Friday, 27 February, 2015
Commodity Trading 101
  • Commodity Trading is Risky Business

     Risk in Commodity Trading

    Despite what you may have read in books, magazines, or even heard on infomercials, trading options and futures entails substantial risks and is not suitable for everyone.  On the other hand, trading in futures and options can be financially rewarding but you must realize that where there is potential opportunity there is a corresponding amount of danger.  For this reason, only risk capital ... Read More

  • Day Trading: Risk Averse need not Apply

    Risk in Day Trading FuturesTraders are often lured to into the futures markets with a fascination for day trading.  The thought of trading leveraged contracts without overnight risk is appealing to many, but underestimated by most.  As a retail broker I have had the pleasure, and the pain, of watching day traders attempt to profit through strategies ranging from scalping to "position" intra-day trading which spans several ho... Read More

  • Getting Started in Interest Rate Futures

    Interest Rate Futures

    As you have likely discovered, the term commodity can be used to describe a wide array of assets.  The formal definition of a commodity is a physical substance or asset that is “interchangeable” in trade.  From a more general standpoint, a commodity is any product that trades on a futures exchange.  Along with grains such as corn and wheat, commodities also come in the form of fina... Read More

  • Getting Acquainted with Stock Index Futures

    Calculating Profit and Loss in Stock Index Futures

    If you are like most people, you work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is see it evaporate in your trading account.  Throughout my journey in the markets, I have yet to find a fool proof way to guarantee profitable trading, but what I am certain of is that you... Read More

  • Dollars and Sense

    Trading Euro Futures

    Thanks to the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange); financial institutions along with investment managers, corporations and private entrepreneurs have a regulated and centralized forum in which they can manager their risk exposure to changes in currency valuations.  Naturally, where there are hedging opportunities there is also room for mass speculation and that is exactly what occurs every Sunday afternoon through Friday at the CME.... Read More

  • Order Types and Placing Them

    Commodity Brokers

    Sometimes it is the small details that make the big difference in performance.  Familiarity with order types and how to properly place each of them is critical to being a successful trader.  Market prices and dynamics are ever-changing, making every second count.  Regardless of whether you are trading online or through a broker, knowing the type of order you need to place and placing it accurately is vital.  Read More

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Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:53

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A short and sweet look ahead at the week in the ES and ZB PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 13:28


Greek debt impact on stock market


G-20 meeting and Greek debt negotiations on the forefront

There weren't any economic reports on Monday's schedule, but that doesn't mean there was a shortage of news.  Traders are focusing on The European Union's debt negotiations with Greece, and are hoping to get more insight into the EU climate via the G-20 meeting in Turkey. 

Despite solid economic data in the U.S., there is concern that an already struggling Euro zone will be further damaged by a potential "showdown" with Greece.  For the sake of our retirement accounts, we'd prefer not to see a lot of drama play out.  Nevertheless, there will eventually be some sort of solution both parties can live with, because neither can afford the alternative. 

In the meantime, weak data in China and prospects of a Fed rate hike in June, has stopped the equity rally short (for...

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 13:42
Crude is taking the spotlight ahead of payroll data. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:17

Bond and Stock Market analysis

It's all about jobs at this point

This morning we heard ADP's take on the jobs market; the news wasn't as rosy as many expected but it was acceptable.  Specifically, ADP believes the U.S. economy added about 213,000 jobs in January.  For reference, the prior reading was 253,000 and analysts were calling for 230,000. 

In addition to the jobs numbers, we are seeing unstable data in sectors such as manufacturing (ISM for January was reported at 53.5). On a brighter note, personal income ticked slightly higher and the ISM services index moved slightly higher to 56.7. 

Volatility in crude oil has been shocking, this is despite market participants being groomed in energy market volatility since November.  Although the stock market is attempting to disconnect itself from crude oil, there is still a clear correlation.  Hopefully the release of the employment report will shift focus away from the chaos that is the...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:26
Inter-market correlations could increase your odds of trading success PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 05:53

Read our latest article on TraderPlanet: What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

Click here to read about inter-market relationships!

It is naïve to assume that seemingly unrelated markets move independent of each other.  The financial and commodity markets areSee our latest futures trading article on TraderPlanet littered with relationships that might be helpful for those attempting to speculate on price changes.  Further, simply assuming that the historical relationship you once read about...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 05:55
Markets sigh in relief after Greek election PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 January 2015 12:22

Greek election impact on stock and bond market


The markets were braced for volatility going into the Greek election on Sunday

The euro currency and equity markets around the world suffered losses on Friday in anticipation of a victory of the Syriza party in Greece.  The Syriza are described as a far left party, so far left that some are referring to their approach as communism.  The concern of investors and traders lies within ability of Greece to live by the austerity measures put into place by the previous administration in exchange for receiving the EU bailout.

Prior to the election, Syriza's stance was one of opposition to austerity but less than 24 hours after being elected there seems to be some signs of backing down from the cornerstone of their campaign.  Specifically, Syriza's leaders have already pledged their desire to remain a component of the Eurozone.  This was their primary bargaining chip; so most analysts are predicting "more of...

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 12:39
Futures Day Trading with Barchart Trader and DeCarley PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:46

Barchart Trader Futures and Options PlatformView an archive of our day trading tips and tricks webinar with Barchart!

How: Click here to view this free trading education video

Traders are often attracted to the allure of day trading.  After all, closing positions at the end of the day provides small accounts access to leveraged markets with very little cash on hand.  In addition, day traders have the luxury of knowing catastrophic events occurring while they are sleeping will have no impact on the value of their trading account.  However, these luxuries come with strings and day trading is arguably one of the most difficult strategies to employ...

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