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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Get Rich and Stay Warm This Winter! by Marc Charles


Get Rich and Stay Warm This Winter!
A Unique Business Makes Money No Matter What Happens to Price of Oil

5:04 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

The check was made out to me for $12,314! 

I stared at the stupid thing for almost a minute.

This was my second check in this silly business.

Now….don’t call the “authorities” claiming I promised you instant riches with absolutely no risk whatsoever.

Come on…..that’s not honest.

There is MAJOR RISK involved in this market and business.

But there are ways to protect yourself, or even get involved on a small scale, and this should help you reduce the risk.

What’s more…..

There are ways to approach this market and business that’ll give you an “edge”.

One “edge” is to know the market by researching and studying it like a professional, not a weekend gambler or football junkie.

I’ll show you how reduce your risk (and in some cases eliminate it) and make money at the same time.

But first it’s important to realize this market is highly leveraged.

That means you can put up a little money in the form of “margin” and leverage or parlay this amount into big gains.

In fact, the futures market is the highest leveraged market in the world…period!

And don’t kid yourself….

You could lose your initial investment in this market and MORE!

So….study, research and learn from savvy professionals.

The market and business I’m showing you today is heating oil futures.

So let’s get started………

There are two basic groups of people in this market:

·        First Group:
Large professional traders, money managers, mutual funds and institutions (like banks, oil companies and insurance companies)

·        Second Group:
Small speculators, traders, investors and beginners

One challenge in this market is to understand how it moves. 

But there’s a closely guarded money making secret I’ll share with now.

Everyone has access to the same information, statistics, charts, and advice.

But novice traders and investors will trade anything that moves. 

As soon as a stock, currency, commodity, or real estate property moves to a new high, everyone wants to buy it!

What’s more, novice traders jump from one market to another seeking the next “big” deal.
I knew a wildly successful futures trader when I started in this business. He said something I’ll never forget:

“You could lose several fortunes if you don’t focus on a specific market”

In other words, when it comes to trading futures (or anything for that matter) it’s better to focus on the nuances of the market you are trading.

Most new traders do NOT take the time to gain an understanding of each commodity market.
New traders don’t take the time to watch how it moves, trading ranges, cycles, or seasonal changes.

Novice traders don’t have a clue where the “Big money” is in a market (these guys control large sums of cash…think hundreds of million or billions).

And that’s not all……

The heating oil market is super easy to learn!

For example, let’s say you expected heating oil prices to rise during the winter months (which it often does but it’s tricky).

Let’s say that you purchased one March heating oil contract “at the market” (this means at the current prevailing market price) at 2.05.

Your expectations proved correct and the heating oil market moves up to 2.65 over the next few weeks. 

Now you decide to sell one March heating oil futures contract “at the market” and grab in your profit.

A heating oil contract on the NYMEX exchange consists of 42,000 gallons. 

When you opened the trade and bought one heating oil contract it was worth $86,100 (2.05 x 42,000 gallons = $86,100).  

A couple of weeks later when you sold this contract “at the market,” it would hypothetically be worth $111,300. 

In this example you would have made a profit of $25,200 (less commissions and fees).
That’s a lot of money for most people including me.

But for some people $25,000 is chump change!

Some of the traders, money managers and companies who participate in the heating oil futures market trade hundreds of contracts

In this example, if you traded 100 contracts on this same pricing move it would have meant 100 x $25,000 or $2.5 million!

Let’s come back to planet earth…..

In order to trade a heating oil futures contract you’ll need to make a deposit – this is referred to as margin. 

The required margin fluctuates daily - but for heating oil it’s currently around $1,000.


Heating Oil “Cheat” Sheet

Heating oil is a flammable liquid petroleum product normally used to fuel furnaces and boilers.
It’s similar to diesel fuel. Both of them are referred to as distillates. 

Heating oil is also known throughout North America as No. 2 heating oil. The market receives a lot attention every winter.

In finance, a futures contract is a standardized contract, traded on a regulated futures exchange. 

This is the easy part….

A contract is an agreement to buy or sell an underlying commodity at a certain date in the future, at a specific price. 

The future date is called the delivery date or final settlement date. 

The pre-set price is called the futures price. The price of the underlying asset (in this case heating oil) on the delivery date is called the settlement price.

A futures contract gives the holder the obligation to buy or sell. 

This differs from an options contract, which gives the holder the right, but not the obligation

Options are an entirely different market, but they are another way to greatly reduce your risk.
I’ll cover some interesting option opportunities in the weeks ahead.

An important thing about futures contracts…

Both parties of a "futures contract" must fulfill the contract on the settlement date.
The seller delivers the commodity to the buyer. 

Or, if it is a cash-settled future, then the futures trader who sustained a loss transfers cash to the one who made a profit. 

To exit a commitment prior to the settlement date, the holder of a futures position has to offset his position by either selling a long position or buying back a short position, effectively closing out the futures position and its contract obligations. 

The majority of futures contracts are exited before the settlement date. 

Most traders in the heating oil futures market have no intention of taking physical delivery of the commodity.  This is a major point.

The only companies interested in taking a physical delivery of heating oil are those involved the heating oil business.

You can watch heating oil futures prices on all of the major financial news networks, such as Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, BBC, and others. 

You can also track heating oil futures on the top financial websites, such as Google Finance, Bloomberg.com, CBOT.com, FT.com, Yahoo! Finance and others.

How to Make Money with Heating Oil Futures 

One of the best ways to make money by trading heating oil futures is to avoid losing money.
This isn’t a play on words or a tricky trading rule!

In my experience avoiding losses has been a very big deal. You could become very rich over time if learn HOW to avoid losses and let your winning trades run wild.

As I showed you earlier, the heating oil futures market is easy to understand and even easier to trade. 

However, just because winter is around the corner and temperatures are expected to reach historic lows (rumors) this doesn’t mean the price of heating oil futures will rise.

In other words, it takes a little effort and research to understand how the heating oil market works

We need to understand the “ebb and flow” of the market. 

Historical price charts are a great way to do this! 

Here are two places to obtain historical price charts:

In addition, we need to know when the major players are buying or selling heating oil. You can get this information from the Commitments of Traders Reports.

It’ll also helpful to know the cash price (or dock price) for heating oil.

A bunch of heating oil traders make money specializing in the “spread” - or the difference between the futures price and the cash (dock) price.


Okay…let’s get back to avoiding losses…..

In my experience, there are three ways to avoid losses in the heating oil markey (actually any market now that I think of it):

1) Understand the nuances of the heating oil market (Typical trading ranges, where the “big money” is committed, cash prices, historical price charts, etc.)
2) Under trade. Trade less than you can actually afford to lose!  When your positions are profitable systematically remove profits and start over again small.

3) Use stop losses and options. A stop loss is an order below or above where you entered a trade. It enables you to “get out” of a trade if you are wrong. DO NOT CHANGE stop orders. Call or put options can be purchased above or below your entry points.

I’ve covered my “matrix” strategy in previous issues. But it bares repeating.


Here’s a hypothetical trade using my “matrix” strategy:
Buy one December heating oil futures contract “at the market” (the current market price)
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Sell your one December heating oil futures contract “at the market”.
Then buy two December heating oil contracts “at the market”.
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Then sell two December contracts “at the market”
Then buy three December contracts “at the market”.
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Then sell three December contracts “at the market”.
Now buy four December contracts “at the market”.
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Then sell four December contracts “at the market”.
Remove all of your profit from the market. Then start over again small.
NEVER trade more than four contracts (until you become a seasoned trader).
ALWAYS trade a series of four trades – never more, never less.
ALWAYS start over again SMALL.

You see…..

Rookie, novice traders ALWAYS over trade…especially when they make money. They become overwhelmed at the prospect of becoming “rich”. This is when 95% of the mistakes in judgment occur…in my experience.

Another Way to Avoid Risk is by Using Inverse ETFs

I really like inverse ETFs! They enable you to trade highly leveraged and volatile markets without a lot of risk.

In fact, ETFS are similar to commodity options in that your risk is limited to the initial investment….that’s it.

You can also make money with ETFs (and options) of the price of commodity goes down, stays constant or even goes up a little.

I’ll cover unique ETF and option strategies in future issues.

But for now….it’s important to know you can make a living in this business. 

There has never been a better time to learn this incredible market and business 
opportunity.

In no time flat, you’ll be warming up with your own heating oil profits!

Trade safe….and always look for ways to reduce risk and losses.

Have fun and play nice.

Regards,


Marc Charles


(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 ***
Research the heating oil market.
You can practice trading this commodity on paper to see if the strategies I’ve shared with you work.
Try pyramiding your positions to see how much money you could “hypothetically” make on paper.
Limit your pyramiding to only four contracts when you’re starting out.
Open a commodity trading account with a reputable brokerage.
Start trading heating oil futures when you understand the risk and the “ebb and flow” of the market.
Trade ETFs!
The downside risk is limited to the price you pay for each ETF share.
***Valuable Resources***
Commodity Brokers
Proactive Futures
Commodity Futures Exchanges



**My Recommended Book List**

Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market by Jim Rogers
The Little Book of Commodity Investing (Little Book Big Profits) by John Stephenson and John Mauldin
Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader: Lessons from 21 Weeks of Real Trading by Peter L. Brandt
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre and Roger Lowenstein
Agricultural Options by George Angell
The New Market Wizards by Jack D. Schwager
Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K. Tharp
Elliott Wave Principle by Robert R. Prechter, Jr. and A. J. Frost
Commodity Trading Manual by the Chicago Board of Trade and Frank Rose
All About Futures by Russell R. Wasendorf
Winning in the Futures Markets by George Angell
Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager





Thursday, March 22, 2012

How to Make $10,000 Selling a Simple Product Online with Google and China’s Help!

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How to Make $10,000 Selling a Simple Product Online with Google and China’s Help!

7:01 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

Bob Maydonik makes $10,000 to $20,000 every month importing a simple product from China and selling it online.

He also secured a unique partnership with Google to design his AdWords campaign for him.

I talked to Bob on Monday about his little venture.

On top of that, Google provided advertising seed money for him to boot!

I’ll show you how Bob does it and how you could do something similar too.

As some of you know, I wrote a comprehensive home study course and e-book called China Wholesale Trader. An updated edition will be available soon from AWAI.

But know this…..

I’m not a rookie when it comes to outsourcing companies in China, and importing products for resale.

What’s more, my good friend and consulting client Phillip Sterling was in the process of launching a venture to export cigarettes to China and sell them under a “Mary Kay Cosmetics” business model, until his untimely death in 2004.

This was before all the “big boys” got ahold of  the strategy.

And so…I have a little insight into exporting products into China as well.


Here’s what Bob Maydonik did ….

Bob designed an oversized yoga mat which measures 6’ x 6’.

He called his company and product Square36.

This simple product makes $10,000-$25,000 per month for Bob Maydonik.

It took Bob about a year and a half to get this thing up and running, and become profitable.  You could do it much faster with the information in today’s issue!

Bob got the idea for an oversized yoga mat while doing the training program  P90X. He told me he was annoyed the size of typical yoga mats.

A New Site Opens the Door for You …..

With the idea in hand Bob he set out to find someone to design and manufacture it.

The he stumbled on Alibaba.com.

Alibaba.com is a Monster Resource for entrepreneurs to manufacture and import products from China.

Alibaba.com is one of the highest traffic business websites on the Internet.

I’m dead serious…..they have more than 6 million registered users and facilitate more than $6 billion dollars in transactions every year.

Bob located a company to manufacture the Square36 and export it to the US super cheap!

The next step was to get a website up and running…. here it is:


A website is the easy part.

Granted, a nice website with dependable ecommerce takes a little effort……generic templates won’t work.

But most entrepreneurs get overwhelmed with all the website stuff.

Focus on users and customers….NOT on your company, product or prices….and you’ll be fine.

Bob simply jotted down some ideas for his website and handed it to a freelance designer. It should only take a couple of days to develop a simple ten page website.

In fact, whenever you work with a webmaster, designer or programmer ALWAYS insist on completion date. If they can’t do it don’t hire them.

If you hire or retain someone with “artist tendencies” you could wait for years to get a website built!

I’m serious….I’m telling you this from experience on hundreds of ventures and websites.

Enough said.

The next thing Bob did was approach Google to buy keyword advertising.

But get this……..

Google built the Square36 AdWords campaign for them!

You heard right.

Most people don’t realize Google offers free consulting and assistance when it comes to setting up an AdWords campaign.

Yes…..Google wants your money…as much as possible.

But Google understands (better than most)  they can’t make big bucks over the long term without helping people make money.

On top of that, Google gave Square36 seed money credit to launch the product and the campaign!

One of the biggest mistakes Bob made (in his words) were the first twenty prototypes of the oversized yoga mat.

They bought a HUGE roll of PVC mat and asked the yoga supply wholesaler to cut them into 6′ x 6′ mats.

But the wholesaler ripped off their idea! This is fairly common but it always hurts.

In addition, the wholesale company grabbed the photo of Bob’s mat and took credit for it.

Bob quickly dealt with the situation by changing the color of our mat to black, increasing the density and thickness, and then embossing their logo on it.

Oh….Bob dumped the US wholesaler and went with a reputable company in China.

Bob mentioned the ripoff wholesaler has done a lousy job marketing their “knock off” product and so it hasn’t affected Square36 sales whatsoever.

A Million Dollar Lesson

Bob Maydonik learned a million dollar lesson about doing business in China.

When you do business in China the most important thing is the “connection”.

In other words, if you meet with a Chinese business partner and talk about your family for two hours! In the last ten minutes of a meeting the topic of terms and pricing might surface.

“If you take the factory manager out for beers you’ll get way better pricing & terms”, Bob said.

The business culture in China is built our “connections”, family, friends, and associates,

The biggest thing Bob learned about online marketing (and Google AdWords) is the time of day matters.

In other words, most people aren’t shopping online during their workday. The ads running on weekday nights always perform best.

Bob also said incorporating the cost of shipping into the price is the best way to go. Advertising “FREE SHIPPING” is very effective when it comes to Google AdWords campaigns.

Bob swears by the Alibaba.

He told me entrepreneurs new to this business should find a minimum of three manufacturers who can make what you want.

When you’re getting stuff made in China there’s a good chance the manufacturers will be in the same town (different towns seem to specialize in manufacturing one type of product).

If you can visit manufactuers in person, do it. Bob and his partner visited five factories for the Square36 mat. But only one of the five factories could actually do their project.

Bob registered his Internet domain (URL) with NetFirms.com. They host the domain at BlueHost.com.

Bob said the only thing he would you do differently is pick a product that’s easier to ship. A 6′ x 6′ yoga mat weighs about ten pounds. It’s as easy to ship as a pair of shoes or a DVD.

What’s more, you can fit a much smaller product in a Sea-Can, this would mean significant savings.

That’s it!

Bob saw a need, developed an idea, started SUPER small, found an inexpensive way to manufacture the product and import it. Then he got some help from Google to set up a profitable AdWords campaign.

You da man!

Please send me your thoughts, ideas, complaints or feedback. We read every comment, email, post and snail mail letter.
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 Strategy ***

Do you have an idea for a product?
Hold on quick draw!
Everyone has an idea for a product.
You need to make sure there’s an existing market for it.
Don’t try to invent or build a demand for something….it’ll cost you millions.
Instead, focus on products already selling in the marketplace.
Three tools I use are Google, eBay and infomercials. Search Google Products and eBay for products selling now. You can use Terapeak to find out what’s selling on eBay too.
Infomercials are a great resource too.
Do you know how much money it takes to develop, market and sell products through an infomercial? The answer is a boatload.
So….if you see repeat infomercials you can bet they are probably selling products like crazy.
Then go to Alibaba.com and find a company to make it for you, and import it.
Start small, test, and roll it out!

****Valuable Resources****


TradeKey (similar to Alibaba.com – excellent resource)
As Seen On TV (hundreds of commercials and infomercials)