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- Commodity Broker Redefined
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Trade Futures and Options Like a GirlSee our "Trade Like a Girl" quiz in the Fall TraderPlanet Journal!

“Girls” believe in pressing their luck in the markets, even if they are enjoying relatively easy gains now? 

Answer: FALSE

Beginning traders sometimes confuse skill with luck.  There are times in which you will be in the right place at the right time to make extraordinary profits possible.  If this happens to you, take the money and risk off of the table. 

Regardless of what we think that we know, or even what others think that we know, trading boils down to making an educated guess.  If you happen to be the lucky beneficiary of a windfall profit, don't get greedy or expect that the gravy train will continue.  Letting your ego fog your logic may lead to a situation in which a big winner becomes a loser.

“Girls” attempt to keep past trades where they belong; in the...

E-mini Futures Day Trading

Day Trading Time Frames and Emotional Strategies


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Day Trading the ES on TraderPlanet.comThere are plenty of compelling reasons to prefer day trading in the ES (e-mini S&P futures). For starters, it is a highly liquid and leveraged product and the ease of exiting by the close of trade eliminates overnight risk.  Further, profits (ideally) and losses are supercharged and fast.  As great as this might sound to the inexperienced, the difficultly of the practice is largely underestimated.


Day trading the ES is most likely one of the most challenging endeavors a trader could embark upon.  This is because there is...

DeCarley Natural Gas Analysis on Mad Money

Natural Gas Market AnalysisCNBC's Jim Cramer featured DeCarley Trading's natural gas analysis on the September 23rd episode of Mad Money


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Natural gas prices aren’t quite as cheap as they were at this time last year heading into the winter season, but they are close.  Further, there are some glaring similarities between the current environment, and that of a year ago that could compel the bulls to step in. 

You might recall that natural gas prices essentially doubled from August 2013 through February 2014; we may not get a repeat to the magnitude, but we believe there is potential for a move toward the $5.00 mmBtu (10,000 million British thermal units). 

FREE Commodity Option Trading Webinar

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Traders tend to flock to the simplicity of futures trading, but overlooking the opportunities offered by the commodity option markets could be a detriment to your trading experience. 

Options are flexible tools that can complement a more traditional futures trading approach, and if used correctly will likely work against volatility in your trading account.

Watch this video to explore the following ideas:

•         Key differences between trading options on futures and those on stocks
•         Commodity option tips and tricks
•         Long option trading vs. short option trading
•         Calculating break...

Carley Garner was in studio for an episode of Mad Money!

Carley Garner was a guest on Jim Cramer's Mad Money on Wednesday August 6th!! 


Carley Garner on Jim Cramer's Mad MoneyCNBC's Jim Cramer talks to one of his favorite 'chartists,' Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading, about two commodities that could feel the impact of events in Ukraine -- oil and gold.

If you missed the original airing, click here to view a clip of the show.

DeCarley Trading works hard to provide clients with quality insight into the markets.  Carley Garner visited the set of Mad Money this week to discuss one of our recent issues of the DeCarley Perspective focused on  gold and crude oil analysis (he segment aired on CNBC's Mad Money on August 6th). 

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!


Corn Futures Seasonal Trading Ideas

Grain Futures Seasonal TradingSummer seasonal trade idea in corn

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Each 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...

What is next for crude oil skee daddy?

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 Trading works hard to provide clients with quality insight into the...

What Can DeCarley Trading do for you?


What can we do for you?  If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, we might be the right commodity broker for you. 

1.  Are you trading on your own at a deep discount futures broker and consistently losing money?  We cannot guarantee that you will make money trading with DeCarley,  but whether you prefer self-directed online trading, or broker assisted order entry, we can guarantee that we will work hard to give you the information that you need to increase your odds of success.  If you let us, we strongly believe that through DeCarley Trading client newsletters and with our multiple years of experience, we can help you to achieve your goals by encouraging patience in market entry as well as utilizing trading strategies with higher probabilities of success.  If you are already struggling to make money, what do you have to lose? 
2. Are you struggling with platform choices, margin variations, and the confusion of data vendors and order routing?  We've done the leg work for you!  Just let us know what type of trader you are and what you priorities will be; we will be more than happy to point you in the right direction in regard to choosing an appropriate platform and clearing arrangement.
3. Do you have a full time job, but want to trade futures and options? Let DeCarley help you monitor the markets and your trades.  We are available nearly 15 hours per day throughout the trading week.  All the while we are available to give quotes and market commentary over the phone and even send emails and text price alerts*.
4.  Are you trading savvy, but not familiar with the mechanics of the commodity options and futures markets? Let us help you navigate the markets by steering you clear of illiquid contracts and offering "tricks of the trade" when it comes to the best price execution.  We have direct access to the open outcry pits to execute options and option spreads, most discount online firms can't offer that.   In volatile conditions, this could make a significant difference in fill quality! In addition, our relationship with floor brokers enables us to provide our brokerage clients with opinions and commentary derived directly from those standing in the trading pits.
5.  Are you an option seller that can't seem to find a cooperative brokerage firm?  Many brokerage firms frown upon short option selling accounts simply because they tend to involve low trading volume and theoretically unlimited risk.  However, we believe short option trading (the right way) provides traders with attractive odds of success and promotes a client base that will be around for the long-haul.  Accordingly, we have worked hard to provide our clients with favorable clearing and margin arrangements for short option trading that both online and broker assisted traders might have trouble getting on their own or with other brokers.
6.  Do the flashing lights of a commodity trading platform encourage you to over-trade your account and in turn promote trading losses and massive transaction fees?   Some of our clients are experienced traders with years of market analysis and strategy under their belt.  However, they find that placing trades through a broker, as opposed to clicking and trading online, is a useful mechanism to control the human tendency to stray from a trading plan or strategy or even become too aggressive (over-trading).  If paying a few dollars more per round turn can avoid paying thousands of dollars in excessive discount trading commissions and market losses, it is money well spent!

DeCarley Trading offers experienced and dedicated brokerage services at competitive commission rates (email us for details on Online Pro rates, you might be surprised).   We aren't the cheapest, but we aren't far off and we work hard to deliver the service you deserve!  Click here for details on the services we provide. Does your brokerage do this for you?

If you would like to open a trading account to work directly with Carley Garner or to trade online using one of our state-of-the-art trading platforms, click here


For info on, or to purchase, any of Carley Garner's trading educational books visit http://www.currencytradingthebook.com/#!carley-garner-books .

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CQG Option Trading

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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Futures, Options, Integrity with DeCarley Trading


DeCarley Trading LLC was created with customer service in mind. We understand that there are hundreds of futures and options trading brokerage firms and there are an unlimited number of choices in terms of commission, service and execution.  DeCarley doesn’t expect your business but we would love the...

Trader Planet on A Trader's First Book on Commodities

Book Review of A Trader's First Book on Commodities by Carley Garner

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

In the book, Garner gives traders the basic information needed to learn how to trade commodities, such as building trading plans and handling margin calls, but she also talks about one of the most under discussed aspects of trading – maintaining emotional stability as a trader.

Trading commodities is hard work and the risk/reward ratio is high. Traders need to approach commodities with a strong knowledge base and a clear head. Simple, direct, and to the point, Garner delivers the educational tools beginning commodity traders need.

As a 35-year veteran of the CME/CBOT trading floor, I can tell you…those who think they can begin trading commodities without knowing the less talked about topics that Carley discusses in A Trader’s First Book on Commodities are sadly mistaken. Anyone who trades their own account, or would like to, should read this book.

 Danny Riley, MrTopStep.com

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The Truth about Futures Commission


Futures Trading Brokerage CommissionThe Goal of Trading should be to MAKE Money, not to SAVE Money!

Click here to view Carley's Stocks & Commodities Magazine column on this topic.

Everyone knows that commission is baggage; mathematically, every dollar spent on transaction costs directly reduces profits and increases losses but there is more to commission than math. For instance, traders paying highly discounted rates are given incentive to over trade and there is much more money to be lost by overzealous trading than there is in paying for a...

Second Edition of Carley Garner's Commodity Book

A Trader's First Book on Commodities by Carley GarnerThere is a new version of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" by Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading!

Although it has only been a few years since the original version of “A Trader’s First Book on Commodities”, we have seen dramatic changes in the futures and options industry. The most profound change has come to light in the aftermath of two major futures brokerage firm failures. Similarly, improvements in technology and competitive intra-day position margin standards have had profound impacts on the markets, and those trading them. Here are a few highlights of the Second Edition additions:

- The new reality of the commodity markets and the impact increased volatility has had on traders

- Discussions of the collapse of two major commodity brokers and the long term impact on traders and the industry as a whole

- Improvements in market access due to...

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Full Service or Online?

The decision to trade online or through a full service broker will undoubtedly make a large impact on your bottom line.  However, the impact may or may not be what you had in mind.  If you aren’t ready to begin placing your orders online on your own, despite saving money on commission it may be the most costly mistake that you ever make.

While commission is baggage, a slightly higher rate it may be worth every penny assuming that your broker is truly giving you what you are paying for…reliable and efficient execution along with quality guidance in strategy and analysis.


Choosing a Commodity Broker

Most traders that are in the market for a broker are concerned primarily with trading platforms, commission and the quality of information provided such as newsletters.  However, if you are in the market for a full service broker, you need to take your research one step further.  Not only do you need to find a firm that is capable of meeting your logistic needs, but it is crucial that you choose an individual broker in which you can properly communicate, are comfortable with their experience and most of all trust to help you on your journey to being a successful trader. 



Choosing a Brokerage Firm

Deciding on a brokerage firm is a significant decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Before committing to a firm it is imperative that you research their services, experience, trading platforms and commission structure but more importantly whether your trading style and personality will be compatible.   For example, a beginning trader shouldn’t look to a deep discount online brokerage firm simply because they likely won’t get the guidance that they will need as a novice.  Similarly, a seasoned trader wouldn’t want to choose a firm that focuses on high-end service with a hefty price tag. 



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