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Commodity Trader's Almanac 2013: For Active Traders of Futures, Forex, Stocks, Options, and ETFs

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An indispensable resource for today's active commodity, currency, futures, and ETF trader

In the 2013 Edition of the Commodity Trader's Almanac, Jeffrey Hirsch has once again put together an essential tool for both professional traders and those who are just getting started and need to 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. INTRODUCTION TO THE SEVENTH EDITION
    1. ADVANCED OPTIONS TRADING STRATEGIES AND TACTICS
      1. WEEKLY OPTIONS
      2. OPTIONS STRATEGIES
      3. BINARY OPTIONS
      4. SPREAD TRADES
    2. 2013 STRATEGY CALENDAR
  5. COMMODITY TRADER'S ALMANAC 2O13
    1. JANUARY ALMANAC
      1. DECEMBER 2012/JANUARY 2013
      2. SHORT HEATING OIL IN EARLY JANUARY
        1. JANUARY
      3. EURO PEAKS AGAINST U.S. DOLLAR
        1. JANUARY
      4. WHEAT TURNS TO CHAFF
        1. JANUARY
    2. FEBRUARY ALMANAC
      1. JANUARY/FEBRUARY
      2. END OF JANUARY LONG S&P 500 TRADE
        1. FEBRUARY
      3. STRENGTH IN SOYBEANS
        1. FEBRUARY
      4. CRUDE OIL STRIKES A WINNER IN FEBRUARY
        1. FEBRUARY
    3. MARCH ALMANAC
      1. FEBRUARY/MARCH
      2. SILVER TARNISHES IN FEBRUARY
        1. MARCH
      3. NATURAL GAS SURGES
        1. MARCH
      4. COCOA PEAKS BEFORE ST. PATRICK'S DAY
        1. MARCH
      5. MARCH BRITISH POUND INVASION
        1. MARCH
    4. APRIL ALMANAC
      1. APRIL
      2. APRIL TAX TIME TAKES A BITE OUT OF GOLD
        1. APRIL
      3. BONDS CAN GO UP WHEN STOCKS GO DOWN
        1. APRIL
      4. BEEF PRICES HEAD SOUTH beFORe SUMMER
        1. APRIL
    5. MAY ALMANAC
      1. APRIL/MAY
      2. COPPER TOPS IN MAY
        1. MAY
      3. SILVER SLIPS IN MAY
        1. MAY
      4. COFFEE BUZZ FADES IN SUMMER
        1. MAY
    6. JUNE ALMANAC
      1. MAY/JUNE
      2. SHORT SOYBEANS FOR SUMMER
        1. JUNE
      3. SUGAR'S SUMMER SWEET SPOT
        1. JUNE
      4. SUMMER BBQ SEASON GIVES BEEF A BOUNCE
        1. JUNE
      5. MOTHER NATURE MAKES CORN POP
        1. JUNE
    7. JULY ALMANAC
      1. JULY
      2. LAST-HALF OF JULY SHORT S&P 500
        1. JULY
      3. SUMMER AIR CONDITIONING HEATS UP NATURAL GAS
        1. JULY
      4. SWISS FRANC FOLLOWS GOLD HIGHER
        1. JULY
    8. AUGUST ALMANAC
      1. JULY/AUGUST
      2. AUGUST GIVES COFFEE A LIFT
        1. AUGUST
      3. TWIN COCOA CROPS CREATE TWIN SUMMERTIME TRADES
        1. AUGUST
      4. GOLD GLITTERS MID-SUMMER
        1. AUGUST
    9. SEPTEMBER ALMANAC
      1. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
      2. CRUDE OIL TAKES A BREATHER
        1. SEPTEMBER
      3. BRITISH POUND AUTUMN RALLY
        1. SEPTEMBER
      4. SILVER SLUMPS IN OCTOBER
        1. SEPTEMBER
      5. JAPANESE YEN DIVES AGAINST THE DOLLAR
        1. SEPTEMBER
    10. OCTOBER ALMANAC
      1. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
      2. PRE-WINTER PREP PRESSURES HEATING OIL
        1. OCTOBER
      3. SOYBEAN'S HARVEST LOWS OFFER POTENTIAL FREE MEAL
        1. OCTOBER
      4. TWO-MONTH YEAR-END EURO RALLY
        1. OCTOBER
    11. NOVEMBER ALMANAC
      1. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
      2. MASSIVE S&P 500 GAINS HALLOWEEN TO CHRISTMAS
        1. NOVEMBER
      3. LEAN HOGS FATTEN UP BEFORE THANKSGIVING
        1. NOVEMBER
      4. GOLD BUGS GET A TREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
        1. NOVEMBER
      5. BONDS FREEZE UP IN WINTER
        1. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
    12. DECEMBER ALMANAC
      1. DECEMBER
      2. EAT YOUR WINTER WHEATIES
        1. DECEMBER
      3. COPPER STARTS TO BUILD A BULLISH FOUNDATION
        1. DECEMBER
      4. BRITISH POUND INVASION FADES AWAY
        1. DECEMBER
      5. SWISS FRANC TRADES LIKE GOLD
        1. DECEMBER/JANUARY 2014
      6. 2013 FUTURES AND OPTIONS EXPIRATION DATES
      7. 2013 FUTURES AND OPTIONS EXPIRATION DATES
      8. THE CRACK SPREAD CASE STUDY
      9. THE “NOB” SPREAD CASE STUDY
      10. A NEW MILLENNIUM “SELL IN MAY” SEASONAL TRADE
      11. POUNDING THE FACTS: JUNE LONG BRITISH POUND
      12. COMMODITY SEASONALITY: TOP PERCENTAGE PLAYS
      13. CFTC COT REPORT—INSIDER'S LOOK GIVES TRADERS AN EDGE IN THE MARKET
      14. COMMODITY AND RELATED SECURITIES SPECIFICATIONS
      15. S&P 500 CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      16. S&P 500 NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      17. S&P 500 NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      18. 30-YEAR TREASURY BOND CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      19. 30-YEAR TREASURY BOND NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      20. 30-YEAR TREASURY BOND NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      21. CRUDE OIL CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      22. CRUDE OIL NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      23. CRUDE OIL NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      24. NATURAL GAS CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      25. NATURAL GAS NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      26. NATURAL GAS NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      27. HEATING OIL CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      28. HEATING OIL NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      29. HEATING OIL NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      30. COPPER CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      31. COPPER NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      32. COPPER NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      33. GOLD CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      34. GOLD NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      35. GOLD NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      36. SILVER CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      37. SILVER NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      38. SILVER NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      39. CORN CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      40. CORN NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      41. CORN NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      42. SOYBEANS CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      43. SOYBEANS NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      44. SOYBEANS NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      45. CBOT WHEAT CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      46. CBOT WHEAT NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      47. CBOT WHEAT NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      48. COCOA CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      49. COCOA NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      50. COCOA NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      51. COFFEE CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      52. COFFEE NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      53. COFFEE NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      54. SUGAR CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      55. SUGAR NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      56. SUGAR NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      57. LIVE CATTLE CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      58. LIVE CATTLE NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      59. LIVE CATTLE NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      60. LEAN HOGS CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      61. LEAN HOGS NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      62. LEAN HOGS NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      63. BRITISH POUND CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      64. BRITISH POUND NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      65. BRITISH POUND NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      66. EURO CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      67. EURO NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      68. EURO NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      69. SWISS FRANC CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      70. SWISS FRANC NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      71. SWISS FRANC NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES
      72. JAPANESE YEN CYCLE, SEASONAL PATTERN, AND TRADING GUIDE
      73. JAPANESE YEN NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY CLOSING PRICES
      74. JAPANESE YEN NEAR-TERM CONTRACT MONTHLY PERCENT CHANGES