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Discover How FDates Can Help You Pinpoint Market Bottoms and Tops with Amazing Accuracy and Decrease Your Risk Exposure


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Since 1996, this membership for traders has been taking advantage of very powerful trading strategies and tools to forecast and time futures, commodities and currency (Forex) trends.

While many services have come and gone over the years, the FDates Market Timing Membership continues to be a place where serious traders come and stay in order to gain an edge in the extremely competitive markets.

You need a tactical advantage. FDates (along with supporting strategies) can give you that advantage.

Many traders use indicators and tools they are happy with. That's okay. Keep using them if they help you out. But what if they can be improved upon? If you are reading this, then of course you are looking to improve your market timing skills.

What if you could anticipate future market tops and bottoms in advance?  Would that improve your current trading? 


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With the use of our FDates (turn dates produced using proprietary algorithms based on Geometric Mathematics and Cycle Extraction protocols),  you would be able to anticipate the types of turns you see on the chart above.

Look at any price chart and you will quickly see that market prices, even during strong trends, will 'cycle' from top to bottom and back again. These 'cycles' are not random events. Consider the simple fundamentals of supply and demand. Is this a random event, or the normal course often described as 'business cycles'?  Whether a cycle pattern is the result of supply and demand, or planting and harvesting, or feeding and slaughter, or inflation and recession, it is still a CYCLE PATTERN. FDates tells us with a high degree of accuracy when to expect these cycle turns in advance.  All we need to do is know how to exploit this insight by using supportive trading methods and techniques as taught within this membership.


 Market Timing Bottom of British Pound





FDates is an abbreviation that stands for "future dates". 

After several years of forecasting market tops and bottoms with high accuracy and publishing these forecasts in advance on various trading forums and newsfeeds (from 1988 to 1996), an application was developed that utilized my geometric algorithms along with my insights of dynamic cycle patterns to generate 'turn dates' for the daily, weekly and monthly time frames.  This application, originally released in 1996, became known as the FDates Suite of Applications (as there are several apps used together to generate our weekly report of FDate turn dates.)

The daily and weekly turn dates (we call FDates and WFDates) are generated at the end of each week and put in a REPORT form. This report is uploaded each weekend (usually Friday or Saturday) and is available for viewing or downloading by our members.

With this FDate Report in hand, the member now knows what upcoming days (on the daily chart) and upcoming week (on the weekly chart) are expected to produce a swing top or bottom.

With this information in hand, the member can now anticipate when to expect a turn in the market. With simple methods and indicators, low risk high profit trade opportunities become easier to determine.

It is with FDates and these market timing strategies taught within this membership that I have been able to make these bold predictions on public forums all these years, such as the following on Youtube. 








Crude Oil March 2017





The FDates Market Timing Membership has been around for a very long, long time. Therefore, it should be of no surprise to immediately note upon joining that there is a LOT of information within.  For some, this can appear quite overwhelming.

In order to ease the learning curve, considering most are very anxious to start making a killing, the email you receive upon joining will give you instructions on where to start.

The training materials are designed to help you learn how to exploit FDates for timing trades. You will also find that there are some powerful tools to further give you an edge in FDate timing.

For example, we have special charts uploaded several times a week called "Cycle Envelope Charts" that takes advantage of various Hurst methods to encapsulate (envelope) the short-term and intermediate-term cycle pattern for immediate recognition of the current cycle pattern. In addition, this chart will extrapolate into the near future what these cycle patterns suggest is the likely short-term trend path.

Here is a sample of one of these Cycle Envelope charts:

Cycle Envelope Chart trading strategy

You will find one of these charts for every market listed on the FDate Report. Note that it clearly identifies the cycle pattern for the short and intermediate cycle pattern and then projects the path into the near future. This is just one of several powerful tools at our disposal that can be used in conjunction with having the FDate turn dates in hand!

For our Premium Members, we provide an application called Previsions Charting. This charting application provides very powerful tools, such as the OB/OS (Overbought/Oversold) indicator, the Seasonal Data Report, and the graphical time/price squaring tool. Others have selling similar tools, separately, for thousands each. With the Previsions Charting software, you will have use of all these tools within one package along with others!


"My broker (discount of course) asked me today what I am doing different to place trades. I asked him why. He said he has been following my account closely and I am up 38% for the year [due to trading FDates]. None of his other clients are even close! I guess he didn't think I knew that. Ha! Ha!" Jim P.


"...we're all so used to Rick's being able to time market moves with such incredible precision that we've forgotten how absolutely amazing this is! Does anybody remember what trading was like before you discovered FDates? I do -- for me, it was a lot of hard work and frustration mixed with trips to the bank to wire more money into my account!

Now what's it like? I called my broker today to have HIM send ME money to pay for the vacations (plural) I took this summer. THAT'S how it should be! And with CEPPRO [a later version of the FDates program], I look forward to even more vacations! Hooray FDates!" John R.


"As you know I was virtually dead and buried in this business a year ago, my only skepticism regarding FDates was the possibility that I was just chucking good money after bad in the vain attempt to find a magical trade that would keep me going.

I had already tried many systems and spent a small fortune, you were the only one that didn't fleece me, the only one that provided a workable and honest system, sure it was difficult to understand in the early days, but what isn't that's new, and boy was it worth it!!!!!!"

David.W. June 24, 1999





The markets we cover on our weekly FDate Report are 5 currency (Australian Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Euro and Japanese Yen) futures that are also used to time 5 Forex pairs (AUDUSD, GBPUSD, USDCAD, EURUSD, USDJPY), Coffee, Sugar, Cotton, Crude Oil, Gold, Silver, Live Cattle, Lean Hogs, Corn, Soybeans and Wheat.

We also cover the SP500 (Standard and Poors 500) futures contract (stock traders may find this information valuable) and the 30-Year T Bond futures contract.


"Rick, I have been following your [daily] forecasts for over a year now mostly in the SP500. I have not been following the [weekly turn date] forecasts as close, because I was getting advice from another source. I now realize that I should have been paying more attention, because the [weekly turn dates] are great too! Thanks for all that you do." - James L., Florida



"Rick, Following your discussion of the Australian Dollar has been vastly more enlightening than the hit & miss results of using the regular technical indicators alone. What you offer is an empowering skill in following the markets and it is invaluable. Thanks. And thank you for your patience." - Vida B., California





"You are a true professional. I want to say "thanks" for all the time you put into the membership. You have always answered every question Ive had in a very timely manner and I know answering questions takes time. I could not be more pleased with my membership and your commitment to make it a positive experience." – Tony M., California
"Wow. Cotton has really followed the dates...Unbelievable. Your projections are sweet! With your service, I may not have to be in the IS industry another 35 years :)" – Aaron W., Missouri



This page contains quotes from actual traders as a result of their experience in using FDates and being part of this membership.

These are only a very small sampling of the numerous letters I have received over the years.

However, if you are still skeptical, I can understand that.

During my early years of developing trading skills I had fallen for many claims and promises. While the experience overall has actually made me a better trader, I still am careful before investing in any product or offer.

And as you have read from some of our traders in the comments above, you and I are not the only ones that have been duped from scamming individuals.

Many find it hard to believe that you can lower your risk and catch many profitable trades by trading something like FDates. So I completely understand skeptism.


"Since February, my losses total $684 and my earnings are over $12,000. Well, the story has gotten more interesting since then, and I want to share that story with you.

A broker friend of mine claims your system is no better than "fortune telling." He argues that I know nothing about trading and my success is just sheer luck. In fairness, he is partly right. I do know nothing about trading. To prove that point, my friend had me answer the sample exam for Part 1 of a home study course for people who wnt to become commodities brokers. Of the 23 questions, I got 9 right!

So here's what happens next. On 6/15 heating oil reaches a new high and I think to myself that 6/15 is an fdate. So I go short around 4650. The market moves down and on 6/21 we hit another fdate, so I get out around 4450. To me, that's a nice 200 point trade, and I'm happy.

My friend says I'm a fool. Then I watch the action on Tuesday, 6/22. What do I see? I see that heating oil bottomed out around the same point on both Monday and Tuesday. I call my friend to ask him if this is a plateau bottom, and he calls me an idiot. Well, it's a plateau bottom to me and Rick says to watch these formations closely. Besides, we're at fd+1 [one bar of FDate]. Moreover, the support is at 38% retracement.

What do I do? I go long. On Wednesday, heating oil shoots up over 100 points. Guess who's along for the ride? Right, me.

OK, my friend thinks I'm an idiot. So what. My friend says the system can't be valid if it hasn't been backtested for 10 years. So what. My friend takes losses left and right. So what, I don't.

All I know is that in a week's time I picked up 300 points in profit. I'm having so much fun doing this that I might do it again on Friday!"

Gerhard D. (letter subject: thanks again)


Because of this, I wanted to make it possible for you to experience real market timing and low-risk trading without the risk of paying for empty promises. Besides, because there are so many different trader "types", even a powerful trading method like FDates may not be for everyone.

So here is what I have put together to make your decision to TRY our FDate Membership a no-brainer.

For those who are not familiar with our membership, we have the 4-Report Introductory Membership that lets you kick the tires at NO RISK.

Our 4-Report  Introductory Membership comes with a NO RISK, 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE**. If you do not find the membership to be exactly what you need to succeed, within the first 14-days, you can simply contact us and ask to cancel your membership for a FULL REFUND. No questions asked.

This makes joining even out of pure curiosity a NO RISK proposition. And being able to snag a few great trades during the trial at no risk is not a bad deal at all.

But then to really make this a no-risk no brainer decision, when you try out our FDates Precision Trading Membership, you not only will have access to all our training documents and videos, but you will also be able to download a copy of my book THE TIME PRICE TRADER.

The Time Price Trader cover


The TIME PRICE TRADER was released in 2001 for $80 and SOLD OUT in two weeks!

As a member, you will be able to download this 210-page publication for FREE (value $80) and keep it even if you decide to cancel your membership for a full refund. 

You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by just trying out the FDates Precision Timing Membership.


To get started, click the OUR MEMBERSHIP PLANS link below. I look forward to working with you.


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"Hi Rick, Just wanted to say great job in forecasting this drop...although yesterday I was skeptical until I think it was the last half hour or so of the market open when I saw things starting to go south. Anyway, I forgot to mention in my last e-mail to you that you are definitely one of the best market analysts online---and I've seen alot of them... Thanks again and keep the videos coming!!" - Rosemary D., Ohio



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*You can also use my currency future turn dates to time Forex market tops and bottoms for those paired with the USD.

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... "Wow. Cotton has really followed the dates...Unbelievable. Your projections are sweet! - Aaron W.

Please sign me up for premium gold. I can't live or trade without your service...I have been returned all monies loss and spent on trading and am moving to that happy place of profit. Thanks. - Robert W.

... Rick, it's amazing what happens to one's confidence and profits when the hope of a quality system turns to reality. You my friend have restored my faith in the search for honesty and transparency in our profession. - Steven W.

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