Thursday, October 27th

"Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to others."

* * * Anonymous

You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

PLEASE NOTE: Once again, I will raise the sails and put out to sea with the outgoing tide tomorrow morning October 27th and will return on Sunday November 6th... we will set our heading due south to southeast past Mangrove Cay through the Great Bahama Bank where we will then tack south and transit between the eastern tip of Cuba and the western tip of Haiti through the Greater Antilles Ridge and enter the Caribbean Sea where we will then tack west toward the island of Barbados where we will make landfall in a few days pending smooth waters and a gentle wind to our back...

YES, THAT'S RIGHT, ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FOR TWO FULL WEEKS, SO YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK STOPS TODAY AND DOES NOT BEGIN AGAIN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10TH WHICH IS 4 DAYS AFTER I RETURN...

Now, behave yourselves while I'm away and remember what these markets do every time I set sail... usually a big move one way or the other, these markets seem to wait until I'm away before the big moves occur... oh, and be sure to eat all your vegetables while I'm away... LOL!!!

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 above 2144.70 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new long position with a close between 2149.70 and 2150.70... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2142.70... 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 2144.75...

The last trade at this writing is at 2134.00 in the December...

Could this be the big 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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - 2167.29

MAJOR - - 2156.02 and must close below that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2154.59 and must close below that price on Monday, November 7th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2146.11

minor - - 2144.75

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2134.00

- - nothing but thin air here for 40 SP points- -

minor - - 2104.72

minor - - 2104.06

MAJOR - - 2087.01 and must close below that price on Wednesday, November 16th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2074.17 and must close below that price on Tuesday, November 8th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2147.66 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2112.63 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.60%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT needle didn't even move 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 price and the anti price are moving lower right now, the momentum line appears unsteady although still inching higher... this market is drifting and looking for direction although the bias is still very modestly upward...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line is now perfectly flat for three consecutive days... interesting...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1263.40 as of Wednesday, October 19th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1267.10 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Thursday, a close below 1250.30 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 VP at 1250.23...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1267.10

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th to confirm a new main model buy signal... this VP expired, the main model is already long this market...

There are no other VP prices below this point...

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 only thing concerning me here is that the flat line shows the market price very far above the anti price, and the anti price is now moving higher... this suggests a possible topping action forthcoming... it could be "just a pull back" since the momentum line is still oversold and continues moving higher... but, this is still something to watch over the next few days...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The momentum line here continue higher, but the above flat line chart tells me this market is now approaching an over bought condition, be wary...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.60%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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, October 26th

"Things turn out best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out."

* * * Anonymous

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 above 2144.70 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new long position with a close between 2149.70 and 2150.70... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2142.70... 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 2144.75...

The last trade at this writing is at 2143.70 in the December...

Could this be the big 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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - 2167.29

MAJOR - - 2156.02 and must close below that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2154.59 and must close below that price on Monday, November 7th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2146.11

minor - - 2144.75

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2137.50

- - thin air right here - -

minor - - 2104.72

minor - - 2104.06

MAJOR - - 2087.01 and must close below that price on Wednesday, November 16th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2074.17 and must close below that price on Tuesday, November 8th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2145.36 would turn the BTIT to up... another signal failure today, not encouraging for the bulls... that's two days in a row...

A close below 2119.86 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.60%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
A solid down spike today, encouraging while the main model is short...
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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 looks toppy and the anti price is rising while the market price is falling... not a bullish sign...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The price line is now hugging the underlying support line... any further decline in price will break that long term support line along the two previous pivot lows going back many months...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1263.40 as of Wednesday, October 19th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1274.50 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Wednesday, a close below 1250.30 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 VP at 1250.23...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1274.50

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th to confirm a new main model buy signal... this VP expired, the main model is already long this market...

There are no other VP prices below this point...

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 beginning to look overbought, but all key lines are moving higher and the main model is long, so why debate it... notice the anti price is now moving higher again as of today... today's anti price turn around occurred after a long anti price decline...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line also continues higher... this is beginning to appear like a seriously bull leg for this market... look at how oversold the momentum line had been prior to turning upward...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.60%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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, October 25th

"Never let your fear decide your future."

* * * Anonymous

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 above 2144.70 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new long position with a close between 2149.70 and 2150.70... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2142.70... 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 2144.75...

The last trade at this writing is at 2143.70 in the December...

Wow, what a schizo market!!! LOL!!!

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

A failed BTIT attempt earlier today generated more VP points close to the market which initiated the mid day update...

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - 2167.29

MAJOR - - 2156.02 and must close below that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2154.59 and must close below that price on Monday, November 7th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2146.11

minor - - 2144.75

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2143.70

minor - - 2130.501

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2105.701

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2089.98 and must close below that price on Friday, November 11th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2145.36 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2119.86 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.60%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
A sell spike today while in the overbought zone...
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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 closed above the anti price, this is typically bullish... also, the momentum line continues higher... the market was higher today, but we did have a confirmed sell signal...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line is barely inching higher...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1263.40 as of Wednesday, October 19th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1264.60 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Tuesday, a close below 1250.30 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 VP at 1250.23...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1264.60

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th to confirm a new main model buy signal... this VP expired, the main model is already long this market...

There are no other VP prices below this point...

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 the flat line is entering the high zone... this means the market price is far above the anti price which is moving lower rapidly by looking at the graph... the momentum is still moving higher, so this market could still run higher from here although the flat line is already a bit too high to sustain another strong rally...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line also continues higher 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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 Monday, October 24th

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

* * * John Lennon

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 2130.60 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new short position with a close between 2125.60 and 2124.60... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2132.60... 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 2130.501...

The last trade at this writing is at 2135.00 in the December...

Is the bull market awakening???

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2135.00

minor - - 2130.501

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2105.701

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2089.98 and must close below that price on Friday, November 11th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2145.25 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2111.74 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
A minimal down tick today, not much movement here and still very much 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

Same here, very little movement today... a quiet market...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

Today is the third consecutive day the LT momentum line is exactly flat... I think this is a first for this occurrence...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1263.40 as of Wednesday, October 19th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1267.50 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Monday, a close below 1250.30 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 VP at 1250.23...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1267.50

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th to confirm a new main model buy signal... Monday is the last day for this major VP, the main model is already long this market...

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...

While a little overbought, the momentum line still looks bullish as it continues higher without hesitation...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line is slowly but surely moving higher... this is a slower and much broader indicator... a rising momentum line for this graph is promising news for the gold bulls... especially turning upwards from a somewhat oversold level...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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, October 21st

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

* * * Oscar Wilde

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 2130.60 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new short position with a close between 2125.60 and 2124.60... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2132.60... 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 2130.501...

The last trade at this writing is at 2137.20 in the December...

Is the bull market awakening???

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2137.20

minor - - 2130.501

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2105.701

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2090.22 and must close below that price on Thursday, November 10th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2148.29 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2111.74 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT indicator moved sharply higher today while already deep in the overbought zone, lots of buying here...
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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

Not much movement today, none at all...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

Here also, no noticeable movement at all...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1263.40 as of Wednesday, October 19th...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1266.70 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Friday, a close below 1250.30 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 VP at 1250.23...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1266.70

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th 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...

While the trend is up for now, this market is already showing signs of being overbought... with this market, wouldn't you know it...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line continues inching higher...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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, October 20th

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is."

* * * H. Jackson Browne

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 2130.60 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new short position with a close between 2125.60 and 2124.60... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2132.60... 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 2130.501...

The last trade at this writing is at 2138.20 in the December...

Is the bull market awakening???

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2138.20

minor - - 2130.501

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2105.701

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2090.22 and must close below that price on Thursday, November 10th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2151.07 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2111.74 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
This market continues to remain 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

A few significant events occurred here today... the flat line crossed up above the zero line which means the market price closed above the anti price... AND the momentum line has also now turned upward... this is the first time in a while that this market is poised for higher levels...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line also turned higher today... it appears this market is now ready to rally...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now long the December gold from 1263.40 as of Wednesday, October 19th...

We just took better than $70.00 out of the short side of this market... let's see if we can do the same on the long side...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1270.10 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Thursday, a close below 1250.30 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 VP at 1250.23...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1270.10

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th 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...

Everything is moving higher including the all important momentum line... the main model remains long this market...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

Even the LT momentum line is turning higher now... all systems are go for launch... let's hope it doesn't fizzle out as this market typically tends to do...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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, October 19th

"Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out."

* * * Abraham Lincoln

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 2130.60 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new long position with a close between 2135.50 and 2136.50... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2128.50... 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 2130.501...

The last trade at this writing is at 2132.00 in the December...

A very choppy and whippy market, indicative of a broad topping action...

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

MAJOR - - 2190.85 and must close below that price on Monday, November 21st to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

minor - - 2168.35

SVP - - none

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2132.00

minor - - 2130.501

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2152.47 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2111.74 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
The NT indicator hardly moved today at all while holding in the overbought zone...
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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 is attempting to turn higher, but the market price is still below the anti price and the momentum is still downward...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line is trying to hold and this level, but we'll need to see something more convincing...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: UP since 10/18/16

A close below 1246.901 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

A close below 1208.01 would turn the BTIT to down...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1335.20 as of Tuesday, September 27th...

This has been some incredible short position trade!!!

The BTIT turned upward as of today...

The last trade as of this writing is at 1263.20 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Wednesday, a close above 1263.40 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 1263.401...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1399.64 and must close below that price on Wednesday, December 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1356.11

SVP - - none

minor - - 1263.401

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1263.20

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th 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 market price is now above the anti price and the momentum line has turned higher as of today... it appears this market is ready for a rally... we'll see how it holds...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

It may not be visible as it appears, but the momentum line has actually turned minimally higher as of today... a higher market tomorrow and we'll se a possibly legitimate bottom in place for this market... just keep a watch for the signal tonight and 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...

THE VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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, October 18th

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

* * * Benjamin Franklin

NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

NOTICE: FROM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH I WILL BE AWAY ON A VACATION FROM THESE MARKETS... FOR THE WEEK AND TWO DAYS I'M AWAY I WILL EXTEND EVERYONE'S SUBSCRIPTION FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS AS A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO TAKE A BREAK... IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO RENEWAL SUBSCRIPTION, THEN I WILL CANCEL THE AUTO RENEWAL FUNCTION SO THAT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ADDED SUBSCRIPTION TIME, OTHERWISE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CLOCK WOULD RUN OUT WHILE I'M AWAY; THIS WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO YOU... MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PERMISSION TO TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM THESE MARKETS... ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH I WILL AGAIN RESUME THE EVENING BRIEFING...

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 above 2124.20 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new long position with a close between 2135.50 and 2136.50... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2128.50... 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 2124.23...

The last trade at this writing is at 2122.00 in the December...

This market can get very boring...

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

SVP - - none

minor - - 2130.501

minor - - 2124.23

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2122.00

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2157.801 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2111.74 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
Minimal movement here today, yet still holding in the overbought zone...
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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 today...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line is also continuing lower...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: DOWN since 10/3/16

A close above 1347.81 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close above 1279.41 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1335.20 as of Tuesday, September 27th...

This has been some incredible short position trade!!!

The last trade as of this writing is at 1255.80 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Tuesday, a close above 1279.50 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 1279.59...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1381.72 and must close below that price on Monday, October 17th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1361.54

minor - - 1335.11

minor - - 1306.45

minor - - 1302.85

MAJOR - - 1290.06 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 18th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 1279.59 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 13th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 1273.67

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1255.80

minor - - 1250.23

MAJOR - - 1244.88 and must close above that price on Monday, October 24th 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 how the flat line has already turned upward AND the price line is holding flat while the anti price is rapidly moving downward... the suggests a nearby market turn around, but it remains to be seen... keep a watch on this market... my hunch is if the SP begin to break down much lower, then the gold market could begin a legitimate rally from here... also, notice how the momentum line is beginning to curve at a deeply oversold level... we now see all the signs of a gold rally about to emerge... all we need now is a buy signal...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line for gold is now deeply oversold and beginning to flatten slightly...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands as of this past Friday with a net gain of +0.70%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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 Monday, October 17th

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine."

* * * Morris West

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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 2130.50 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new long position with a close between 2135.50 and 2136.50... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2128.50... 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 2130.501...

The last trade at this writing is at 2126.50 in the December...

This market can get very boring, it looks like everyone went home for the weekend early...

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2220.94 and must close below that price on Monday, November 14th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

SVP - - none

minor - - 2130.501

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2126.50

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2157.801 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2111.74 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands with a net gain of +0.26%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
For some very odd reason, none of the chart graphs are copying into the email... will try to figure it out and get it fixed for Monday... however, for today we do have a down spike in the NT indicator...

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

Same here, no graphs today, will try to get the darn thing fixed by Monday, so sorry... the flat line is moving sideways today and the momentum line continues lower...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

Again, no graph today, but the LT line is still continuing lower...

The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: DOWN since 10/3/16

A close above 1347.81 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close above 1279.41 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1335.20 as of Tuesday, September 27th...

This has been some incredible short position trade!!!

The last trade as of this writing is at 1253.00 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Monday, a close above 1279.50 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 1279.59...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1381.72 and must close below that price on Monday, October 17th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1361.54

minor - - 1335.11

minor - - 1306.45

minor - - 1302.85

MAJOR - - 1290.06 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 18th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 1279.59 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 13th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 1273.67

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1253.00

There are no VP points below this market...

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...

Again, no graph today, so sorry, will try to fix this problem for Monday... the flat line turned modestly higher today but the momentum line continues lower nonstop...

THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line

The LT momentum line continues pushing lower but is also considerably oversold right now...

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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands with a net gain of +0.26%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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For Friday, October 14th

"October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The other dangerous months are November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September."

* * * Mark Twain

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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 2124.30 in the DECEMBER 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 after being stopped out... enter a new short position with a close between 2119.30 and 2118.30... if filled, then place an exit stop to go flat at 2126.30... 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 2124.23...

The last trade at this writing is at 2126.70 in the December...

This market was all over the place today, but finished right where the main model began... all done in good day trading fashion...

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...

SP DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 2218.73 and must close below that price on Wednesday, November 9th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 2185.43

SVP - - none

minor - - 2130.501

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 2126.70

minor - - 2124.23

MAJOR - - 2116.37 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 25th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2103.89 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 27th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

minor - - 2103.12

minor - - 2095.48

MAJOR - - 2076.03 and must close above that price on Friday, November 4th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 2064.604 and must close above that price on Tuesday, November 1st to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 2062.39

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 10/3/16

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 2164.98 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close below 2118.508 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 2161.40 as of 10/3/16 - - there are 14 completed trades for a total gain of 272.00 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 October below 2036.09 would turn the MTI to neutral...

A monthly close for October 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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands with a net gain of +0.26%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

The NT (Near Term) indicator
Look at this, another day with barely any movement at all...
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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, although notice how the flat line is now approaching the bounce zone...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR THE SP:

The LT momentum line continues lower, but the price line is now at a major inflection point... any further decline from here could morph into a major market decline... this market needs to bounce from here...

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The DECEMBER Gold futures

BROADER TERM INTERMEDIATE TREND BIAS: DOWN since 10/3/16

A close above 1347.81 would turn the BTIT to up...

A close above 1279.41 would turn the BTIT to neutral...

The main model is now short the December gold from 1335.20 as of Tuesday, September 27th...

This has been some incredible short position trade!!!

The last trade as of this writing is at 1258.80 for December...

TOMORROW'S GOLD TRADE STRATEGY:

For Friday, a close above 1279.50 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 1279.59...

GOLD DECEMBER VP PRICES

MAJOR - - 1381.72 and must close below that price on Monday, October 17th to confirm a new main model sell signal...

minor - - 1361.54

minor - - 1335.11

minor - - 1306.45

minor - - 1302.85

MAJOR - - 1290.06 and must close above that price on Tuesday, October 18th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

MAJOR - - 1279.59 and must close above that price on Thursday, October 13th to confirm a new main model buy signal...

SVP - - 1273.67

TODAY'S CLOSING PRICE - - 1258.80

There are no VP points below this market...

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 how the flat line has now turned higher, this line typically turns several days before the market itself turns... so, this market is now poised for a good lift off... however, if this market fails, then we could see yet another major leg downward... meanwhile, the main model remains short this market and is on watch for a possible VP buy signal within days... also notice how the momentum line is no very deeply oversold and is indicative of a possible market bottom nearby...

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THE LT PRICE AND MOMENTUM GRAPH FOR GOLD:

The LT momentum line continues pushing lower but is also considerably oversold right now...

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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 VERTICAL FUND: The Vertical Fund is now live and ongoing... this fund 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 with a Seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and with more than 30 years experience located right on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange... since its inception on July, 2015 the fund's real time simulator performance shows a gross gain of 62.05%...

THE VERTICAL FUND real time performance since its inception on 9/30/16 currently stands with a net gain of +0.26%... this will be updated each Monday in the evening briefing...

BIG NOTE: You can now follow The Vertical Fund's trading action on Twitter @theverticalfund

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