Thomas Meyer, Editor
March 21, 2022
This is an abbreviated report due to an ongoing medical emergency. Thank you for your understanding.
Welcome to this week’s AlgoTrendTraders Weekly Commodity report. Before we get into this week’s report, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AlgoTrendTrade1 where we will update these trades during the week. Also, we’re keeping this a free newsletter for the near future. We’ll let you know when that will change.
Please send any questions you have to the email address listed above and we’ll share some of them in these reports. If there’s something you don’t understand, there’s probably a good chance others don’t understand it either.
One Trade Hit Its Stop and One New Trade to Be Initiated
The bullish trade in Silver hit its listed stop last week during the continued volatile trading in commodities. There was a loss on the trade of -4.11%.
This week, there’s a new bullish trade in Copper. The details are listed below.
The exits have been updated in the Composite Table and in the charts underneath the Table.
A Quick Comment on Oil
Even though WTI Crude Oil is trading well above the top of the yellow channel Transition Zone (TZ), we still have it in a Neutral condition. Why?
When Oil moved dramatically higher a couple weeks ago, it triggered an overbought condition. When that happens, we switch from fixed stops to trailing stops. Commodities (and stocks) can stay in overbought conditions for a long time, but eventually they tend to “revert to the mean”. We don’t know when that will occur. In the case of WTI Crude, it occurred pretty quickly. We’re willing to let any ticker continue moving higher, but we want to lock in profit with each tick higher that it moves. We exited the Oil trade with a solid gain of 37%.
Since exiting the trade, WTI Crude has moved lower each week. We’re willing get back into the trade, but it has to show momentum to the upside before we’ll reenter the trade. If Oil stays above the TZ, and closes higher for the week, we’ll get back into a bullish trade. Patience can be difficult in the markets, but waiting for the right conditions gives us the best opportunity for success.
For those wanting to know more about Trend Trading
The overview of the AlgoTrendTraders system is underneath the charts. Those familiar with our methodology can get right to the trades. If you’re new to trend-trading, be sure to read this introductory section. This will help you understand the concept of trend-trading and why it’s so powerful.
Each week, we show you the Composite Table that has the week-ending price, current volatility, and the updated exit strategy for each of the commodities.
We say this a lot because it’s the most important element for successful investing… Always have your exit strategies prepared before you enter into any trade.
The Composite Table for March 21, 2022
Be Sure to Read the Disclaimer at the End of This Report
Here are the latest charts…
In this weekly report, we give you the trading signals for eight of the most liquid traded commodities. The signals are based on trend-following principles. Very simply, commodities, like stocks, stay in trends until they don’t. Trends can last a short time or they can last for months and even years at a time.
This is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme
If you’re looking to make a ton of money in a short time, you’re going to be disappointed. Trend-trading is not fancy; it’s boring, and takes time to be successful. This is a system that relies on a historically-proven process to generate solid returns on winning trades and avoid large losses on losing trades. We’re definitely the tortoise, not the hare.
Trend-following systems don’t try to guess what the next move in the markets might be. Instead, we measure the markets each week and use our algorithms to determine the current trend and the exit strategy for the current trades.
The key to the winning trades greatly outperforming the losing trades is the risk management system. If a trade moves against us, we’ll get out of the trade with a small loss. But if a trade trends higher for months at a time, we have the ability to build up substantial profits.
AlgoTrendTraders uses both trend and momentum to generate the trading signals. The yellow channel you see in the center of the charts is called the “Transition Zone”. When a commodity is above the yellow channel, it’s in a Bullish condition. When it’s below the yellow channel, it’s in a Bearish condition. When it’s in the middle of the channel, it’s in a Neutral condition and there is no trade.
Selling is More Important Than Buying
Every trade has a pre-determined exit strategy. This is based on the normal volatility of the underlying ticker. Each commodity has its own unique volatility. And volatility is dynamic. It’s constantly changing. Each week, we look at the previous 52 weeks of price movement to come up with its normal weekly volatility. This is called the “Expected Move”. The Expected Move equals one week of the normal volatility of the stock or ETF being measured. Every week, the exit strategy for each ticker is updated.
The system is based on the weekly closes of the underlying tickers. All trading information and volatility calculations are based on weekly volatility. By using weekly calculations, the system ignores the day-to-day noise in the markets and is able to give better signals.
It’s easy to see the periods of time that volatility increases and decreases. As the yellow channel Transition Zone widens on the charts, the volatility is increasing. The opposite is true; when the Transition Zone narrows on the charts, the volatility is decreasing.
The best time to enter a trade is when a new signal is given. This gives you the greatest opportunity to get into a trend that could last a long time. Though it’s possible to get into a trade after a trend has been in place for a while, the risk in that trade is elevated. Consider using 1/2 or 1/3 of your normal investment for these situations.
Commodity trading is for experienced investors who understand leverage and trading on margin. It’s possible to lose more than your initial investment even with a stop in place.
The information published in this newsletter should not be used to make personal investment decisions. We are not licensed by any federal or state entity to give investment advice. We do not know your personal financial situation. Investments should be made only after consulting with your professional investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectuses or financial statements of the companies in which you’re considering investing.