Choosing the right commodity brokerIf 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 through a platform or broker-assisted order entry, we can guarantee that we will work hard to give you the tools and information needed to increase your odds of success. If you let us, we believe that through DeCarley Trading newsletters, and 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 your 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. Choosing the wrong platform, and the wrong clearing firm can be an inconvenient and costly mistake.

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 position guidance and market updates by phone, email, or text message.


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 can also guide you in learning the overwhelming world of commodity calculations (profit, loss, and risk projections). Further, we generally have multiple methods of trade placement. In volatile conditions, this could make a significant difference in fill quality! Our relationship with trade desks and risk managers enables us to provide our brokerage clients with more efficient trade execution in extreme events, favorable risk parameters, and exchange minimum portfolio margining.


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 self-directed online and broker-assisted traders might have trouble getting on their own, or with other brokers. For instance, we offer SPAN minimum margin for option selling and we don’t interfere with client trading (force liquidate positions) unless it is a last resort. Many discount brokerage firms will let you sell options, but as soon as volatility picks up they automatically exit client positions without notification.


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 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 below. 

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