Know in Advance

High-Accuracy Market Timing!

Established in 1996, the FDates Membership has been providing traders like you the tools to succeed for 21 years!


  SP 500 Market Forecasting


Taking profits from the markets can be a tough job. Tens of thousands fail miserably each day to attain their goals. While the reasons for this vary from trader to trader, most struggle with market timing and therefore struggle with confidence.

The FDates Market Forecasting membership was established in 1996 to help its members trade with confidence.  As a trader, you need great market timing and that is what FDates provides you.

You need a tactical advantage over other traders still wrestling with lagging indicators that have not changed in decades. Our FDate cycle turn dates will provide you with powerful insight as to when to expect the market to turn with a high degree of accuracy.

No doubt you have stopped by this site because you are looking for something better than what you are using right now.  You may be happy with the tools you are currently using, and that is okay.  Keep using them.  But what if they can be improved upon?


Best times to buy


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.

With just some basic knowledge on trading cycle turn dates that is provided within this membership, you would learn to pick only those turns that are best to trade, anticipating in advance when they will occur.  Again looking at the chart above, you would want to BUY off those expected swing bottom turns in a bull market, but not necessarily want to short the market at those expected swing top turns.

For bear markets, you simply do the reverse.  You would look to short the market at those 'expected' swing top turns, but would not necessarily want to go long off the 'expected' swing bottoms.  When I say "expected", I mean "known in advance" because you would have FDates for both the daily and weekly time frames to provide you with the dates as to when the market is likely to produce these swing tops and bottoms!

Rather than simply using "traditional" indicators alone, you would incorporate FDate cycle turn dates to help you know in advance when to expect the daily swings as well as the weekly swings.  You can use traditional indicators  to further support the expectation you already have due to FDates.  That's what we do!

If you want to start realizing your full potential as a trader and move away from the pack still reliant on outdated charting indicators alone, then it is time to look into FDate turn dates as your market timing edge.


 Market Timing Bottom of British Pound





Developed back in 1996 (and has evolved and improved over the years), FDate turn dates are software calculated reversal turn dates that are used for determining when a swing top or bottom is likely to occur.

As a member, you do not need to be concerned with the work of calculating these cycle turn dates.  They are provided for you each week from within the membership site.

You would be provided with WEEKLY turn dates (for the intermediate time-frame turns) as well as the DAILY turn dates (for the short-term turns). 

Now think about this for a moment.  With the WEEKLY FDate turn dates, you would know when to expect the next weekly swing top or bottom.  Do you know what a 'weekly' swing top or bottom would look like on a DAILY price chart?  That's right, the next significant trend move!

And with the DAILY FDate turn dates, you could 'fine-tune' your market timing by zooming in on those expected daily turns that would be the start and subsequent moves within that new trend.









Crude Oil March 2017





Everything revolves around the FDate Report that is posted at the end of each week and contains the upcoming weekly and daily turn dates.  This is the main reason traders join.

However, more is provided.

Market forecasts are periodically provided on the markets we cover via the Market Analysis and Forecasts section of the membership.

In the Cycle Envelopes section, you can find HURST style cycle price charts to help you quickly see the trend and where it will likely be going for the near-term.  This has proven to be an extremely valuable tool to traders as it provides a visual cyclic representation of the market and used along with FDates is a powerful combination. 


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

Cycle Envelope Chart


There are also plenty of training documents and videos provided within the membership site.  You will also have access to the Discussion Forum where you can ask questions or talk trades and market with other FDate members.


"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



When you join the FDate Precision Timing Membership, you are provided access to our members-only site. This site is located at

Not only do you receive access to the weekly FDate Reports, which is the main reason traders join, but we have added much more in trader value. Basically, I enjoy what I do and so over-deliver!

To get an idea as to what more we have behind the scenes within our membership, be sure to watch the video that gives you a quick tour.


"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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