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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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Things should get more exciting in the ES futures from here PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:08

Financial Futures Market Trading Newsletter

Import/export prices were a wash, retail sales were solid

In the end, today's economic news wasn't anything to write home about, but more importantly it wasn't reason for stock traders to sell into resistance levels. In fact, the S&P was able to maintain yesterday's bullish trade in the face of swift down-trend-line resistance.  We see this as a sign of short-term strength...or at least a catalyst for more short covering.

Tomorrow we'll hear about producer price pressures and consumer sentiment.  We doubt that either will be a market mover; instead the coming sessions will most likely be dominated by preparation for next week's Fed meeting (on the 17th), and the triple witch (on the 19th). These two events tend to be supportive for equities (at least going into the event), so the bears will most likely be fighting the tide.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:43
Euro currency and non-farms payroll coming up PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:23

Treasury Futures and Options Newsletters

ECB meeting and payroll on tap

The euro soared on what is being described as hope for a Greek deal with the EU, but we see it as a good old fashioned short squeeze.  We have been noting the massive short positions speculators had accumulated in the Euro.  As you probably know, when traders overcrowd a market it tends to be a precursor to a violent reversal.  Today we finally got it. 

In our estimation, there are likely plenty more shorts in the euro to keep the overall trend higher.  In fact, euro speculators had been holding the largest net short position in history, so today's move could be only the beginning.  With that said, it would be rare for the market to muster up momentum after a day like today, so some back and filling is in order. 

Tomorrow's ECB meeting was likely a primary catalyst for today's short squeeze.  Further, it could be the source of more volatility so traders should...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:28
Using weekly options to your advantage PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 April 2015 06:59

TraderPlanet educational articles written by DeCarley Trading Brokerage ServiceRead our latest article on TraderPlanet discussing weekly options

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 07:05
It's hard to deny the S&P 500 bull PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 April 2015 09:52


S&P 500 Stock Market Bull Analysis

Next week's calendar is busy

Not only will the earnings season be in full bloom next week, but traders will have the opportunity to react to a substantial number of data points.  Some of the notable events will be Tuesday's retail sales, Wednesday's Fed Beige Book, Thursday's housing starts, and Friday's CPI. 

If the recent downturn in economic data was, in fact, weather related as many economists suggested, we should see things firm in the next few weeks. 

Don't forget, the tax deadline is creeping up on us.  Although it feels like a bulk of the tax liquidation has already occurred, we could get one more wave early next week so don't let any Monday/Tuesday blip lower change your overall view of the markets.  Tax selling has little to do with fundamentals, charts, or opinion. 


Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 10:03
An Alternative Look at the Trading Game Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:43

Learn to trade futures and options with DeCarley Trading brokerage

Click here to watch the archive of our TraderPlanet webinar: An Alternative Look at the Trading Plan

Carley Garner, commodities analyst, broker and author of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities," discusses theTrader Planet Educational Events with DeCarley Trading challenges of system trading, the necessity of human intervention in trading, choosing the right trading vehicle for you, timing, and risk-reward management.  Join us to discuss:
•         “Trade” a trading system?
•         Trend trading vs. swing trading
•         Seasonal, technical, and fundamental analysis
•         Risk management
•         Trading size
•         Options, futures, or both?

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 08:16
Option Selling Strategies, Pros and Cons of Credit Spreads PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:09

Learn to Sell Options, free trader education video

Big Mike's Trading Forum DeCarley Trading Option Webinar

Option Selling with, or without, Insurance?

In today's markets, naked option sellers have been searching for alternative methods of collecting premium.  However, the debate is still out on whether credit spread trading fairs better in the long run.   View video below to learn about the advantages and disadvantages to option selling with insurance, and  to determine whether or not this is the strategy for you.
Key points covered in this presentation:
* What is a credit spread and/or an Iron Condor?
* What is a calendar option spread?
* What are the advantages of using credit spreads, condors, and calendar spreads?
* In what scenarios do credit spreads make the most sense?
* The opportunity cost of using credit spreads
* BE calculations and margin comparisons
* Understanding the REAL risk of trading credit spreads and condors
* Determining whether or not credit spread trading is for you


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:11
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