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Watch the archive of DeCarley Trading's option selling presentation at no cost

Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading kicked off the Festival of Traders in March of 2014 with a presentation  on option selling, check it out for free using the link below (you can access the video without registering or providing information to the hosting site). 

Click here to view  "How to Improve the Odds of Success in Option Selling: Using Timing and Volatility to Your Advantage"


If you are interested in trading with DeCarley trading to utilize any of our state-of-the-art trading platforms or an experienced full-service broker, click here to begin an account application.

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Dollar Index Currency Futures

Read our latest article on trading the Dollar Index futures contract on TraderPlanet!

Unfortunately, traders tend to migrate to what is comfortable; as a result, the dollar index has a tendency to get overlooked.  Nonetheless, I believe that it offers traders some attractive characteristics that can't be found elsewhere.

Currency traders in the futures and FX markets are often overwhelmed by the complexity of dealing with multiple assets paired against one another.  For instance, factors that cause the U.S. dollar to appear bullish against the euro might not be evident, or valid, against another currency such as the yen.  Accordingly, trading currency pairs outright poses challenges.TraderPlanet.com Trader Education Article

Traders can diversify currency risk by establishing positions in multiple currencies but the most efficient means of managing exposure might be with the U.S. Dollar Index futures contract.  The Dollar Index, sometimes referred to as the DX, enables...

What Can DeCarley Trading do for you?


What can we do for you?  If 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, or broker assisted order entry, we can guarantee that we will work hard to give you the information that you need to increase your odds of success.  If you let us, we strongly believe that through DeCarley Trading client newsletters and with 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 you 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.
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 quotes and market commentary over the phone and even send emails and text price alerts*.
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 have direct access to the open outcry pits to execute options and option spreads, most discount online firms can't offer that.   In volatile conditions, this could make a significant difference in fill quality! In addition, our relationship with floor brokers enables us to provide our brokerage clients with opinions and commentary derived directly from those standing in the trading pits.
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 online and broker assisted traders might have trouble getting on their own or with other brokers.
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 strategy or even 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 here


For info on, or to purchase, any of Carley Garner's trading educational books visit http://www.currencytradingthebook.com/#!carley-garner-books .

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See our ES and YM Chart Analysis on Mad Money

Jim Cramer's "Off the Charts" segment used Carley Garner's S&P and Dow chart analysis in the January 28th show!

Carley Garner and Jim Cramer on Mad Money Talking ES and YM ChartsAlthough Jim Cramer always bases investment decisions on fundamental analysis, he also thinks that technical analysis can provide valuable insights, especially when fundamentals are somewhat cloudy.

And with broad market weakness ebbing on Tuesday, like so many pros, Cramer can't help but wonder if the worst of the stock market storm has passed, or if we're simply between bands in a major system.

According to top technical analyst Carley Garner, you shouldn't put your umbrella away, just yet.

"We may have caught a nice bounce...

Trading Long and Short Vertical Spreads

Option Selling and Spread Trading with DeCarley Futures Broker

Vertical Option Spreads: More Baggage Than Benefits?

Vertical spreads are a popular way for option buyers to lower their cost, and therefore risk.  Likewise, they are often used by option sellers to limit risk and margin.  Yet, trading vertical spreads might come with more baggage than benefits.  Like any other strategy, there is a time and place for vertical spreads, but in my opinion they should not be the staple of a trading portfolio.

What is a vertical spread?
A vertical spread is an option strategy in which a trader makes the simultaneous purchase and sale of two options of the same type and expiration dates, but different strike prices.  The term vertical describes the relationship between the strike prices while inferring the components to the spread share the same underlying contract.   

A horizontal option spread, on the other hand, would consist of options in the same market and strike prices, but different expiration dates.  

Click here to read the full article on TraderPlanet.com

Trader Planet on A Trader's First Book on Commodities

Book Review of A Trader's First Book on Commodities by Carley Garner

A Trader's First Book on Commodities, second editionTraderPlanet.com Reviews Carley Garner's Best of 2013 nominated Commodity Trading Book

In the book, Garner gives traders the basic information needed to learn how to trade commodities, such as building trading plans and handling margin calls, but she also talks about one of the most under discussed aspects of trading – maintaining emotional stability as a trader.

Trading commodities is hard work and the risk/reward ratio is high. Traders need to approach commodities with a strong knowledge base and a clear head. Simple, direct, and to the point, Garner delivers the educational tools beginning commodity traders need.

As a 35-year veteran of the CME/CBOT trading floor, I can tell you…those who think they can begin trading commodities without knowing the less talked about topics that Carley discusses in A Trader’s First Book on Commodities are sadly mistaken. Anyone who trades their own account, or would like to, should read this book.

 Danny Riley, MrTopStep.com

Continue reading this review on TraderPlanet.com!

Selling Options on Futures

Carley Garner Talks Counter-Trend Commodity Option Selling with The Money Show, at the Las Vegas Traders Expo!

Futures Options Selling with Carley Garner and Money ShowOption selling can be tricky, but it also has the potential to provide traders better odds of success relative to outright futures trading, or option buying.  Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading recently sat down with Tim Bourquin of the MoneyShow.com at the Las Vegas Traders Expo to discuss some tips and tricks to sellling commodity options. 

Listen to what they had to say about counter-trend option trading.  Maybe the "trend is your friend" in more ways than one!

Click here to listen to this discussion on option selling

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Tim Bourquin and Carley Garner on COT Reports

Carley Garner and MoneyShow talk about the CFTC's COT Report

Carley Garner and Tim Bourquin of the MoneyShow.com sat down at the Traders Expo in Las Vegas to "talk shop".  Click the link below to listen to what they had to say about seeking overheated markets using the CFTC's COT (Commitments of Traders Report).  If you are unfamiliar with the COT Report issued by the Commodity Trading Commission, it is a weekly statistics report to identify which types of traders are holding net long or short positions in the various commodity markets.  There isn't an equivalent report available to stock traders, but it can be thought of as being similar to insider trading filings in the equity markets.  Money Show, Traders Expo Las Vegas Carley Garner Interview

We use the COT Report often to identify markets that might have garnered too much speculative attention in a common direction.  Click below for complimentary access to this interview.

Click here to view the Carley Garner interview regarding COT Reports

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Nominee for Best Brokerage Service by Trader Planet

Best Futures and Options Broker Nominee for Trader Planet STAR AwardsWe are honored to have DeCarley Trading nominated for a Trader Planet 2013 STAR Broker award!

DeCarley Trading works tirelessly to provide superior futures and options brokerage services for traders of all types and sizes at competitive rates.  We are humbled, and ecstatic, to be recognized for our efforts in the 2013 Trader Planet STAR awards. 

Please take a second to vote for us in the "Brokerage Service" category of the Trader Planet STAR awards.  It only takes a second to cast a ballot (you can vote once each day in December).

Simply click on the link below, locate the category "Brokerage Service" and choose "DeCarley Trading".  (While you are there, please vote for Carley's book "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" in the "Book" category).

We appreciate your business and your support! 

Please click here to vote DeCarley Trading as best "Brokerage Service"!

Click here to open a trading account with DeCarley to find out for yourself why we were nominated for best broker!

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CME Fee Increases Proposed for Futures Traders and Brokers

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange would like to increase Transaction Fees and Data Fees to Trading Platform Users

There are certainly more questions than answers, but it is clear the CME Group intends to increase both transaction fees and the cost of accessing market price data within trading platforms.  *Please note this will have no impact on those who don't use electronic trading platforms to monitor/place trades. 

In our view, the transaction fees likely won't have much of an impact on the average trader. The increase is moderate, and should  be more of an annoyance than a burden. 

However, if the CME proceeds in charging traders for access to real time quotes within a trading platform the impact will be more noticeable.  This could be occurring as early as March of 2014. 

Keep in mind that we are actively and thoroughly opposing these increases in costs to retail traders (which will be levied regardless of brokerage firm or trading platform).  We are also confident that platform programmers will find ways to mitigate the impact of the CME data fee policy to traders via platform upgrades such as slightly delayed quotes, or other optional comprimises; nonetheless, we wanted all of our clients...

Vote for us, best Commodity Trading Book

Trader Planet Award, Best Futures Trading BookWe are competing as a Finalist in the 2013 TraderPlanet STAR Awards

A Trader's First Book on Commodities, written by Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading, has been named a finalist in the book category of TraderPlanet.com's "Best of 2013". 

We’re honored to be recognized by TraderPlanet’s editorial staff for our products and services that provide exemplary  value to traders.

To win our respective category award, we’re requesting your help to prepare the ballot on TraderPlanet.com and register a vote on our behalf.

Click here to vote for "A Trader's First Book on Commodities"

We appreciate your support!


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IBs,CTAs, and APs could be forced out of the futures business

CME Fee Increase Concerns for IBs, CTAs, and APs


We have little doubt the proposed CME Group fee increases, particularly for market data access, will have a profoundly negative impact on the number of industry service personal (IBs, CTAs, and APs) as well as retail speculators.  We suspect the changes could trigger a potential drop in trading volume in our particular book of business by 20% to 30%. Additionally, small brokerage operations such as ourselves could be driven out of business at the hands of substantially higher fixed costs in the form of data fees, in combination with decreases in trading volume.

Here are some comments and concerns we would like to express:

Data fees per device is unreasonable, and dramatically impairs the industry


In a post PFG and MF Global world, IBs have shifted toward independence.  As a victim of PFG’s in which 100% of our business was lost; we have spent the last 2 years scrambling to diversify our clients among various FCMs.   Accordingly, that involves the simultaneous use of multiple platforms.  Should the new CME fee structure be charged per device, the cost to the average broker would be astronomical.  For example, we have clients spread...

Second Edition of Carley Garner's Commodity Book

A Trader's First Book on Commodities by Carley GarnerThere is a new version of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" by Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading!

Although it has only been a few years since the original version of “A Trader’s First Book on Commodities”, we have seen dramatic changes in the futures and options industry. The most profound change has come to light in the aftermath of two major futures brokerage firm failures. Similarly, improvements in technology and competitive intra-day position margin standards have had profound impacts on the markets, and those trading them. Here are a few highlights of the Second Edition additions:

- The new reality of the commodity markets and the impact increased volatility has had on traders

- Discussions of the collapse of two major commodity brokers and the long term impact on traders and the industry as a whole

- Improvements in market access due to...

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Full Service or Online?

The decision to trade online or through a full service broker will undoubtedly make a large impact on your bottom line.  However, the impact may or may not be what you had in mind.  If you aren’t ready to begin placing your orders online on your own, despite saving money on commission it may be the most costly mistake that you ever make.

While commission is baggage, a slightly higher rate it may be worth every penny assuming that your broker is truly giving you what you are paying for…reliable and efficient execution along with quality guidance in strategy and analysis.


Choosing a Commodity Broker

Most traders that are in the market for a broker are concerned primarily with trading platforms, commission and the quality of information provided such as newsletters.  However, if you are in the market for a full service broker, you need to take your research one step further.  Not only do you need to find a firm that is capable of meeting your logistic needs, but it is crucial that you choose an individual broker in which you can properly communicate, are comfortable with their experience and most of all trust to help you on your journey to being a successful trader. 



Choosing a Brokerage Firm

Deciding on a brokerage firm is a significant decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Before committing to a firm it is imperative that you research their services, experience, trading platforms and commission structure but more importantly whether your trading style and personality will be compatible.   For example, a beginning trader shouldn’t look to a deep discount online brokerage firm simply because they likely won’t get the guidance that they will need as a novice.  Similarly, a seasoned trader wouldn’t want to choose a firm that focuses on high-end service with a hefty price tag. 



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