Trading Gold? Consider These Three Factors Now

February 24th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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We aren’t living in your grandfather’s trading environment anymore. Traders need to keep their finger on a lot of pulses these days. Maybe you’re a Gold bug looking to focus only on the technical and fundamental factors affecting this precious metal. Or maybe you are also trading crude oil. But wait, there’s the Indian growth data to consider and what did Mario Draghi just say? Throw a bunch of economic reports and indicators as well as inter-related global markets together and everything from soup to nuts seems to matter to the markets now. The truth is, knowing where this precious metal is going can be difficult.

Regardless of where you fit on this spectrum, there are three macroeconomic factors you need to remember when trading Gold and one technical solution that can help you quantify this seemingly unquantifiable data.

How to make money when interest rates are negative

You can’t. It may seem counterintuitive, but if you put your money in the bank, you will have to PAY them to hold your cash. The Bank of Japan followed other central banks in going negative on rates in late January, a sign of the continuing global trouble from plummeting low oil prices, stalling international trade and slowing growth in China. Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is seeking new ways to break the country’s cycle of decline. The BOJ joins a growing group of global central banks with negative interest rates including the European Central Bank, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.

So this all should be good for Gold, right? Global central bankers remain concerned about sluggish growth and below-target inflation. This loose monetary policy around the world should be a bullish sign for Gold as this is a hard asset that should gain in value.

Gold isn’t the only metal that matters

There are many things that affect the price of the metal. Comex copper futures tumbled to their lowest level in late January since April 2009. While they have rallied back recently, China’s insatiable appetite for copper has tumbled as their aggressive building and construction phase slows. Weak copper demand signals global growth is likely to remain weak, which will keep global central banks with their hands on the easing button, which should be a long term positive for Gold.

Stock market correlation affects Gold

When things were getting super dicey for US equities in January, Gold was rallying. The standard view is that these two markets are inversely linked: when the stocks go up, the yellow metal dives, and vice-versa. Why do we often see a negative correlation between the stocks and the shiny metal? When traders go into defensive mode, they may prefer Gold as opposed to riskier stocks. The saying goes that this metal is a safe-haven, so naturally it’s correlated inversely (or, at least, uncorrelated) to stocks during a serious financial turmoil.

The stock market has rebounded but volatility seems to be here for the long haul. These economic factors make it tough to quantify the true impact on the price of Gold. It’s difficult to decide which input should be weighted the most.

By combining Intermarket Analysis with a Neural Network process, VantagePoint quantifies these relationships. The end result is the output of an accurate forecast of where Gold is heading.

To see this technology in action watch the video below. You’ll see recent market forecasts for Gold as well as stocks that are impacted and influenced by the price of Gold.

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Swing Trading Strategies

December 16th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

What is swing trading anyway?

SWING TRADING STRATEGIES

This technique is often used by stock and options traders and tends to be more long term than day trading. Swing traders seek to capture explosive moves in the market, up or down, for profit. When the swing slows, they exit the position. As many swing traders will tell you – the trend is your friend.

If you break down the term swing trading into its components, the first part is a swing. No matter the technique, if there’s not a swing of some degree after you buy, then you will not be able to sell at higher prices and vice versa. Trading is the next part of the term and you shouldn’t take this lightly. There is a big difference from traders and passive investors. Traders don’t buy and “hope.” They never get married to a trade regardless of what they hear from the media, friends, relatives or whomever.

Swing trading can be broken down into three key phases:

1. The Development Stage

2. The Recognition Stage

3. The Bandwagon Stage

Knowing how to identify each stage at the optimal time and how to react during those stages is key. Here are some tips on improving your swing trading skills and increasing your profitability.

The Swing Trading Development Stage

The first stage is the œdevelopment stage.  Swing traders want to be able to identify an opportunity early on so they can get into position during the development stage. While this is obviously an optimal situation it is often difficult for traders to implement. Why? Because on a chart, this often looks like a congestion or balancing zone.

Recognizing Profits in Swing Trading

The second stage the recognition stage. This is where you can begin to see a surge in price, either upwards or downwards. Those fortunate enough to have entered during the development stage are often challenged with remaining in a profitable position for a longer period of time. The idea is to capture more of the swing, not to lose confidence and get out while leaving money on the table.

Swing Trading Exit Strategies

Finally, there is the bandwagon stage. This stage is usually determined by a plethora of market specific news reports mentioned on TV.

The bandwagon stage is where many people lose money when investing, especially when investing without a defined plan. Now, that is not to say that those who enter the market at this time are going to lose, but all too often the trend is over by this time.

Timing is Key for Swing Trading

If you’ve already picked up on the common trend here (see what we did there?) timing is everything for swing traders. It’s near impossible to be successful in any of these 3 stages if you don’t have a system or a strategy for knowing what may happen in the market.

Meet your solution.

VantagePoint Trading Software has been utilizing Intermarket Analysis with predictive technologies to forecast market strength and direction for the past 25 years. This proven technology helps swing traders identify developments before they happen, gives them the confidence to stay in position longer and warns of when a trend may be coming to an end. With accuracy documented up to 86% for some markets, this technology has changed the game for swing trading as it provides consistent and accurate data for traders.

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Using Predictive Indicators to Forecast the Futures Market

November 20th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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What Futures Market Traders Need to Know

If you’re trading the futures market you probably know that one of the biggest challenges lies in accounting for all the different factors that affect each market. Sure, you know relationships exist and that markets are inter-related – but how do you apply this information to make your trades more profitable?

Watch the video below to see how successful traders are using VantagePoint’s deadly accurate market forecasts to quantify market relationships in order to get into profitable trades sooner and place more effective stops.

We demonstrate the power of predictive forecasts by looking at recent moves in the U.S. Index, Gold and Light Sweet Crude Oil.

How VantagePoint Predicts the Futures Market

Behind the hood of VantagePoint’s powerful trend forecasting capabilities are two patented technologies. The first, which performs intermarket analysis using neural networks and the second which transforms that data into leading market indicators.

Since the futures market will often have big, trending moves, timing is the key to success. Rather than miss the onset of a big move, such as the 2-day jump in gold as seen above, traders can get in sooner and capture more of the profits by using predictive indicators.

The math and science behind this powerful trend forecasting software, which is literally impossible for the human brain to compute, produces forecasts for the futures market that are proven to be up to 86% accurate. To see more and find out how VantagePoint can improve your results in the market, fill out the form on the right and a representative will contact you to schedule a personalized demonstration.

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How VantagePoint Performed Against the Fed’s Announcement

October 28th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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As expected, the market showed various signs of volatility today as a result of the Fed’s announcement. Right around 1:30-2:00pm today we saw some crazy movement in both directions. So we wanted to know (more so, we wanted you to know), how did VantagePoint perform? Because if there’s one thing that trips traders up the most it’s unexpected movements due to outside forces, right?

So we put VantagePoint to the test. We look at forecasts for the Dow, the S&P 500 and Natural Gas to show you whether or not the software was able to withstand today’s volatility.

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After Market Trading: How to Be Profitable

October 23rd, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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Whether you are an active day trader who can’t get enough action during the six and a half hours the stock exchanges are open or an investor looking for new profitable opportunities, after market trading offers an attractive option. The after-market can be especially profitable for traders who have an added technological edge, like VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software.

After Market Trading Defined

The stock markets have gone through many changes, from the old days of hand writing trades on chalk boards to the high speed electronic networks of today. Still, in the recent history of the exchanges, most traders could only buy and sell stocks during the regular business hours of major stock exchanges. For most US Exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ,), regular business hours is typically defined as 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Trading before and after regular exchange hours first became available for large institutional players in the early 1990s.

Today a number of electronic trading networks (ETN) allow all investors to keep trading even when the big money players have stopped participating. Nearly all the major online brokerages and full-service brokerage firms will allow you to enter buy and sell orders for stocks to be executed after the exchanges close. Some may charge extra commissions and fees for after hours, but not all, so you’ll need to check with your broker.

However, with any investment there are inherent risks. Here are a few risks involved with after market trading:

  1. Increased volatility. While AAPL, NFLX, GOOG and the other names should be okay to trade in the after-market, for stocks with limited trading activity, you may find greater price fluctuations than you would have seen during regular trading hours.
  2. Lack of liquidity. During regular trading hours, it is easy to match buyers and sellers as there is sufficient interest on both sides of the market. During after-hours, there may be less trading volume for some stocks, making it more difficult to execute some of your trades.
  3. Bigger bid ask spread. Less trading activity could also mean wider spreads between the bid and offer prices. As a result, you may find it more difficult to get your order executed or to get as favorable a price as you could have during regular market hours resulting in slippage. 

VantagePoint Provides an After-Market Edge

Considering the inherent risks, you need a tool to help you find profitable trading opportunities in the after-hours. VantagePoint can help as it forecasts the big trending or gap moves in a stock that often happen in the after-hours market due to an earnings announcement or other important news.

How can VantagePoint do this? By using intermarket analysis and a neural network process to find hidden patterns and relationships between markets, VantagePoint’s proprietary indicators provide short-term trend forecasts that anticipate trend changes. This process provides a unique perspective on markets that uses foresight, instead of hindsight, allowing you to find profitable opportunities if you are after market trading.

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Back to the Future(s) with VantagePoint

October 21st, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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Today is “Back to the Future” Day, as was documented in the famous 1985 movie and rather than talk about fictitious movie scenes, we want to talk about profits – from Futures of course.

Most traders know that Futures trades often have big, trending moves and thus timing is the key to success in these markets. Too often though, traders will miss the onset of a big move because they’re relying on lagging indicators that fail to give them advance warning of a trend change.

A few weeks ago we demonstrated how traders can get into the Futures market with low margin. If you followed our forecasts back then you would have gotten into some incredible positions that led to lucrative profits as captured below.

  • Natural Gas – 22-day position that resulted in $1890 profit per contract.
  • US Dollar – 11-day position that resulted in $1427 profit per contract.
  • Cocoa – 13-day position that resulted in $2170 profit per contract, followed by a 6 day position in the opposite direction that resulted in $1030 profit per contract. Total profit = $3200 over 19 days.
  • Orange Juice – 20-day position that resulted in $2404 profit per contract followed by a 10-day position in the opposite direction that resulted in $3972 profit per contract. Total profit = $6376 over 30 days.
  • Live Cattle – 17-day position that resulted in $6599 profit per contract followed by a 10-day position in the opposite direction that resulted in $5447 profit per contract. Total profit = $12,046 over 27 days.

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How to Trade Futures with Low Margin

October 7th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

How to Trade Futures

Whether you’re currently trading stocks, ETFs or Forex I’m sure you know the value in diversifying your portfolio. One of the easiest ways to diversify without breaking the bank is to trade Futures. Certain softs, such as live cattle, sugar and cocoa have a very good margin ratio and in this video we demonstrate how to trade futures with low margin (specifically – how to turn a $3000 investment into $10,608 in just 17 days.)

Trade Futures – the Results

  • Live Cattle – 17 day position to the downside resulted in $6500 profit per contract with an initial investment of about $1000 per contract.
  • Sugar – 8 day position to the upside resulted in $1848 profit per contract with an initial investment of about $1000 per contract.
  • Cococa – 8 day position to the downside resulted in $2,260 profit per contract with an initial investment of about $1000 per contract.

You can see how using this system to trade futures, with multiple contracts of these markets, you can quickly turn a substantial profit.

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How the Fed’s Announcement on Interest Rates Could Affect the Markets

September 16th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

The chatter of China and Greece seems to have subsided as the focus is now on the Fed’s announcement on interest rates. While volatility has definitely settled, the real question is – how is this decision affecting the markets?

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If we’re talking interest rates then it only makes sense to look at markets we know have a direct correlation with interest rates such as Gold, the Treasury Bond and the Vix.

In the video below we give you an inside look into how VantagePoint’s Neural Networks are using the short term conditions with interest rates as well as predictive market data to produce forecasts that are up to 86% accurate.

These forecasts afforded traders the ability to capitalize on the following:

  • $3000 gains in gold in just 2 positions over 8 days
  • $2687 per contract in the Treasury Bond in 12 days
  • over $10.00/share in 18 days trading the VXX

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How To Make Money With VantagePoint

August 5th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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The first thought many traders have before investing in a new tool is – How easily can I make money trading with this? A return on your investment is important, which is why the team at Market Technologies has invested millions of dollars and over 3 decades of research, development and support in order to provide traders with the absolute best in market forecasting software. In the video below we’ll demonstrate how traders can make money trading with VantagePoint right off the bat.

VantagePoint’s accurate market forecasts allow traders to feel confident about finding the right trades and staying out of choppy sideways markets. Once a trading opportunity is identified, VantagePoint will help traders manage their positions with the predicted moving average, the next day’s predicted trading range and the predicted neural index.

Forecasts for those looking to make money trading now

In this video you’ll see forecasts for the following:

EnCana ($ECA) decreased 47.94% or $6.76 per share in the last 60 days. 1000 shares of this stock would have made you over $6000 in just 1 trade to the downside.

Skechers ($SKX) increased another 23% in the last 5 days. It’s now up 105.67% in the last 74 days. It’s easy to see how to make money with VantagePoint simply by following the indicators.

We also take a look at some long positions in Gold and Light Sweet Crude Oil for those who are trading commodities.

Ready to make money trading?

Regardless of what asset classes you are currently trading, VantagePoint’s market forecasts, proven to be up to 86% accurate, can help investors of all levels make money trading in the market. With increased confidence and consistency, profits will surely follow. an absolutely obtainable goal. Want to see a forecast for another stock? Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to follow up with you.

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Greece Crisis and the Effects on Global Markets

July 2nd, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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It’s safe to say the entire world is feeling the effects of the current Greece Crisis. Regardless of which markets you trade in, there is no doubt this event has caused increased fear and uncertainty for most traders.

The DOW dropped over 350 points on Monday – if your current trading strategy is to follow in the footsteps of what has already taken place then chances are you got caught off guard and ended up on the wrong side of the trade.

VantagePoint’s proprietary market leading forecasts were ahead of this dip and gave traders using the technology the insight that something big was coming. How is this possible? By utilizing Intermarket Analysis and a Neural Network process, VantagePoint identifies and analyzes 25 intermarkets that drive each forecasts market and to what degree the impact will be.

In the video above we take a look at recent forecasts for stocks, ETFs, Forex pairs and commodities that show not only the impact of having this knowledge ahead of time but also just how connected each of these markets really are.

With VantagePoint, you don’t need to worry about adjusting your strategy based on timing, market or any other outside factors. Trust in the 86% accuracy and you’ll find yourself on the right side of the move more times than not.

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