VIX Cycles Set To Explode March/April 2017 – Part II

Back in early February 2017, we posted an article to all our members about how our analysis showed a very strong potential for larger price swings with the potential for a massive explosion in the VIX indicator based on a price cycle pattern we had been studying.  Many of you may remember this article, if not Click Here to review the original.

 

As of right now, only 10 days into our proposed “VIX Spike Window” (from March 12th to April 15th), we thought it would be a good idea to review some of our analysis before we enter the heart of the VIX expansion window (March 25th to April 8th).

 

Vix Spike Calendar

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As you may recall, we expect a, roughly, five month cycle of expanding VIX volatility to continue within the time-frames mentioned above.  The peak of this volatility will likely happen between March 25th and April 8th – what we are calling the “heart of the window”.  This will likely be a very tumultuous and volatile period where massive rotations in price could occur.  Additionally, new or reversal trends would also be key components of this type of expanded volatility.  This means active traders have an opportunity to generate some fantastic returns from these moves.

 

Based on my original analysis from early February, lets summarize how things are expected to play out over the next few weeks for a few key symbols.

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As you review our earlier analysis, pay attention to the details we laid out for each symbol.  We expected “key top” levels to be reached at the time of the original article followed by price rotation/retracements, followed by more price trending.  Pay special attention to the details we discussed for each of these symbols in the first article.

 

DIA pulled back near 6% (Min Volatility target reached) from recent highs and we are expecting more volatility before any future moves

 

QQQ pulled back 2.6% and we are expecting a deeper pullback as the volatility explodes in the near future.

 

XOI has fallen an additional 4.33% and we are expecting this move to continue to near $1075 (an additional -$81.50) before attempting to find a bottom.

 

GOLD retraced just over 5% from near $1265 and is currently in a solid uptrend.  Our current projection is for a move above $1310, followed by a pullback below $1280 (where we want to try to buy), followed by further upside moves to above $1350.

 

SILVER has retraced nearly 9% (Min Volatility Target Reached) from recent highs and is setting up potential move back above $18.00 or higher.

 

 

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Gold Chart GC_FU

Silver Chart SI_FU

At this point, we should be very cautious to consider only highly probable trading signals because the expected volatility in the global markets should become more violent and unpredictable.  This makes for great short term Momentum Reversal trades though.

 

Our recent Momentum Reversal Trades have shown fantastic results like UGAZ 74% and NUGT 112%.  The possibility of seeing exploding volatility over the next few weeks in combination with massive potential rotation in prices will allow us to find some incredible opportunities for followers of our work and trades.

 

Remember, the Heart of the volatility window should be from  March 25, 2017 to April 8, 2017.  You can take advantage of this by follow us at: www.ActiveTradingPartners.com

 

Chris Vermeulen

Credit Suisse Has Message for Their Wealthy Clients​​​​​​​

Mr. Burkhard Varnholt, Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Credit Suisse, said:

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Equities Teetering on Break Out Territory?

March 15th Market Forecast

Oil Prices Volatility May Drive Expanded Equities Volatility

Last weeks move in Crude Oil, down over 8.8% was triggered by new “Record High” US inventory data and news that OPEC production cuts are near 85% compliance have prompted a breakdown. We have been expecting a breakout move for a few weeks and suspected production would outpace demand, as it has been for many months.

Below is the chart of oil we sent to followers of TheMarketTrendForecast service last week.

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Price of oil after the breakdown which we traded SCO inverse fund

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With the weekly EIA inventory report stated a huge 8.2 million barrel inventory increase while production levels are, overall, decreasing.  This prompted a continued bearish price slide for Oil and Gas related equities.  These moves will setup a number of superior opportunities in the future days and weeks for many traders.  Initially, we want to be cautious of the impulse price moves and look to establish strategic trades when the opportunity is perfect.

 

COP Chart
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APC Chart
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As these price moves play out over the next few days, we urge all traders to be cautious as we are expecting a dramatic increase in global market volatility to begin with just a few days.  Our earlier analysis shows a very strong potential for dramatic volatility increases beginning near March 17th.  This means these early moves may be “price traps” that catch inexperienced traders.

Most traders will attempt to follow this move and chase it lower.  Even though there may be some validity to this method, we’ve found that the optimal entry is based on “Momentum Reversal Strategies”.  In other words, waiting for the ideal timing and entry when the markets show signs that a major reversal is about to happen – we call it the Momentum Reversal Method  (MRM).

This move in oil is an early warning that traders need to pay attention to.  It will likely setup numerous MRM trade setup/entry opportunities over the next few days/weeks.  These are the types of price anomalies that allow my MRM trading strategy to hone into finding great trades.

My Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system allows me to follow these moves and take advantage of the most strategic entry positions for quick gains.  Most trades last 3~25 days in length and equate to 7%~35% or more in profits.  You can even stay up to date with my analysis and trading triggers with my SMS/Text Messaging alerts sent directly to your mobile device.

In closing, don’t chase this move in oil quite yet.  Be aware that we are setting up for a much bigger move with much greater opportunities for traders.  If you want to stay aware of these opportunities, then visit our web site to learn more, www.ActiveTradingPartners.com

By: John Winston
And Chris Vermeulen

March 08 2017 Market Forecast

Natural Gas Ready for Big Move

US Drives Global Growth

The US is back in the driver seat again as a sustained and growing economic powerhouse – the Trump Economy.  Since the November 2016 elections, the US economic data and outlook have been driving investment in US equities as well as select foreign investment opportunities.  The reduction in regulations and business friendly Trump administration seems to have unleashed the hoard of cash and opportunity of the past 7+ years.  US and foreign business are, again, “wheeling and dealing” with the intent of generating greater profits and more opportunities.

 

This is the reason I believe the US, as well as certain foreign partners, will see nearly immediate and direct advancement of economic objectives.  The amount of capital that could be unleashed over the next 2 years could be well in excess of $2 Trillion as related to business investment, consumer-driven sales and expanded manufacturing capacity will likely drive the US economy into a new leadership role focused on renewed opportunity and activity.

 

US Manufacturing has recently been in a state of decline since late 2011.  I attribute this to uncertainty related to US policies and leadership.  The graph, below, does not show the opportunity I see in the future expansion, but it does show that throughout historical periods of economic expansion, relative growth ratios tend to hover near +2.6% to +5.7%.  This level of expansion, historically, would relate to the US economy feeling optimistic about future capabilities as well as increasing earning potential.

 

US Manufacturing Output Chart

Manufacturing will likely grow to near greater than +1% for Q1 2017

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Keep the two functions in mind, as opportunities increase and the US economic activity increases, typically hiring and earnings increase as well.  This is a sign of a healthy growth phase that may, as it seems it always does, spill over into other foreign markets.  Much like the last 1990s and 2003~2006 US economic expansion phases, the historical rates of expansion averaged +4~5%.  The contraction periods (recessions : 2001 & 2008) were deep and dangerous, yet the growth phases were lengthy and substantial.  Household income growth was a key factor for extended periods of economic expansion.

 

FRED_MedHHIncome Chart

US Household Income Rising Sharply

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As business activity increases, Inventory To Sales Ratios decrease.  The rational behind this factor is that sales volumes increase and inventories decrease in relation to new sales activities.  Thus, products start flying out of the warehouses and off the shelves.  Every US economic expansion phase has been paired with decreasing Inventory To Sales Ratios historically.

 

TtlBusInventory2SalesRatio Chart

Sharp increase in sales (Decreasing Inventory) after November 2016 elections

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In short, this looks like “lift-off” for the US economy – at least for the immediate term perspective.  The concerns for investors are still very evident in some of the following graphs.  My opinion that the US is still, and has been for decades, the sole driving force behind much of the global economic expansion phases is based on the concept that the US, along with key partners, are the strongest and most mature economies on the planet.  I consider most of the immediate partners to the US economy as Japan, Canada, Germany and Great Britain.  I’m certain that many of you could add in 2 or 3 others, but I continue to focus on the core elements of the global economic process.  Because none of the other global economies are, in my opinion, capable of functioning well without the economic impetus of the four mature growth economies, I continue to believe these four are, and have been, the drivers of global economic growth.

 

The following chart shows why I believe a dramatic change in US economic activity will drive some level of increased economic activity throughout the world.  The combined European and Asian GDP Output graph shows severe contraction in 2013~2015.  I can only assume the continued contraction of this measurement of economic activity continued in 2016.  An increase of 10~20% of this value would result in a nominal overall increase compared to recent highs.  It would take an increase of over 70% for this measurement of economic output to be restored to 2012~2013 levels – yikes!

 

GDP_EuropAsia Chart

Europe & Asia show sharp declines in economic activities

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I attribute much of the GDP decreases in Europe and Asia to two factors; lack of economic expansion in the US and difficult/uncertain global economic policies in Europe and Asia.  As the earlier US Manufacturing Output chart shows, the US economic has only recently started to expand.  This is related to fears and uncertainty as related to the US election cycle (at least in part).  The recent BREXIT news as well as other issues that continue to plague Europe are also key driving factors.

 

Additionally, more and more frequent news is relating economic concerns and excessive debt levels in China.  I can attest that China’s economic reach is far and wide in most of Asia.  Any crisis originating in China will result in mini-crisis events throughout most of Asia and parts of Europe.  This is, again, why I believe continued strength in the US markets will drive US equities and economies to new highs while any “spill-over” may begin to improve foreign markets as well.  But we’ll have to wait for that “spill-over” event to actually start to happen before we see any increased valuations or activity.

 

European Economic Policy Uncertainty Index Chart

Europe in the midst of uncertainty and constricting economic leadership

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How does this relate to me, an active trader?  First off, it means I should be focusing on core US equity opportunities and focusing on uncertainty related commodity markets (Gold, Silver, Oil, Gas and others).  The uncertainty throughout most of the developed world will drive certain commodities to increased valuations.  What has recently happened in India with regards to currencies is already driving global events in precious metals and demand for alternate paper currencies.  What happens in France, soon, may likely drive further impetus for increasing valuations in commodities, equities and other markets.  The supply data in regards to OIL and GAS is pushing a message that oil may drop to near $30 again.  Things are changing quickly and we need to be ready to act and profit from these moves.

 

US DOW Chart

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Gold Chart

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The opportunities in foreign markets and in foreign equities will arise again in the future.  I can’t predict when, but I can predict that any further increased US economic activity will have a “spill-over” effect on foreign markets and will drive increase valuations – unless something acts to destroy that alignment going forward.

 

I keep my members alerted to these opportunities and provide more detailed analysis and trading triggers through ATP .  If you would like to continue to receive my research and analysis, please take a moment to visit ActiveTradingPartners.com to see how I can help you to achieve greater success.  Some of my most recent calls have been outstanding like:

 

UGAZ 10.7% Profit (Feb 21-23)

ERX 7.7% Profit (Feb 8-9th)

NUGT 112%Profit (Dec 16 – Feb 8th)

 

All the trades are based on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system.

 

In short, the US stock market is back in full blown bull market with Trump re-energizing things. While I feel a short-term correction is due any day, it is just that, a short-term pullback followed by higher prices into June/July.

 

Follow my lead and start making money every month with www.ActiveTradingPartners.com

 

John Winston

Co-Author: Chris Vermeulen

Stealth ‘Bull Market’ In Stocks Still In Progress!

Elliott’s theory is based on the Dow theory in that stock prices move in waves. Because of the “fractal” nature of markets, I have broken them down so that you can trade a daily complete wave count. Fractals are mathematical structures, which on an ever-smaller scale infinitely repeat themselves. Elliott discovered stock-trading patterns were structured in the same way.

This week will be very interesting in the markets. You need to understand what the markets are telling you. The markets are at anextreme”. I trade the most profitable waves, which are impulsive waves 1,3 and 5. It takes time to develop these great trades, but it is worth the wait as you observe the profits rolling in. Do not get caught up on the wrong side of the trade. Timing the waves correctly is a critical factor for creating these profitable 1trades.

The Corrective Waves are not as easy to identify as the Impulse Waves because the Corrective Waves have more variations as compared to the Impulse Waves. Corrective Waves of any trading pattern are broadly termed as the “ABC Corrections”. Corrective Waves are always the three wave patterns that unfold in the direction opposite of the larger trend.

“ABC Corrections” is the broad name given to the Corrective Waves. The corrective patterns formed by the Corrective Waves are against the direction of the trend. Wave 1 is corrected by the Wave 2 and Wave 3 is corrected by the Wave 4. After wave 5, the wave pattern finishes and the entire move which will be corrected. This correction will occur a multiple wave move. ABC” numbered waves are also the Corrective Waves.

Based on research that I have just completed, when the January and February months are both bullish, the equity markets moved much higher for the rest of the year! (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/still-room-for-stock-bulls-to-run-as-historic-breakouts-take-shape-analysts-say-2017-02-23/email).

The SPY Fund Flow represents the weekly flows in and out. This is a ‘Contrary Indicator’. When it becomes extremely pessimistic, I then look for a reversal to the upside. When fund flows are very high, I become concerned about a correction as expectations may have become too optimistic.

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The total put/call ratio is the volume of puts divided by the volume of calls traded on individual equities on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, on any given day.  Generally speaking, heavy volume in put contracts shows large-scale fear by options traders, while heavy call volume is usually a reflection of increased investor optimism in regards to rising prices.  When there is heavy put buying and low call buying, the put/call ratio will be high. When an extreme is reached, this becomes a bullish contrarian indicator and we should expect higher market prices ahead of us. When option traders are optimistic and there is low put volume in relation to call volume, then the put/call ratio will be low and we may be nearing a market high.  The interpretation of this indicator is the same as the equity put/call ratio itself – high readings show fear and are generally bullish for the market. Low readings, show excessive optimism as the market typically declines after they are seen.

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The GLD Fund Flow Weekly Indicator represents the daily flows into and out of GLD: (http://www.wikinvest.com/wikinvest/api.php?action=viewNews&aid=8343471&page=Stock%3ASPDR_Gold_Trust_%28GLD%29&comments=0&format=html).

Contrary Indicators are measuring the fund flows. When it becomes extremely pessimistic, then I begin to look for a possible reversal to the upside. When fund flows are very high, then I become concerned about a correction as expectations have become too optimistic. Why gold is great again: (https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/02/25/president-trump-replace-the-dollar-with-gold-as-the-global-currency-to-make-america-great-again/#23cdf01f4d54)

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The Commitment of Traders (COT) Indicator gives you the overall picture of what is happening behind the scenes. It tells you who is buying and who is selling!  This information is an important key for your trading success!

The commercial traders are considered the “Smart Money”. The chart below displays, as of February 21st, 2017, that the commercial traders have taken new long positions.  This matches up perfectly with my long-term Elliot Wave forecast of 2550, in the SPX.

 

Red Bars: The Commercial Traders
(i.e.: Farmers, Hedgers, Producers, and Factories)

Blue Bars: The Large Speculators
(i.e.: Banks and Large Financial Money Managers)

Green Bars: The Small Speculators
(i.e.: You and me)

Yellow Line: The overall open interest in the market.

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The next setup for going long on Natural Gas.

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The U.S. dollar: Waiting for trend confirmation.

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Learn how to build wealth during 2017!

Every week, there are new actionable trade ideas. Avoid what I refer to as “Herd Mentality” which will put you on the losing side of the trades more often than not.

Our most recent trade was UGAZ:( http://etfdb.com/etf/UGAZ/) on February 21st, 2017. We sold half of this position to lock in a quick 10+% profit in two days. Previous trades generated a 112% profit within 25 days (NUGT), and 7.7% profit (ERX) within 24 hours.

 

Stock Market bulls will continue their historic breakouts!

The Trump Administration’s promises of tax cuts and regulatory easing is the catalyst for the markets’ recent strong advance. Mr. David Dodd’s timeless classic saying: “The market in the short term is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine”. This is the second most bullish market, after an election, since President Kennedy took office.

The Research Investment Committee commented “Monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies could be key drivers in 2017, but the timing of those actions could cause volatility”.  New regulatory action will favor many stocks in the financial and energy sectors. Repatriation will occur under President Trump’s new corporate tax plans. The U.S. currently operates under a tax system in which the domestic earnings of U.S. corporations are taxed at the federal U.S. corporate rate (35%) and any overseas earnings that are repatriated are taxed at this rate less a credit for foreign taxes paid on those same earnings. Foreign earnings have been parked offshore, allowing corporations to avoid the taxes associated with bringing them back to the U.S. These U.S. Companies would be granted an eight-year period to pay their tax liability. President Trump’s plan calls for a one -time deemed repatriation of overseas corporate profits at a 10% tax rate.

 

Conclusion:

In short, the US stock market is back in full blown bull market with truck reenergizing things. While I feel a short-term correction is due any day, it is just that, a short-term pullback followed by higher prices into June/July.

Tuned For More Analysis and Trades at: www.ActiveTradingPartners.com

Chris Vermeulen

 

 

What Investors Need To Know About U.S. Money Market Funds?

Why Low Risk Does Not Equate To Risk Free!

Charles Schwab has informed its’ clients that “at least 80% of the fund’s net assets will be invested solely in U.S. government securities…”.   Schwab automatically assumes that all clients affected by this change will accept: “if you are in agreement with this change in your cash feature, no response is required from you. They consider a non-response from its’ clients to be notice. “Those who disagree have the “option” of either sweeping their cash into the corporate bank exposing them to greater risk.  They add “you also have the right to close your brokerage account(s) without penalty at any time.”

Who will be the most recent owners of the rest of the current and future new debt?  The answer is:  YOU.  U.S. Mutual funds, U.S. pension funds and American investors. Why?  Because our insolvent government needs Americans to finance it before the entire house of cards come crashing down!  One’s ability to take your savings out of banks and store it in cash is coming to an end. U.S. Institutions are holding up to 99.5% of assets in cash, U.S. government securities, and repurchase agreements that are collateralized solely by the U.S. Government’s good faith.

“Debt-As-Legal-Tender”

This will make it much more difficult for one to be able to access any/all of your personal cash which was always considered to be accessible liquid risk free funds. What will American citizens do when they realize they were conned into “toxic investments” and decide to just pull their cash out of the banks and store it themselves?  If you do take possession of your savings in cash, how secure do you feel when the government comes knocking on your door asking about your stockpile of cash?  Schwab and others are taking preemptive action now to move your money into U.S. debt.

The top complaints and reviews about Schwab refusing to honor its’ clients’ money:( https://www.consumeraffairs.com/finance/schwab.html).  Fidelity is also causing the same problems for its’ clients, as well: (https://www.consumeraffairs.com/finance/fidelity.html).

This is just a new vehicle in which the U.S. Federal Government is taking control of your cash and converting it into “toxic assets” to be spread out amongst us all.  Why? The answer is to cover our enslavement of $19.9 trillion debt which is growing with each passing second.  The Current outstanding public debt of the United States is: $19,926,581,166,878.36 as of Monday, February 20th, 2017. That equates to everyone, in the United States, currently owing $65,586 which represents their share of the U.S. public debt.

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Public Debt: $14,403,392,566,439.40
Intragovernmental Holdings: $5,523,188,600,438.96
Total U.S. National Debt: $19,926,581,166,878.36

 

Who owns the public debt?

Foreign governments own the most U.S. debt.

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This has been done under the auspices of the S.E.C. (Securities Exchange Commission): (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sec.asp).  They implemented the New Money Fund Reform Rules”:

(https://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370542347679). The rules require fund providers to institute liquidity fees and suspension gates as a means of preventing a run on the fund. The requirements include asset level triggers for imposing a liquidity fee of 1% or 2%. If weekly liquid assets fall below 10% of total assets, it triggers a 1% fee. Below 30%, the fee is increased to 2%. Funds may also suspend redemptions for up to 10 business days in a 90-day period. These are the official rule changes; there are several factors investors should know about the reform and how it will affect them during its’ implementation.

The move for money market fund reform grew out of the 2007–2008 ‘financial crisis’. The Reserve Primary Fund recently settled its’ claims:( “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING YIELD PLUS FUND-IN LIQUIDATION (Formerly known as Reserve Yield Plus Fund) DATE OF FINAL DISTRIBUTION WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016” ): (Reserve Primary Fund).  The fund had assets totaling $62 billion. The class action suit brought against them resulted in a mere $10 million settlement: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2013/09/08/money-fund-broke-buck-deal-managers/2782931/). The 2008 financial crisis precipitated by The  Reserve Primary Fund (Reserve Primary Fund)  when it was forced to reduce its’ net asset value (NAV) of its’ money market fund below $1, due to huge losses, which were generated by failed short-term loans issued by Lehman Brothers. It was the first time a major money market fund had to break the $1 NAV which caused panic among institutional investors, who consequently began mass redemptions. The fund lost two-thirds of its’ assets within 24 hours and eventually had to suspend operations and commence liquidation.  This event prompted significant redemptions by institutional money market fund investors, putting the funds under severe financial stress.  The Reserve Primary Fund, which invested in Lehman Brothers debt, “broke the buck”: (http://www.investopedia.com/articles/mutualfund/08/money-market-break-buck.asp).

The S.E.C. Chairwoman. Mary Jo White, said “Today’s reforms fundamentally change the way that money market funds operate. They will reduce the risk of runs in money market funds and provide important new tools that will help further protect investors and the financial system. Together, this strong reform package will make our markets more resilient and enhance transparency and fairness of these products for America’s investors.”  This is what the SEC wants Americans to believe and buy into it!

The official final amendments to money market rules, which were made in 2014, for protecting shareholders from the impacts that a flood of redemptions could have on money market funds is how the S.E.C. is rationalizing this dilemma. The amendments are also intended to give fund managers enough time to respond to requests in a more thoughtful, prudent manner and in a much slower period.

  • Fidelity is converting its’ largest prime fund into a U.S. government fund. Federated is taking steps to shorten the maturities of its’ prime funds to make it easier to maintain a $1 NAV.  Vanguard is assuring its’ investors that its’ prime funds have more than enough liquidity to avoid triggering a liquidity fee or redemption suspension.

The Bank of America Corp. sold its’ money market business to BlackRock, Inc. to avoid these types of future problems.

  • Restricts who can invest in retail money market funds.
  • Continues to seek a stable $1 net asset value (NAV) for retail and government funds, but requires institutional funds to have floating NAVs like other mutual funds.
  • Allows certain funds to impose liquidity fees and temporarily suspend withdrawals (known as gates) in certain circumstances.

 

Gold Is Money!

Global negative interest rates have shifted the worlds’ appetite to buying gold and silver, once again. Gold and silver can sit outside the system and remain completely private. It cannot be tracked by the government or banks. Gold and silver have been the world’s greatest wealth protectors for over 5,000 years. It has shielded its’ citizens from government and banking collapses during the worst crises in history. Physical gold and silver cannot be instantly seized with the stroke of a keyboard. This is why I believe we should invest in gold and silver, before we have potentially nothing left to protect. Its two things to me: a store of untraced wealth, and an insurance policy in case something really bad happens. I like feeling financially protected and this is one way I do this.

 

Timing Is Everything!

The next BIG TRADE is setting up. You should take advantage of my hard work and expertise to make you short term profitable trades. Protect your financial future by getting my market and trade alert reports every week. Your portfolio should involve a proven strategy which I provide.

We have just entered a new commodity trade (UGAZ) Feb 21 as its forming a bottoming pattern. We have locked in 10% in 36 hours and hold the remaining for much larger gains. Do you want to be in the next trade of the Next Hot Stock setup?  My subscribers banked a 112% in a swing trade with NUGT (Dec 16 – Feb 8th). All the trades are based on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system.

Another trade this month was ERX, in which we took a nice profit of 7.7% in less than 24 hours after entry.  All risks are well contained.

Follow my lead and start making money every month with www.ActiveTradingPartners.com

John Winston
Co-Author: Chris Vermeulen