Traders are often lured to into the futures markets with a fascination for day trading. The thought of trading leveraged contracts without overnight risk is appealing to many, but underestimated by most. As a retail broker I have had the pleasure, and the pain, of watching day traders attempt to profit through strategies ranging from scalping to "position" intraday trading which spans several hours. Read More
Think Outside of the Box: Increase the Odds of Success with Option Selling
The characteristics of unlimited profit potential and limited risk lure traders to long options but we argue that limited risk doesn't necessarily mean less risk. In fact, it is quite possible that option buying is far riskier than option selling simply due to the probability of success that each strategy faces. Read More
It All Makes Cents: Calculating Profit and Loss in Commodity Futures and Options
One of the most frustrating aspects of trading commodities is getting comfortable with how each contract is quoted, what the point value or multiplier of each contract is and most importantly how to calculate the profit, loss and risk of a trade. Read More
Futures Order Types, and Placing Commodity Trades
Sometimes it is the small details that make the big difference in performance. Familiarity with order types and how to properly place each of them is critical to being a successful trader. Market prices and dynamics are ever-changing, making every second count. Regardless of whether you are trading online or through a broker, knowing the type of order you need to place and placing it accurately is vital. Read More
Calculate Currency Futures P&L with Dollars and Sense
Thanks to the CME; financial institutions, investment managers, corporations and private entrepreneurs have a regulated and centralized forum in which they can manage their risk exposure to changes in currency valuations. Naturally, where there are hedging opportunities there is also room for mass speculation and that is exactly what occurs every Sunday afternoon through Friday at the CME. Read More
Stock Index Futures Trading: Before Putting your Money on the LIne, you Should Know the Basics.
If you are like most people, you work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is see it evaporate in your e-mini futures trading account. Read More
Getting Started in Interest Rate Futures Trading: Calculating P&L
There are several widely traded contracts in the realm of interest rate futures trading. Each of these futures contracts carry slightly differing market characteristics, and in some cases contract sizes, point values, Read More
Carley Garner points out the advantages, and disadvantages of currency speculation in FX, currency futures, and ETFs). Read More
What people are saying about Our Futures and Options Trading Books
Carley works tirelessly to create quality commodity trading education, including her three books published by FT Press.
Higher Probability Commodity Trading
“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 Najarianco-founder NajarianFamilyOffice.com
Commodity Options, Bond Futures, Stock Index Futures, e-mini Trading
The Library Journal on "A Trader's First Book on Commodities"
Garner (Commodity Options), a market analyst and commodities broker, has written an easy-to-understand beginner's guide to commodities trading, commodities being bulk goods traded on a financial exchange, everything from coffee to cocoa, gold, platinum, and currency. She covers the history of commodities trading, the lingo (Chapter 14 does a nice job of defining "Futures Slang and Terminology"), how to choose a brokerage firm, as well as how to find a broker who will work well with your particular needs. Her coverage is international in scope, showing her extensive knowledge, although she is relatively new to the vocation. There is up-to-date information on what to look for when considering commodities trading--from margin calls to stock indexes to maintaining a balanced outlook in the face of possible fear, greed, frustration, or loss. VERDICT Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in exploring the world of commodities trading, whether to do some trading or simply to get a better understanding of this area of finance.--Helena Travka, Cleveland P.L.