Tuesday Links: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Selling Anything

Some items you may find interesting this morning…

Futures Links

Time to buy coffee? Many traders have scalded themselves trying to catch a bull trend (DragonFlyCap)

Fed introducing plans to limit banks’ commodity activities (Bloomberg)

China continues to buy U.S. soybeans despite the looming Brazil harvest (Agriculture.com)

The Vampire Squid calls crop futures a bad bet for 2014 (Agrimoney.com)

WTI crude looking at its worst start to a year since 2009 (Bloomberg)

Sugar stares down a four-year low (Investing.com)

Other Fun Stuff

Did you know that dating to 1990 the S&P 500 has dropped one percent an average of 32 times a year? In 2013 it did so 17 times (Avondale Asset Management)

The ultimate cheat sheet for selling anything (James Altucher)

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Tuesday Links: Corn’s 2014 Outlook; Brazil’s Crude Oil Industry Faces Reality

Content you may find interesting on this bone-chilling morning across the USA…

Futures Links

Coffee breaks out (Inside Futures)

World’s largest banks see steady to lower corn prices this year (Agrimoney.com)

Brazil’s crude oil plans hit reality (Washington Post)

ICE cuts its soft commodity trading hours, starting February 3 (WSJ)

Farmer survey suggests smaller North American soybeans, corn crops (Farm Futures)

Other Fun Stuff

CNN Poll finds majority of Americans want to legalize marijuana (CNN)

New Year’s trading resolution: keep it simple, stupid (SMB)

An oath to manage your trading biases (Andrew Grimes)

Monday Links: U.S. Oil and Gas Production Shoots to the Moon

A handful of links to start this holiday week…

Futures Links

U.S.
oil and gas production shoots to the moon (Frank Holmes)

American farmers move 1.6 million acres of conservation land into production (NPR)

The California gold rush of 1849 vs. the North Dakota oil boom of 2013 (Business Insider)

British Columbia lumber exports to China sets record in 2013, topping $1.17 billion (Stockhouse)

U.S. farmland prices drop for the first time in four years (Agrimoney.com)

Cotton rides strong export numbers higher (Lubbock Online)

Other Fun Stuff

A high IQ doesn’t automatically correlate to trading success (Martin Kronicle)

Retail traders won’t escape the CME price hikes…bummer (Trader Planet)

Wednesday Links: Can Spinach Save the Florida Orange Juice Industry?

Today’s links begin with a bit of parody: the definitive chart on bubble physiology. Hat tip to @ACTOFCONGRESS on StockTwits.

 bubble chart

Futures Links

The end of the Mexican state oil monopoly could add 2.5 million barrels a day of production, but don’t expect immediate results (Bloomberg)

China rejects 30 percent of U.S. corn shipped due to unapproved GMO strain (Reuters)

Rabobank sees cocoa as top performer and soybeans the worst in 2014 (Agrimoney.com)

A look at how Chinese agriculture reforms may affect the prices of cotton (Agrimoney.com)

Scientists look to GMO to save Florida’s orange crop (BusinessWeek)

Other Stuff

A convincing bear argument for a corporate earnings retreat (John Hussman)

What will it take to keep the stock market flying in 2014? (Market Watch)

Boca Biff: the man who has lived the above “Happy Trading…” chart multiple times (Doug Kass)

Taper expectations: September versus today (Money Beat)

Tuesday Links: To Taper or Not to Taper? That is the Question…

Howdy y’all, I’m back after two weeks away with a fresh set of links. I was on holiday in Africa and am planning a quick post soon about what I learned about investing while on safari.

But before I get to that, I’m introducing a slight tweak in my daily links. I’ll now be dividing out the commodities/futures specific links with other stuff I find interesting. As this is primarily a futures trading blog, I’m listing the former first.

Let me know if you have any feedback on this new approach or have any other ideas. I love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!

Futures Links

It is time for a fun bubble in commodities (Financial Times)

Contrarians are getting that shiny look in their eyes for gold (Market Beat)

Arabica coffee jumps to two-month high… of course it does when I’m away (Business Recorder)

The oil market sits around waiting for the Fed taper decision (Investing.com)

Corn can’t break the pressure as GMO concerns and the South American harvest loom (Business Recorder)

Other Fun Stuff

To taper or not to taper? That is the question… (Tim Duy)

A nice list of investing-themed books from 2013 (Reading the Markets)

I look forward to this every year…investments fads and themes 1996-2013 (Reformed Broker)

 

Tuesday Links: Oil Boom Revives North Dakota Ghost Towns (Photos)

Australia looks to boost fracking (Informa)

Cocoa quietly up 26% this year, one of the top commodity performers (Bloomberg)

Is this the week WTI crude inventories finally shrink? (Binary Tribune)

Analysts turn bearish with soybeans contago (Ag Web)

Oil boom revives North Dakota ghost towns: photos (Daily Mail)

Quant hedge funds go up in smoke; blame the markets (Economist)

Bernie Madoff’s former finance chief rats out ex-colleagues for a reduced sentence (Bloomberg)

Scientists attempt to print a 3D heart from human cells (The American Interest) …I firmly believe 3D printing is the most disruptive technology since the internet.

Wednesday Links: Don’t Expect Inflation with Thanksgiving Dinner

Some pre-holiday reading…

The relationship between Brent crude and heating oil (The Short Side of Long)

The spread between WTI crude and Brent crude widens with Libya unrest (WSJ)

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is cheaper this year than last (Business Insider)

SocGen predicts corn will hit $5 a bushel in 2014 on higher demand (Agrimoney)

Despite snow in Texas, China cotton auction weighs on prices (WSJ)

Has the global economy hit the end of the end of the world? (Business Insider)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!