Thursday, 17 April, 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

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Markets on the brink...check out the VIX PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 April 2014 12:11

CBOE Volatility Index, VIX, rally


The VIX is starting to heat up

VIX Fear Index

It's been a while since we talked about the CBOE's volatility index, the VIX.  You might have also heard it referred to as the "fear index". It's value is derived from the market's "expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by S&P 500 stock index option prices".  In other words, when the CBOE formula detects fear in the option market, it impact the value of the VIX.

The VIX is currently trading at a relatively low level compared to historical norms.  The index follows an erratic path, but the average is considered to be near 20.  With a reading in the 16.50 area, we are currently within 3 or 4...

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Learn to sell options on futures PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 10:09

DeCarley Trading Commodity Option Selling Broker

Watch the archive of DeCarley Trading's option selling presentation at no cost

Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading kicked off the Festival of Traders in March of 2014 with a presentation  on option selling, check it out for free using the link below (you can access the video without registering or providing information to the hosting site). 

Click here to view  "How to Improve the Odds of Success in Option Selling: Using Timing and Volatility to Your Advantage"


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Want to know more about the DX future? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 09:53

Read our latest article on trading the Dollar Index futures contract on TraderPlanet!

The U.S. dollar index (symbol DX) is the relative “oddball” of the currency markets and, in my opinion, is one of the most under-rated products on theTraderPlanet Futures Trading Education board.  It is traded on the InterContinentalExchange (ICE), rather that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) with most other liquid currency futures, and carries dramatically different contract specifications.  It is also the only diversified currency futures product available to traders; for this reason, I like to call it the ETF of currency futures. 

Unfortunately, traders tend to migrate to what is comfortable; as a result, the dollar index has a tendency to get overlooked.  Nonetheless, I believe that it offers traders some attractive characteristics that can't be found elsewhere.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 10:31
Sell Commodity Options PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 February 2014 09:51

Carley Garner Talks Counter-Trend Commodity Option Selling with The Money Show, at the Las Vegas Traders Expo!

Futures Options Selling with Carley Garner and Money ShowOption selling can be tricky, but it also has the potential to provide traders better odds of success relative to outright futures trading, or option buying.  Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading recently sat down with Tim Bourquin of the at the Las Vegas Traders Expo to discuss some tips and tricks to sellling commodity options. 

Listen to what they had to say about counter-trend option trading.  Maybe the "trend is your friend" in more ways than one!

Click here to listen to this discussion on option selling

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 10:17
Best Commodity Trading Book Review PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 February 2014 09:45

A Trader's First Book on Commodities, second Reviews Carley Garner's Best of 2013 nominated Commodity Trading Book

Carley Garner’s A Trader's First Book on Commodities (2ndedition), gives traders specific guidance on accessing commodity markets cost-effectively. Drawing on her extensive experience teaching traders, Garner shows traders how to calculate profit, loss, and risk in commodities. She shows the reader how to choose the best brokerage firm, find the best service level, locate data sources, and to determine the best futures and options trading platforms with the best market access.

Trading commodities has huge potential for large profits, but with that comes the potential for huge losses. Traders need significant practical knowledge of the dangers and market characteristics in order to succeed. Garner’s book is an excellent place to begin gathering the knowledge. Written...

Do Vertical Spreads Really Limit Risk? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 February 2014 09:36

Option Selling and Spread Trading with DeCarley Futures Broker

Vertical Option Spreads: More Baggage Than Benefits?

What is a vertical spread?

A vertical spread is an option strategy in which a trader makes the simultaneous purchase and sale of two options of the same type and expiration dates, but different strike prices.  The term vertical describes the relationship between the strike prices while inferring the components to the spread share the same underlying contract.   

A horizontal option spread, on the other hand, would consist of options in the same market and strike prices, but different expiration dates.  

An example of a vertical spread in the e-mini S&P 500 futures is the purchase of March 2014 1850 call and the sale of an 1900 call.  At the end of December, this particular vertical spread could...

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