Where I’ve Been

It has been months, January 29 to be exact, since I last updated this blog. It’s time to explain where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Originally, when I accepted a new position at R/West Marketing, I planned to update this blog once a week. That has not happened and I apologize.

Transitioning back to full-time work has been rewarding but also tiring. There is only so much time I can sit in front of a computer without driving myself (and my wife) crazy. At the same time, my wife has made a job change as well. Last month she accepted an offer that has moved us from the Willamette Valley to the high desert of Central Oregon.

With my new location I’ve debated changing the name of this blog to the “High Desert Trader” to reflect my new surroundings. In the end, I’ve decided to keep it “Rip City Trader.” Although I no longer live in Portland, it will always be my hometown.

And now that we have settled into our new residence, I vow to maintain my pledge to blog at least once a week beginning now. My hope is that my once growing audience returns and we can resume the verbal scrum between bulls and bears in the world’s futures markets.

Despite the massive changes in my life these past few months, I have continued to trade with my attention squarely upon palladium. It’s a market I’ve been watching for a while that experienced an impressive multi-year breakout from consolidation a few weeks ago. Thanks to a perfect storm of fundamental and technical phenomena, palladium looks like the trade of the year. As events unfold in key mining countries, South Africa and Russia, as well as the global economy, I’ll keep you updated with technical analysis mixed in for good measure. Although I like to debate the merits of fundamentals, at the end of the day I am a technical trader and base my trading system upon technical analysis.

Stay tuned for my next blog post soon…it covers another market that I’m excited about both from a fundamental and technical perspective that presents another potentially profitable opportunity. 🙂

Welcome to the Rip City Trader Blog!

Hello and welcome to the Rip City Trader blog! This blog is primarily about the futures markets, though it also touches on broader market and economic themes with a mix of politics, culture, media and sports. I’ll share commentary on the markets as events unfold and point you to news sources, people and content I find interesting. I hope it challenges while inspiring you to take a fresh perspective on the markets and the broader world.

To help illustrate my perspectives, I’ll include stats, charts, research and links with a bit of snark and sarcasm. But keep in mind this blog is forecast free. Don’t expect financial advice or trade recommendations. Instead, simply sit back, read, share a comment and enjoy!

Who is the Rip City Trader?

My name is Keith Metz-Porozni and I am a Portland, Ore.-based hobbyist futures trader looking to share my perspective on trading futures. By day I am a communications pro looking for a new opportunity to provide effective public relations and communications support for a growing business in Portland. But by night, I’m all about the markets.

The name “Rip City” is in reference to a nickname for the city of Portland, first coined by the legendary Portland Trail Blazers’ play-by-play radio announcer Bill Shonely.

Want to connect with me? Follow me on Twitter @kmetzpor or fill out the contact form.

Happy Trading!