Know in Advance

Pinpoint Market Tops and Bottoms!

The KEY to Successful Trading comes with Precision Market Timing


It is no secret that, if you could know in advance when to expect the market to make bottom or top, that you could buy or sell at the best price at the lowest risk.

Many have spent thousands of dollars on various systems in the hope that just one of them will provide that market timing edge so eagerly sought after.

You may have heard it referred to as the "holy grail". In trading, there is no "holy grail", no single "secret", that will make you invincible in trading.

Fortunately, there are several "secrets", methods and techniques that will propel your ability to time the markets with precision to give you the edge you need to succeed.

Welcome to FDates Market Timing!


  Trading Strategies SP 500 Market Forecasting


What are FDates?

A very special, very powerful market forecasting application was developed back in 1995 that would crunch through many years of historical price data and produce a series of future calendar 'dates'. These 'dates' are then used to anticipate when to expect the market being analyzed to form a swing bottom or top.

The chart shown above (Chart 1) provides an example of what these projected future 'dates' can do. In this example, February 4, 2014 was expected to likely produce a turn days in advance. In fact, the date was first listed as a potential future turn on the January 24, 2014 FDate Report. As you can see on the chart above, this resulted in a very impressive swing bottom. Now imagine that you were expecting this bottom as a trader in the SP500. Would this have been useful to know? Absolutely!

The name FDates is simply an abbreviation for 'Future Dates', because that is what is provided to our FDates Market Timing members each week via the FDates Report.


What is the FDates Report?

One of the benefits of the FDates Market Timing membership is access to our weekly FDates Report.

Each weekend, we upload to the FDates Market Forecasting membership site a spreadsheet formatted report that lists the upcoming FDates (future turn dates) for the daily and weekly time frames. Yes, FDates are not only for predicting future daily turns, but also future weekly turns as well! Both are provided each weekend for the upcoming week (daily) and weeks (weekly) of anticipated market turns.


What is the FDates Market Forecasting Membership?

Formed in 1996, the FDates Market Timing membership has been providing its members with not only the weekly FDate Report, but with powerful trading strategies and tools to pinpoint new market moves in the futures, commodity and currency (Forex) markets.

Within the Membership, members have access to our powerful Cycle Envelope charts based on the cycle theories of Hurst, updated regularly. These charts clearly show the trader what the market has been doing and what it is likely to do in the near future. Using these charts, along with the FDates and a few simple techniques, and you have a powerful market timing edge.

It should be noted that when we first opened this membership back in 1996 there were many other 'competing' services in the business of 'helping' traders to better time the markets. The majority of these 'competing' services are no longer around. The fact that the FDates Membership continues to this day should be a quick indicator that what we have is special.


 Market Timing Bottom of British Pound



What Should I Expect When I Join?

When you join through one of our membership plans, you will receive an email receipt that contains your membership login as well as instructions as to where to find your membership training documentation.

Upon logging into the FDates Market Forecasting membership site, you will have access to all our training documents and videos, as well as the FDates Report, the Cycle Envelope charts, our Discussion Forum, and the Market Analysis and Forecasts area. 

The Tutorials and Videos will provide you with the Guidelines for determining buy and sell setups for the markets we cover on the FDates Report. And you can ask questions ANYTIME, as many times as you like. It is like having your own private mentor at your disposal.


Special Tools

For those who have opted for our Premium Membership plans (Platinum or Gold), you also have access to our very special, powerful charting application called Previsions Charting.

This charting application has a few 'special' tools not found in other charting applications that can provide you with incredible insight on the market being analyzed. Premium Members can use this application for FREE for the life of the membership account.


Actual Examples of the Power of FDates and our Market Timing Tools!








Crude Oil March 2017



 Our Cycle Envelope Charts

Below is a sample of one of our Cycle Envelope charts found within the FDates Market Forecasting membership. Notice how you can quickly see the current cycle trend, and what the future short-term and longer-term cycle trend will likely be. These charts are updated regularly, one for every market that we have listed on our weekly FDate Report.


Cycle Envelope Chart trading strategy




The markets we cover on our weekly FDate Report can be found HERE.





Below are actual unsolicited comments made by members who sent us emails expressing what they thought of FDates and the Membership, and is only a small sample, as there are just too many to quote here.

"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

"...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.

"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. 
"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
"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
"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
"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)



 BONUS GIFT - The Time Price Trader!


The Time Price Trader cover




The TIME PRICE TRADER book was released in 2001 and SOLD OUT in two weeks!

As a member, you will be able to download this 210-page publication for FREE (value $80).

You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining 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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Site Footnotes:

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



Rick Ratchford, EzineArticles Platinum Author





... "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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