• Day Trade Futures: The Risk Averse Need not Apply

    Traders 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" intraday trading which spans several hours. Read More
  • Think Outside of the Box: Increase the Odds of Success with Option Selling

    The characteristics of unlimited profit potential and limited risk lure traders to long options but we argue that limited risk doesn't necessarily mean less risk. In fact, it is quite possible that option buying is far riskier than option selling simply due to the probability of success that each strategy faces. Read More
  • It All Makes Cents: Calculating Profit and Loss in Commodity Futures and Options

    One of the most frustrating aspects of trading commodities is getting comfortable with how each contract is quoted, what the point value or multiplier of each contract is and most importantly how to calculate the profit, loss and risk of a trade. Read More
  • Futures Order Types, and Placing Commodity Trades

    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
  • Calculate Currency Futures P&L with Dollars and Sense

    Thanks to the CME; financial institutions, investment managers, corporations and private entrepreneurs have a regulated and centralized forum in which they can manage 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
  • Stock Index Futures Trading: Before Putting your Money on the LIne, you Should Know the Basics.

    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 e-mini futures trading account. Read More
  • Getting Started in Interest Rate Futures Trading: Calculating P&L

    There are several widely traded contracts in the realm of interest rate futures trading. Each of these futures contracts carry slightly differing market characteristics, and in some cases contract sizes, point values, Read More
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  • Carley is a Commodity Broker at DeCarley Trading

    DeCarley Trading strives to offer the highest quality commodity brokerage services at competitive rates.

    Whether you prefer trading self-directed online, or with an experienced futures broker, we are confident DeCarley is capable of exceeding your expectations..

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  • Trade on an Elite Futures and Options Trading Platform.

    Trade from anywhere! DeCarley Trading offers a suite of over 20 commodity trading platforms..

    Enter futures and options orders, view live quotes, charts and option chains, and monitor account details on a downloaded desktop trading platform, or mobile device.

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  • Open a Commodity Trading Account Today in Minutes!

    Our online account application makes getting started in commodity trading quick and easy.

    When you feel like you are ready to start trading futures and options, apply for a commodity account with DeCarley Trading with these simple steps.

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  • Read Carley's Commodity Market Insights each Month in S&C Mag!

    Carley Garner writes a monthly Stocks & Commodities Magazine Column, "Futures for You"

    Carley Garner, commodity broker at DeCarley Trading, answers burning questions on commodity market mechanics, futures trading fundamentals, option trading strategies, etc.

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  • See Carley's Commodity Market Technical Analysis on CNBC!

    Booyah! Jim Cramer often features DeCarley Trading commentary on Mad Money in the "Off the Charts" segment

    Cramer frequently looks to Carley Garner, a commodity broker at DeCarley Trading, for help in crude oil, gold, natural gas, currencies, Treasuries and the stock market indices.

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  • Sell Commodity Options without Restrictions!

    Sell options on futures with SPAN minimum margin the way you want to, not the way your broker wants you to.

    We specialize in brokering for short option accounts. Years of experience and networking have enabled us to provide a friendly environment for short option trading.

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  • Trade Commodities with an Experienced Commodity Broker.

    Trade Futures and Options Self-Directed or Full-Service with Carley Garner and DeCarley Trading

    We enjoy working with clients of all types, sizes, and skill levels. The brokerage firm you trade with DOES make a difference, let us prove it to you!

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Higher Probability Commodity Trading

Higher Probability Commodity Trading

Carley Garner follows up her previous titles with Higher Probability Commodity Trading. Read More
A Trader's First Book on Commodities

A Trader's First Book on Commodities

This best selling book on futures trading takes readers on a crash course through the commodity markets. Read More
Commodity Options: Trading and Hedging Volatility

Commodity Options: Trading and Hedging Volatility

Learn to trade commodity options via short option strategies, option spreads, and even outright call and put buying. Read More
Currency Trading in the FOREX and Futures Markets

Currency Trading in the FOREX and Futures Markets

Carley Garner points out the advantages, and disadvantages of currency speculation in FX, currency futures, and ETFs). Read More
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What people are saying about Our Futures and Options Trading Books

Carley works tirelessly to create quality commodity trading education, including her three books published by FT Press.
  • Higher Probability Commodity Trading

    “A great read for both beginner and advanced commodity traders. Carley nails the seemingly impossible task of leveling the playing field by imparting vital concepts in easy to digest bites ...she doesn't leave out the harsh realities and heartbreak many overzealous speculators face" Jon Najarianco-founder NajarianFamilyOffice.com
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Commodity Options, Bond Futures, Stock Index Futures, e-mini Trading

From The Wild Investor

The Wild Investor on "A Trader's First Book on Commodities"

In the financial world, commodities refer to some tangible product where the supply fluctuates based on usage and/or seasonal conditions.

If weather conditions look to damage the supply of oranges, then the price of orange future contracts will rise.

Popular commodities include that of grain, wheat, and other agriculture crops. Oil and metals are also other form of commodities. Commodities can be traded through future contracts.

To get a better understanding of how commodities trading started, take a quick look at this excerpt from A Trader’s First Book on Commodities.

…the grain supply would dwindle to create shortages. This annual cycle of extreme oversupplies and subsequent undersupplies created inefficient price discovery and led to hardships for both producers and consumers.

The feast-or-famine cycle created circumstances in which farmers were forced to sell their goods at a large discount when supplies were high, but consumers were required to pay a large premium during times of tight supplies. Luckily, a few of the grain traders put their heads and resources together to develop a solution…an organized exchange now known as the Chicago Board of Trade.

 

Today there are much more advanced and in-depth methods to trade commodities, but the idea stays the same.

Whereas stock trading relies on the performance of individual companies, commodity trading is based on the status of specific items. Essentially traders buy contracts that represent an amount of the given quantity.

For example, the Chicago Board of Trade says one wheat contract is worth 5,000 bushels. If the supply of wheat looks to be decreasing, then that could raise the price of those contracts. Demand must still be there.

Obviously the above is just a simple example of what to expect in commodity trading. There are several other benefits and methods to taking advantage of this type of trading. Even if you are not trading commodities, understanding what contracts are being bought and sold can help you determine the status of a certain commodity which could ultimately effect individual stocks.

To learn more about commodity trading and related strategies, I recommend checking out A Trader’s First Book on Commodities: An Introduction to The World’s Fastest Growing Market. Commodity Chart from A Trader's First Book on Commodities

The author of this book, Carley Garner, draws on her extensive experience teaching traders, shows how to calculate profit, loss, and risk in commodities, and choose the best brokerage firm, service level, data sources, and market access for your needs.

You will find specific guidance on accessing commodity markets cost-effectively, avoiding common beginners’ mistakes, and improving the odds of successful, profitable trades.

Garner demystifies the industry’s colorful language, helps you clearly understand what you’re buying and selling, and walks you through the entire trading process. She concludes with a refreshingly new look at topics such as trading plans, handling margin calls, and even maintaining emotional stability as a trader.

Overall A Trader’s First Book on Commodities is a great and easy read for traders of all experience looking to get familiar with commodity trading.

Final scene from the movie Trading Places where the crop report is shared…

This text is courtesy of www.AWildInvestor.com

 

 

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