What are those “A9 Gold Stocks” from Green Zone Fortunes?

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, June 30, 2020

Today we’re looking at a teaser pitch for the new Green Zone Fortunes service from Adam O’Dell, who has offered some “cycle trading” newsletters in the past for Dent Research (Cycle 9 Trader and 10X Profits), and has recently launched this Green Zone product as an entry-level service ($49, renews at $79). I haven’t covered any of his pitches before, but it sounds like he’s focused on technical and systematic trading rather than the more typical “stock picking.”

Here’s a little taste of the ad:

“My name is Adam O’Dell.

“I’m what’s called a Chartered Market Technician, or CMT.

“It means I’m like a Navy SEAL at making money in the markets

“Of the 6.3 million people working in financial services in America today… just .1% have qualified as a CMT.

“That’s the top 1% of the top 1%!

“And like a Navy SEAL is exclusively trained to protect our country, I’ve been trained to find profitable investments.”

Anyone else throw up in their mouth a little bit at that statement, or was it just me?

A Chartered Market Technician designation is not exactly easy to get, to be fair, and they’re not terribly common even now (compared to most of the designations financial advisors and other professionals get, it’s fairly new and very chart and trading-focused), but depending on which Level he achieved we’re talking about somebody who has taken several exams and proven proficient in things like risk management, behavioral finance, and popular concepts in technical trading and chart-reading, from Dow Theory to Point & Figure charts… so probably a good educational background for someone who works in the industry, but not exactly Hell Week in SEAL training.

Being a CMT probably does mean that O’Dell passed some ethics exams, so perhaps he’s less inclined than some of his newsletter peers to be misleading in his teaser pitches… let’s continue and see what it is he’s teasing today.

He talks up his “system” of short-term trading, and says that he has recommended 194 trades in eight years, with an average hold period of 70 days, which have generated an average gain of 12% — leading to 78% annualized gains. He claims to have turned $50,000 into $1.8 million with this system… or scratch that, he claims that you could have turned $50,000 into $1.8 million if you followed every one of his trades from 2012 to today.

I assume that means rolling over the profit of each short-term trade into the next trade, so if you do that you’re also dramatically escalating the risk as you go, but the math at least makes sense (I have no idea whether that’s a fair characterization of his track record, or how he calculates his averages and takes account for his losses if he’s betting it all on each trade, but it takes “only” a compound annual growth rate of 67% to turn $50,000 into $1.8 million in seven years).

He claims to have invented a couple “systems” for trading over the years that have done very well, not just the one that generated those results, but he has now apparently moved on to something gold-focused of late… from the ad:

“I have my eyes trained on the gold market right now.

“It’s not that I’m a gold bug.

“In fact, I don’t often recommend precious metals investments.

“It’s as simple as this:

“I want to find the absolute best moneymaking opportunity the markets have to offer at any given point.

“And that’s where A9 Gold Stocks come in.”

I guess the “A9” is just his reference to “rising 9X more than the gold price”… more from O’Dell…

“A9 Gold Stocks could hand you bigger profits than any trade I’ve ever recommended in my entire career.

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