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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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*There is substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options!

Carley Garner and Jim Cramer analyze the S&P

Jim Cramer and Carley Garner on Mad Money discussing the S&P 500Jim Cramer's "Off the Charts" segment  on CNBC's Mad Money used Carley Garner's S&P analysis on the March 19th show!

"An important factor to take into consideration is the strong floor of support that the S&P has at 2040. Garner thinks that as long as the market stays above this floor of support, we are good to go." ~ Jim Cramer

Click here to check out the text archive of the March 19th Mad Money segment featuring DeCarley analysis!

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 March...

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 www.ATradersFirstBookonCommodities.com.

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Trade Futures in an IRA

Trading Futures and Options in Retirment AccountsWhy Trade Commodities in an Individual Retirement Account

While we would never advocate a large percentage allocation of your retirement funds to commodity trading  via self-directed, full-service or even managed futures accounts; there are definite benefits to trading funds earmarked for commodities in a retirement account. 

The most prominent example being tax deferred or tax free growth depending on the type of qualified Independent Retirement Account (IRA).   In theory, trading accounts within the shelter of a tax friendly IRA have the potential to grow at much more rapid speeds relative to those in a non-qualified account (outside of the IRA umbrella). 

However, it is important to note that the advantages of an IRA enjoyed by profitable traders becomes a burden for those that are less fortunate in the markets.  Unlike losses in a non- qualified account, IRA losses are not tax deductible.  Additionally, there may...

To open a Futures and Options IRA

Trade futures and options in an IRA without paying hefty custodian fees!

Opening a trading account to trade futures and options requires two separate applications; one for an account with the clearing firm and one for an account with the custodian. 

Click here to begin your trading account application, you will find the custodian application below.

You are free to choose any custodian that you see fit,  but we recommend AdvantaIRA Trust because they offer very competitive custodian fees.  Complete both of the applications below and submit them, along with a picture ID, by scan and email, fax, or mail to:

Eric DeCook Associate

AdvantaIRA Trust, LLC

1520 Royal Palm Sq Blvd #320 

Fort Myers, FL 33919

P: 239.333.4917 

F: 239.466.5496 


AdvantaIRA Trust Application (if your browser can't view the file, it should prompt you to open in Adobe PDF)

All futures and options custodians charge annual fees, but Advanta is very competitive.

The applications aren't nearly as overwhelming as they seem, if you would like someone to walk you through the applications please give us a call at 1-866-790(TRADE) or 1-702-947-0701. 

Use market correlations to better your odds in trading

Read our latest article on TraderPlanet: What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

Click here to read about inter-market relationships!

DeCarley Trading Futures and Commodity Educational Article on TraderPlanetLast month, we initiated the discussion of inter-market relationships focusing on the currency market’s influence over commodity prices (if you missed it,

Recognized for Best Futures Brokerage Service

Best Futures and Options Broker Nominee for Trader Planet STAR AwardsWe are honored to have DeCarley Trading recognized by TraderPlanet in the "Best Brokerage Service" for 2014!

DeCarley Trading works tirelessly to provide superior futures and options brokerage services for traders of all types and sizes at competitive rates.  We are humbled, and ecstatic, to be recognized for our efforts in the 2014 Trader Planet STAR awards. 

Click here to learn more about DeCarley Trading!

Click here to find out what DeCarley Trading can do for you! 

Click here to open a trading account with DeCarley to find out for yourself why we were nominated for best broker!

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DeCarley T-Bond Chart Analysis on Mad Money on CNBC

Treasury Bond Technical Analysis by Carley Garner on Mad Money with Jim CramerJim 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...

Use inter-market relationships to better your odds in trading

Read our latest article on TraderPlanet: What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

Click here to read about inter-market relationships!

It is naive to assume that seemingly unrelated markets move independent of each other.  The financial and commodity markets areSee our latest futures trading article on TraderPlanet littered with relationships that might be helpful for those attempting to speculate on price changes.  Further, simply assuming that the historical relationship you once read about in college textbooks is consistently valid is a mistake.  At the hands of government...

Day Trading Tips and Tricks with Barchart Trader

Barchart Trader Futures and Options PlatformView the 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...

Buy the Hightower Report Commodity Trading Guide

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
  7. Traders’ Glossary
  8. Contract Specifications

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Trade Like a Girl with DeCarley and TraderPlanet

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

Click here to see the archive video recording of this class

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

Click here to see the archive video recording of this class

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**There is substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options

Vertical Option Spread Trading Pros and Cons

Are Vertical Spreads all they are Cracked up to be?

By Carley Garner


One of the new buzz words in the option industry is the vertical spread.  Although they’ve been around for as long as option trading, popularity of the strategy has been on the rise due to historically challenging market volatility and a more sophisticated trading community.

Option buyers look to vertical spreads as a means of lowering their cost and risk of a particular trade.  Similarly, option sellers seeking to collect premium as an income strategy might choose to implement vertical spreads to limit risk and lower margin.  Nonetheless, we believe that in many cases trading vertical spreads might come with more baggage than benefits.  Like any other strategy, there is a time and place for vertical spreads, but in my opinion they should not be the staple of a trading portfolio. 

Vertical Spread Overview

By definition, 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.  A buyer of the spread would be purchasing the more expensive leg of the spread, which is the option with the strike price...

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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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