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  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Trading On Margin...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: ES Options...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: The Return Of Russell 2000...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Canadian Customers And Anti-Competitiveness...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Commodity Options Buying...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Serial Options...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: The Transition From Open Outcry (Part 1 Of 2)...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Stocks vs. Commodities...

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    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Trading Futures Spreads (Part 1 of 2)...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Trading Futures Spreads (Part 2 of 2)...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Option Spread Trading: To Leg In Or Not...

  • Hedging Futures

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading futures contracts outright can be challenging and expensive for those in the wrong place at the wrong time. How can you mitigate risks without reducing your buying power? Here are some strategies you can apply...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Price Data Fees For Commodities...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Hedging Stock Risk With Futures (Part 1 of 2)...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: When Are Delta Neutral Trades Most Appropriate...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: New Dollar Spot Index...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Commodities: Can Prices Go To Zero?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Financial Disclosure For Account Holders: Does It Go Too Far?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Using Stop Orders In Commodity Option Trading...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Peak Dollar...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Timing Your Hedge (part 2 of 2)...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Computing Needs Of Traders...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: What's the skinny on mobile futures platforms...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: The Rise Of The Margin...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures APRkets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures APRkets. This month: What impact will the CME's pit closure have on the average trader?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: did the strength of the US dollar cause the 2014 crude oil collapse?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Crops & options...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Using leverage...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Commodity option liquidity....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: the CFTC's new margin rules for FCMs (futures commission merchants) and the effect on the industry....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Glencore Collapse: Buying Opportunity In Commodities?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Uncharted terrain...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures APRkets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures APRkets. This month: Treasury Bond Futures: Trade Of A Lifetime?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: VIX futures, part 2....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Choosing a futures brokerage....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Part 2 of her discussion on choosing a futures broker....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: New data fees to be imposed by the CME Group....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Strangling for profits, part 3....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: "cash-settled" futures contract...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: common mistakes traders make and can avoid....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Strangles....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: part 2 of the discussion on buying option strangles....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Fed funds futures contracts....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: VIX futures, part 1....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: the best way to invest in commodities....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Is Gold Still Shining?...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Commodity pools....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: So Many Choices - Which futures markets should I focus on, and which should I avoid?....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Depth Of Market....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: foreign futures....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: Depth Of Market....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets REALLY work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets REALLY work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets REALLY work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Finding The Best Methods There is an unlimited number of theories in technical trading, so what do you believe offers the best opportunities to the average trader with limited capital? When it comes to technical analysis, there are three primary schools of thought with significantly different views on the markets: trend trading, breakout trading, and countertrend trading....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets REALLY work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets REALLY work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Why are there dramatic differences in the way the yen is quoted in the futures market relative to the foreign exchange market?...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...WHAT DO GAP TRADERS WANT? What exactly are gap traders looking for? For those unfamiliar with gap trading, a price gap occurs when there is a significant difference in the closing price of the previous session relative to the opening price of the following session. A gap is described by its direction; for instance, you might hear traders refer to a gap with an increase in price as a "gap up" or a "gap higher." A sharp decrease in price from the previous session close is known as a "gap down" or a "gap lower." Price gaps used to be common in commodities due to abbrev...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...HEDGING PRICE RISK Is there a way to hedge price risk in the futures market without giving up potential for favorable price movement? The goal of a perfect hedge is to eliminate the price risk exposure in any particular market. In doing so, however, the end user also gives up any favorable price movement. Hedging is like any other form of insurance; consumers pay a premium to insurance companies to protect themselves from unfavorable events that will likely never occur. In other words, it isn't possible to enjoy the benefits of protection without giving something up. Bu...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...CURRENCY FUTURES What is the best way to build an intermediate- to long-term position in the currencies? First, traders must choose a venue -- whether foreign exchange, futures, or equity products such as exchange traded funds (Et fs). If you have been following this column, you likely know we have supported arguments for and against each method but lean toward the idea of currency futures. Here is a quick recap, but keep in mind these are highlights and do not encompass the entire argument....

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Daytrading seems to provide traders with less risk than position trading because there is no overnight exposure. How do you feel about the strategy?...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...TOOLS, TOOLS, TOOLS What are your thoughts on some of the geometrical technical analysis tools such as Fibonacci rulers, Elliott wave theory, and Gann fans? Geometric charting tools, sometimes referred to as advanced charting tools, require active decision making by the user. This ambiguity creates an environment in which analysts can draw dramatically different conclusions despite using the same tools. More than with less interactive tools, such as computer-generated oscillators, these advanced charting tools are only as good as the trader using them. In my opinio...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets REALLY work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets....

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The US Dollar Index seems to be overlooked. Are there opportunities there? Yes! The US Dollar Index (DX) futures contract, traded on the Intercontinental Exchange (Ic e), could be one of the most underrated futures products on the board. Let's face it, traders are human and humans have an undeniable tendency to migrate toward the comfortable. Unfortunately, the dollar index is the oddball of the currency futures complex, simply because it doesn't trade on the cm e Group with the others, and it carries different contract specifications. Nonetheless, it offers traders some a...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...I want to speculate in silver, but I don't have the margin or the risk tolerance for futures. Is there a better way?...

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  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner CURRENCY FUTURES VS FOREX What are the advantages of trading currency futures as opposed to foreign exchange? If you recall from the April 2010 column, we discussed the implications of government regulation, dealing desks, and counterparty risk when it comes to deciding between currency speculation in the futures or forex markets. However, there are a few other things to keep in mind, such as the true costs, liquidity, margin, and access to options. Transaction costs: The forex industry has done a great job at marketing commission-free trading. Accordingly...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner CONTANGO! In futures industry language, what does "contango" mean? Commentators often use contango in reference to the commodity markets because it sounds exciting. The true meaning of the word is less than thrilling; in fact, it is downright normal. Contango is a scenario in which spot (current delivery) commodity prices are trading at a discount to prices displayed in the futures markets (future delivery). To fully understand the word's meaning, you must recognize what causes such a price relationship. There are essentially two separate, yet related, mar...

Futues For You by Carley Garner

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner WHAT SHOULD WE BE LOOKING FOR? The new year is the time in which many traders rethink their strategy and circumstances. What are some pointers on what we should be looking for in a futures and options broker? First, let me disclose that I have been a registered commodity broker for what will be six years in March 2010, so there is likely some bias to my opinion. Nonetheless, I have witnessed all aspects of the trading and brokerage business and believe I have some helpful comments to make in regards to this topic. Despite the fact that I make my living th...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner SPREAD, SCENARIOS, AND STRATEGIES My broker seems to use the term "spread" to describe several scenarios and strategies, and sometimes it can be difficult to follow. Can you explain the different uses and definitions? Those unfamiliar with futures market slang can be misled by the use of some commonly used terms in the world of commodities. Early on, I too found myself confused. Accordingly, I devoted an entire chapter in my latest book, A Trader's First Book On Commodities, to deciphering futures market slang. "Spread" is used loosely among futures traders...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner FUTURES VS. FOREX What are the advantages of trading currency futures as opposed to forex? The popularity of foreign exchange (spot currency) trading has exploded, thanks to low margins, seemingly low transaction costs, and flashy trading platforms. However, there are a few things that you should consider before choosing forex over currency futures like those traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Cme): ? Government regulation: The National Futures Association (Nfa), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Cftc), and the futures exchanges themselves a...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner AS AN INDEPENDENT TRADER I am currently trading with my own money on futures (commodities, indexes, interest rates, currencies, for about 10 years) and would like to start trading with larger accounts. My performance over the last year is a Sharpe ratio of 2.75. What steps should I take to find funds that could be interested in using me as an independent trader? --Michel in Belgium If you feel as though your futures and option trading ability may be attractive to investors who don't have the time or the skills to trade their own account, you may want to consi...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner VIX FUTURES How can I trade Vix futures? On March 26, 2004, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) listed a futures contract with its volatility index (Vix), often referred to as the fear index, as the underlying asset. Although the Vix has been in existence for some time, it wasn't always tradable via futures contracts. As is the case with any new listed product, liquidity has been an issue for Vix speculators; however, volume and open interest are on the rise. That said, don't make the mistake of attempting to trade the miniversion of the Vix. It is c...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner SPLITTING THE BID? Option traders often talk about "splitting the bid" or "midpoint"; what are they referring to? All markets, whether we are talking about cars, houses, groceries, stocks, currencies, futures, or options, have two prices at any given time. There is a price at which an asset can be purchased and one at which it can be sold. In the world of trading, the difference is known as the bid/ask spread. The spread between the two prices is the compensation that the executor requires to accept the risk involved in making a market. For instance, your ...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner ON SPREADS What is a futures spread? The terminology involved in futures spread trading often seems like a foreign language. This can cause those who aren't familiar with the practice to misinterpret the vocabulary. Despite the complexity of the topic on the surface, once you understand a few key concepts, you will gain an immediate understanding. A futures spread is a trade in which opposite positions are taken in similar futures contracts. Simply put, it is the purchase of one commodity and the sale of another related commodity with the intention of profi...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner CALCULATING With Treasury futures at or near an all-time high, I would like to begin trading options on bond and note futures but I am having difficulty calculating profit, loss, and risk. Figuring in Treasury options often causes confusion for two primary reasons. First, both options and futures in Treasuries are traded in fractions. Second, unlike other commodities and financial futures, bond and note options differ in the manner in which they are quoted from their futures contract counterparts. Before you can understand how to calculate Treasury options,...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner FULL SERVICE OR SELF SERVICE? Should I use a full-service futures and option broker or trade for myself online? This is a decision that is often made with little research or thought but has the potential to have the biggest impact on the bottom line. I would argue that traders should put nearly as much effort into finding a broker and determining the service type that fits their needs and desires as they do researching the markets that they will be trading. Making a mistake in the choice of your service level can be costly. An inexperienced trader opting f...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner BUTTERFLY VS. CONDOR What is the difference between an iron butterfly and a condor? Before examining the discrepancies between these strategies along with their advantages and disadvantages, let me note that option terminology differs depending on where you are. The two US financial hubs, New York and Chicago, have their own language when it comes to option strategies. A broker on the CME floor may have a slightly different view on what exactly a condor is relative to someone standing in a NYMEX option trading pit. That said, you should be familiar with the ...

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  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner STOCK INDEX FUTURES VS EQUITY INDEX PRODUCTS Are there advantages to trading stock index futures over equity index products such as Spdrs or individual stocks? There are many more participants in the equity markets than there are in futures, and people tend to gravitate to what they are most familiar with. However, convenience and familiarity aren't necessarily optimal. The futures markets have been labeled as dangerous due to the ease of gaining leverage and the corresponding horror stories of traders going broke, but in reality, the same risks are evident...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner COMMODITIES AND RECESSIONS Is it safe to invest in commodities during an economic recession? Given the economic turmoil we are experiencing, I have been asked this question often. Before I answer, there are a few points I would like to make. I have yet to find a scenario in which it is appropriate to use the word "safe" when trading in options and futures. There are strategies in which risk can be relatively low, but in my opinion, "safe" implies there is no risk, and that isn't the case. My idea of a safe investment is the purchase of Treasury bills, not sp...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

Futures For You by Carley Garner

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner As a futures trader, should I place stop orders in the electronic overnight markets or only in the day session? This is a personal preference and the decision should be made independently for each market. Several years ago, overnight sessions were extremely thin and often resulted in stops being triggered that arguably shouldn't have been. However, as the electronic markets have become more popular and trading increasingly global, the liquidity in the overnight sessions has picked up dramatically in most markets. The volume improvements make working stop orde...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner WHY TRADE FUTURES? Many beginning commodity traders are migrants from the world of stock trading, but before making the transition they often ask why they should trade futures. The answer is simple, but the decision to move forward isn't. No interest on leverage: The futures market is a convenient venue for speculators in that the leverage is high and the ability to buy or sell in any order is abundant. Unlike equity traders who must borrow shares of stock from their brokerage firm before short-selling and are then subject to interest charges, futures trade...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner With margins at or near all-time highs, how should a small speculator approach commodity trading? Very carefully. The futures exchanges have effectively doubled, even tripled, if not more, the margin required to hold many popular futures contracts. It wasn't that long ago that the margin on a full-sized corn futures was near $400; now, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) requires that you have at least $2,025 in your account before putting on a contract. As a result of the margin increases, many of the small speculators feel as if they are being squeezed out of...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

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  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner OPTIONS OR FUTURES? Should I be trading commodity options or commodity futures? This is a difficult question to answer because it is a decision that traders must make based on their tolerance for risk, their personality, and trading style. However, it is my opinion that in general, option trading is the optimal choice. I am not referring to long option?only strategies, although sometimes they are appropriate. Instead, I believe that option selling or option spread trades that involve both long and short options are preferential. We all agree that the key to...

  • Synthetic Swing Trading by Carley Garner

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