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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission issues a weekly report outlining the aggregate position of traders in three major categories; hedgers, large speculators, and small speculators. We believe that the report, known as the Commitments of Traders, offers traders a wealth of information that might be helpful in predicting future commodity market movement.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
The truth is, unlike margin on futures contracts, option margin is dynamic. It is almost constantly changing along with market price, volatility, and the exchange’s perceived event risk. Further, many brokerage firms opt to charge their clients margin requirements that are higher than the exchange minimums to compensate for what they believe to be additional risk posed to the client, and more importantly themselves. Accordingly, one will probably never fully understand option margin but it is worthwhile to be aware of the basics to ensure proper strategy development and implementation.Read More
This commodity trading newsletter was emailed to DeCarley futures brokerage clients on August 27th, 2015.