Monday, 28 July, 2014
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

Stock Index and Bond Futures Trading
Earnings keeping stocks up, while bonds retreat PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:08

Financial Futures Trading Recommendations and Commentary

A blowout initial claims report was offset by a weak home sales figure

This week's economic data has been relatively neutral. Despite a few surprises this morning, the net effect was a wash. 

Initial claims were reported at 284,000; far less than expectations of about 308,000 and the first print in the 200s we can recall in quite some time.  On the other hand, last month's new home sales figures were revised dramatically lower and this month's reading was well under analyst estimates.

Not surprisingly, markets viewed today's economic news as a non-event.  Tomorrow we'll hear the latest in Durable Goods orders, which are expected to be slightly positive.

Treasuries finally broke down, the bulls will likely want to be patient

The Treasury complex finally relaxed following several days of a Ukraine/Gaza induced flight to quality bid.  With the equity markets all but ignoring political tensions, bond traders...

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:26
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The #ES monthly chart is frightening PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:16

Stock Index and Treasury Futures Trading Newsletter

 

Earnings are beating, and so are the economic reports

Yesterday's Empire Manufacturing index was a booming 25.6 and today's NAHB Housing Market Index was a solid 53.  In addition, Chinese officials announced an uptick in second-quarter GDP, and the UK enjoyed a strong employment data overnight.  These, along with solid earnings reports, are keeping optimism pumping through the veins of the market. 

The general rule of thumb is that markets move higher into and during earnings, but sometimes slip up as the reporting season comes to a close.  Will that be the case this quarter? 

This is a REALLY tough market.  Both stocks and bonds are too high to buy, but selling certainly hasn't worked.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:05
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CBOT Grain Futures Seasonal Trading PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 June 2014 05:06

Summer seasonal trade idea in corn

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Grain Futures Seasonal TradingEach individual locale has a relatively unique planting and harvest cycle; further, crops around the world face various windows of opportunity for the optimal growing season.  Nevertheless, as a U.S. based commodity trader, the focus should primarily be on the domestic crop cycles because it is these that will have the largest impact on the Chicago Board of Trade corn futures contract.  Additionally, U.S. corn production accounts for between 35 to 40% of world production, making the U.S. crop critical to global supply and demand fundamentals.  These annual planting and harvest cycles, produce recognizable price patterns in the futures markets that might be useful to speculators.

As...

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Booyah! Where does crude oil go from here? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:08

DeCarley Trading Chart Analysis Featured on Jim Cramer's Mad MoneyJim Cramer's "Off the Charts" segment used Carley Garner's crude oil chart analysis in the May 28th show!
 

The strength in oil prices may not be terribly long-lasting.

That's the broad takeaway from technical analysis provided by Carley Garner, author of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities."

Although Jim Cramer is first and foremost a fundamental investor, he often turns to technical analysis for insights, especially when an analyst has an impressive track record.

And Cramer says few analysts have been more accurate than Garner. "So, when Garner says to be cautious about crude, I take her seriously."

DeCarley...

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:11
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Selling Options with CQG Analytics PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:07

CQG Futures and Option Trading PlatformOptions Selling with a Purpose: 

Counter-Trend Premium Collection using CQG Options Analytics

 

In this webinar, Carley Garner shows you how to determine when to sell options using volatility to find favorable entry and exit points. 

Novice options traders can fall into the trap of believing that making money in the options market is as easy as selling options premiums and waiting for time to go by, forgetting that options sellers face unlimited risk. 

Options sellers can improve their success if they actively manage trades by averaging in and out using volatility as entry and exit signals and reading the options market's emotions. 

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Carley Garner Technical Analysis on Mad Money PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:15

DeCarley Trading Technical Analysis on Mad MoneyJim Cramer's "Off the Charts" segment used Carley Garner's S&P and NASDAQ chart analysis in the May 13th show!
 

"I don't believe in sell in May and go away," the "Mad Money. But Carley Garner is a terrific technician and her chart work warrants serious consideration. Frankly, given the speedy run to record highs, there's nothing wrong with a little caution here." ~ Jim Cramer Host of CNBC's Mad Money

DeCarley Trading works hard to provide clients with quality insight into the markets.  One of our recent issues of the DeCarley Perspective focused on this topic was featured on CNBC's Mad Money on May 14th.  The DeCarley Perspective is a publication distributed exclusively to DeCarley's brokerage clients.  If you are interested in being part of the loop, open a trading account today!

Click here to check out the video archive of the May 14th Mad Money segment featuring DeCarley analysis!  

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