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Commodity Trader's Almanac 2012: For Active Traders of Futures, Forex, Stocks and ETFs

ISBN: 978-1-118-16869-1
November 2011
Commodity Trader
An indispensable resource for today's active commodity, currency, futures, and ETF trader

In the 2012 Edition of the Commodity Trader's Almanac, Jeffrey Hirsch once again teams up with veteran trader John Person to create an essential tool for both professional traders and those just getting started, to help them understand the complex and exciting world of alternatives. Created in a similar fashion to the Stock Trader's Almanac—trusted for over 40 years—the Commodity Trader's Almanac is a comprehensive guide featuring monthly strategies, patterns, trends, and trading techniques geared towards the major commodities and currencies, as well as ETFs, futures, and options.

It also contains in-depth insights on various topics of interest to the active trader and investing public; as well as market highlights that cover key supply, demand, and seasonal tendencies on markets including crude oil, ethanol, and precious metals; critical agricultural products such as corn, wheat, and cattle; and foreign currencies like the British pound and the Euro. The Commodity Trader's Almanac also describes how investors can utilize futures, options, and ETFs in their endeavors.

  • Helps you understand how commodity pricing works and offers great insight into investing in them
  • Alerts you to little-known market patterns and tendencies to help forecast commodity market trends with accuracy and confidence
  • Contains expanded coverage on timing tools with tips on utilizing candlesticks and pivot points to better time seasonal trades, and more
  • Includes business cycle analysis and trading tips for the current climate

Intended for active traders and investors interested in making the most out of today's commodity, ETF, futures, options, and currencies markets, this guide will make you a better trade in the search for greater profits.

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5 Introduction to the Sixth Edition

6 Basic Options Strategies and Spread Trading Methods

10 2012 Strategy Calendar

12 January Almanac

14 Short S&P into Early January Strength

16 Euro Peaks against U.S. Dollar

18 Wheat Turns to Chaff

20 February Almanac

22 End of January Long S&P 500 Trade

24 Strength in Soybeans

26 Crude Oil Strikes a Winner in February

28 March Almanac

30 Silver Tarnishes in February

32 Natural Gas Surges

34 Cocoa Peaks before St. Patrick’s Day

36 March British Pound Invasion

38 April Almanac

40 April Tax Time Takes a Bite out of Gold

42 Bonds Can Go Up When Stocks Go Down

44 Beef Prices Head South before Summer

46 May Almanac

48 Copper Tops in May

50 Silver Slips in May

52 Coffee Buzz Fades in Summer

54 June Almanac

56 Short Soybeans for Summer

58 Sugar’s Summer Sweet Spot

60 Summer BBQ Season Gives Beef a Bounce

62 Mother Nature Makes Corn Pop

64 July Almanac

66 Last Half July S&P 500 Short

68 Summer Air Conditioning Heats Up Natural Gas

70 Swiss Franc Follows Gold Higher

72 August Almanac

74 August Gives Coffee a Lift

76 Twin Cocoa Crops Create Twin Summertime Trades

78 Gold Glitters Mid-Summer

80 September Almanac

82 Crude Oil Takes a Breather

84 British Pound Autumn Rally

86 Silver Slumps in October

88 Japanese Yen Dives against the Dollar

90 October Almanac

92 Soybean's Harvest Lows Offer Potential Free Meal

94 Two-Month Year-End Euro Rally

96 Massive S&P 500 Gains Halloween to Christmas

98 November Almanac

100 Corn Harvest Lows Feed Bulls All Winter and Spring

102 Lean Hogs Fatten Up before Thanksgiving

104 Gold Bugs Get a Treat for the Holidays

106 Bonds Freeze Up in Winter

108 December Almanac

110 Eat Your Winter Wheaties

112 Copper Starts to Build a Bullish Foundation

114 British Pound Invasion Fades Away

116 Swiss Franc Trades like Gold

118 2012 Futures And Options Expiration Dates

120 Directory of Trading Patterns & Databank

121 February Long Crude Oil Case Study

122 February Short Sugar Case Study

123 April Long Bond Case Study

124 May Short Cattle Case Study

125 October Long Soybeans Case Study

126 Commodity Seasonality: Top Percentage Plays

128 Commodity Seasonality Strategy Calendar

130 CFTC COT Report—Insider’s Look Gives Traders an Edge in the Market

133 Commodity and Related Securities Specifications

139 Select Commodity, Currency, and Stock Index ETFs

140 S&P 500 Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

142 30-Year Treasury Bond Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

145 Crude Oil Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

147 Natural Gas Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

149 Copper Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

152 Gold Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

155 Silver Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

158 Corn Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

161 Soybeans Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

164 CBOT Wheat Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

167 Cocoa Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

170 Coffee Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

173 Sugar Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

176 Live Cattle Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

179 Lean Hogs Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

182 British Pound Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

185 Euro Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

187 Swiss Franc Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

190 Japanese Yen Cycle, Seasonal Pattern, Trading Guide & Data

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