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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 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...

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 11:12
DeCarley Treasury Market analysis on Mad Money! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:20

Mad Money on CNBC Treasury Chart Analysis

Jim Cramer's "Off the Charts" segment  on CNBC's Mad Money used Carley Garner's Treasury and U.S. Dollar analysis on the January 13th show!

"We could soon see a major decline in the dollar and the price of U.S. Treasuries, which would translate directly into a significant rebound in interest rates. That would be a very big deal." ~ Jim Cramer

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 January 13th.  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!

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:06
ES held trend-line support, is a reversal near? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 13:28

Trade Futures and Options with help from a broker

The Fed's Beige Book and a crude oil short squeeze, "saved" equities

Wednesday's session started out on rough footing compliments of a reduction in 2015 growth forecasts by the World Bank.  However, the Fed's Beige Book shed a more positive light on the U.S. economy.  Despite global woes, the domestic climate is overall positive.  

According to the Beige Book, the Fed sees the economy expanding at a modest, to moderate, pace in most of its 12 districts.  Nonetheless, there were some concerns regarding the impact of the decline in oil prices (lower drilling activity affects employment and capital expenditures). 

Today was option expiration for February crude oil; it isn't uncommon to see sudden price spikes going into the pit close on expiration day, and that is exactly what we saw in afternoon trade.  The massive short squeeze in oil helped to drag the stock indices higher, and...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:19
Buy the Hightower Report Commodity Trading Guide today! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 December 2014 11:45

Hightower Annual Commodity Trading Guide 2015The Hightower Report Commodity Trading Guide for 2015 is now on sale!


  1. Futures and Options Expiration Dates
  2. Ten Years of Supply and Demand Tables
  3. Government & Industry Report Dates
  4. All-Time Contract High and Low Prices              
  5. Global Crop Calendars
  6. Over 350 Charts & Graphs
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Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 11:51
Trade Like a Girl with DeCarley and TraderPlanet PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:45

Free educational trading video with TraderPlanet: Trade Like a Girl  Online Commodity Trading Seminar

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Trading is a game of odds, if you are not doing everything you can to put the odds in your favor, then you are putting the odds in the favor of your competition. We believe that humility is the secret to increasing a trader's probability of success in that it encourages traders to accept the potential of mis-speculation.

Covered Topics

  • Simple Trading Rules to Live (or Die) by
  • Deleveraging Speculation with Common Sense
  • Using the Versatility of Options to Reduce Position Volatility
  • Constructing Synthetic Calls and Puts
  • Adjusting Synthetic Positions in Favorable and Adverse Market Conditions
  • The Only Magic in Trading: Humility

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:34
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