Man of the month: Max Schulz – Make small accounts big via simple futures trading with the COT Report.

by Michael Chechnev | Mar 3, 2020 | Trading articles

Max Schulz is a futures trader. But instead of constantly being in the market, he takes a time-saving approach. As a basis, he uses the Commitment of Trader (COT) report, which is published weekly. He makes a statement about the basic orientation of large traders in the market. With this data, Max Schulz creates a setup that he aligns in such a way that purchases and sales are triggered at certain striking chart points.

This makes futures trading less complex and also allows professionals to participate in the profits in the market. With average holding time of several days for a future, the professional does not have to be constantly present in the market, but can adjust the setup accordingly with a few minutes a day.

Standardized setup based on the COT Report

On his website ‘Insider Week’, Max Schulz set himself the task to enable a trading approach that is based on as little time as possible. He and his team, which consists of traders and mathematicians, create a basic setup for the following week.

During the week, corrections to the setup are made every evening, which turns into an opportunity in the market. And this is not accidental. Thus, Max makes sure that professionals and busy people can get profits and income with futures.

The setup for the following week is only a little more time-consuming. In terms of time, this falls on Sunday evening – the time when a typical professional has sufficient time capacity.

And what is the best way to explain the procedure? By demonstrating it yourself!

The Insider Week solution is primarily based on predicting the fundamental market movements of the coming week. Max speaks about the beginning of his trading approach himself: “We did most of the work at the weekend. Thus, we already knew on Sunday what we would do next week, we felt like insiders – that’s how Insider Week was born.

And this happens consistently. Insider Week gives regular insight into the traded depot and explains the steps taken. Thus, visitors to the site can make their own impression. In order to stand out from the crowd here, Max repeatedly puts his depots under pressure and makes the procedure public.

In 2013, he opened an account with $14,000 and traded publicly. Through the skilful forecasting of market movements and consistent risk management, Max already managed to increase the account to almost $60,000 in 2014 through profits. At the end of 2018, the account value was around $380,000.

And as it was so beautiful, once again!

In October 2016, Max again showed that futures trading according to the COT Report can still be carried out successfully even with small accounts. He started a new account project with a goal to repeat the performance of the first attempt.

It started at $16,700. A year later, the account was trading at just over $26,000. With this project, Max was once again able to improve his performance by 58% within one year. The Insider Week team was able to demonstrate that even small accounts can benefit greatly from market events without the user having to be a full-time trader.

Let’s make it official and estimate us!

The idea must have been something like this when Max registered for the World Championship in 2017. He finished the World Cup of Futures Trading with a performance of 111% and a third place. Another impressive result of his trading approach.

In 2019 Max Schulz registered again for the World Championship and is currently in third place in the competition with a performance of 107%. Without knowing the final result, since the competition was not yet complete at the time of creation, Max again proved his futures trading based on the data from the COT report.

Help others make profit in the market!

After the long-lasting success and good results, he decided not to use his trading system only for himself. He rather saw the opportunity to work in a group and help those who were in the same situation as him in the futures market.

And so he developed various plans, strategies and presentation options, which he shares with his customers today at Insider Week. Through his own and his team’s efforts, he managed to reduce the time spent by customers and to offer additional value. He prepares the data and options for action accordingly and makes them available to his customers in various media formats.

The approach is not accidental. Having successfully completed an apprenticeship with the industry giant Larry Williams in the USA and thus having benefited from his knowledge Max Schulz passed on. As a result, he shares these very ideas today and shows others how you can systematically benefit from market events.

“What makes you so confident and successful in what you do, Max?”

“As an employee of an agricultural company, I got to know the COT Report for the first time. It makes a statement about the basic positioning of market participants. For various companies, it is extremely important to secure the purchase of raw materials to secure their business.

And that’s exactly where the opportunity lies. So-called commercials, also known as hedgers, are participants from the manufacturing industry who want to hedge themselves against price fluctuations in the market. With a little skill, dependency on raw material prices can be avoided and security in your own production ensured.

Please note, this is not a speculative trade. These market participants want to secure their actual business. So the focus is on security and not speculation on certain scenarios.”

“And that is what you are betting on with futures trading at Insider Week?”

“We focus on commercials. There are also non-commercials and non-reportables. Non-reportables are large trading consortia that bet on speculation gains. As all the orders must be registered, based on how big your orders are, they are shown in the COT Report.

But that is not our basis. In our approach, we rely on those whose income and business success depends on raw material prices. Our futures trading is not speculative, but is based on the trend following approach. Of course, we also bet on the wrong horse, which can only be recognized during the course of the week. With consistent risk management, the losses can be limited and do not eat up the profits.”

“And how exactly does your approach work?”

“Actually, the approach is relatively simple. Speculators speculate and the real players secure themselves. They are the ones in the market who have to position themselves correctly so that their own company can benefit from it. In this respect, there is a vested interest in having the right flair.

And that’s exactly what we base our strategy on. We rely on those who have to be right for business reasons – and who probably have the best information base. This is understandable for everyone and, above all, we clearly differentiate ourselves from speculation.”

“That is clear indeed. How do you develop the setup then?”

“With the help of the positioning of the commercials in the Commitment of Trader Report, we then look at the charts and levels of the individual raw materials and use them to develop our own strategy. And based on this, we then set the appropriate entry and exit points, which we will pay attention to in the coming week.

That does not mean that we trade everything. We rather look for the setups that look promising and worthwhile. After all, we want to make profits and not to dance at every party. In this respect, we are concentrating precisely on those where the scope at the point is sometimes smaller or sometimes larger.”

“Thank you for the explanation. One last question: Who is futures trading suitable for and how can an interested party start with it?”

“First of all, it has to be made clear at this point that futures trading is also risky. Like all exchange traded instruments, futures are subject to the normal fluctuations in the market. We at Insider Week are, of course, not protected from these either.

However, this risk can be minimized with strict risk management and an appropriate distribution. We pay close attention to this when trading futures, no matter how rewarding and promising a setup may be. As a result, a trader with futures must be able to withstand corresponding market fluctuations and then still adhere strictly to his setup.”

“How stressful is it?”

“It is very individual and depends on the market. For example, my deposit lost between 25-30% on my first try when the market was very unfavorable. Nevertheless, we ended the year with a performance of more than 400%. The second campaign with the small account was similar, but still every case is different.

And with that we already have two of the three most important components: motivation and some cash. The third component is time in connection with motivation. Those who do not want to deal with the raw materials market will have a hard time. So a certain affinity is very necessary in order to regularly invest the time in the setup for the following week.

Some cash, time and motivation – that’s a good starting point. Then only the COT report and an account are required, with which the corresponding futures can be traded. We at Insider Week then offer the appropriate setup support and can thus save the customers even more time. But, of course, that doesn’t free them from the obligation to think about it themselves and to check our setup with regard to their trading goals.”

A systematic success: Futures trading is also suitable for small accounts and offers the opportunities to profit from the market!

Are you curious? Indeed, the area of futures trading is very exciting. With his various examples, Max Schulz has repeatedly demonstrated that futures trading can be carried out very profitably even with small accounts.

In addition to cash of $10,000, the motivation to participate in the market and benefit from it should be high. Insider Week offers one possibility there. An understandable trading system with clearly defined rules, consistent risk management and a track record from the past offer a variety of options to those who are interested.

What everyone needs in the end is only time and motivation. Because whenever we do something with passion and conviction it will finally be good. And that’s how Max Schulz found his passion in futures trading – and success proves him right.

Our offer

We at Insider Week ( have been trading successfully in the US commodity markets for six years now. With our trading group “COT-Trading” we offer a service that enables you to “look over our shoulders” in our real trading.

In 2019 we took part in the “World Cup Trading Championships ©” for the second time and ended the year with a third place and 109.2% net profit. Our first participation in 2017 also brought us third place, at that time with 111% net profit. That is another proof that constant success can be achieved with our trading approach.

We trade our real money account completely transparently. We publish our weekly planning, daily updates of the trading plans and a weekly summary of the market and our results (including the negative ones!). We supplement this with comprehensive information on the COT data and our corresponding evaluations of the COT report.

In this group, you have access to the same information that is available to us and can track how we deal with it.


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