Copper, Gold, Silver, Crude Oil and USD/CAD this week

Copper has had an intense week and finished high. Silver, in particular, has spiked up. Gold also increased but ended the week more or less even. Crude oil has finished the week reasonably strong. USD/CAD is still some way from turning up and will need careful management.

Here they are in slightly more detail:


My premise on Copper has changed. Copper, I feel, is some way from a big turn down. I would consider a small increase in price before a drop to our low two weeks previously – and then a possible climb. We will look for the best price to exit our copper trade.


Silver has had a dramatic couple of weeks. Two strong weekly moves up taking silver from the one-year trend line to the, higher, 10-year trend line; indeed, the price of silver bounced precisely off this line – marked with a circle. Always challenging to short when everyone else is long. But that is what we did. Of importance, and supporting our case, the COT for silver shows commercials at an 8-year record with the number of shorts compared to longs. Hold onto your hat!


Gold has not been as dramatic as silver. Up in price all week, gold finished low for the week supporting our prediction of gold progressing further down in price over the coming weeks.


I’m a supporter of a drop in price again in crude oil, but it may take its time. Price was possibly getting to somewhere marked by the red circle. For now, we remain on the sidelines.


USD/CAD price mirrors that of crude oil. Therefore, a trade on both is double the risk and significant consideration. As with crude oil short, it is early days to consider USD/CAD long. A turn somewhere in the green box, however, is a good probability. But risk-reward is excellent when we catch a trade early. Probability is the other major player in the trader’s equation; moreover, proper management of early trades is essential.

Achieving excellent trade entries helps a lot

How our trades have progressed this week:


We are short Gold. We went short at the red arrows. That is, we expect the price to go down. If Gold goes down in price, we gain. It is always tricky to find the best price and often it is merely ‘good is good enough’. But our first take here seemed excellent. Price this week had risen giving us a chance to add to our short. Again, this seems to be at a near top. We now have a lower high (the difference in height between the first and second arrow) and, therefore, the possibility of a continued drop in the price of gold, at least for a few weeks.


We went long USD/CAD at the blue arrow. That is we want the price to increase. Our strategy starts with a ‘major’ trend reversal, and that is often a difficult call. The probability of success is low at this stage, but the reward, if it goes our way (up), is worth a trade. Our target is near the top of the screenshot.


We first took Silver short at the left red arrow. Price went our way nicely – down. This week, however, has seen a good recovery in price. We entered again, short, at the second red arrow; this is a higher high – often not ideal for a short – but the three pushes up is a useful context for a trend reversal. From being nicely in the money, to out of the money, is part and parcel of our strategy. We hold until something tells us different, or until we get to, or near, our target. Our target is at the bottom of the screenshot.


We shorted Copper at the red arrow position. That is we want the price to go down, and so far, Copper has obliged. We continue to hold until target. The recent retrace in price this week was not sufficient for us to add to our short trade.

Trading methods that suit

A keen trader or investor has to use a method that they understand and that gives them an advantage, an edge – no matter how small.

That method, or way of trading, has to suit the trader’s personality. The technique could be fast-moving, lower time frame, or slow-moving, higher timeframe. Or a combination of both.

Emotionally, the method has to suit too. For example, most traders are comfortable trading relatively large positions on slower moving, higher time frame trades such as daily, weekly or monthly charts; however, are less objective with such trades on lower time frame situations such as intraday (day-trading) opportunities.

Once we sort our emotional tolerance, we then need to consider our ability to manage such trades. Do we have the time and the skills necessary to trade lower time frame situations? Where a trade entry and exit on a ‘swing’ trade can play out in 10 chart bars or less – which on a 2-minute chart is 20 minutes. The same trade using a daily chart would take some two weeks.

I use three clear trading methods with clear time frames. I feel that in each of the methods I have a small edge, and that is vital. The methods are:

  1. 30-year’s investing using detailed fundamental analysis of company figures. I’m primarily looking here at finding a company that is selling at half price or less and one that has been consistently excellent for many years (usually ten years). The company, importantly, needs to be a company that will still be here, and profitable, in 30 years. The calculations took Nick and me over 9-months to develop.
  2. I trade gold, silver, copper, crude oil, treasury bonds and USD/CAD both long and short, and only trade on precise signals. Each trade held for several weeks; this is where I mainly trade the Slow Trader fund. The strategy here is sound, tested and profitable.
  3. Intraday trading of any stock, commodity, index or FX that suits – my favourite is GBP/USD. Skilfully, managerially and emotionally intraday trades are the most difficult. Intraday is also immensely time-consuming and takes many years to become consistently profitable.

You will notice that each method avoids the market crash timeframe of 5 to 15 years. Yes, the 30-year plan will go through a few crashes during its investment period, but over 30 years the crashes provide a ‘dollar-cost-averaging’ opportunity to invest more. The only important crash in the 30-year method that is of concern is the last one. I appreciate that as its 30-years it may not be me making this decision!