Futures, Commodities, & Options

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Articles on Futures, Commodities, & Options

Gold was trading flat on the week as of Tuesday after it extended last week’s drop on Monday. While not out of the woods, gold may be able to regain its poise and resume higher after last week’s drop, when gold hit a record high before taking a drop to close lower, elaborates Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at TradingCandles.
The Prudent Speculator follows an approach to investing that focuses on broadly diversified investments in undervalued stocks for their long-term appreciation potential. Does that mean we build portfolios of 20 stocks...30...? More like 50 and up. We like stocks. And we like a lot of ‘em. One is Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), notes John Buckingham, editor of The Prudent Speculator.
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After rallying on the back of the Magnificent Seven for months, markets are rallying on the backs of a whole host of NEW leaders. The Dow Industrials jumped 742 points yesterday, the biggest gain since June 2023 and one that pushed the index to a fresh all-time high. Meanwhile, the Russell 2000 surged more than 3%. That boosted its one-week gain to 11%.
(Sponsored Content) When gold runs, silver typically lags for a period. But when silver plays catch up, it tends to do so with a vengeance. This lag, which can unwind like a coiled spring, is creating a tremendous value and upside opportunity for patient silver investors today, writes Bill Musgrave with Dana Samuelson, vice president and president, American Gold Exchange Inc.
A real-life trade with Broadcom Inc. (AVGO) is analyzed to determine the pros & cons of closing both legs of the trade (mid-contract unwind -MCU) exit strategy, versus taking no action and continuing to monitor the trade, states Alan Ellman of The Blue Collar Investor.
Three new sector seasonalities begin in the month of July. One is for gold and silver mining stocks. This seasonality is based upon strength in the Philadelphia Gold & Silver Index that typically begins in late July and lasts until late December. The VanEck Gold Miners ETF (GDX) is our preferred ETF to take advantage of seasonal strength, explains Jeff Hirsch, editor-in-chief of The Stock Trader’s Almanac.
(Sponsored Content) Consolidating Thursday's 1.8% surge, New York spot gold inched down $1 to finish last week at $2,414 as cooling inflation and softer US economic data cemented rate-cut expectations, stoking risk appetite at the expense of safe havens. The metal gained 1.1% for the week, its second straight weekly rise. Silver fell 1.6% for the day and week, closing at $30.89 an ounce, writes Bill Musgrave with Dana Samuelson, vice president and president, American Gold Exchange Inc.
The new world of single-stock, covered call ETFs is the latest step in the long line of ETF innovations. One to consider is the YieldMax AAPL Option Income Strategy ETF (APLY), which its sponsor launched in July 2023, notes Tim Plaehn, editor of The Dividend Hunter.
Peter Boockvar is Chief Investment Officer at Bleakley Financial Group, as well as editor of The Boock Report markets newsletter. In this MoneyShow MoneyMasters Podcast episode, which you can watch here, we take a 360-degree tour of the markets, the economy, Federal Reserve policy, and the most (and least) promising strategies, sectors, and asset classes for 2024-2025.

Experts on Futures, Commodities, & Options

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With our current economic climate and with lessons learned from history, NOW is the perfect time to invest in gold at cost, plus other amazing opportunities.   

With 44 years of gold market experience, American Gold Exchange President Dana Samuelson has pretty much seen it all regarding gold, until now. With gold hitting new, record highs in April Dana will explain what new factors have driven gold to its recent peak, and why higher highs are still likely. The fundamentals driving the god price are entrenched and rock solid and now they are being turbo charged by recent, new external factors. Dana will down on both the old and the new gold price drivers in this mid-year gold market update.  

Gold is getting attention again as new highs are being achieved.  Silver has lagged, and silver investors feel left behind.  Yet, the market activity is typical during the final phase of a significant bull market.  The dynamics for silver have never been as strong as they are currently.  Once the market reestablishes that silver, like gold, has a safe haven store of value component, the silver market will accelerate past gold, and the returns will be greater in percentage terms. 

Join Lawrence G. McMillan where he will discuss the current state of his option-oriented indicators including seasonal patterns and what they are saying about the stock market. He will also discuss various historical patterns, including the following topics:  the performance of $SPX, what the option markets are saying, and much, much more. 

Stock markets are overvalued, and a recession is looming. Precious metals are breaking out. Silver’s uses in solar panels, EVs, and even AI applications make it the “new oil.” But its price has major catching up to do. Silver will be the next uranium, which doubled in six months causing uranium stocks to soar. Now is the time to get positioned in silver and silver stocks. 

Index options have grown in popularity among many retail investors who have discovered their unique characteristics. Join Moomoo Technologies VP of Strategy Justin Zacks as he explains how investors may be using index options in their trading strategies. He will discuss the differences in settlement, style, tax treatment, and underlying securities between index options and other types of options.

Join thought leaders from NEOS Investments and Nasdaq to understand the evolution of options-based products and pairing tax efficiency with income generation, as well as break down the complexity of yield. 

Let’s face it—not all stock buys end up winners. Thankfully, due to the versatility of options, there is a strategy designed to potentially recoup some of these losses without additional costs or taking on additional risks. Join OIC instructor Mark Benzaquen as he dissects and discusses the Stock Repair strategy in this lively and engaging virtual session designed for learners of all levels. 

Gary Kaltbaum will show you exactly where you need to be in the markets as well as what to avoid. It is in these chart patterns that he will show you the definable uptrends and downtrends. What is emerging? What is submerging? 

Now a quarter into the new year it's already time to update the market outlook. The investing playbook that worked so well in 2023 has to be thrown out. We need to focus on these new leaders to enjoy superior results. That is why 43-year investment veteran, Steve Reitmeister, details a trading plan and top picks to outperform the remainder of the year. 



The growth of financial futures has been one of the most remarkable success stories in the markets. Their age is relatively green at just a little over 50 years old. Originally created to help farmers hedge against price changes between crop planting and harvesting, futures have grown since then to include interest rates, foreign exchange, metals, energy, weather, and even Bitcoin.

Whether trading agricultural commodities, energy futures, metals, stock indexes, or even the softs; futures provide the best bang for your buck. But leverage is a two-sided blade. In this section, MoneyShow.com trading experts provide a deep dive into the current futures market activity and price action to help you find ways to strengthen your portfolio, while mitigating risk and exploiting opportunities in these diverse markets.

Discover unique and critical futures trading strategies to help you generate more consistent profits and better manage your portfolio risk. From in-depth futures market economics to spread trading, you will take away new knowledge to help you better identify trading opportunities. Our contributors will share with you their time-tested commodities investing strategies and futures trading strategies. The insights you will learn will help you in your investing or trading with market intelligence that you cannot find elsewhere.

At the same time, the opportunities now available to individual traders in the option arena are astounding, having exploded in volume and complexity in recent years, offering option traders the ability to trade, hedge, or speculate in just about any stock, ETF, or commodity.

Our goal in these pages is to start you down the path of options trading and help you avoid many of the pitfalls that beginning options traders experience. Some of the top names in trading will familiarize you with options—what they are, how they work, and what opportunities they present. You’ll learn practical knowledge about when it is appropriate to buy/sell puts or calls, covered-call writing strategies, and advice on when to use each of these strategies. More experienced traders will learn profitable options trading strategies to help you make more money and better manage your portfolio risk.