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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Trend for Small Bookstores by Marc Charles

Greetings:

Most of the small bookstores on the coast of Maine are either bankrupt or going out of business.

My buddy's bookstore in Camden Maine was broke when he died three years ago. The new owners finished it off.

A brand new Super-Walmart opened on US Route 1 in Thomaston Maine recently. So it's only a matter of time for the two other small book stores to close.

Although Hello Hello Books will probably make it...it's almost a kiosk...so it's safe. Do me a favor and consider buying a book there just for the fun of it.

http://www.hellohellobooks.com/

I wish I could buy banned, forbidden, dangerous, and forced out of print books locally like those offered n Loompanics, Tools for Freedom.com and Paladin Press.



Marc

http://www.marccharles.com



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Monday, January 19, 2015

New Artist Kate Davis Must See by Marc Charles

10:03 AM

Greetings:

You gotta hear this......

Its All About the Bass featuring a new artist by the name of Kate Davis....

Amazing stuff...


http://youtu.be/iyTTX6Wlf1Y


Enjoy......forward, tweet, share...whatever to help her out :)


Marc

Friday, January 16, 2015

Comex Insider Spills the Beans by Marc Charles

A Trader’s Guide to Precious Metal Profits

Comex Insider Spills the Beans

7:15 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

I was shocked by the raging hysteria on eBay last week when I listed a dozen gold bullion coins for sale.

In one auction more than 45 people were bidding on a single coin!

There are dozens of ways to make money in the precious metals markets. I’ll show you several of them today.

But know this….I’ve traded precious metals from the floor of Comex (largest trading exchange). I know the tricks, gimmicks and games.

Most people….let’s say 90%....have been trained by Wall Street to believe the only way to make money with investing is by purchasing stock (in the companies they represent).

On top of that, most investors believe the ONLY way to make money with gold, silver, platinum or palladium is to buy low and sell high. This is one of the greatest deceptions in financial markets.

If you know what you’re doing and if we take the time to learn how the world and markets work in the real world (can you say MF Global?)….then we can make money when gold surges, plunges, stagnates or goes back and forth for weeks on end.

In the coming days there will be opportunities of a lifetime in dozens of markets, sectors and industries.

One market in particular is precious metals.
In my view, more money is lost in the precious metals market than any other market.

In my experience, as a former Comex precious metal trader, here are the two biggest reasons for LOSING MONEY in precious metals:

1.    Following the masses or general public
2.    Following or listening to people who have never made money in precious metals.

Today I’ll provide a short overview of the different ways to invest in precious metals. You’re probably familiar with most of these ways, but let’s just review.

I’ve included little-known strategies for generating profit and REMOVING IT from the market.

Most novice investors never have a strategy for removing profits.

Granted, most people know how to buy gold coins these days or ETFs.

But novice investors rarely have an exit strategy.

Whatever approach you choose to invest or speculate in precious metals it’s important to establish an exit strategy.

I’m serious.

The gold I unloaded on eBay recently was part of a five year exit strategy. I bought some of this gold below $575 an ounce. I sold most of the gold for more than $500 per quarter ounce!

An exit strategy should include the best and worst case scenarios.

For example, the “buy and hold for a lifetime strategy” beat into our heads by Wall Street rarely works with precious metals.

Therefore, if you invest in a precious metals exchange trade fund (ETF) you should know the average price per share since the fund inception, the historical low and the historical high prices.

Armed with this information you can enter a trade knowing where the price is in relation to the average, high and low, helping you establish a general exit point.

For example, if you purchase a precious metal ETF near the average price of $5 and the historical high is $10, one exit strategy would be to sell before the historical high, say $8.50.

Granted, the ETF share price could exceed the historical high.

After you sell at $8.50 and REMOVE profits, you can always re-enter the trade at $8.50 and if the price exceeds the historical high you can profit accordingly.

The objective is ALWAYS to remove profits, and start over again small.

One key component to trading precious metals profitably is probability.

Probabilities, averages and constants are mathematical statistics the largest and most profitable precious metals and hedge funds use to make money.

Ways to Invest in Precious Metals

Numismatics and Rare Coins
Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. Numismatists are usually characterized as collectors of coins. Numismatics includes the broader study of money and other payment media used to resolve debts and the exchange of goods. Rare and historical coins fall into this category.

Bullion Coins
A bullion coin is a coin struck from precious metal and kept as a store of value or an investment. Investment coins are generally coins which have been minted after 1800, have a purity of not less than 900 thousandths and are or have been a legal tender in their country of origin.

Bullion coins are available in gold, silver, platinum and palladium. The only exception would be the Krugerrand and the Swiss Vreneli which are only available in gold.

The American Eagle series is available in gold, silver and platinum, and the Canadian Maple Leaf series is available in gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

Exchange-traded Funds (ETF)
ETFs are available for gold, silver, platinum and palladium. ETFs are traded on most world exchanges. They typically track the price of the physical metal. ETFs are also available to short precious metals. In addition, there are ETFs which enable you highly leverage the precious metals market too.

Futures
Precious metals futures currently trade on various exchanges around the world and over-the-counter (OTC) directly in the private market. In the U.S., gold futures are primarily traded on the New York Commodities Exchange (COMEX) and Euronext LIFFE.

In India, gold futures are traded on the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) and Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX). Future contract prices are listed on financial websites and on exchange websites. The product symbol for gold futures is GC, and it is traded in a standard contract size of 100 troy ounces.


Options
Precious metals options are option contracts in which the underlying asset is a gold, silver, platinum or palladium futures contract.

The holder of an option possesses the right (but not the obligation) to assume a long position (in the case of a call option) or a short position (in the case of a put option) in the underlying gold futures at a given strike price. This right terminates when the option expires after a market closes or on the expiration date.

Mining stocks
These do not represent the actual price of precious metals. These are shares in gold, silver, platinum and palladium mining companies. If the precious metals prices rise, the profits of the gold mining company may rise. But there are many factors to consider. Share price do not always rise when the price of a particular precious metal increases.

Mint and Commemorative Sets
Commemorative coin programs were created by an act of Congress to honor a person, place or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Bars
Bars are a popular way of investing in precious metals. In some countries, like Canada, Argentina, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, gold and silver bars can easily be bought or sold at the major banks. There are also reputable bullion dealers around the world which provide the same service. Bars are available in various sizes.

Certificates
Gold certificates were issued by the US Treasury from the Civil War until 1933. There are denominated in dollars.
The paper certificates were used as a gold standard and could be exchanged for an equal value of gold.

Gold certificates offer investors a way of holding gold without taking physical delivery.

This is how paper money got its start. But of course, bankers soon realized they could issue paper certificates and not be forced to store or back up certificates with actual gold.

Jewelry
Millions of precious metals jewelry exchanges hands every year. Jewelry is not usually considered a serious investment. It can hold and increase in value.

Unit Trusts
The most popular unit trust is BlackRock Gold & General. They invest in the shares of gold mining companies as well as other commodity businesses. Another unit trust is JPM Natural Resources. Gold mining equities are typically more volatile than the gold price.



Regards,

Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”

 (Ed Note:  Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities. He understands legitimate opportunities. Marc has agreed supply League of Power members with crucial updates regarding legitimate business and money making opportunities.)

Action Plan

What is your plan with precious metals?

Would you like to trade precious metals futures, options or ETFs in the short term to make money?

Are you looking to develop a longer term precious metals plans with bullion coins, unit trusts or Mint Sets?

Select one of the ways to profit with precious metals in today’s issue and make an investment. It doesn’t have to be a large or risky investment. You can even “short” precious metals if you think the price will go down.

The most important thing to do after you have the right information is ACT.

Valuable Resources:


Kitco (excellent precious metals resource)

Morningstar (all things ETF)

US Mint (precious metals Mint Sets)

Investopedia (unit trust information)

Affordable Jewelry Precious Metals (Outstanding prices, service and care)
CME Group (precious metals futures, options, and more)

Seeking Alpha (Mining Stocks)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Importing Fortunes is for Real by Marc Charles

7:01 AM

Greetings:

I've enclosed another article I wrote for International Living.

It's about a new overseas income opportunity and my program Importing Fortunes.

You'll like it.....

Marc

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By Marc Charles
Date

Dear Fund Your Life Overseas Reader,

Finding reliable income opportunities is not easy. But I have one for you today.

I was a guest on a webinar recently that focused on legitimate business and income opportunities that required little or no startup capital.

I revealed a business that surprised a lot of people.

I’ve dedicated more than 30 years to researching, dissecting, testing and teaching people about legitimate business and income opportunities. So this webinar was right up my alley and a lot of fun.

I explained how one “work-from-anywhere” income opportunity might be a good fit for people like you who like to travel or live overseas.

You could start dabbling in this business to see if it’s right for you with very little investment. I completed my first “deal” for under $250. But you could start with even less than I did and be on the right track.  

My friends Kevin and Lisa Hickey started doing deals from a spare bedroom. That was eight years ago. Today they have an online business that can be run from almost anywhere with a laptop.

Caroline Lau loves scrapbooking. She found an overseas supplier for high quality scrapbooks and then she sold them online for a nice profit. The best part is she doesn’t even handle the products; she outsourced this to Amazon (for a small fee).

I’ve developed a comprehensive program with step-by-step instructions for this income opportunity.
You’ll also learn about an incredible website where buyers, sellers and suppliers from 240 different countries meet to discuss products and make deals. That’s where Caroline and the Hickeys found their products.

Jane Ivanov knew there was a market for lingerie for expectant mums. She found a manufacturer on this website that could make them for her, and ship them to her fulfillment center. She has a thriving business that can be run from anywhere!

Did you know that you can sell products on Amazon without ever having to deal with the product physically in your home or office?

Forget about the hassle of storing products in your basement, garage, or home office. Those days are gone.

Today, companies like Amazon have huge storehouses specifically for this purpose. They will store your products for you and only charge a small fee when you make a sale. This is like an ultimate, no stress business with super low startup costs and risks.

I share all of my “insider tips” for this business, plus real life examples, and simple step by step coaching and instruction.


Once you see how it works, you can decide how much time you want to give it.

And when you see the income you can plan the overseas move with the security of knowing you can continue to earn on a regular basis.

In other words, it’s a step in the direction of your dreams…..before you make the big leap.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

FIRE Your Copywriter by Marc Charles

Greetings:

I've enclosed a sales letter for a client in Asia. This simple three page letter remains the "control" for this product.

It only took a couple of hours to write it.

Enjoy.

I'm accepting new projects and sales letters.....

Marc Charles



As seen on Reuters, AP and MSNBC….

Do Not Hire a Private Tutor Until Your Read This Letter

How to retain a private tutor for a fraction of the cost!

Dear Friend:

The private tutor industry has run wild!

So-called “tutor franchise” companies are charging clients and students up to $200 an hour for private lessons.

But you don’t always get what you pay for when you hire a tutor.

We’ve developed a FREE Report to show you how to get find the BEST tutor, and how this industry works in the real world.

You can retain a private tutor for almost any skill. But the most popular reasons include personalized instruction in English, communications, language skills or to overcome learning disabilities.  Our Special Report will show you how to retain a professional tutor for fraction of the cost.

The Special Report is entitled:


Private Tutor Reveals Seven High-Performance Keys to Noteworthy Advancement

FREE Download Here

Our Special Report will show you:

·       The advantages of hiring a private tutor over a tutor franchise
·       How to advance your career
·       How to improve your English skills
·       How to overcome learning disabilities (like ADHD)
·       How to be an effective communicator
·       How to improve pronunciation quickly and easily
·       How to improve your writing skills
·       How to improve organization skills
·       And more!

You’ll also discover the benefits of having a PERSONAL, private tutor versus a classroom setting. You can ask anyone who has retained a private tutor and they will tell you which way is best!

Retaining a Private Tutor for a Fraction of the Cost!

One of the best ways to retain a private tutor and save money is by going to direct to them.

In other words, the best and most sought after private tutors often work for themselves, out of his or her home office.

The tutor franchise companies don’t want you to know this, but it’s a fact.

If you want personal, customized, professional tutoring in dozens of areas, we can help you.

Our new Special Report will show you HOW to retain your own tutor at a fraction of the cost.

Download Our Special Report Now


If you want to advance your career, improve specific skills, or learn English as a second language…..a private tutor is the way to go.

It’s important to know and understand a tutor’s credentials too.

One of the best ways to check a private tutor’s credentials is by asking their students!

If a private tutor will not produce client names or testimonials then walk away! It’s that simple. You can’t afford a private tutor who can’t teach!

You can receive personal, customized tutoring, in the comfort of your home, from a top-flight professional.

We’ll show you how when you download our Special Report.

If you think that’s great, then you’ll love this.

Having a personalize tutor to help you with English skills, communication, career advancement, writing or email communication, will change your life.


Testimonial #1
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Testimonial #2

Testimonial #3[MCS2] 

Don’t miss this opportunity to retain a personal tutor at a fraction of the cost!

Download our Special Report today!
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Do Not Hire a Private Tutor Until You Get All the Facts
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Business Plan Reviews by Marc Charles

10:44 AM

Hi Gang:

I reviewed a business plan and executive summary over the weekend.

Most entrepreneurs follow a "business plan template" when developing his or her own.

The problem is it's almost impossible to forecast sales, profit/loss, margins, etc when you haven't made the FIRST SALE.

Seasoned investors, banks, lenders and VCs RARELY read business plans --- they assign this task to lower level management.

Seasoned investors are looking for the BIG idea, actual market demand (with proof) and how a venture plans to reach an audience.

The next thing they want to know is WHEN they'll get paid, and what is the downside risk.

So....I try to put all these things in the first paragraph of plan or exectuive summary.





The King

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My First Comic Book by Marc Charles

10_33 AM


Hi Gang:

I published my first comic book boys and girls.

Save the reviews......it's my first attempt.

I'll send you a copy free of charge (PDF) if you ask.

It's on Amazon and soon BN and elsewhere.


Pen name of course:  Charles Schulte. Get it? 

http://tinyurl.com/mk7toj7

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Can a Person REALLY Live “Off the Grid”? by Marc Charles

Can a Person REALLY Live “Off the Grid”? 

Is This Type of Lifestyle Really Feasible?


6:27 AM
Greetings:

Living “off the grid” can be a tremendous reward for anyone involved in business and making money. 

It has been for me.

So this is a great question!

First of all…..I’d like to define “off the grid”. 
I’ve lived “off the grid” four times over the last 30 years or so in places like New Mexico, Minnesota, Maine, and Mexico. 
I’ve also lived on a luxury house boat on the St Croix River is Wisconsin. Everything was powered with a diesel generator….and in those days we grabbed TV signals out of the air and used radio telephones.
To me “off the grid” means no connection to the conventional “grid” of electricity, telephone, water, government sewage systems, the Internet and cable TV networks….which is where the term derived.

It’s harder to live this way than you might think.
But it can be an adventure and there are a ton of other benefits too.

In my experience, the two greatest benefits was the satisfaction of being self sufficient, and an appreciation for real things and values.

Watch the movie “Into the Wild” by Sean Penn….it’s a classic.

Richard Zimmerman, also known as the "Salmon River Caveman," lived an “off the grid” lifestyle. Richard lived almost entirely off the land, in a cave along the Salmon River in Idaho.
And get this….
Some of Richard’s caves were 60 feet deep. He earned extra money by renting out adjacent caves for $2 a night. Most people only spent a night or two; but others chose the $25 monthly rate and stayed for months or even years.

I’ve explored caves in New Mexico that were 30-40 feet high, and up to 100 feet wide! The temperature remains a pleasant 60-70 degrees year round.

Granted, living in a cave, in a tree house or on an iceberg may not be your idea of “the high life”.

But it can be an exciting adventure…..and it may you a new perspective to life, business and making money.

If you’ve dreamed of living “off the grid” I’ve enclosed some details for doing it in this week’s issue.

What Do You Need to Live “Off the Grid”?
Here’s a revised list I used when I lived off the grid in New Mexico:
  Access to clean water
2Access to a legitimate food source or be able to easily transport food to your location (hunting and fishing are not always
3Shelter. Building a shelter while getting established is not realistic so I rented a hunting cabin.
4High-quality laminated topographic maps. Understand how to use a map and a compass before you go.
5Firearms. Forget about bows and arrows, snags and traps. Bring a gun.
6
 Most animals are not your friends. Living off the grid is not a cartoon. I was stalked for several days by a mountain lion until an old timer showed me a secret: always try to appear larger than you are if confronted by one! Animals do not want problems.

Let someone know your exact location. Today with Google Maps and Geo-tags it’s easy.
Make friends in the surrounding area. You’ll need them. I made friends will an old man, who was a 35-year Navy veteran (designed ships).
 Invest in a state of the art first aid and survival kit (even if you’re Rambo) One of the best is QuakeKare.
CASH. Cash always works wonders when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Store cash in zip lock bags outside of your shelter, like under a large rock.
“Yeah, But Is This Really Feasible? What About Making Money?”
My focus each week is on legitimate business and money making opportunities.
So….”living off the grid” might sound like a contradiction.

If you haven’t made enough cash to retire on a deserted island, in a cave, in a tree house or somewhere else remote, then maybe you could build “living off the grid” into your lifestyle as a hobby or on a part time or seasonal basis.

My suggestion before setting off into the wilderness with a backpack, shotgun and trail mix is to try a couple of weekends “off the grid” first.

Then you could try it for a week or a month at a time. This should give you a great feel for the lifestyle.

Another option is sailing on the ocean. 

Many entrepreneurs I know used sailing as a motivation to build successful businesses and money making empires. 

In some ways, sailing is the ultimate “off the grid” lifestyle.

These days I prefer having Internet access, a cell phone and other niceties. This keeps me semi-attached to the “grid”, so I can monitor businesses and money making ventures.

My kids have been bugging me to rent a tree house for a week or two for our next vacation. We’re seriously considering it. I think two weeks in a rainforest tree house could be worth more than a year in a public school (we homeschool our kids so it’s not an issue).

Anyway, an “off the grid” lifestyle is feasible and you can make it a reality.
There are several ways to approach an “off the grid” lifestyle.

You could build a self sustained camp or cottage “off the grid” in hundreds of locations. 

My preferences are places with reasonable climate. 

But some locations are great for “seasonal off grid living” such as Maine (especially northern and the islands), Montana, New Mexico, Central Mexico and some parts of South America. 

I also like the Pacific Islands but these can be tricky (finding remote locations or islands with access to food and water).

It’s fun to think about living “off the grid”.

In today’s world it might become a necessity.

Please write to me with your thoughts and ideas for “living off the grid”.


Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”

(Ed Note:  Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities. He understands legitimate opportunities)
******* Valuable Resources ********











Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wall Street Trading Secret the Masses Never See by Marc Charles

Wall Street Trading Secret the Masses Never See

How to make money trading precious metals and reduce your risk like a hedge funds pro

9:14 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

The gold futures market is a powerful tool for making money. 

But, there’s a significant downside risk in this market, I’m not pulling any punches.

When you open a gold futures trading account you’ll be required to read, sign and approve a disclaimer like this:

The risk of loss in trading commodity futures and options is substantial. Before trading, you should carefully consider your financial position to determine if futures trading is appropriate. When trading futures and/or options, it is possible to lose more than the full value of your account. All funds committed should be risk capital. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

However…..there is a way eliminate or greatly reduce your risk, I’ll show you how.

I’ll show you a way to make money in the gold futures market which is hidden form the masses.
If the average guy on the street understood and applied this tactic it would rip the curtain back on the Great Oz of Wall Street.

And don’t kid yourself…

I’m not talking about a “perceived risk” here. 

I’m talking about actual, real time, fortune losing risk!

But let’s get real….every business has some risk. 

The secret to being a successful gold trader is reducing or eliminating risk

Let’s take a peek at this bad boy strategy…

The gold futures market is a 24-hour trillion dollar raging torrent of cash

I recommend staying away from unregulated futures markets; it’s not worth the trouble. There’s no reason to get involved with unregulated markets when regulated markets are available.
On top of that, my preference is to avoid markets with low open interest. 

Open interest is the number of open contracts in a particular market.

The open interest for the December 2011 gold futures contract is about 135,000 contracts. This number will increase just prior to the expiration date as speculators, traders and investors rush in to make a quick buck.

The idea is to focus on the markets which are easy to get in and out of quickly Open interest is how you determine total participation.

Know the Market 

It’s important to understand the market you’re trading.

If you ignore this key you’ll pay dearly for your lack of knowledge.

In other words, every market has its own “ebb and flow” or subtle difference.

On top of that, it’s a good idea to study a market’s “ebb and flow” and cyclical patterns. You can do this by reviewing historical price charts, and observing how the market reacts to events, shocks or “bad news”.

The “masses” rarely make (and keep) money in the gold futures market because of a lack of knowledge and understanding.

An Easy System for Removing Profits from the Market

When you trade you need an easy system for removing profits from the market, and protecting oneself when things go from bad to worse. 

There are thousands of software trading programs which claim to do this and some of them better than others.

And, I’m not living in the dark ages. I realize high frequency trading (HFT) and other sophisticated software programs is what the ‘BIG” money uses these days.
But I’m not talking about a software trading program.

I’m talking about a system which incorporates human logic and common sense.

Most of the new traders do not understand the market they trade nor do they understand how to remove profits.

I’ll show you how to do this today.

Commodity Futures Learning Curve

A futures contract is an obligation to buy or sell a given quantity of an asset at a specified future date and at an agreed-upon price.

Futures contracts have standard delivery dates, trading units, terms, and conditions. 

A futures contract can be based on any number of underlying assets. 

You can trade coffee, cotton, currencies, precious metals, and soybeans… to name a few.
To "open" a futures position, you either buy or sell a future. 

To "close" a futures position, you do the exact opposite - either selling or buying the same future.
Most futures contract positions are "closed out" in this way before they expire.

If you believe that the price of the underlying asset will rise, you would buy a futures contract. This is referred to as LONG position. 

When you own a contract (long) it commits you to take delivery of the underlying shares, or equivalent cash value, at a prearranged price and by a certain date – unless you sell it.

If you believe the price of the underlying asset will fall, you would sell a futures contract. This is referred to as a SHORT position. 

When you sell a futures contract (short) it  commits you to deliver the underlying shares, or equivalent cash value, at a prearranged price and by a certain date – unless you buy it.
The most active futures contracts are traded on government-regulated exchanges like the Chicago Board of Trade (the largest futures exchange), the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the New York Board of Trade, the London Metal Exchange, and the ICE (Intercontinental Exchange).
Little-Known Gold Trading Strategy
New traders trade like they're on a weekend junket in Vegas!
They don’t stick to a strategy and they don’t understand the games they play.
When novice gamblers win big money they spend it even faster on drinks, parties, and entertainment and more gambling. 

It’s a great business model when you own the casino!

Rookies trade with reckless abandon
I’m not trying to bring you down, or overwhelm you with negative “vibes”.

But it’s important to know this stuff because your WILL be faced with it if you trade gold futures.
What’s more, novice traders usually “let it ride” after a winning trade with the intention of making even more money.

Professional traders don't trade like this (except for people like Job Corzine at MF Global. His trading losses will probably top $650 million). 

Professional traders usually understand trading is a business, not a hobby.

Most (but not all) professional traders know how to make and keep profits. 

My trading mentor always removed part of his profits and wired it to another bank account.

The Markets are Predictable (to a Degree)

Every market moves in cycles, trends, and "waves." 

This is an incredible truth, and very good news for traders.

For example, hogs are a popular livestock futures market. 

Hogs have gone up in price the last part of March and into the first week of April for the past 45 years or so like clockwork. 

Part of the answer is Easter!
More ham and bacon are sold around the Easter holiday than at any other time of year!
Most professional hog traders understand this cycle and trade it accordingly.
Professional traders typically specialize in one market.

For example, a professional coffee trader would know if prices were at historical highs or lows. He or she would know when a coffee crop is vulnerable to freezing temperatures in Brazil (a huge producer).

A professional coffee trader waits patiently and watches the market. 

Then just prior to the winter “freeze season” he might load up (buy) coffee futures.
When the news hits of a “devastating freeze,” the coffee trader might load up with more positions

The savviest traders sell into a panic, remove profits, start trading a small position again and if the conditions were right buy more contracts.

Wall Street Gold Trading Secret

Most professional traders understand hysteria doesn’t last forever.
At some point he or she knows the market settles down and prices return to an “average” trading range. 

As a professional trader you can seize this opportunity like a Wall Street insider.

Professional traders can make a lot of money when markets move into an “average” trading range by selling options.

The Wall Street gold trading secret is a little different. We’re going to trade gold futures and options – together.

Let’s say you believe gold futures are going to go down in the short term. This is actually a good trade because almost NO ONE believes the price of gold will go down today.
It’s like betting on a football game. My friend and gambling icon Wayne Root said you will never make big money betting on favorites or sure things. You make the biggest payday going against the crowd and betting public.

So…if you think gold is heading lower you could sell one January 2012 gold futures contract. This means you are “shorting” the market expecting it to drop. You could place a stop loss order above the current price at whatever point you feel comfortable.

In other words, let’s say you are only willing to lose $3,000, no matter what. Then you would place a stop loss order $3,000 above the price where you enter the trade. 

Okay, now you buy one gold futures call option at a strike price $3,000 above the point where you sold.

If your short trade goes against you, and the price of gold rises, the losses you incur in the futures market will be offset in part by the rise in value (and profit) of the gold call option.
In other words, whatever direction you feel the gold market is going, buy a call or put option on the other side of your trade, to offset any losses.

It’s like having insurance on your trade, thereby reducing your risk -- big time.
This is what hedge fund managers do to protect themselves – and they often trade tens of millions of dollars in gold futures.

There are thousands of strategies like this which involve futures and options, but this is one of the easiest to implement and understand.

As always……please send or post your feedback, on this article, or anything! Feedback makes the world go ‘round.

Trade wisely,

Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”


(Ed Note:  Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities. He understands legitimate opportunities)

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Valuable Resources:
World Commodity Futures Exchanges
Chicago Board of Trade
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
ICE  
Kansas City Board of Trade
London Metal Exchange
Minneapolis Grain Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
Euronext LIFFE
Shanghai Futures Exchange
Tokyo Commodity Exchange

Commodity Brokers
PFG Best
Great Pacific Trading Company
Lind-Waldock
R.J. O'Brien
Traders Network

 Futures Trading Education and Tutorials    
Investopedia      
                                                                                        
Chicago Board of Trade – Options Institute

Commodity Central
Chicago Mercantile Exchange - Simulated Trading


New Book Recommendations
Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom
by Van K. Tharp

Commodity Trading Manual
by the Chicago Board of Trade and Frank Rose

Trading Futures for Dummies
By Joe Duarte MD
Winning in the Futures Markets: A Money-Making Guide to Trading, Hedging, and Speculating
by George Angell

Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders
by Jack D. Schwager

The New Market Wizards: Conversations With America’s Top Traders
by Jack D. Schwager


Trading Tip:
There are basically two ways to approach any market - either from a technical or a fundamental point of view.
A technical view is based on charts, cycles, Elliott Waves, and mathematical equations, etc.
A fundamental view is based on supply, demand, weather, crisis, and facts etc.
If you can utilize BOTH approaches to make your investment decisions, it's even better.
For example, with an Elliott Wave technical view of a market a trader would wait for signals based on Elliott Wave structure on price charts.
The three major aspects of Elliott Wave analysis are pattern, time, and ratio.
The basic Elliott Wave pattern consists of a five wave uptrend followed by a three wave correction. Each "leg" of a wave in turn consists of smaller waves.
Elliott waves can be used define where a market is in relation to historical prices.
Then you would review the actual supply and demand figures. These are harder to find then you might expect because everyone (farmers, miners, government, traders, hedge funds or anti-capitalists) has a bias.
One of the coolest projects I’ve seen regarding supply and demand is the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. You don’t need a PhD to enjoy it.