"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 NAJARIAN, co-founder NajarianFamilyOffice.com
"I love the book... it's an MBA in trading for the price of a few cups of Starbucks! I have been in financial markets for 30 years and I learned many new strategies and ideas...Bravo!" -- Tobin Smith CEO & Founder Transformity Media Inc., Former Co-star of Bulls and Bears on Fox News
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Looking at charts is often helpful to determine the trajectory of a given stock or commodity. That is why Cramer turned to Carley Garner, a technician and commodities expert who is the co-founder of DeCarley Trading and a colleague at RealMoney.com.
Do the Fed Funds futures markets tell us what the Fed is going to do? The answer to that question is a resounding “no”! Fed Funds futures contracts are simply trading vehicles in which hedgers, but mostly speculators, buy and sell according to their market outlook. Although it can be argued that the Fed has been looking to the financial markets for policy guidance, in the end, they are the decision makers. Nevertheless, as the opinions of the market sway in regard to the Fed’s next move, so do the prices of the Fed Funds futures contracts. Accordingly, there are some viable trading opportunities; particularly from the bearish side of the market given the relatively limited upside potential (assuming the Fed doesn’t lower interest rates anytime soon). In the video below we discuss Fed Funds futures trading strategy, market characteristics, and ideas on low-risk ways to trade the prospects of higher interest rates.Read More
Most traders, in both the stock and commodities markets, are familiar with the concept of the VIX volatility index, but they habitually overlook the unique characteristics of the futures contract. Unfortunately, this innocent lack of preparation can result in expensive trading lessons!
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Unfortunately, our propensity toward the familiar often holds us back and I feel this is even more true in regards to the world of trading. Despite the human tendency to gravitate to the norm, I would like to challenge your perception of the markets and the way you approach price speculation. Perhaps thinking outside of the box will lead you into alternative arenas and improve the efficiency of your trading ventures.
The futures markets often get a "bad rap" by the investment community thanks to horror stories in regards to traders losing their house along with their shirt. However, losses are possible in any market. It doesn't seem fair to blame the trading venue, the blame might lie with the participants themselves. That said, there are certainly more temptations in the futures markets than in most other arenas.Read More
I’ve been a commodity broker since 2004. Throughout that time we’ve seen massive shifts in the manner retail traders execute orders in the futures and options markets, but more importantly we’ve seen transaction costs plummet due to massive improvements in execution efficiency.Read More
The practice of option selling is a controversial strategy for commodity option traders to partake in. Many brokerage firms outright forbid the practice; others allow it, but there are often strings attached. However, there are a limited number of brokerage services that recognize despite the challenges of option selling, it likely offers the highest long-term prospects for successful trading. Accordingly, such brokers give their clients the freedom to implement a short option strategy. We are a part of the minority commodity brokers that believe our clients should be given the opportunity to sell options without hassle. Nevertheless, option selling is far from an “easy-money” venture; there is a reason many brokerage firms shy away from option selling.Read More
Nevertheless, there are some compelling arguments to suggest that option sellers face favorable odds of success over option buyers, or outright futures traders. But, even putting the odds in your favor doesn’t guarantee a favorable outcome. Here are some aspects of option selling that should be considered before employing a premium collection strategy.Read More