Weekend Report…The Anatomy of a Trade

I’m going to change it up a bit this weekend and go over our two big trades over the last year from the March 23rd 2020 crash low to March 3rd 2021. For the benefit of some of our new members I would like to go over some basic things we do when we put a portfolio together. Up until last year we had 3 basic portfolios, the Kamikaze Portfolio which is highly speculative, the PM Stock Trades Portfolio and the Leveraged Trade Portfolio. Last year when the precious metals stocks were on fire I started a 4th portfolio, Speculative Micro Caps, which I used sparingly. Each portfolio starts out with $100,000  and I break that down into twenty,  $5000 trades, to help spread the risk around. I will always tell you in real time when I buy or sell a stock.
Most of the time the actual buy and sell price may be off a bit because of the time it takes to put the trade together once I decided to take it. In a volatile market things can move very quickly and the price can change up or down quite a bit before you actually see the post. Normally if I see a big enough discrepancy I will have to redo the chart and post to make it as accurate as possible. Sometimes I’ve done that to just one trade, 3 or 4 times, before I could actually post it.
Another thing we’ve discussed in the past is, what type of trader are you? That is a very important question you need to ask yourself because there are different game plans for different types of trading. For me personally I’ve leaned that to be an intermediate term trader, where a trade can last for several months to many months to even a year in some cases, works best for me. Again for me the intermediate term time frame is where the biggest money is made with the least amount of risk.
With short term trading you have to have a lot of time and discipline to be successful looking at minute charts all day. Long term trading is too boring and you can give a lot back if you overstay your welcome, but if you get in on a bull market early enough it can be very rewarding if you have the patience.
There are many different trading disciplines one can use to trade the markets. I’ve tried them all at one time or another but found Chartology works best for me. The thing is most of the different trading disciplines work very well if one takes the time and energy to study them. It takes years to feel comfortable with what your trading system can do and not do which separates the good Elliot Wavers, cycle guys and even fundamental analysis from those that want instant gratification. Yes, there are even good fundamentalist that make a living analyzing PE ratios and a whole host of other fundamental things that I would find not very useful from my perspective, but it works for them.
Probably the most important lesson I learned the hard way years ago was to take profits out of the market when I had a good trade. By that I mean totally out of the market. Like most investors when they get a good trade off they want to put it right back in the market and try to double it. You may be able to do that several times in a row and you ask yourself, what is so hard about trading?  Ninety five percent of traders end up giving it all back and then some before they realize what happened.
I had to give back several small fortunes before it dawned on me that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was. If you have half a million dollars in a trading account to trade with that number that is kind of abstract. You know its there and know the value of it but it is totally different if I put that same half a million dollars on your kitchen table where you can see it and feel it. It becomes real again. There is no worse feeling than giving back a small fortune after you had already completed the trade and the profits were in your hands. How many PM investors or even stock market traders have done that time and time again and never learn their lesson?
They say there is a bull market somewhere if you only know where to look. I mentioned countless times last year that we are living in one of the best times in history to be a trader in the markets. The best of times started at the worst of times at the March 23rd crash low in 2020. From the low point everything had a V shaped recovery with both the US stock markets and the PM complex having strong rallies out of their crash low. Buying stocks is  psychologically the toughest thing to do after a crash sequence. We were lucky with the PM complex because most of the PM stocks and PM stock indexes formed a nice 2 1/2 point double bottom reversal pattern that allowed us to get a good early start on acquiring our precious metals stock beginning on April 2nd.
There were a lot of reasons to believe that the bottom of the cyclical bear market was over and the beginning of the 2nd leg up of the 2000 secular bull market was underway and that is the way we traded it. Until something changes you stick with the original game plan which can be difficult at times for even for the most seasoned investors. All was right with the world even when the 2020 August high was put in. At that time we were expecting a consolidation pattern of some type to start building out which happened, but if you’ve been trading the markets for any length of time you know the markets are good at throwing you a curveball when you least expect it.
Long term members already know the answer to this question, what is the only rule when it comes to trading the markets? The only rule is that there are no rules. Just like in life there are no guarantees what tomorrow will bring but we have to be prepared for any eventuality whether we like it or not. So as the correction wore on we’ve seen some important deterioration taking place that has called into question if our original game plan we made last April is still valid today. Only time will tell as it always does but for me I feel more comfortable sitting on the sidelines right now waiting for the PM complex to finally show its hand.
Normally if you can find one real good multi monthly rally, six monthly or longer somewhere in the markets and are able to trade most of it that is about as much as one can hope for if they are an intermediate term trader. Just look at a long term chart to see what I mean. Most of the time the markets are consolidating the previous impulse move which usually last longer than the rally phase. Last year we were lucky enough to have found two very good intermediate rallies to trade the PM complex and the stock markets. Then late in the fall a third area came into play which was the commodity complex. This is as good as it gets if one is an intermediate term trader.
Below is what I wrote on April 22nd of 2020 just as we were finishing up our buying of precious metals stocks. It is kind of a long drawn out road map of what I was expecting to happen a little less than a year ago. Keep in mind the markets are a living and breathing creature and are constantly shifting and changing their mood which is why we always have to be on guard no matter how right we think we are. The Chartology gives us the road they are traveling on but sometimes they can make a wrong turn and we have to get our GPS out and find what road they took. If our game plan is still valid we’ll still get to our destination but from another route.

There are as many ways to play the PM sector as there are investors. Some will only buy the big cap PM stocks for safety. Others will only buy the mid cap producers. Some will only buy a mix of big caps and mid cap producers. And then there are the PM stock investors that will only play the juniors. Each has its own advantage depending on your risk tolerance. Some of you are wondering why is Rambus’s portfolio structured like it is with hardly any big caps?

After a great run during the tech bull market that ended in 2000 I was able to basically retire and built our dream home. After that bull market ended I was left looking for another area in which to invest. It wasn’t until early 2002 that I saw a chart for gold which was showing a very large base that caught my attention. Whenever I see a big base I have to study it more to see what is behind the price action. The more I looked, it became apparent to me, that a new bull market may be starting to form in the PM complex.

Keep in mind I knew very little about the PM complex back then as I only traded the big cap tech stocks. I only knew a few of the really big cap PM stocks like Newmont, Barrick, ASA and just a couple of others. I didn’t even know there was a sector called the juniors. It didn’t take long after I immersed myself in studying all I could about this new area to invest that I became hooked. I still remember my first trades in the PM sector which were Newmont, Barrick and ASA.

I kept studying this new and exciting area for me and found out about the juniors and the possibility they could offer. I read several articles about how many of the juniors went through the roof in 1997 I believe, when BRE-X supposedly found the Mother Lode. Juniors were going up 100’s of percent and many going up 1000’s of percent. There are few areas in the markets that a sector can go up that much so I had to study more. The more I studied this little sector the more convinced I became, that for me, this is where I wanted to trade. The rest they say is history.

I already had the foundation for identifying chart patterns so it was just a matter of finding as many juniors as I could and look at their chart patterns. Since the first leg up in the new bull market had ended there were many juniors with some decent consolidation patterns already in place. I was lucky that I was able to catch most of the 2nd leg up in the new bull market before it ran out of gas and needed to consolidate its gains. When I put my first PM portfolio together I bought 10 juniors all under a dollar and hoped for the best. By the time the correction began that portfolio was up 273% in just under 8 months which was more than I had hoped for.

During the next impulse move up that began in 2005 I had bought 20 juniors all under a $1.00 and when that impulse move ended that portfolio was up 328% in less than a year. Needless to say I had found a new home in which to trade.

What I learned trading back then was that the tide would lift all boats to a certain degree with the juniors that had good looking chart patterns 100’s of percent. What I also learned back then was that when the impulse move ended it was time to get out of those juniors as they could give back a large chunk of the profits during the next consolation phase.

So that brings us up to my current portfolio. One thing about the PM stocks is that it is a small universe and following it through the years you begin to learn about their individual characteristics and how they may behave during an impulse move. Some would call my current portfolio very speculative because I don’t have any really large PM stocks, but I do have a decent mix of some mid caps and juniors.

Sir Plunger’s 4 horsemen are going to do very well and make a lot of money for those that invest in those 4 stocks. For me personally and what I learned in the first half of this secular bull market that ended in 2011 was that the juniors is where I want to mostly trade. If I don’t make at least 250% to 300% on this trade, which I finished up the buying today, then I will be disappointed. I hope it will be more but I’ll be satisfied with the 250% to 300% profits.

Another important lesson I would like to make is that once you are in a confirmed impulse move the last thing you want to do is try trading it. That was a lesson I learned the hard way though the years. For whatever reasons once you get out of a trade in an impulse move the idea that you are going to buy back at a cheaper price very seldom works out. My experience has been you usually pay up if you want to get that position back.

I posted this history chart for the HUI several weeks ago which shows all the consolidation patterns that formed during the first half of the secular bull market that ended in 2011. The red arrows show you where the impulse move actually began. As you can see most of the impulse moves between each consolidation pattern lasted for many months before they became exhausted. If you recall the last time I posted this chart I put the red arrow under the 5th reversal point on the 2016 triangle reversal pattern. I said I wasn’t going to wait for the breakout before I got positioned which so far has worked out well. The price objective for the 2016 triangle is above the 2011 all time high over 700 but I’ll be satisfied to reach  the all time high before the next consolidation period begins.

So how does the 2016 triangle reversal pattern look on the long term secular bull market uptrend channel? It has been forming right on the bottom rail of the 2000 bull market uptrend channel. Where will the HUI be trading if the top rail of the bull market uptrend channel is reached in the future? Stay safe and all the best…Rambus

Below are 3 separate tables that compile a list of all the PM stock trades we made starting on April 2nd 2020 until I closed out the account. I didn’t make my 250% that I was originally was hoping but we did make a little less than 100% and I was able to take a  profit of $97,315 out of the market. As I stated earlier totally out of the market. Think of those 67 trades as one big trade. I know have starting capital of $100,000 when I begin to invest in the PM complex again whenever that time comes.




I mentioned earlier that this past year has been a bonus for us as we had two great intermediate term trends to trade. As you know I began building out the Leveraged Trade Portfolio back in the fall of 2020 and just recently closed it out for a decent profit of $95,504.34 with a total of 25 trades. Again, this profit has come out of the market and you can think of those 25 trades as one big trade. I’ve already started to use the new starting capital of $100,000 to begin building out my next Leveraged Trade Portfolio which is about 10 trades so far or about $50,000.

Back on June 22nd of last year I wrote this little piece as the start of the “Market Update” I do each day to get this out in the open in case what I was seeing as a huge potential would actually come to pass.

June 22, 2020

Before we look at today’s charts I would like to give you a short answer on why I’m taking on so many positions in the stock markets. The short answer for now is that I recently had an epiphany moment similar to the one I had on the US dollar back in 2014 when I discovered that massive 11 year base that was a fractal to the one that formed previously that most of you have seen many times.

Currently I’m seeing some patterns setting up in the stock markets that could lead to a very powerful rally the likes of what we’ve never seen before. I realize that many think I’m living in fantasyland by being bullish on the stock markets which is fine because I don’t want to run with the herd. I want to go where no man has gone before. That sounds like a movie title.

The bottom line is that I need to see a little more price action which could happen fairly quickly over the next couple of weeks to come forward with what I think could happen. The kicker is that the PM stocks will go along for the ride. I’m posting this today so I’ll be on record if indeed what I’m seeing plays out. It will mean nothing after the fact.

Today March 13, 2021

This is a weekly chart for the SPX where the red arrow points to the week of June 22nd 2020 when I made that little post above. Note how many times that top rail of the 2018 bullish expanding triangle has been hit from above. Even with a tough couple of weeks the SPX closed at a new all time high last week.

I’ve finally got all the trades in the, Leveraged Trade Portfolio updated so you can see how they did. We had a total of 25 trades with a net profit of $95,504.34 not quite a double.

While the PM complex began their correction in August of last year the Leveraged Trade Portfolio kicked in to pick up the slack and gave us many more months of positive trading by keeping an open mind and not being tied down to just one sector. I’ve always said that I don’t care what sector I trade as long as there is a decent impulse move to be traded either up or down. For me this begins a new year of trading the markets. I will be satisfied if what I trade this year matches last year results but as always I hope I can do better. This is one of the toughest games on the planet to be successful which is why I love the challenge. Hoping for a better year. All the best…Rambus