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Chris Vermeulen the founder of Algorithmic Trading Systems. This automated investing system is designed for individual investors and traders. He is also the editor of the TheGoldAndOilGuy newsletter which is designed for gold market traders providing quality ETF Trade Alerts,... More
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  • Three Fear Resistant Commodities That Look Tasty

    On Friday, March 6 the US jobs report hit the wires. Equities were trading higher in premarket, and the previous session we had seen strong selloff followed by an equally strong high-volume rally. No one was expecting the massive selloff that was about to hit the stock market when the good jobs numbers were posted.

    Later that day after 6 1/2 hours of heavy volume selling in the stock market the closing bell rang. The big selloff pulled most stocks and commodities into an extremely oversold market condition. Traders were waiting all day for some type of bottom to be put in place so they can reenter a long position and day trade the rebound.

    But as we learned when the closing bell was ringing, there was no bottom and there was no bounds in equities. From looking at my trading platform dashboard virtually every stock sector country and commodity ETF was trading sharply lower.

    Only four things were green on my dashboard. The first one was the VIX which makes sense as people become fearful the sell stocks and the volatility index rises. But what was interesting was that the other three were food commodities.


    The first commodity trading higher was coffee. This makes sense because it was a stressful day and everyone was drinking coffee. The second was sugar. Obviously the majority of coffee drinkers enjoy sugar in their coffee.

    The last commodity which rallied late in the day was the ETF cow. COW is a livestock commodities fund. And so it seems after a long hard in the financial market we find comfort in a big juicy steak. Subscribers to my newsletter and I just happened to get long this fund recently. The chart from a technical stand point is very bullish. Symbols: COW, JO, SGG

    On a more serious side of things… though, the stock market is still in an uptrend. Today's news was a surprise and surprised data will always cause a severe reaction in the market. History has proven that news based selloffs tend to be a blip on the chart and market recovers within a couple days and the previous trend once again continues.

    After the weekend when the stock market reopens and traders had time to digest the news about the FED possibly raising rates if the economy continues to show strength it is going to be interesting to see how the market reacts. My guess is that we see higher prices early next week for US equities.


    Chris Vermeulen

    Tags: COW, JO, SGG, commodities
    Mar 09 11:02 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Best Opportunities Outside Of North America

    Investors tend to focus on investment opportunities that are well known and also those which have been headline news for several months. This allows the investor to become familiar with main stream news which eventually leads to a comfort level that makes them want to get involved with what is hot or not.

    While there is nothing wrong with this process it's widely known that self directed investors tend to get involved with these investments with their money on the wrong side of the market. Simply put, they buy at highs or sell at the lows.

    By the time an opportunity becomes headline news most of the opportunities have already made the bulk of their move. Investors buy into good news and sell or short sell investments which are having negative news and this lag time between the investor receiving the news, processing it for a few weeks, then taking action makes for poor entry and exits for their investments.

    As hard as it may seem, buying into investments that are getting a lot of negative news are likely going to be some of your best performing investments. For example getting long precious metals here is a tough pill to swallow, but there at least 10 gold stocks that look ready to make big moves.

    "Buy When Everyone Is Negative and Fearful,Sell When Everyone Is Positive"

    Recently I talked with Jim Goddard of HoweStreet about the best opportunities I see in the market and they all happened to be international investments. Feel free to listen to our thoughts about these opportunities:HoweStreet Story


    Best International Opportunities Explained Visually

    Finding low hanging fruit or stock markets that provide value is the key for investments you plan to hold for 1-3 years in length. The table below show the three countries with the lowest PE ratios and the best looking chart in terms of buying near long term support.


    Looking at the charts you will how each of these markets has been under heavy selling along with negative headline news. Know what we know, it is very likely most investors holding equities within these countries that are scared by the news have already sold their positions. Those who have not will likely continue to hold long term for prices to rise eventually (rsx, norw, grek, gdx, gdxj)

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    What Should You Invest In Next?

    Investing is one part time, and one part timing. What I mean by that is if you have a long time 10+ years for an investment to mature you should be rewarded for holding and committing to that investment. But if you want real eye popping performance year after year it is important to try to time your entry and exits.

    Every year you should review their portfolio and rebalance. Shuffle funds out of mature markets and into ones which provide more value and have room to grow in excess of 30% or more. These ETF's I show are some of the investments I currently like.

    Slowly averaging in, meaning buying a small portion ever week or every month is the best way to get involved in long term investments. I do feel these county ETFs could make minor new lows before going higher but we never really know what an investment will do and when, which is why we need to slowly build positions when you know a particular market is ripe for the picking.


    Chris Vermeulen

    Mar 04 4:22 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Investors Are About To Having A COW!

    The past year month has been flowing into risk on assets like US equities. And when money is flowing into one investment class there is typically an outflow in others. Commodities in general have been beaten up bad but there is some money to be made here using the livestock COW ETF.

    I is amazing how almost all us equity sectors have rallied as big as they have with many still making new sector highs. The only true weak areas in the market look to be commodities specifically precious metals, oil, natural gas, grains, sugar and livestock.

    When the US equities market starts to sell off and volatility rises money should start to flow into some of these underperforming areas. At the moment COW is the only one that looks ready for a bear market rally currently.

    Precious metals miners are another area I am looking to trade but I have not seen any signs why anyone should enter yet.

    The chart below shows my analysis and forecast going forward. Those who prefer trading spot gold via FOREX/CDF/Spread Betting and aren't a U.S. resident like me can use a company like AVAFX. The nice thing about trading this way is that you can trade 24/7, you get a lot of leverage, and it's commission-free trading.
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    To Have A Cow Or Not? That Is The Question!

    The COW ETF could be a choppy ride for a while, but the upward momentum looks to have started as of today.

    I am currently long COW with my peak target set around the $29 level.
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    Chris Vermeulen

    Mar 02 4:34 PM | Link | Comment!
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