Carley Garner Book Reviews
There are a plethora of trading education books available, see how Carley Garner's commodity and currency books stack up!
This is a collection of Carley Garner book reviews published by various magazines, websites, and journals.
Peer Review of - A Trader's First Book on Commodities
TraderPlanet.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
Richard Stooker Reviews ATFBC
Review of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" by Richard Stooker
This book lives up to its title pretty well. If you've wondered about trading commodities and futures, this is a good introduction.
Do not expect or plan to start trading after you read it. She doesn't pretend to tell you how to trade to make lots of money. She gives you the basics so you at least know the terminology and how these markets work.
I would haggle a little bit. She mentions a few times that when you trade futures you can lose more money than you actually put at risk, but I don't believe she doesn't stress it enough.
I suspect that many people, who want to trade to make money because they're desperate, don't understand that one trade can very wrong can wipe them out financially. That is very different from buying stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options and Exchange Traded Funds. With those investments, you can lose (at most) the money you put in, but no more.
Futures contracts typically employ a lot of leverage. If buy a contract and the price goes down a lot, the cash equity in your brokerage account can be more than wiped out quickly in short order.
I can't say this happens a lot. Before it does, your broker will try to liquidate your account to minimize the damage. But sometimes futures prices move so quickly that nobody can get out as fast as they want or need to, not even your broker.
Therefore, it's very important to stay in regular touch with your account balance. And don't trade with scared money. Technically, you should not trade with money you can't afford to lose.
I realize there's a great contradiction there, because people who are most comfortable financially have the least motivation to put their money at risk to make even more of it. So the people most attracted to trading as a second or first income are often the most financially unfit for trading.
She mentions futures options, but not in great detail. That is fair, because she's also written a book aboutfutures options. However, I think she could have mentioned -- without going into great technical detail -- that you can use options to construct "synthetic" futures contracts. These have the same ability to benefit from positive price moves in the commodity, without the hazard of going bankrupt while your back is turned.
She does mention using options to manage risk when a future position is going bad.
She does a good job at explaining the current state of futures exchanges, the types of commodities now available, and the characteristics of their contracts, as well as tips on how to calculate your profit and loses.
Sometimes her reassurance that you can learn to calculate the numbers seems a little too cheery. I couldn't help but think that people who have trouble understanding a contract's quote system probably doesn't understand the commodity itself and therefore shouldn't be trading it.
She did do a pretty good, though probably too brief, job of explaining why trading systems -- especially expensive black box software programs costing $2,000 and up -- aren't reliable. I wish she'd explained the problems of backtesting and data mining more fully, because most of the readers of this book are going to be pitched trading systems, and without knowing exactly why they're a waste of money, they may forget what she said and buy anyway.
Ah, but the commodities markets thrive on naive people who can come up with money they can't afford to lose.
If you're thinking of trading in futures, this is a good first book. But read a lot more before you put any money at risk.
Essentials of Trading review of ATFBC
John Foreman of The Essentials of Trading recently reviewed "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" by Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading. Here is what he had to say:
I was recently given the opportunity to read Carley Garner’s book, A Trader’s First Book on Commodities. I think Garner, whose bio lists her as Senior Market Analyst and Broker with DeCarley Trading, as well as a columnist for Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine, has put together a pretty solid introduction to futures trading. Notice I use the term “futures” there rather than “commodities”, though. The book title tends to reinforce the view that commodities and futures are the same things. The markets were effectively the same thing for many years, but the advent of financial futures a couple of decades back means commodities are in reality just one facet of the futures markets at this point. Garner’s writing doesn’t restrict itself just to commodities in her discussion of futures trading, though.
That little terminology nitpick aside, as I said, it’s a solid introductory book. One of its strengths is that Garner spends more time than most authors do talking about the brokerage side of trading. It’s something a lot of users are likely to benefit from as they make their own trading plan decisions.
In standard introductory trading book fashion, the book also covers the usual material on market history, market structure, margin, terminology, instruments, order types, and quotes. She’s also got solid discussions on the subject of trading as a business and the emotional side of playing the markets.
For more information on A Trader's First Book on Commodities by Carley Garner, visit http://www.atradersfirstbookoncommodities.com/