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[A while back, our good friend Tom McCafferty argued here that few investments are likely to outperform Canadian farmland over time. In the essay below, he explains how you can invest in Canadian farmland yourself.  Besides being a former farm realtor, Tom is the author of numerous acclaimed books on trading. His Options Demystified is a how-to primer we enthusiastically recommend to all who would seek to profit from puts and calls.  RA]

“Put your money in land, because they aren’t making any more of it!” This is the most famous of the Will Rogers quotes on land or real estate.  When I think about burying some serious money for the long run, I think of farmland.  In a recent op-ed for Rick’s Picks, I was very bullish on Canadian farmland.  My reasons: 1) Canadian farmland is very productive; 2) low cost on a global basis; 3) Canada is a stable country with a very adequate supply of water, energy and fertilizer; and 4) even the weather is cooperative as its growing season gets a little longer each year. » Read the full article


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ESH12 – March E-Mini S&P (Last:1355.75)

by Rick Ackerman on February 17, 2012 4:08 am GMT

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GCJ12 – April Gold (Last:1734.80)

by Doug McLagan on February 17, 2012 7:55 am GMT

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CLH12 – March Crude (Last:102.57)

by Doug McLagan on February 17, 2012 8:35 am GMT

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SIH12 – March Silver (Last:33.625)

by Rick Ackerman on February 17, 2012 10:21 am GMT

March Silver (SIH12) price chart with targetsYesterday’s apparently gratuitous swoon recouped a nasty intraday loss and then some, but the rebound would need to go a further 50 cents, exceeding a 34.060 ‘external’ peak recorded on February 9, before we infer that anything interesting is happening. In the meantime, the p midpoint support of the pattern shown (assuming the so-far point ‘C” holds) would be a good place to look for a buying opportunity via ‘camouflage’ on the lesser charts.  Click here for details concerning the upcoming Hidden Pivot Webinar, where you can learn to do this stuff yourself.

$DJIA – Dow Industrial Average (Last:17025)

by Rick Ackerman on September 12, 2014 12:01 am GMT

When a stock or an index takes a wicked dive, it often occurs after the particular vehicle has marginally exceeded some prior, significant peak. ‘Everyone’ turns bullish on the breakout, including bears prepared to cover on a hair-trigger signal, and that sets up the haymaker. Noticed in the accompanying chart, however, that the record high recorded by the Dow on September 4 has led to no such plunge.  The high exceeded July’s record peak by 10 points, and that should have been enough to get bulls’ — and bears’ — juices flowing.  Instead, we’ve seen only a moderate pullback since then, leaving bears very much on the hook.  We could still see a collapse from these levels, particularly if there is unsettling news. But for the time being, bears shouldn’t get their hopes too high. We are short the Diamonds via some out-of-the-money put options just in case, but we may have to reshort if DIA breaks out to new highs. (Note: This tout is being written before Thursday’s close, since I will be away from the office later today.)

$GCZ14 – December Gold (Last:1250.00)

by Rick Ackerman on September 11, 2014 1:57 am GMT

We made a game effort to bottom-fish on Tuesday, and although the trade wasn’t a home run, it produced a profit of as much a $1000 per contract for subscribers who’d used my 1249.20 target to get long. The position was stopped out Wednesday morning when the futures relapsed to new lows, and it would now appear that a further fall to 1234.20 (see inset) is in the cards. This Hidden Pivot can be bottom-fished with a stop-loss as tight as three ticks (!), but I’d recommend this trade only to those who have gotten short from current levels and who are reversing the position. Alternatively, the December contract would become an enticing bull trade on a bc-type pullback from just above the 1253.80 ‘external’ peak shown.

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$TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:114.98)

by Rick Ackerman on September 11, 2014 1:29 am GMT

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$INX – S&P 500 (CME) (Last:1988.44)

by Rick Ackerman on September 9, 2014 1:19 am GMT

An alert chat-room denizen spotted the target shown, and it’s a jim-dandy.  Pivoteers will notice that the point ‘A’ low seems to be positioned in the middle of nowhere.  In fact, it is at 244, the low of the 1987 Crash. The remaining two coordinates are so clear as to leave little doubt about the importance of the resulting 2028.44 Hidden Pivot target. So far, the S&Ps have gotten as high as 2011.17 — close enough for us to infer that a MAJOR top may already be in.  If so, we are covered via DIA puts that I suggested buying and which are still attractive (see tout for details). As I noted in the chat room, it is inconceivable to me that the stock market will NOT make a top of at least tradable importance very near the target, so you should position accordingly. ______ UPDATE (Sep 9, 7:56 p.m.): There are more exchange vehicles tracking the S&P 500 that one can count, but depending on which you use, the Hidden Pivot target given above could be as low as 2018.04.  If so, that would mean that the so-far high at 2011.77 came even closer to fulfilling a price objective that had been  27 years in coming. Our trading bias should therefore be bearish, with wider-than-usual-stops for any short positions taken. See today’s E-Mini S&P tout if  you want a precise way to gauge the bear’s strength at any point in time.

$+DIA – Dow Industrials ETF (Last:171.27)

by Rick Ackerman on September 5, 2014 3:58 am GMT

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$SNIPF – Snipp Interactive (Last:0.2562)

by Rick Ackerman on September 5, 2014 3:05 am GMT

I first touted Snipp Interactive back in January, when it was trading around 0.15. Although the stock subsequently fell to a dime, it has since rallied sharply, settling at 0.2562 yesterday. This is one of my favorite stocks, and I came away from a conference call with its CEO, Atul Sabharwal, eager to sing their praises. During that call, I hit Atul with my best idea, a sweepstakes-type promotion, but he was already three steps ahead of me, able to cite, for one, New York State’s rules and costs for exactly the type of marketing scheme I’d suggested.

Full disclosure: I hold 100,000 shares plus warrants to purchase another 50,000 shares.  But I hope that won’t discourage you from performing your own due diligence, since you are likely to be as impressed as I was when you find out what the company has been up to. For me, at least, Snipp (OTC: SNIPF) perfectly satisfies Peter Lynch’s rule that investors favor companies whose strengths and methods they can understand. Snipp does interactive marketing that allows clients to track results in real time. The results have been sufficiently impressive that the company has been attracting blue chip clients with little difficulty. Read more about SNIPP by clicking here.

From a technical standpoint, although the stock’s chart history is thin, it’s possible to project a near-term rally target of 0.2730. A tenet of Hidden Pivot analysis is that an easy move through such targeted resistance implies there is unspent buying power percolating beneath the surface. This is not a “hot tip;” indeed, Snipp’s story does not lend itself to the kind of hubris that will result in a $10 billion IPO. But it is an aggressive and imaginative pioneer in a rapidly developing niche, and its CEO has the kind of imagination, intelligence and energy that inspires confidence.

$+TSLA – Tesla Motors (Last:277.34)

by Rick Ackerman on September 3, 2014 5:30 am GMT

Tesla’s strong rally has turned the Oct 3/Sep 5 calendar spread into a solid winner. The spread is currently trading on a bid/asked of 4.50/5.07.  This means subscribers who bought the spread for as little as $1.00 last week could have quintupled their stake. The most paid for it would have been about 1.54. In any case, I’ll suggest offering half of the eight spreads to close today for 4.70. We’ll plan on rolling what’s left on Friday by covering (buying) back the September 5 300 calls we’re short and shorting the Sep 12 300 calls at the same time. ______ UPDATE (10:40 p.m. EDT): The stock’s push to an intraday high at 291.42 made the spread an easy sale for $5.00+, so I’ll consider the order filled.  Now, roll the four spreads that remain into the October 3 /September 12 calendar as detailed above. _______ UPDATE (Sep 7, 10:31 p.m.): The midway price on the spread intraday was 2.30. Imputing the premium to the four October 3/September 12 calendar spreads we now hold would zero out the initial cost of 1.54 and add 0.76 to the real-time value of the spread.  We’ll plan on rolling the spread again on Friday by selling the September 19/September 12 call spread (and thereby covering the short Sep 12 300s), but for now do nothing further.

+GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:38.44)

by Rick Ackerman on September 2, 2014 12:03 am GMT

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