 500 levitates on a magic carpet ride within a 30 point range.  Copper looks like it has begun a 5th wave down, which will likely take it to the $2.70’s per pound from $3.46 last week on its recent bounce from $2.99.  Below I offer a few charts showing the projected copper pattern and also one showing the SP 500 relating to Copper.

In any event, we are due for what I call a “B wave” correction of sentiment in the SP 500 and market indices, which should take the SP 500 to the 1149-1167 ranges minimally, and perhaps set up another entry for a C wave to the upside.  Caution is warranted near term is my point.  If you’d like to receive these types of regular updates during the week covering Gold, Silver, and SP 500 and more, check us out for a coupon or free weekly update at www.MarketTrendForecast.com

How to Trade Oil and Gold Prices This Coming Week

The past couple weeks have been tough for most investors. The recent light volume rallies which have taken place in gold, oil and stocks has been generating mixed signals for technical analysts like myself. In order avoid a large draw down on your trading capital you must focus on the long term intraday charts.

What is a long term intraday chart you ask? It is simply a 4 or 8 hour candlestick or bar chart. For example the charts below in this report are 4 hour charts. So each candlestick represents 4 hours.
 
Why should you use these long term intraday charts instead of say a daily chart? There are four main reasons for this:

1. If you used a daily chart then this information would be condensed showing you the daily high, low, open and closing prices. While the 4 hour futures chart shows you large multi intraday chart patterns that most traders would never see…  Patterns not seen by the average investor have a higher probability of working in your favour. Also these patterns are much larger than just normal intraday patterns which you see on the 5, 10, or 60 minute charts. Remember the larger the pattern the more potential profit there will be.

2. These longer time frames allow us to follow gold, silver, oil and stock indexes around the clock 24/7 using futures contracts. Think about it… regular trading hours from 9:30am – 4pm ET only allows you to see 1/3rd of the price action each day. That means you are only seeing parts of larger patterns while the 24/7 contracts show you ALL Price Action.

3. The last reason you must use futures charts is for the volume readings. Futures show real volume levels which can be used for trading. So the volume you see on ETFs will not have the proper volume levels for that specific commodity or index. More times than not it almost the opposite…

4. My last reason for trading long term intraday futures charts is because the price of the underlying commodity or index moves true while the ETFs which try to shadow these commodities generate false breakouts and breakdowns on a regular basis. Watch my video about this here: http://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/ETF-trading-videos/TTTOct19Oil/index.html

Let’s take a look at the charts…

Gold Futures Contract – 240 Minute (4 Hour) Chart

Gold finally broke down from the bearish rising wedge which it had been forming through late September until mid October. I know the majority of traders, investors, and financial newsletters have already positioned themselves either long or short the metal as they anticipate the next major move.

I will agree that a large move either up or down is just around the corner but what sets me apart from others is the fact that I don’t bet my hard earned money when the odds are 50/50. I don’t pick tops or bottoms; rather I wait for a clean break out or low risk entry point. Only then will I take action. Until the blue box on the chart has been broken with some type of retest I will continue to observe and analyze the chart of gold.

Crude Oil Futures Contract – 240 Minute (4 Hour) Chart

The past month crude oil trading has been very profitable for subscribers and me. We shorted crude oil using an inverse etf in September which moved over 20% in our favour within a few trading sessions. And just last week we shorted it again for a 7.5% move in less than 24 hours.

Overall I am still bearish on oil but have moved to cash until I see another high probability setup unfolding. The recent price action in crude oil makes the odds about a 50/50 bet as to which way it will break next. This is why I have moved back to cash and pocketed the quick gain.

SP500 Exchange Traded Fund – 240 Minute (4 Hour) Chart

This chart is not the SP500 futures contract. This is just the SPY ETF but what I wanted to show was how the market was showing mixed signals. The past couple weeks price has been broadening and this can be taken two different ways…

More times than not it is seen as a bearish pattern and price generally falls afterwards. But in rare situations which I think we could be experiencing now this broadening price action can be very bullish, meaning much higher prices ahead. So I continue to observe and prepare for a possible trade setup.

Weekend Gold, Oil and Stocks Trend Conclusion:

In short, I feel the market is on the verge of a strong move. The problem is that price action, market sentiment and economic news are all giving mixed signals…

The best position right now is in cash and if something unfolds this week to our favour, then we will get involved but I am not going to take a 50/50 guess on what the next move is until the odds are in favour to one side or the other.

August until now (October 24) the SP500 is down -3.7% and Gold is up 1.1%, Silver is down 20% and oil is down -7.2. Subscribers of my newsletter have pocketed over 38.5% in total gains using my simple low risk ETF trading alerts.

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Chris Vermeulen

The S&P 500 is Getting Close to a Top

The past few months have been very difficult to navigate for retail investors and institutional money managers. The huge week to week price swings and increased volatility have made the current market conditions exceptionally difficult to maneuver. Day traders are about the only group of market participants that outperform during periods such as we have seen since the beginning of August.

Before I jump into the analysis, I would like to point out to readers that the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has rallied from 1,075 on October 4th to 1224.50 on October 14th. The S&P 500 has rallied almost 150 handles or 14% from the lows to Friday’s close in 10 calendar days. As an options trader and a market participant, I trade the market that I see, not the market that I want. With that said, ask yourself this question: Does a healthy financial construct rally 14% in 10 calendar days?

To put the recent price action into perspective, since the beginning of the year 2000 the S&P 500 would have had a poor track record on an annualized basis when compared to the past 10 calendar days’ trough to peak performance. Only in the years 2003, 2006, 2009, & 2010 would an investor have been able to best the previous 10 calendar days’ performance (Performance data courtesy of Wikipedia). The most amazing thing about the recent price action is that the S&P 500 Index is still underwater for the year even after rallying roughly 14%.

At this point two scenarios are likely to play out. One scenario involves a rally on the S&P 500 towards the key 1,250 – 1,270 resistance zone which is outlined on the chart below. The recent price action in the S&P 500 has been volatile and at this point it has gone nearly parabolic. The daily chart of the S&P 500 Index is shown below:

The resistance level shown in the chart above outlines the key 1,250 – 1,270 resistance zone that will be tested if the S&P 500 can breakout above the 1,230 resistance level. However, it is critical for traders to recognize that probabilities are starting to favor the short side. Let me explain.

If the S&P 500 is able to rally into the 1,250 – 1,270 level it would represent a gain of less than 4%. The bears will vigorously defend the S&P 1,250 – 1,270 resistance zone and it is unlikely that price action will be able to take out that resistance zone on the first breakout attempt.

With only 4% upside, the odds of some sort of correction are favorable at this point in time. Whether the correction begins early next week or whether we have to wait until the key resistance zone is tested, sellers will step back into the driver’s seat in the not-so-distant future.

McClellan Oscillator

A few data points that exemplify the overbought status of the S&P 500 are shown below. The first indicator is the McClellan Oscillator that my trading buddy Chris Vermeulen pointed out to me.

50 Period Moving Average Momentum Chart

The momentum chart shown below courtesy of www.barchart.com illustrates the number of domestic equities trading above their key 50 period moving averages:

Both charts above are warning signs that this rally is starting to get a bit overheated. I would point out that the past two times the McClellan Oscillator and the momentum chart peaked a nasty selloff occurred shortly thereafter. The one point that I would like to make clear to readers is that each time both indicators peaked prices eventually went much lower.

The evidence would lead astute traders to believe a top was near. The more arduous details about the future of the S&P 500’s price action revolve around where the topping formation will be. Will the S&P 500 find resistance on a second test of the key 1,230 resistance level?

The other scenario would involve higher prices next week that eventually reach the key 1,260 – 1,270 area on the S&P 500. Will price work roughly 4% higher before confirming a top at the key breakdown level that initiated the selloff back in August?

Conclusion

I am of the opinion that a topping formation or pattern is likely near, but the location of the top is unknown to me presently. More importantly the forthcoming selloff resolution will be very telling about the current trend of the marketplace.

The most constructive price action that we could see would be a selloff that results in a higher low on the daily chart. If that type of price action plays out a new bullish run could begin. However, if we form a top and price action breaks down below recent lows it would not be surprising to see another lower low form which would put the trend squarely in favor of the bears.

The most important aspect of coming weeks will not necessarily be where a top forms, but if and when a selloff begins. Ultimately the depth, momentum, and ferocity of the selloff are more important than where the topping pattern begins.

At this point I have no purely directional trades on the books, but I am developing a laundry list of shorts that make sense. After all, volatility has declined quite a bit and puts are starting to get a whole lot cheaper!

In closing, a top is likely in the cards in the near future. However, the strength and momentum of the forthcoming selloff will tell the real story about the future direction of stock prices. The next few weeks should be quite interesting!!

Subscribers of OTS have pocketed more than 150% return in the past two months. If you’d like to stay ahead of the market using My Low Risk Option Strategies and Trades check out OTS at http://www.optionstradingsignals.com/specials/index.php and take advantage of our free occasional trade ideas or a 66% coupon to sign up for daily market analysis, videos and Option Trades each week.

JW Jones

This material should not be considered investment advice. J.W. Jones is not a registered investment advisor. Under no circumstances should any content from this article or the OptionsTradingSignals.com website be used or interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell any type of security or commodity contract. This material is not a solicitation for a trading approach to financial markets. Any investment decisions must in all cases be made by the reader or by his or her registered investment advisor. This information is for educational purposes only.

How Gold & Stocks are About to Repeat the 2010 Bottom

In May of 2010, immediately following the flash crash many investors started to become bearish (nervous) regarding their position in gold and equities. Once the general public became aware that the stock market could fall 10% in a matter of minutes, investors became very cautious. Suddenly protecting their capital and current positions was at the forefront of their investment process.

A couple days later the market recovered most of its value, but it became clear that investors were going to sell their long positions if the market showed signs of weakness. It was this fear which pulled the market back down to the May lows and beyond over the next couple months which caused investors to panic and sell the majority of their positions. It is this strong wave of panic selling that triggers gold and stock prices to form intermediate bottoms. Emotional retail traders always seem to buy near the top and sell at the bottom which leads to further pain.

Now, fast forward to today…

This past August we saw another selloff similar to the “Flash Crash” in May of 2010. (I warned followers that gold was on the edge of topping and that stocks would take some time for form a base and bottom – Click Here To Read) Over the past couple months gold, silver, and stocks have been trying to bottom but have yet to do so.
Just a couple weeks ago we saw gold, silver, and equities make new multi-month lows. This has created a very negative outlook among investors which I highlighted in red on the chart below. Since the panic selling low was formed just recently we have seen money pile back into gold and stocks (more so stocks).

Just a couple weeks ago we saw gold, silver, and equities make new multi-month lows. This has created a very negative outlook among investors which I highlighted in red on the chart below. Since the panic selling low was formed just recently we have seen money pile back into gold and stocks (more so stocks).

This strong bounce or rally which ever you would like to call it may be the beginning stages of a major bull leg higher which could last several months. Before that could happen, I am anticipating a market pullback which is highlighted with red arrows on the chart below.

Chart of SP500, Gold and Dollar Index Looking Back 18 Months

Reasons for gold and stocks to pullback:

• Stocks are overbought and generally retracements of 50% or 61% are common following large rallies.

• The dollar index looks ready to bounce which typically means lower gold and stock prices.

• Gold continues to hold a bearish chart pattern pointing to lower prices still.

Weekly Trend Trading Ideas

A few weeks ago I warned my followers that stocks and gold are forming a bottom and that we should be on the lookout for further confirmation signs. I also mentioned that I was not trying to pick a bottom, rather that I was looking to go long once the odds were more in my favor.

This is a potentially very large opportunity unfolding and there will be several different ways to play this. However, right now I continue to wait for more confirming indicators and for more time to pass before getting subscribers and my own money involved.

From August until now (October 17) the SP500 is down -6.3% and gold is down -8.1%. Subscribers of my newsletter have pocketed over 35% in total gains using my simple low risk ETF trading alerts.

I can email you my bi-weekly reports and videos by joining my free newsletter here: www.GoldAndOilGuy.com

Chris Vermeulen

Will the S&P 500 & Gold Make Up Their Minds Already

A lot of eyes were watching the Slovakian Parliament around the closing bell today as they voted on the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF). The first vote failed to pass the pending legislation, but members of the opposition party have indicated that they will vote for the bill in a second scheduled vote.

The S&P 500 E-Mini futures contract has not sold off sharply on the news, but the trap door risk for equity traders is that the second vote comes up short and the legislation fails unexpectedly. The marketplace is expecting the second vote to pass without issue and if a different scenario plays out selling pressure could become extreme potentially. With earnings season now upon us, there is plenty of headline risk to go around and this Slovakian situation just adds more complexity to the news flow.

We have seen the S&P 500 Index rally more than 10% in five trading sessions which could potentially mean we have more downside work to accomplish before probing higher. The flip side of that argument is that prices continue to rally and push towards key resistance levels overhead. At this point in time, I do not have an edge for a directional trade so I am sitting on the sidelines presently. I do have a few time decay based trades in place, but they do not have a directional bias so my book is flat here.

The S&P 500 is a tough buy after a 10% rally in such a short period of time, but the strength and momentum are tough to short. The buyers seem to be higher and the sellers appear to be lower which complicates a potential entry even further. Presently there appears to be two possible scenarios:

Bullish Scenario

The daily chart of the S&P 500 Index is shown below with key overhead resistance levels illustrated on the chart and the potential price action in coming days:

 

Bearish Scenario

The daily chart of the S&P 500 Index is shown below with key support levels and the potential price action if price works lower:    

 

Overall, I do not have a real edge on the S&P 500 at this point. A pullback makes some sense here, but defined risk metrics and a trading plan must be used to reduce risk. Regardless of the price direction traders are considering, this is a situation where proper position sizing and stop orders can allow a trader to take on a defined risk that he/she is comfortable with.

This market has been tough to trade for several weeks. The price action has been choppy and volatility levels have been elevated since the early part of August. This type of market environment chops up a lot of traders and it sucks bulls and bears into the price action late in the game opening the door for potentially devastating losses if risk is not properly defined. My Trading partner Chris Vermeulen pocketed over 38% gain during these choppy times using bull and bear ETFs with is subscribers.

As an option trader familiar with a variety of spreads, recently I have been utilizing the elevated volatility levels to sell option premium and use the passage of time as a primary profit engine for my open positions. Currently I have 3 open positions which are all taking advantage of the passage of time as a profit engine.

Back on 9/26 I entered a $DIA Iron Condor Spread to take advantage of heightened volatility and capitalize on time decay leading up to the October monthly option expiration. On 10/06 I was able to close the $DIA position to lock in 15% based on maximum risk. Even though price action was excessively volatile during the past several weeks, my $DIA trade was never a major concern in terms of price action. No adjustments were necessary and members and I pocketed some relatively quick money watching the days pass by.

Gold Analysis

The recent price action in gold has been equally as tough to trade as the S&P 500 Index. After rallying sharply into early September, gold prices plummeted and price action has been consolidating ever since. Similar to the price action in the S&P 500, gold prices have just chopped around for several weeks. Gold is currently trading in a bear flag formation which if triggered could result in additional downside.

 

In the short-term more downside is always possible, but in the longer-term I think higher prices are probable for both gold and silver as this money printing binge will one day end and inflationary pressures may present themselves at that time. The weekly chart of gold futures is shown below:

 

As can be seen above, gold has traded in a long term rising channel for over a year. Back in August and September gold prices broke out to the upside of the rising channel and went parabolic. In the beginning of September, gold prices sold off sharply back down into the previous rising channel. As it stands right now, gold prices remain near the upper resistance level of that channel and have not tested the lower support line since February. 

If gold prices do begin to rollover in the days and weeks ahead, a logical entry point would be a test of the lower channel. The price level I would be watching for would be around $1,500 an ounce. If we get to that area, I would not be shocked to see an overthrow of that support level and a test of the 1,480 price level before reversing to the upside.

The other side of this story is that the U.S. Dollar Index falls out of favor again and its price gets crushed. If the U.S. Dollar gets hammered lower, it would make sense that U.S. domestic equities would rally along with other risk assets such as gold, silver, and oil. Right now I do not have a clear short term bias, but in the intermediate to longer term cycles I remain quite bullish. If the gold price does work back down to that support level, I will be looking to get long. Another possible long entry would present itself on a breakout to the upside back out of the upward sloping channel.

Gold is quite volatile and is impacted by a litany of outside forces such as foreign currency and the U.S. Dollar. For right now the short term bias could be to the downside, but when this period of malaise in the yellow metal ends the next bullish phase of this move higher is going to be quite strong.

As I have said many times, sometimes the best trade is no trade at all. Right now I do not have an edge in either the S&P 500 or gold so I am just going to sit and watch price action patiently while looking for high probability, low risk setups to emerge.

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JW Jones

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Demand for Wealth Preservation Ensures Gold’s

Gold will continue rising in value over the coming years for one reason: The primary buyers are purchasing physical gold for wealth preservation, and there simply isn’t enough physical gold to satisfy their appetites. The recent pullback was by no means the bursting of the gold bubble. Bubbles are characterized by months of extended exuberance and consistently higher highs—not the two- and three- hundred-dollar corrections we’ve seen twice in the past few weeks. Such pullbacks are healthy as they indicate gold has much, much farther to go.

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States (Rights) get it Right-Utah leads…

I just returned last week from the Utah Monetary Conference, celebrating the passage of a law to permitting gold and silver based currency. This gathering may go into the history books decades in the future as being historical. Why? Because Utah is the first of the several states to bring real (honest) money back to the people of their state.

During my first presentation, I mentioned  eleven other states that  have had similar proposals which have not yet passed into law.  Most of the time these were “stuck” in committee. So, Utah is not the first with the proposal but is first for implementation. In my view this could set a trend, where states enact legislation that is similar to Utah’s and the trend begins.

The lawmakers of Utah deserve a big congratulation. I was at the ceremonial signing earlier this year and  met with the gentleman that wrote the bill, and the legislator that pushed it through.

The conference brought together lots of the “gold guys” not only in the U.S. but from Europe and Asia as well, where there are efforts to introduce parallel gold-linked currencies especially in Switzerland and Malaysia. I was probably the only “silver” guy in the mix, but it was quite clear that gold and silver were used by almost all the speakers during their respective presentations.

I have been to numerous gold shows and resource investment conferences in the past several years, but one like this that  focused on public policy is something rare indeed—especially when it involves the precious metals coming back full circle and being used as money.

 For those outside the “goldbug” realm it might seem interesting but there are actually a few gold-linked electronic payment systems already available. James Turk’s goldmoney.com for an example. In fact James was one of the featured speakers at this event.

Here is a list of speakers with associated links…

James Turk — Gold Money <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/232>

David Morgan — The Morgan Report <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/150>

Sean Fieler — Equinox Partners & American Principles Project <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/185>

Dr. Edwin Vieira, Esq. — Constitutional Law Attorney and Scholar <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/230>

Dr. Richard Ebeling — Northwood University, Midland, Michigan <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/231>

Dr. Olivier Ledoit — University of Zurich <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/245>

Dr. Michael Thomas — Utah State University <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/236>

Bill Still — Author/Filmmaker <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/152>

David Garrett — Garrett Capital <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/250>

Tom Selgas — Attorney and Monetary Policy Expert <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/228>

Jeffrey Bell — Gold Standard 2012 <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/155>

Charles Kadlec — American Principles Project <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/237>

Savneet Singh — Gold Bullion International <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/240>

Phil Hart — Idaho House of Representatives <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/234>

Brad Galvez — Utah House of Representatives <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/153>

Sean Reyes — Secure American Gold Exchange <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/227>

Curt Bramble — Utah Senate <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/183>

Ken Ivory — Utah House of Representatives <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/226>

Larry Hilton — Citizens for Sound Money <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/151>

Rich Danker — American Principles Project <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/186>

GoldMoney Foundation <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/242>

American Principles Project <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/221>

Garrett Capital <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/243>

Equity International <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/181>

Atlas Economic Research Foundation <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/181>

OldGloryMint.com <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/140>

USGD.com <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/241>

Secure American Gold Exchange <http://utahmonetarysummit.com/items/index/244>

To give the reader some idea of the scope of the day here were some of the key breakout sessions.

Monetary Roles of Precious Metals — Yesterday and Today

Monetary Policy – The Proper Role of Government

Fiat Currencies in Theory and in Practice

Monetization and Legal Tender Laws

Physical and Virtual Currency — Complementary or Competitive?

Coin Depositories – A New Type of Financial Insitution?

Lunch Session – Natural Money & Concurrent Constitutional Monetary Authority

Booms, Busts and Monetary Policy

State Monetary Authority – Scope and Limitations

Risks and Rewards of Multi-Currency Banking

Multi-Currency Tax Policy and Collection

Discretion, Rules and the Invisible Hand

Monetary Civil Rights

Dinner Session – The Case for Choice in Currencies

Signing Ceremony – Declaration of Sound Monetary Principles

Conducted by Larry Hilton and Representative Brad Galvez.

At the conference, we signed a “Utah Monetary Declaration,” which states:

Utah Monetary Declaration
WHEREAS, money, as a medium of exchange, a store of value, and a unit of measure promotes economic activity, growth and productivity by facilitating specialization and trade, the accumulation of wealth and its long-term investment, as well as accountability in setting prices, tracking progress, and settling accounts;

WHEREAS, natural money – precious metal coin – by virtue of its inherent qualities of recognizability, measurability, uniformity, divisibility, durability, portability and scarcity has reliably retained its purchasing power, notwithstanding periodic fluctuations, over the centuries and millennia of human history, serving as an effective medium of exchange and store of value often without any governmental declaration to require, legitimize or perpetuate its adoption and operation as such;

WHEREAS, sound money, by retaining stable purchasing power over time, best serves societal needs by substantially reducing the uncertainty of inflation risk for creditors and deflation risk for debtors as well as encouraging saving and investment among the general populace and benefiting the economic zone in which it circulates by stimulating the economy and by attracting foreign capital and commerce to the region;

WHEREAS, history attests that monopolistic monetary systems frequently engender currency debasement, resulting in serious consequences such as lost purchasing power, inequitable wealth redistributions, misallocation of productive resources, and chronic unemployment, and that, as the cornerstone of a free market and society, the right to choose, whether between suppliers of goods and services, political parties and candidates, or between alternative media of exchange, effectively promotes the general welfare;

WHEREAS, for the equal protection of all people, rich and poor, the open circulation of complementary and competing currencies should be fostered and promoted by every sovereign state, including those of The United States of America pursuant to their monetary powers (expressly reserved in article 1, § 10 and in the 10th amendment of the United States Constitution) to monetize gold and silver coin as an alternative, voluntary medium of exchange, and as an effective check and balance against debasement of the national currency by the national government which is constitutionally precluded from demonetizing state legal tender, through disparate tax treatment, discriminatory regulation, the threat of suppression and seizure, or otherwise;

NOW THEREFORE, we the undersigned hereby declare and affirm that:

1.     As an essential element of true liberty and of the pursuit of happiness in a free society, all people enjoy the inherent and unalienable right to lawfully acquire, hold and use as a medium of exchange whatever form or forms of money they may prefer, including especially gold and silver coin.

2.     All free and sovereign states bear the moral, political and legal obligation not only to refrain from debasing their own currencies (except under the most exigent circumstances) and from erecting barriers to the unfettered circulation of monies issued under the authority of their sovereign trading partners, but also to affirmatively defend and protect against fraud, counterfeiting, uttering, passing off, embezzlement, theft or neglect by requiring full transparency and accountability of all state chartered financial institutions.

3.     No tax liability nor any regulatory scheme promoting one form of money over another should apply to: (a) the holding of any form of money, in a financial institution or otherwise; (b) the exchange of one form of money for any other; or (c) the actual or imputed increase in the purchasing power of one form of money as compared to another.

4.     Except in the case of governmentally assessed taxes, fees, duties, imposts, excises, dues, fines or penalties, the authority of government should never be used to compel payment of any obligation, contract or private debt in any specific form of money inconsistent with the parties’ written, verbal or implied agreement, or to frustrate the intent of contracting parties or impair contractual obligations by invalidating the application of a discount or surcharge agreed to be dependent upon the particular medium of exchange or method of payment employed.

5.     The extent and composition of a person’s monetary holdings, including those on deposit with any financial institution, should not be subject to disclosure, search or seizure except upon adherence to due process safeguards such as requiring an adequate showing of probable cause to support the issuance by a court of competent jurisdiction of a lawful warrant or writ executed by legally authorized law enforcement officers.

We hereby urge business leaders, educators, members of the media, legislators, government officials as well as judicial and law enforcement officers to use their best combined efforts to reinstate and promote the legal and commercial framework necessary to establishing and maintaining well-functioning, sound monetary systems based on choice in currency.

The signatories hereto concur in the general principles expressed in the foregoing declaration notwithstanding specific reservations some may have as to how such principles should be interpreted and applied in practice.
Here’s the text of the actual Utah state law:

HB0317501 http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillint/hb0317s01.htm

Time will tell how far this bill will go in reestablishing honest money in the affairs of the public.

David Morgan

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