Joel Elconin – Benzinga Pre-Market Prep Show – Wed 22 Apr, 2020

Is USO, the US Oil Fund, the worst financial instrument to play an oil rebound?

Joel Elconin does not hold back today explaining why he thinks USO is one of the worst financial instruments ever created. This also ties into a discussion on the overall oil sector.

We also touch on the stocks that are benefiting from the COVID shutdown. Some of these include Amazon, Netflix, and Zoom to name a few.

Click here to visit the Benzinga website and listen to the recordings of the Pre-Market Prep Show.

Allison Ostrander – Market and Induvidual Stock Comments – Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Stocks to watch into earnings season that could continue higher

Allison Ostrander joins me today for a closer look at a couple stocks that have been performing very well into this earnings season. Amazon and Netflix both are moving higher while US markets are fading. We wrap the call up with comments on the overall stability of US markets.

Click here to visit the Simpler Trading website and follow along with Allison’s technical outlook.

In case you missed it there is a special webinar with Great Bear Resources! Click the link below to sign up and have first access to the live event and the recording. 

Great Bear Resources – Thursday April 23rd at 11:30am PT – Click here to sign up

Allison Ostrander – Market and Induvidual Stock Comments – Tue 31 Dec, 2019

Trading Strategies for Amazon and the S&P

Allison Ostrander, Director of Risk Tolerance at Simpler Trading joins me to share her trading strategies for Amazon and the US markets. Amazon has been stuck in a tightening range all year but in the last week showed some strength. As for the US markets, the uptrend continues but in no way is this a market that you can go all in on at these levels.

Click here to visit the Simpler Trading website and follow along with what Allison is trading.

Allison Ostrander – Market and Induvidual Stock Comments – Thu 19 Dec, 2019

The FedEx/Amazon News And How To Trade It, Plus Targets For The S&P

Allison Ostrander, Director of Risk Tolerance at Simpler Trading kicks off today with comments on the big down day for FedEx shares on the back of Amazon advising its sellers to avoid using the company for holiday shipments. We also look at the overall health of the US markets for 2020. Politics plays a roll but so does market liquidity.

Click here to follow along with what Allison is trading over at Simpler Trading.

Use Retail Therapy to Make a Small Fortune

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Dear Rich Lifer,

You’ve heard the saying when it comes to trading stocks: buy low and sell high. The same strategy applies to making money buying items in stores.

This is called retail arbitrage, and it can make you a small fortune pretty quickly if you know how to do it right, and with Black Friday and the Holidays right around the corner, there has never been a better time to try it out.

E-commerce revenues are projected to grow to 4.88 trillion US dollars in 2021. If that number sounds high, consider that Amazon is already more valuable than all major brick-and-mortar retailers combined.

Amazon’s $1 trillion valuation is so big, it’s larger than Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Sears combined. What’s interesting though is nearly half of Amazon’s sales come from third-party sellers — independent sellers who offer a variety of new, used, refurbished, and collectible merchandise.

Most of these third-party sellers take advantage of Amazon’s ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ program, called FBA for short.

How FBA Works

If you shop on Amazon, you’ve sometimes ordered a product that doesn’t arrive in Amazon’s traditional brown box. This is because a third-party seller has handled the fulfillment and shipping part of the sale.

Fulfillment by Amazon on the other hand, lets third-party sellers turn the fulfillment and shipping part over to Amazon. You send your products to Amazon, and they store your items until they sell.

When someone buys one of your items, Amazon ships it to the customer on your behalf. The whole process is explained in this short video.

How to Make Money With FBA

There are tons of things you can resell on Amazon for a profit, so you’re never going to be too limited figuring out what to sell. But my recommendation is start with toys.

It’s one of the most popular retail arbitrage categories because it’s so easy to get started. And some FBA sellers make good money doing it, think upwards of $10K per month during the holiday season when there’s even higher demand for popular toys.

The toy reselling strategy is simple: start by searching online for retailers selling toys at huge discounts, buy the toys, ship them to Amazon’s FBA warehouse, and if you choose toys with enough demand, you’ll see your inventory sell through in no time.

Popular toys generally resell very quickly, especially when they’re becoming scarce in regular stores. It’s not uncommon to resell all of your stock within a week of listing the items, sometimes even within hours.

If you want to resell toys through FBA, start by shopping clearance sections at retailers. Also remember that Amazon FBA accepts both new and used items, which is great if you have some mint-condition toys lying around that you wouldn’t mind getting rid of. Otherwise, look for popular or perennial toys that are likely to be hot sellers.

One other thing to be aware of is Amazon offers a 100% guarantee on products.

If something is damaged in shipping or the customer decides they don’t like it, you’re responsible for the return. Amazon also charges storage and order-fulfillment fees that you’ll need to keep in balance.

How to Boost Profits While Buying Inventory

To really ramp up profits, ask yourself how you’re going to buy items you plan to sell through FBA. The best way in my opinion is through reward cards and discount gift cards.

Before you buy items to sell on FBA, figure out which gift cards you need to buy for those items. For example, if you are going to buy toys from Kohl’s, you’d want to buy those toys with a Kohl’s gift card.

You should use your rewards credit card to buy the Kohl’s gift card from a discount gift card site like Gift Card Rescue or Gift Card Granny.

Then, when you make the purchase using the gift card, you’ll get even more rewards. Also search coupon sites like RetailMeNot to save on the Kohl’s purchase and make that discounted gift card stretch even further.

To recap: Earn rewards on your credit card, increase the value of your gift card by buying it at a discount and combining it with online coupons, and then, after you make your purchase, sell the purchased items through FBA at a profit.

Just be sure to pay off your credit card in full every month, or else you’ll get hit with interest that could cancel out all your hard work.

In Conclusion

There are a ton of resources available online to help you sell products through Amazon’s FBA program.

The more you learn about retail arbitrage and the FBA process, the better prepared you’ll be when you start using FBA to earn extra money yourself. But don’t spend too much time researching.

The best way to learn is simply by getting started. Either shop online or go to your local Walmart and dig through the clearance sections until you find a winner.

To a richer life,

Nilus Mattive

Nilus Mattive

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Allison Ostrander – Market and Induvidual Stock Comments – Thu 14 Nov, 2019

Disney Plus Now Available – We Look At The Charts Of Disney, Netflix, and Amazon

Allison Ostrander, Director Of Risk Tolerance and Options Trading at Simpler Trading joins me to discuss the launch of Disney Plus. We start with a look at the Disney chart then move to some of the other streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon.

Click here to visit the Simpler Trading website and follow along with Allison’s trades.

Chris Temple from The National Investor – Fri 25 Oct, 2019

Wrapping up the week with Amazon earnings results, the balance between US markets and gold, and an update on Brexit

Chris Temple joins me today to share some thoughts on the swings we have seen in the markets so far today. With risk off rallying early on and US markets opening the day in negative territory it started to shift only a couple hours in to the trading day. Now US markets are a fraction of a percent away from all time highs. There are a couple stories driving this and a couple other events that we touch on to wrap up the week.

Click here to visit Chris’s site and take advantage of the special he is running for new and current members.

Your Potential is Unlimited

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In generations past, “hobbies for retirees” meant things like knitting, hanging out at the VFW, and flipping through TV Guide to see when Matlock would be on again.

Sure, some people were a little more active, but the expectation was that once retired, the adventures in life were pretty much over.

These days, it’s possible to retire earlier, live longer, and stay healthier than ever before, so there’s no need to relegate your newfound free time to the dusty hobbies of yesteryear.

Toss those knitting needles and set down the remote control – no matter what age you retire at, these are some of the best hobbies for your retirement years.


No matter where you live, there’s probably a beautiful mountain, a well-worn trail, or even an urban park just waiting to be explored close by.

Some of the great things about hiking are that you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment, there’s no steep learning curve. and you can dedicate as much or as little time as you like to it, so it’s quite easy to get started.

Search for “best hikes near me”, and Google will give you pages and pages of results with varying degrees of difficulty.All you’ve got to do is pick the right one for you, pack some water and snacks, put on your sturdiest shoes, and head out there!

The fresh air, new sights and the beauty of nature are reward enough for anyone.

Mountain Biking

If you really want to get your heart pumping, there are few activities more thrilling than mountain biking.

Much like hiking, you can find locations almost anywhere, and you need little more than a sturdy bike, a helmet, and a water bottle to get started.

Also, mountain biking is a great way to explore nature in a new way – you’ll constantly be covering new ground, so it’s fantastic exercise for your body and your brain.


If you’re looking for a cool factor with your new hobby, look no further – surfing has got to be the coolest activity out there, and it’s a personal favorite of mine!

While it’s restricted to those folks who live in driving distance of the coast (or those willing to travel a bit to fulfill their surfing dreams), it’s a fantastic workout and an intense experience unlike any other.

Once you get started, you’ll see why surfers get up early and paddle out in freezing waters – the thrill of catching a great wave is worth it.


This is a traditional hobby for retirees, but it’s a classic for a reason.

The greatest part about going fishing when you’re retired is that you can hit the lake or river any day of the week – no more waiting for Saturday to enjoy yourself!

The best spots won’t be crowded on a Tuesday morning, so it’ll be just you, the water, and all you can catch.


If you have a knack for writing, blogging could be a perfect hobby for you.

With drag and drop website builders like Squarespace, it’s never been easier to create your own site and then start blogging. If you’re wondering what you should write about, the answer is, well, anything you’re passionate about!

From cars to cooking, fitness to politics – whatever you’d like to write about, there are readers out there who’d love to read your take, and unique perspective on it.


Digital or darkroom, photography is a great hobby to pick up in retirement.

If you haven’t shopped cameras in a couple of years, you’ll be stunned at all the options out there. Great cameras can be had at a variety of price points these days, and you can take stellar images with everything from a compact micro 4/3rds camera to a large dSLR with interchangeable lenses.

If you want to get started on the cheap, you could even take a course in smartphone photography – the latest iPhones, Samsungs, and Androids can produce world-class images with a little bit of know how.


Maybe you’d like a hobby that’s good for your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga certainly fits the bill.

Not only will it keep you active, it can help to give you greater strength and flexibility. You’ll find beyond the physical benefits it can grant you peace of mind and a better sense of awareness, too.

Best of all, with several different forms to choose from, there’s a yoga for everyone.

Metal Detecting

This is a hobby that can pay for itself – literally.

With just a metal detector and a little bit of time, there’s no end to the treasures you can find!

Whether you like collecting coins, you want to look for jewelry you can sell, or you just like helping out by locating precious mementos that have been lost or left behind, metal detecting can be a great hobby.

Car Restoration

Remember that car you dreamed of having when you were a teen? You know, the one you could never afford at the time, but still think about today?

Well, guess what – it’s never too late. You can find one at an auction or on in an issue of Auto Trader.

It might not be in perfect condition anymore, but that’s actually good news! Since you’re retired, you now have the time to lavish on the car to bring it back to its glory again.

Selling On Amazon

There’s a fortune to be made in eCommerce, and there’s no reason you can’t cash in on it, too.

If you get your start by selling on Amazon, either by creating written content for their Kindle Direct Publishing platform or by selling physical products, you can make good money without a lot of upfront costs.

This isn’t an overnight path to riches, but if you approach it as a hobby, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you can make while having fun.


You’ve probably made what I call “maintenance meals” for years now, but if you enjoy cooking, why not dig in and learn how to make dishes beyond the typical fried chicken or spaghetti?

Stores like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table offer in-person cooking classes, or you could get an entire education just by following along with Food Network or YouTube videos.

Push your culinary boundaries. You might find you have a creative knack for creating new delicious recipes.

The best part is you get to eat the end results!

With a variety of hobbies to choose from, there’s absolutely no reason for retirement to be boring. Pick one of these, or go with your own! Either way, try something new and remember to have fun with it!

To a richer life,

Nilus Mattive

Nilus Mattive

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Weekend Show – Sat 22 Jun, 2019

Hour 1 – Central Bank Easing, Gold, Tech, and An Update From Auryn Resources
Full Hour

It was a big week for gold which closed at a 5 year high, right at $1,400. While gold was heading higher US markets also touched all time highs and the Dollar moved down. These moves were helped by the Fed statement mid-week and a continued dovish shift by the central banks around the world. I discuss all of these market moves in this hour as well as receive a comprehensive update from Auryn Resources.

I hope you all enjoy the show! Please keep in touch by emailing me at Have a great weekend!

  • Segment 1 – Marc Chandler, Managing Partner at Bannockburn Global ForEx shares his thoughts on the statements from both Jerome Powell and Mario Draghi, and looks ahead to market moving events next week and the G20.
  • Segment 2 – Mike Larson, Editor of The Safe money Report weighs in on the Fed’s inability to create inflation and the what a rate cutting cycle will look like.
  • Segment 3 – Allison Ostrander, Director of Risk Tolerance at Simpler Trading takes a look at some of the big name tech stocks and what the charts are telling her.
  • Segment 4 – A full update on Auryn Resources from Executive Chairman Ivan Bebek. We discuss the Sombrero Project in Peru (including your permitting questions) and the drill program about to be started at Committee Bay in Nunavut. Click here to visit the Auryn Resources website.

Exclusive Company Updates This Week

Marc Chandler
Mike Larson
Allison Ostrander
Ivan Bebek – Auryn Resources

Allison Ostrander – Market and Induvidual Stock Comments – Wed 5 Jun, 2019

A Tech Sector Outlook Both Technically and Now Politically

Allison Ostrander, Director of Risk Tolerance at Simpler Trading joins me to look into the recent news regarding the major tech companies and Congress launching an antitrust investigation. Interestingly the drop on Monday brought the stocks right down to strong support on many of the charts. We refer to the charts of Facebook, Google, and Amazon to weigh in on if the selloff is done for now.

Click here to visit the Simpler Trading website and follow along with what Allison is focusing on.