- Secret keys and “crying wolf”
- An in-depth examination of a Jim Rickards trading tool
- The right move and the right timing — good for 150% in under a month
- Two reasons 2016 will be strong for gun-makers
- Crude returns to a round number
- Meaningless minutes… mixed signals in housing… ISIS, Isis and unlucky small businesses… and more!
“You know, all your talk about secret keys and all the rest reminds me so much of the boy who cried wolf,” a reader writes.
“I don’t listen anymore. You might have the next hot topic, but I ain’t got the financial resources to be throwing money everywhere hoping something will stick. So I just tune you guys out now.”
Six weeks ago, we started playing up the idea that Jim Rickards has a “secret key” to unlocking substantial gains in a short amount of time. We unveiled a new premium trading service in our Rickards suite. The reaction has been, to say the least, mixed — despite proven performance by our readers who’ve used this secret key…
- 41% in 3 months
- 102% in 4 months
- 150% in less than a month
- 162% in under 6 months.
And those aren’t back-tested results. Those are real-world gains people like you were able to generate in their own portfolios.
Perhaps we weren’t being specific enough about how the “secret key” worked.
So today we’ll show you exactly what we’re talking about.
If you’ve rented a car lately, chances are you’ve gotten a good deal. That’s because the big firms are caught in a squeeze.
On the one hand, they’re limiting the size of their fleets — hypothetically to maintain pricing power. On the other hand, the economy is soft right now — so they have to cut pricing to maintain cash flow and service their large debts.
I got a phenomenal deal in August when I took off three days to visit family in the Midwest. I rented from Avis — six days’ use of a compact car for just under $200, taxes included. I wasn’t counting on the compact being a VW Beetle — it made hauling stuff a little challenging — but at that price, I wasn’t going to complain much.
Still… How do you invest to make fast gains from this phenomenon?
Enter a trading tool Jim Rickards calls the “Kissinger Cross.”
Yeah, we know — crazy name. If you have to know its origin right away, click here to scratch the itch.
Avis’ parent firm is Avis Budget Group — ticker symbol CAR. Here’s a chart of its action from early June through mid-July:
By itself, the listless movement in the first half of June doesn’t tell you much.
But here’s the thing: “On June 16, 2015,” says Jim, “my formula produced a clear Kissinger Cross that indicated CAR was set to crash.”
Here’s the same chart… with another chart on top showing Jim’s Kissinger Cross tool:
“This was a real trade I recommended to my readers,” says Jim. “I immediately gave my readers very specific instructions on how to profit when it crashed.
“All they had to do was follow those simple directions… and then wait for a second Kissinger Cross to appear.
“They didn’t wait long — the second Kissinger Cross flashed again on July 10. We rushed out an email to readers recommending they sell their investment for a return of 150% in under a month.”
Jim has scads of examples showing you just how these trades work — and how you can lay on three of these Kissinger Cross trades right now for fast-moving gains of up to 370%. Jim sets out the proof for you right here.
So now you have a rough idea how it works. But what the heck is a “Kissinger Cross,” anyway?
It goes back to something we mentioned last Friday — when a U.S. drone strike likely killed “Jihadi John,” the executioner on those grisly ISIS beheading videos.
If the remote drone pilots and their commanders acted too soon, without enough information, they could have easily hit the wrong target. But if they waited to be 100% certain, the right target might well have moved on to a new hideout.
They had to find the sweet spot between having enough good information to act… and enough time to act effectively.
“This confluence of timing and information,” says Jim, “is called an ‘intelligence cross’ — something I learned from Henry Kissinger at a luncheon I attended in 1981.
“It represents the exact moment when the information you have intersects the perfect time to take advantage of that information.”
As we mentioned on Monday, Jim and his contacts within the U.S. intelligence community used this technique to spot a terrorist attack in the making during 2006 — a plot to blow up seven trans-Atlantic flights. (As it happened, Scotland Yard was already on the case, arresting 24 suspects before they could do anything.)
So the technique is decades old. But only Jim has figured out how to apply this technique’s power to financial markets.
It works in rising markets and falling markets — so you don’t have to fret about what the overall market is doing. You just have to act when a Kissinger Cross says it’s go-time.
We know we’ve thrown a lot of information at you today. But we figure that’s more beneficial than playing coy about a “secret key” to doubling or tripling your money in a 60- or 90-day span. If you want to learn more, Jim’s eager to show you more…
To the markets, where the big story today is crude — which just fell below $40 for the first time since August.
And that’s despite the latest inventory report from the Energy Department, showing the lowest increase in six weeks… and year-over-year growth in demand for gasoline.
Stocks keep climbing: Every major U.S. index is up at least three-quarters of a percent, the S&P 500 at 2,065. Gold remains stuck in the mud at $1,068.
By the time you read this episode of The 5, traders will be reacting to the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s October meeting — an exercise even more meaningless than usual.
Really, whatever the Fed’s Open Market Committee said last month has been overtaken by events this month, right? There was that “blowout” jobs report two weeks ago, right? A December rate increase is baked into the cake, right?
As you know if you’ve been reading us in recent days, we don’t buy it — although we can’t rule out an increase altogether. Or as Jim Rickards tweeted this morning…
Speaking of blown forecasts, there’s this morning’s report on housing starts from the Commerce Department.
The number tumbled 11% in October — way more than any one among dozens of economists polled by Bloomberg was expecting. That said, building permits are up 4.1%, and that’s a better indicator of future activity.
Still, construction is definitely taking a breather — even more than would be expected with the advent of cooler weather.
“I suspect that 2016 will be a great year for gun-makers,” says Byron King — donning his military-tech hat today.
For one thing, there’s civilian demand for firearms: “What would Obama love to do in his last year in office?” Byron asks rhetorically. “Only a few days ago, Obama sent out a major fundraising email to Democrats, hitting hard on the need to act in the next year to reform gun laws at the federal, state and even local levels.
“We’ve all heard plenty of discussion of, say, ‘tightening’ gun laws in the U.S. in recent years. Yet we’re also witness to dramatically increased levels of gun sales as well. It’s as if the more politicians discuss cracking down on guns and ammo, the more people swing by their nearby gun store to stock up.”
Meanwhile on the military side, the U.S. Army is looking to replace the M9 9mm pistol that’s been standard issue since 1985. “I’ve heard from soldiers and Marines who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan that M9 is just not as up-to-date and hard-hitting as they would like,” says Byron. “Army wants an easier-to-shoot gun that can inflict more damage on enemies than the M9.
“The initial Army contract is worth up to $580 million, with more to follow.” Byron identified like likely winner in the most recent Military-Tech Alert.
And now our nominee for the unluckiest small business in the world right now — Isis Books and Gifts in the Denver suburb of Englewood.
It’s been catering to the New Age crowd for 35 years. It’s operated under this name the entire time — a tribute, says owner Karen Charboneau-Harrison, to the Egyptian goddess Isis. But after the ISIS attacks in Paris last Friday, vandals with a room-temp IQ saw fit to throw rocks at the store’s sign…
Seriously, people? [KDVR-TV screengrab]
“We’re all very heartbroken [about what happened in Paris], so I don’t know if somebody walking down the street just saw our name on the sign and kind of lost it for a moment and threw a rock through it,” Charboneau-Harrison tells the local Fox station. “Or if it was an ignorant person who actually thought this was a bookstore for terrorists, I don’t know.”
Or maybe someone upset she sells “Wicca supplies”?
Which reminds us of the plumber in Texas a year ago who got death threats over the phone because his company’s truck turned up in a jihadi video.
Mark Oberholtzer traded in a Ford F-250 in 2013 to AutoNation. Oberholtzer usually scrapes his logo off the door, but he figured AutoNation would take care of it this time. But AutoNation sent the truck off to auction.
Next thing Oberholtzer knows, his truck winds up in Syria — featured in a video posted by a jihadi group called the Ansar al-Deen Front — and he got a thousand phone calls and faxes from mouth-breathers in a single day.
Because most plumbers haul around an anti-aircraft gun, of course…
We bring it up again today because a few weeks ago, U.S. counterterrorism officials began squawking about the large number of white Toyota pickups that turn up in ISIS videos.
Seriously: The Terror Financing division of the Treasury Department was haranguing Toyota executives about it.
Popular Mechanics said there’s a logical explanation: The Japanese government offers generous incentives for people to buy new cars whenever the economy turns south — which is often.
“These older cars often look nearly new, reflecting a tendency by the Japanese to take exceptionally good care of their cars,” writes the magazine’s Kyle Mizokami. “Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a market for used cars in Japan.”
But there’s an export market, for sure: In 2004, The Wall Street Journal estimated the number of used cars exported from Japan numbered nearly 1 million.
“The Toyota/ISIS conspiracy might be a harmless, silly rumor were jobs not at stake,” writes Mizokami. “Any association with a group that burns people alive and chops off heads is not conducive to good business.”
As an increasing number of small-business people, it seems, are learning the hard way…
The 5 Min. Forecast
P.S. “The Middle East is an endless source of turmoil,” says Jim Rickards, “but I believe we’re about to see a major financial crisis in the region for reasons no one seems to expect.”
Jim’s unique “Kissinger Cross” tool has just identified a way to play this looming crisis… with the potential to triple your money inside of six months.
For access to this play — and two more with the potential for outsized gains — look here.