For Thursday, September 1st

There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values.

* * * Author Unknown

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Thursday, a close below 2165.20 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2160.20 and 2159.20 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2167.20... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A major VP at 2165.16...

The last trade at this writing is at 2170.00 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2165.10 as of Monday, August 29th...

This market was again all over the board today, and again mostly under water and with an active sell signal, but finished above the line... again!!! This is getting to be a habit!!!

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2207.92 and must close below that price on Monday, September 19th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2194.33

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2170.00

minor - - 2165.16

SVP - - 2062.39

MAJOR - - 2153.37 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 7th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2138.12

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2114.62 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: NEUTRAL as of 8/26/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close above 2186.94 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Flat from 2172.80 as of 8/26/16 - - there are 12 completed trades for a total gain of 278.90 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for September below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT IS AVAILABLE: After all is said and done, and if you still find it a struggle to enter the trade positions properly even when you know the market is likely to change directions at the Vertical Prices, then ask about our professionally manage fund, The Vertical Fund, which trades the same main model VP signals presented in each evening briefing... the difference is that The Vertical Fund is professionally managed by our own professional expert Trading Team, members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The needle barely budged today...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

All key lines are still moving lower, but the main model remains on a buy signal... a follow though higher tomorrow could turn these graphs around...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum indicator still continues downward...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1325.40 as of Tuesday, August 30th...

This market really does look sick...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1311.70 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Thursday, a close above 1315.10 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A VP at 1315.18...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1388.25 and must close below that price on Thursday, September 22nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1368.39

minor - - 1336.97

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1311.70

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

Every time this market attempts a rally, it only goes lower... one step higher then three steps backwards... LOL!!!

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

This market looks like it wants to go another full leg downward into the deep abyss... the firm U.S. Dollar and the threat of higher rates is giving this market some serious headwind...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT IS AVAILABLE: After all is said and done, and if you still find it a struggle to enter the trade positions properly even when you know the market is likely to change directions at the Vertical Prices, then ask about our professionally manage fund, The Vertical Fund, which trades the same main model VP signals presented in each evening briefing... the difference is that The Vertical Fund is professionally managed by our own professional expert Trading Team, members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

NOTICE: I SEND OUT AN EMAIL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS...

For Wednesday, August 31st

Let me tell you about the economy. My hairline is in recession, my waistline is in inflation, and I'm in a depression.

* * * Rick Majerus

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Wednesday, a close below 2174.10 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2169.10 and 2168.10 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2176.10... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A major VP at 2174.09...

The last trade at this writing is at 2175.70 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2165.10 as of Monday, August 29th...

This market was all over the board today, mostly under water and with an active sell signal, but finished above the line... again!!!

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2207.92 and must close below that price on Monday, September 19th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2194.33

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2175.70

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2165.16

SVP - - 2062.39

MAJOR - - 2153.37 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 7th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2138.12

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2114.62 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: NEUTRAL as of 8/26/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close above 2186.94 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Flat from 2172.80 as of 8/26/16 - - there are 12 completed trades for a total gain of 278.90 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT IS AVAILABLE: After all is said and done, and if you still find it a struggle to enter the trade positions properly even when you know the market is likely to change directions at the Vertical Prices, then ask about our professionally manage fund, The Vertical Fund, which trades the same main model VP signals presented in each evening briefing... the difference is that The Vertical Fund is professionally managed by our own professional expert Trading Team, members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT indicator continues higher despite the choppy and lower market...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

All key lines continue lower... the bias is lower for now... the price is moving lower and so is the anti price...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The broader momentum line continues lower... and still remains in somewhat overbought territory... the selling could continue for some time...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1325.40 as of Tuesday, August 30th...

This market really does look sick...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1313.70 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Wednesday, a close above 1315.10 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A VP at 1315.18...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1388.25 and must close below that price on Thursday, September 22nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1368.39

minor - - 1336.97

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1313.70

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

Very possibly, a new down leg has just begun... in time, we'll see if this is the case... this market had every reason to stage a rally, but it clearly didn't...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

This LT momentum graph shows a market still somewhat overbought... although, hard to believe considering the beating this market has been taking, along with anyone trying to pick a bottom in this market...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT IS AVAILABLE: After all is said and done, and if you still find it a struggle to enter the trade positions properly even when you know the market is likely to change directions at the Vertical Prices, then ask about our professionally manage fund, The Vertical Fund, which trades the same main model VP signals presented in each evening briefing... the difference is that The Vertical Fund is professionally managed by our own professional expert Trading Team, members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

NOTICE: I SEND OUT AN EMAIL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS...

For Tuesday, August 30th

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.

* * * Robert Quillen

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Tuesday, a close below 2174.10 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2169.10 and 2168.10 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2176.10... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A major VP at 2174.09...

The last trade at this writing is at 2180.30 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2165.10 as of Monday, August 29th...

This market doesn't know how to go down, it must have been outlawed...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2207.92 and must close below that price on Monday, September 19th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2194.33

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2180.30

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2165.16

SVP - - 2062.39

MAJOR - - 2153.37 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 7th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2138.12

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2114.62 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: NEUTRAL as of 8/26/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close above 2186.94 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Flat from 2172.80 as of 8/26/16 - - there are 12 completed trades for a total gain of 278.90 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
Good upside follow through on Friday's buy spike...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The flat line has formed a clear up spike, this is encouraging...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The momentum line is still moving downward but is beginning to bend sideways...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1325.30 as of Monday, August 29th...

This market really does look like it wants to rally...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1326.10 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Tuesday, a close below 1325.40 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1325.37...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1376.17)

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1392.82)

minor - - 1365.77

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1336.97

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1326.10

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

This market looks like it really does want to rally from here... that jagged flat line bottom looks real, notice many of the previous jagged price line bottoms show a market rally soon thereafter...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

You could actually draw a clear underlying support line on that price line... this market is now at a critical crossroad, either it rallies from here or begins another major leg downward...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

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For Monday, August 29th

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.

* * * Robert Quillen

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Monday, a close above 2172.40 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a long position with a close between 2177.40 and 2178.40 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2170.40... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A major VP at 2172.45...

The last trade at this writing is at 2167.20 in the September...

The main model is now short the September SP from 2180.10 as of Friday, August 26th...

Did the market finally break down???

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2202.97 and must close below that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2192.85

minor - - 2180.04

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2167.20

minor - - 2165.16

SVP - - 2062.39

MAJOR - - 2153.37 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 7th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2138.12

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2114.62 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: NEUTRAL as of 8/26/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2186.94 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Flat from 2172.80 as of 8/26/16 - - there are 12 completed trades for a total gain of 278.90 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT indicator shows a buy spike today from a neutral condition... let's see if this develops into anything more than this...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

All key lines are still moving lower... now that the main model is short, this is a good place to be...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

Everything is moving lower these days... clearly, the overall trend for now is down...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1325.40 as of Friday, August 26th...

Well, we were actually long this market for almost one full day, that may be a new record... LOL!!!

The last trade as of this writing is at 1324.40 for December... this market looks pathetic...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Monday, a close above 1325.50 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1325.37...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1376.17)

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1392.82)

minor - - 1365.77

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1336.97

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1324.40

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

Earlier in the day it appears we had something good going, but then this market again fizzled out... the main model is short this market once again!!! That little jiggle pattern in the flat line did signal a rally, but that rally didn't last...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

This LT momentum line wasn't impressed with the 3 hour rally this market displayed today...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

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For Friday, August 26th

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.

* * * Fred Allen

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Friday, a close below 2172.50 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2167.50 and 2166.50 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2174.50... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A major VP at 2172.45...

The last trade at this writing is at 2173.50 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2172.40 as of Wednesday, August 17th...

This market is making everyone dizzy!!!

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2202.97 and must close below that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2192.85

minor - - 2180.04

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2173.50

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

minor - - 2138.41

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2117.31 and must close below that price on Friday, September 9th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP as of 8/5/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2172.701 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Long from 2174.00 as of 8/5/16 - - there are 11 completed trades for a total gain of 280.10 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
Completely flat today, but in a place where a rally could begin... this market is currently neither overbought nor oversold...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

We see the anti price move higher and the market price move lower... the flat line is still moving downward... the momentum is also moving lower...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

This momentum line is also moving lower...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1325.30 as of Thursday, August 25th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1325.60 for December... this market looks pathetic but we did get a buy confirmation off a major VP, so wee see if this holds...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Friday, a close below 1325.40 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1325.37...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1376.17)

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1392.82)

minor - - 1365.77

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1336.97

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1325.60

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

Notice that little jiggle pattern in the flat line, it actually looks like we could see gold rally from here... well, it would be nice since we're now long this market...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

No help here, but the flat line indicators does show some promise...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

NOTICE: I SEND OUT AN EMAIL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS...

For Thursday, August 25th

The next time I go on a diet, I'm going on two diets at the same time. There's just not enough food on one diet to hold me.

* * * Sir Winston Churchill

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Thursday, a close below 2172.50 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2167.50 and 2166.50 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2174.50... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A major VP at 2172.45...

The last trade at this writing is at 2174.50 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2172.40 as of Wednesday, August 17th...

This market is making everyone sea sick!!!

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2202.97 and must close below that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2192.85

minor - - 2180.04

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2174.50

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

minor - - 2138.41

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2117.31 and must close below that price on Friday, September 9th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP as of 8/5/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2172.701 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Long from 2174.00 as of 8/5/16 - - there are 11 completed trades for a total gain of 280.10 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT moves lower again today, but no longer overbought... nor oversold for now...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The market price is now below the anti price and all key lines are moving downward...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line continues downward without hesitation...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1358.00 as of Friday, August 5th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1327.70 for December... this market looks pathetic...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Thursday, a close above 1336.90 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A VP at 1336.97...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1376.17)

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1392.82)

minor - - 1365.77

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1336.97

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1327.70

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

This market is looking very weak... and the anti price actually moved higher today... this means we could see a possible bounce but only a bear bounce and not enough to move the market above the anti price...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

Continuing lower without hesitation...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

NOTICE: I SEND OUT AN EMAIL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS...

For Wednesday, August 24th

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

* * * Abraham Lincoln

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Wednesday, a close below 2180.10 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2175.10 and 2174.10 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2182.10... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A VP at 2180.04...

The last trade at this writing is at 2185.50 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2172.40 as of Wednesday, August 17th...

This market is moving at a snail's pace...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2202.97 and must close below that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2192.85

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2185.50

minor - - 2180.04

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

minor - - 2138.41

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2117.31 and must close below that price on Friday, September 9th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP as of 8/5/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2172.701 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Long from 2174.00 as of 8/5/16 - - there are 11 completed trades for a total gain of 280.10 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
A very modest uptick today, nothing impressive yet...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The flat line indicator shows this market is flirting with a down turn... notice the momentum line trying to bend downward...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line continues downward without hesitation...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1358.00 as of Friday, August 5th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1341.80 for December... this market certainly tried, but it was not enough to trigger a buy signal...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Wednesday, a close above 1357.90 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1357.99... yes, it did expire, but it's still the signal price from which we entered the short position...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1376.17)

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1392.82)

minor - - 1365.77

MAJOR - - 1357.99 and must close below that price on Monday, August 8th to confirm a new main model sell signal... EXPIRED

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1341.80

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1336.97

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

What I find noteworthy here is that while the market price is moving sideways, the anti price is now moving lower... this closes the gap between the two prices... this suggests a possible move higher in this market soon... also, the flat line has been moving higher for the past two days, this is encouraging, this illustrates the narrowing gap between the anti price and the actual market price...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

While the flat line indicator looks promising, the LT momentum line still moves downward steadily...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

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For Tuesday, August 23rd

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

* * * Abraham Lincoln

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Tuesday, a close below 2180.10 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2175.10 and 2174.10 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2182.10... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A VP at 2180.04...

The last trade at this writing is at 2181.00 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2172.40 as of Wednesday, August 17th...

This market is putting many people to sleep...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2202.97 and must close below that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2192.85

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2181.00

minor - - 2180.04

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

minor - - 2138.41

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2117.31 and must close below that price on Friday, September 9th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP as of 8/5/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2172.701 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Long from 2174.00 as of 8/5/16 - - there are 11 completed trades for a total gain of 280.10 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT indicator moved lower again today, but is no longer overbought...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The anti price for tomorrow is 2183.07, this is higher than it was for today... this means the bar has been raise for this market to continue higher or we'll see some selling begin... the momentum line is pretty much flat right now...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum is still drifting lower...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1358.00 as of Friday, August 5th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1346.20 for December... this market certainly tried, but it was not enough to trigger a buy signal...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Tuesday, a close above 1357.90 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1357.99... yes, it did expire, but it's still the signal price from which we entered the short position...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1376.17)

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... (same date as the MAJOR 1392.82)

minor - - 1365.77

MAJOR - - 1357.99 and must close below that price on Monday, August 8th to confirm a new main model sell signal... EXPIRED

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1346.20

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1336.97

MAJOR - - 1325.37 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1290.94)

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal... (same due date as major VP 1325.37)

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

The flat line looks like it's trying to turn up, watch the for a VP buy signal to confirm this possibility...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

Still looks heavy... but, a possible rally since this market has been hammered so hard recently...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

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For Monday, August 22nd

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

* * * Abraham Lincoln

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Monday, a close below 2180.10 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2175.10 and 2174.10 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2182.10... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A VP at 2180.04...

The last trade at this writing is at 2181.00 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2172.40 as of Wednesday, August 17th...

This market is still holding tight, but tired... maybe a good sell off would undo some of the overbought pressure...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2202.97 and must close below that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2192.85

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2181.00

minor - - 2180.04

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

minor - - 2138.41

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2117.31 and must close below that price on Friday, September 9th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP as of 8/5/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2172.701 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Long from 2174.00 as of 8/5/16 - - there are 11 completed trades for a total gain of 280.10 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT indicator continues drifting lower again today...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The anti price for Monday is 2181.92, so this market needs to perform or the market will begin to roll over... we can see the flat line has already rolled over for now and is also below the momentum line after a brief day or two above that line...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

While the market itself continues to drift sideways, the momentum line is still working lower... clearly, the rally has lost considerable steam for now...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1358.00 as of Friday, August 5th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1344.90 for December... this market certainly tried, but it was not enough to trigger a buy signal...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Monday, a close above 1357.90 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1357.99... yes, it did expire, but it's still the signal price from which we entered the short position...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... same date as the MAJOR 1376.17

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... same date as the MAJOR 1392.82

minor - - 1365.77

MAJOR - - 1357.99 and must close below that price on Monday, August 8th to confirm a new main model sell signal... EXPIRED

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1344.90

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

My goodness, have you ever seen such a sick looking market??? The price continues lower, the anti price also continues lower, and the momentum line also continues lower after mustering only a weak momentum bounce... will somebody please roll this market into intensive care!!!

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

Well, I should have known, it was just too good to be true, the momentum line today resumed its downward move... okay, maybe next week, and maybe not...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

The email SUGGESTION BOX is always open and invites your ideas for improving and enhancing your email service, I enjoy hearing from you, many thanks...

NOTICE: I SEND OUT AN EMAIL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS...

For Friday, August 19th

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

* * * Abraham Lincoln

A BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS can be found at the bottom of every email briefing for your easy quick reference and convenience, please take the time to review it every now and then, a good working knowledge of these tools will make you a better and more informed investor/trader...

TOMORROW'S SP TRADE STRATEGY:

For Friday, a close below 2180.00 in the SEPTEMBER contract would confirm a new main model sell signal... be sure to review the VP price map directly below for additional VP points that may trigger a buy/sell signal...

For Hoban Rule traders, you are currently flat this market... take a short position with a close between 2175.00 and 2174.00 only... if filled, place an exit stop to go flat at 2182.00... also, please familiarize yourself with the Hoban Rule entry strategy in case a signal is confirmed on a different VP mid day and how to enter a new position mid day using Rule 3, this easy entry strategy is explained in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... of course, any questions, please just ask...

Rationale: A VP at 2180.04...

The last trade at this writing is at 2183.50 in the September...

The main model is now long the September SP from 2172.40 as of Wednesday, August 17th...

This market is still holding tight...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

The VP map tells you everything you need to know, consult the map daily... knowing the map and the two key trading rules will make you a much more savvy trader, so it is extremely important to be familiar with the VP map...

Secondary Vertical Prices (SVP) are for the aggressive trader who is looking for an additional edge on additional exhaustion points... you will notice that the market responds as well to the SVP as to the standard VP points and are traded the same, but for now the main model will use only the standard VP points for official main model signals...

SEPTEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2195.38 and must close below that price on Tuesday, August 30th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.88 and must close below that price on Monday, August 22nd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2184.75

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2183.50

minor - - 2180.04

MAJOR - - 2174.09 and must close below that price on Monday, October 3rd to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2172.45 and must close below that price on Wednesday, September 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

minor - - 2138.41

minor - - 2120.12

minor - - 2118.24

MAJOR - - 2117.31 and must close below that price on Friday, September 9th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above price map is listed in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important to know where the market is on this map at all times, the main model buy and sell signals are generated only from this VP map... the trade rules, which you probably already know by now, are very simple and are explained below...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP as of 8/5/16

The broader term intermediate trend (BTIT) bias is determined by the collective penetration of the most near term ceiling and floor prices... when ALL the near term ceiling prices have been penetrated on the close and none of the floor prices are penetrated, then the BTIT bias would be UP... when the reverse occurs, then the BTIT bias would be DOWN... the bias would turn to NEUTRAL when one or more of the ceiling/floor prices are penetrated on the close in the counter direction... when in NEUTRAL, the BTIT would again reinstate the most recent UP or DOWN trend bias upon the penetration and close of the nearest recent ceiling/floor...

A close below 2172.701 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 2046.85 would turn the BTIT to down...

THE BTIT LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY

A long position will be taken when the BTIT turns up and a short position when the BTIT turns down... when the BTIT turns neutral, the position is then closed and will remain flat...

The BTIT is primarily a direction indicator and not a signal indicator, although this format can easily be used as a trading strategy designed for those who prefer a broader longer term trade position without close monitoring... be advised, the price swings are also significantly wider so caution is always highly advised and only a modest position should be taken for this strategy...

The BTIT current trade position: Long from 2174.00 as of 8/5/16 - - there are 11 completed trades for a total gain of 280.10 SP points...

For the BTIT strategy, attention to the market action is still required, treating the signal price the same as a VP signal price... attempting this strategy on a close only basis has not proven successful...

THE MEGA TREND INDICATOR (MTI) - - UP as of 7/29/16

This is a front loaded comparative month by month trading range and weighted average rate of change of the most recent 11 and 14 months and is calculated on the last market day of each month...

A monthly close for August below 1963.70 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for August below 1926.10 would turn the MTI to down...

The MTI current trade position: Long from 2168.20, the closing price on 7/29/16...

This model's buy signal is based on the Coppock Curve and has been back tested to 1914 with the DJIA... there have been a total of 22 previous buy signals over the past 102 years since 1914... of the 22 previous buy signals, only two false signals were given, they were given in October, 1938 and in January, 1948... this is a 90.9% accuracy rate since 1914... realize, this is a monthly indicator and these markets can move widely in both directions during mid month...

Are you having difficulty finding an entry point for a new signal??? Consider the Hoban Rule, even a child could follow the simple rules... I use it myself when the opportunity presents itself... also, look at the 1/3 Rule for easy position entry with much less risk...

The Hoban Rule will not catch all trades, but will also not incur any entry whips on the entry of any new main model signals... this reliable and profitable strategy is presented here with each briefing only as a possible strategy option, one can use any trading strategy or any combination of strategies with the Hoban Rule that fits one's personal trading disposition... please review some of the other trading strategies in the tutorial at the bottom of each and every evening briefing... the Hoban Rule can be used with any other additional trading strategies that fit your disposition and comfort level... I prefer to combine the Hoban Rule with the 1/3 Rule for more active market participation...

The Hoban Rule Performance History:

The Hoban Rule was introduced to the evening briefing on 9/4/14... since that time, this strategy has now completed 38 trades for a net gain of 259.80 SP points... this is a simple but elegant strategy for anyone who prefers a less challenging trade plan based on the main model signals... of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future success, but this particular trading strategy has an impressive history and is well worth considering if you have difficulty taking the best advantage of the main model signals... if you would like to see the trade by trade score sheet for the Hoban Rule, just ask me for it and I will email it to you...

The NT (Near Term) indicator
Absolutely no movement here at all today...
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IF YOU PREFER A LONGER TERM TRADING STRATEGY WITHOUT THE FREQUENT VP INS AND OUTS AND ALL THAT MID DAY MARKET NOISE, THEN YOU MAY WELL CONSIDER THE BTIT INDICATOR OR THE LT INDICATOR TRADING METHOD FOR LONGER TERM POSITION TRADING... CHECK THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO LEARN HOW TO USE THESE METHODS EFFECTIVELY...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The market is moving higher along with the anti price, and the key momentum line is also moving higher... so far, so good... the flat line is topping out here, so this market needs a rally tomorrow or else...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line still moves lower...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 6/13/16

A close below 1308.201 would turn the BTIT from up to neutral...

A close below 1208.21 would turn the BTIT from neutral to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1358.00 as of Friday, August 5th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1357.40 for December... this market is certainly trying... very trying... almost a buy confirmation, maybe tomorrow...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Friday, a close above 1357.90 in the December Gold contract would confirm a new main model buy signal... also, please review and consult daily with the VP Price Map for any and all main model mid day buy/sell revisions and updates... tomorrow's trade strategy is always subject to revision based on the VP Price Map, so it is extremely important to be familiar with this map listed below... (the Hoban Rule was expressly designed for the SP market and no other market at this time)

Rationale: A major VP at 1357.99... yes, it did expire, but it's still the signal price from which we entered the short position...

THE VP PRICE MAP FOR TOMORROW

MAJOR - - 1392.82 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... same date as the MAJOR 1376.17

minor - - 1377.11

MAJOR - - 1376.17 and must close below that price on Wednesday, August 31st to confirm a new main model sell signal... same date as the MAJOR 1392.82

minor - - 1365.77

MAJOR - - 1357.99 and must close below that price on Monday, August 8th to confirm a new main model sell signal... EXPIRED

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1357.10

SVP - - 1339.39

minor - - 1315.18

SVP - - 1299.93

MAJOR - - 1290.94 and must close above that price on Friday, September 2nd to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 1249.37

MAJOR - - 1198.81 and must close above that price on Wednesday, September 28th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

The above is a price map in descending order of all currently active vertical prices above and below the market... those in red were generated on previously confirmed buy signals, those in green were generated on previously confirmed sell signals... today's closing price is also included to provide you with a GPS type reading of where the market currently is in relation to all VP points on both sides of the market...

The Two Main Model Trade Rules:

1) Any time the market trades above any overhead VP price and then closes below it, this would confirm a new main model sell signal...
2) Any time the market trades below any lower VP price and then closes above it, this would confirm a new main model buy signal...

Flat Line Indicator (FLI) for GLD...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR HAS BEEN SET FOR TRACKING GLD AND NOT THE FUTURES GOLD MARKET SINCE THE GLD ETF MARKET SHOWS A MORE LIQUID PATTERN...
ALL THE MAIN MODEL SIGNALS FOR THE GOLD FUTURES MARKET WILL STILL REMAIN THE SAME...

The price continue higher and the anti price is actually beginning to roll over, this is constructive of a possible rally in this market... the flat line also turned higher today, a possible low today, but the momentum line still drifts downward for now...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

Lo and behold!!! The red momentum line has turned from down to perfectly sideways today, this could mean a rally is just around the corner... we'll know by tomorrow...

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The Main Model Formula

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change.

USE ONLY THE LARGE SP FUTURES CONTRACT FOR ALL SIGNALS, THE MINI CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU FALSE SIGNALS... AND THEN, ONCE A SIGNAL IS TRIGGERED (AND CONFIRMED), THEN YOU CAN TRADE ANY OTHER MARKET FROM THAT SIGNAL...

Light Positions:

It's always wise to hold only a light position in order to tolerate the wild price action of this market... also, if you're not nimble with these markets, then you may want to wait until the market closes for the day to be sure that any new signal is confirmed, this will eliminate all possible mid day whips... to be safer overnight, consider using an exit stop for capital preservation...

Trailing Stops:

Also, trailing stops are completely individual, it is presume that subscribers would have their own personal strategy on how and when to enter and exit the trade, these market can often be vicious... the VP points tell you where and if the market is about to move in one or another direction... for myself, I like to take profits at any time I get the sense I'm satisfied, I don't need to ride out every signal all the way to the last stop, it's really not necessary...

Trading Strategy:

Also, if you're having difficulty with these markets, I strongly urge that you consider a combination of the Hoban Rule and the 1/3 Rule to enter the trade positions, or just wait until the next morning to find a comfortable place to enter the trade, there's never a hurry... this will eliminate all whips...

BRIEF TUTORIAL OF MAIN MODEL APPLICATIONS:

The SP confirmation close ALWAYS refers to the large contract 4:15 pm futures closing price... also, use only the large contract for all official main model signals, the mini contract will give you false signals...

The Confirmation Price

The confirmation price is a specific market price beyond which the market must close in order to confirm a new main model buy or sell signal... the confirmation price is not a top or bottom picker, it is not designed to get you into a new position right at, or near, the top or bottom tick... but rather, it tells you that the trend has more than likely changed direction with a high degree of reliability... as has been demonstrated with better than a 98% reliability, the confirmation price confirms that the market trend has legitimately changed direction and that a new trend has just begun... very often, a buy confirmation price may seem so far above the market that taking a new long position at that high level seems risky... the same can be said for taking a new short position at a sell confirmation price... but factually, these price points are the most ideal place to enter a new position since these confirmation prices occur where most people are likely to take new erroneous positions in the trend that is just ending... this is why the market moves so explosively after the price is confirmed, e.g., the new short holders are scrambling to cover or the new dip buyers are selling out rapidly...

The NT Indicator

The NT indicator is a near term (NT) indicator and is included in the evening briefings for the benefit of those who make counter trend trades... the NT buy and sell spikes are not main model buy and sell signals, these spikes are only very near term, although they could always develop into something more significant over the next few days... using a weather analogy, the buy/sell spikes are much like a developing low pressure area or a tropical wave, they do not indicate a fully blown hurricane, although it could eventually develop... if a fully blown hurricane actually does develop, then the main model signal itself would address that market action...

How To Read The NT Indicator

The best and safest time to take an NT signal is when the market has already trended for some time and is now approaching a VP price, especially a major VP, then the NT spike would indicate that the trend is likely to reverse since the market is already vulnerable at a VP price, the NT spike provides greater certainty for that counter trend trade...

The VP Price

The VP, or Vertical Price, is NOT a target, the market is not required or expected to reach any VP price... however, if reached, the VP price represents where the buying/selling has stretched to its maximum exhaustion point, at least temporarily, and a change in trend is very likely... VP prices behave like magnets, they attract the market price, and when the price touches the VP point, then the polarity reverses and repels price... all this market ever does is ping pong between VP prices...

The main model formula is specifically designed to determine precisely and to the exact market price where the market is most likely to reach complete buying and/or selling exhaustion, there is no guessing about it. This is why the market almost always backs away from those VP points after reaching them, at least for 10 to 12 points before resuming the trend... also, at those VP points, the market is the most vulnerable to a legitimate trend change. Therefore, when the market trades through those VP points and then backs away and closes on the other side of it again, there is a very high likelihood of a trend reversal at that time... these VP point are like magnets, they pull and attract the price until the VP is reached, and then upon reaching the VP it then reverses polarity and repels price... at that point, the market can back away and confirm a new trend signal or return to the VP and resume the original trend... this is where the main model determines the buy and sell confirmation prices...

The Floor/Ceiling Price

The floor price is always there in a down trend, the ceiling price is always there in an up trend... these specific prices are rarely mentioned because the market rarely reaches them... these are not VP prices but can be treated the same as a VP price except floor and ceiling prices change every day while the VP price does not... a close beyond the floor/ceiling price should be considered a second buy or sell confirmation signal...

How To Read The VP Price

If the market touches and then moves away from the VP very quickly and doesn't return, then this typically indicates a market reversal, but if the market moves away from the VP and then returns within a day or two, maybe sooner, then the move is not over and the market is likely to continue in its current trend... repeated visits to a VP suggests the move is not yet over...

A Suggestion On How To Enter A Position On A New Main Model Signal

One way to enter a new signal trade is to take only 1/3 position only after the market trades through the confirmation price by a few points... after that initial position is taken, let the market do what it does all day... then, late in the day, if the market is still confirming the signal, then add the second 1/3 position... and then, on the close take the final 1/3 position... your average entry price will be above/below the confirmation price but the whips will be significantly reduced... this is a method I use for myself very often...

Another way to enter a new position is to wait for the actual confirmation on the close, and then take the new position...

THE HOBAN RULE

The Hoban Rule is an exclusive proprietary trading strategy that uses the main model signals to trade the SP market only... using this strategy eliminates all whips and is recommended to be used by those who are not market savvy and/or nimble enough to trade free style...

To take the trade, these two prerequisite criteria must be met:

1) The closing price on confirmation day must be within 6 points of the confirmation price, and

2) The confirmation price for the next signal must be more than 5 points from the closing price of that day...

3) Also, you may enter the trade anytime after the signal is confirmed if the market comes back to within 5 points of the original signal confirmation price...

Since you don't yet know the confirmation price for the next signal at that moment, you can either take the trade if the closing price meets the first criteria, or wait for the evening briefing for that information... if you took the trade on the first criteria and the evening briefing reverse confirmation price does not satisfy the second criteria, then simply close out that trade... or, if you did not take the trade and the evening briefing satisfies the second criteria as well, then take the trade in the evening session or in the after hours market if you're trading a market ETF... or you can simply take the trade the following morning...

However, if the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price, then do not take the trade at that time, just stay flat...

In order to take the trade when the closing price is 6 points or more from the confirmation price:

1) Place a limit order to enter the trade when/if the market moves within 5 points of the confirmation price...

To exit the trade:

1) Place an exit stop 2 points beyond the next buy/sell confirmation price... if filled, then stay flat and wait for the next new signal to be confirmed...

2) If the next new signal is confirmed, then begin again with step 1 using the two entry criteria to begin the next new trade position...

3) If the new signal is not confirmed, simply stay flat and wait for the next newly confirmed signal to begin the next trade at step 1, or simply re-enter the original position provided that the closing price that day is within 6 points of the original confirmation price and the reverse confirmation price is at least 5 points above that day's closing price...

4) Very often, you may find the second criteria is not met since the reverse confirmation price is less than 5 points above the closing price... but, on some occasions, a day or two later, the reverse confirmation price could actually move away from the market and would therefore meet the second criteria and subsequently satisfy both prerequisite criteria allowing for an entry provided that day's closing price is still no more than 6 points from the original main model confirmation price...

Applying The Hoban Rule for your trade positions based on the buy/sell confirmation prices as described above, you will find it easy to follow and with less stress than trying to catch the market while not knowing where it will actually close... and, also, all intraday entry whips are completely eliminated...

Rejected Buy/Sell Signals

Rejected buy and/or sell signals are typically followed by a sharp market move in the opposite direction the following day, this occurs as a general rule... a rejected sell signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp rally... as well, a rejected buy signal is typically followed the next day by a sharp decline... however, if the sharp rally/decline does not occur, then you can expect to see the market make another attempt at that buy/sell signal...

THE FLAT LINE INDICATOR

The FLI is a handy and easy to read two graph tool to see market tops and bottoms as they occur, the nimble trader could use this FLI each day to enter a trade position based only on the precision data on this graph, this graph includes 2 1/2 years of daily price data...

The FLI will give you more confidence when taking the VP signals...

The FLI lines are color coded for easy reference, there are only three lines to follow...

The color coded lines are:

Price Line - this is the actual daily closing price for the SP front month futures contract, this price is read on the left side of the graph...

Anti Price Line - this is the "shadow" price, this is the price required for the market to close that day for a change in direction to occur, this price is also read on the left side of the graph...

SP Flat Line - this line shows the difference in SP points between the Price Line and the Anti Price Line (PL minus APL), this line is read on the right side of the graph...

Broader Trend Line - this line tells you the broader direction of the market...

When reading this graph you will notice:

1. The flat line tops and bottoms occur right at the actual market price tops and bottoms...

2. when the price line crosses through the anti price line, then the flat line crosses through the zero value turning the flat line to neutral, and therefore the name flat line...

3. The flat line in the second graph crosses above and below the momentum line as a leading indicator ahead of the actual change in market direction...

4. The momentum line in the second graph tells you the market's strength of speed and you will notice how the flat line in that graph turns and crosses through the momentum line ahead of the market itself...

5. The optimal time to take a flat line trade position is when the flat line spike occurs simultaneously with a confirmed VP signal although this tool provides numerous other trade opportunities beyond the VP signals for the more aggressive trader...

Study the relation ships between the three lines at your leisure and you will make these and additional observations which can be useful trading tools...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH

The momentum line very closely correlates with the market price...

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