Withering Oil? How To Trade It

May, 10th 2017 in RIAChannel.com

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“Typically, when OPEC spoke it created fear in the markets, leading to immediate action. The world accepted that the OPEC nations would stick to their agreements. However, increased world trade and economics has stretched OPEC agreements causing a greater chance for cheating,” Houle says.

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There are Options to Diversify…

May, 5th 2017 in RIAChannel.com

There are options to diversify

“Many investors don’t even know that since 1974, when IRAs were put into effect, they have had more options to invest other than stocks and bonds,” says Houle. “There are options to diversify — whether it is in real-estate, private equity or in commodities. Every investment has risk, but the biggest risk is the lack of education in opportunities and managing risk.”

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Pollution and Crop Production: Climate change could reduce supply and spike prices

April, 1st 2017 in Real Assets Advisor

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Pollution brings a cloud of uncertainty to the long-term future of some commodities. While some of its effects will benefit certain commodities, others will see a rapid decline in production.

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Commodities: Money Life Podcast

March, 13th 2017 on Money Life with Chuck Jaff

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Pollution brings a cloud of uncertainty to the long-term future of some commodities. While some of its effects will benefit certain commodities, others will see a rapid decline in production.

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President Trump Grades Out Well in the Eyes of Financial Advisors

February 2nd. 2017 in TheStreet.com

President Trump Grades Out Well in the Eyes of Financial Advisors

“Although you wouldn’t be able to grade anyone after just one month of school and you definitely can’t give anyone a fair grade before they begin, there are factual places to pre-grade this president. If we’re looking at the markets, the economy and business confidence, then the idea, intent and expectations of the Trump influence would score on the upper percentile of any scale. To grade Trump, though, one must do so by solely by sticking to the facts and not the emotional drama we have seen over the last few months.”

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The path won’t be straight, but gold’s bullish trajectory is set

February 6th, 2017 in MarketWatch.com

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Howard Marella, president of futures-trading firm Icon Alternatives, says markets are prepped for inflation, although gold still has upside, especially because the true “normal” cyclical nature of rising inflation had been artificially held back by easy monetary policy that looks to be no more.

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Cocoa Futures Are Trending Up After Weak 2016

January 25th, 2017 in TheStreet.com

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“Cocoa is interesting for many reasons,” says Howard Marella, CEO of Icon Alternatives, a commodities investment firm in Chicago. “Cocoa is grown in places like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, India and Brazil. All of them are within the narrow band where cocoa trees can thrive: 20 degrees north and south of the equator. In most of these countries, 90% of world’s cocoa is produced on small farms.”

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Natural Gas Futures Down Over 10%, But Why?

January 5th, 2017 in TheStreet.com

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“Since last March, natural gas prices have actually been climbing,” offers Howard Marella, a commodities specialist at Icon Alternatives. “But, just a few weeks ago, the first signs of a price failure hit the markets.”

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