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How the Dollar Impacts Commodity Prices
Commodities typically follow and inverse relationship with the value of the dollar. When the dollar strengthens against other major currencies, the prices of commodities typically drop. When the value of the dollar weakens against other major currencies, the prices of commodities generally move higher.
Learn about Planting and Harvesting Seasons for...
Corn crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. Included are the growing seasons for corn in the United States, Brazil, China, Argentina and Europe.
A Commodity Investor's Guide to Soybeans
Soybean crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. Included are the growing seasons for soybeans in the United States, Brazil, China and Argentina.
Want to Become a Commodity Broker? Learn about...
Learn the process of what you need to do to become a licensed commodity broker. Areas covered include passing the series 3 test, choosing a brokerage firm and what the job involves.
Want to Try Online Commodity Trading? Read This...
Trading commodities online is a fairly simple process to get started, but it is not something that should be entered into lightly. The traditional method of calling your commodity broker to place orders and waiting for a callback to give you a filled order price is quickly coming to an end. Therefore, if you want to trade commodities online, we will cover the process of how to start.
Did You Know That the Penny Is Worth More Than...
A penny is currently worth more than one cent because of the meltdown value of copper. The value could go even higher in the future if the price of copper continues to rise. This article offers some insight and tips on how to profit from saving and collecting pennies and nickels.
Understanding a Futures Contract
The main features of futures contracts to learn are ticker symbols, futures contracts, contract sizes, delivery months and price quotes.
Gold Stocks - Investing In Gold Mining Stocks
Gold mining stocks are a good way to invest in the gold market. They can be more conservative than gold futures and gold etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded gold mining stocks is included.
Peek Inside the Career of a Commodity Broker
Commodity brokers are usually paid on a commission basis, which means they get paid a percentage of the commissions from the trades their clients place. Since some commodity brokers are very good and many brokers fail in the first six months, it is very difficult to give an accurate estimate of what a typical commodity broker gets paid.
New Investor's Guide to Derivatives
A derivative is a financial instrument or security that is based on the price of another asset, which is called the underlying asset. Derivatives are often highly leveraged instruments and the most commonly types are futures and options.
The Future of Natural Gas
Natural gas as the fuel of the future makes sense no matter which method of analysis you use. Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fuels and the United States has enough supply to become energy independent. It has also become one of the cheapest fuels - even cheaper than coal. So why is it not the most widely used fuel in the U.S. when the facts clearly show that that it should be our number one energy source?
Is Gold \$10,000 a Possibility or Fantasy?
As gold has marched higher throughout the last decade, there has been no shortage of market predictions for gold prices. I remember when $1,000 once seemed like a radical prediction. Then it was $2,000. Then it was $5,000. As you might guess, $10,000 was the next magical number being predicted.
Why Commodity Prices Move Up and Down
Learn how to research the commodities markets and tips on trading commodities and futures to learn why the markets move higher or lower.
Silver Stocks - Investing In Silver Mining Stocks
Silver mining stocks are a good way to invest in the silver market. They can be more conservative than silver futures and silver etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded silver mining stocks is included.
Learn about Futures Options, a Less Risky Way...
Learn the basics of futures options including calls, puts, premium and strike price.
Crude Oil Futures
Fundamental research of crude oil futures, including contract specs, reports and tips on how to trade crude oil in the commodity markets.
What You Should Know about Futures Margin
Futures Margin has many different meanings in futures trading and includes initial margin, maintenance levels, margin call and why margin changes.
Introduction to Commodities and Futures
Learning the meaning of commodities and futures markets and how to make money trading commodities.
Top Reasons Why Commodity Traders Lose Money
Most commodity traders lose money trading commodities. We look at the top reasons why commodity traders lose money and hope to educate commodity traders how they can avoid these mistakes.
Futures Quote and Chart Websites
Several online sources provide futures quotes and charts. Three of the top sources for futures quotes are discussed.
Live Cattle Futures
Fundamental research of live cattle futures, including contract specs, reports and tips on how to trade cattle futures in the commodity markets.
Commodity Brokers and Commission Rates
Commodity brokers charge commissions per trade to their clients. How much should you pay a commodity broker in commissions? There are also ways to negotiate your commission rates.
Fundamental Analysis of Commodities
Using fundamental analysis to research and trade commodities and futures. Supply and demand are the main factors to determine the price of commodities.
Research Commodities with a Long-Term Commodity...
A long-term commodity index chart is the best way to quickly see how commodity prices have moved lower and higher throughout the last several decades. A commodity chart is a good place to begin research on the commodities markets.
How to Open a Commodities Trading Account
Opening an account to trade commodities is probably easier than you think, but it is a major financial transaction and you can expect to fill out some paperwork and wait a couple days before you can begin trading commodities.
Key Features of the Series 3 Exam
The Series 3 Exam for commodity futures broker is a 2 hour and 30 minute exam that covers knowledge on the futures markets and industry regulations. It is a test that you need to study for and we have included the key features of the series 3 exam and some helpful tips for passing the test.
Trading Crude Oil Futures
Crude oil is one of the better commodities to trade. It is a very active market and it is well known with investors around the world. There is usually no shortage of news to cause the price of oil to move from day to day. This presents many good trading opportunities, whether you focus on day trading futures or you are a longer-term trader or investor.
How To Open A Commodity Brokerage Firm
The first thing to be done is to pass the Series 3 Exam if you are not a current broker and register as an Introducing Broker with the NFA. There must be at least one Associated Person (AP, commonly called a broker) listed with the firm. If you plan on being a one-man shop, that would be you. There are fees and paperwork associated with the registration.
Hedging in Commodities
A hedger is basically a person or company that is involved in a business related to a particular commodity. They are usually a producer of a commodity or a company that needs to purchase a commodity in the future. Either party is trying to limit their risk by hedging in the commodity markets.
Must Read Commodity Trading Books
Whether you are starting out trading commodities or you have been trading for a number of years, there are some books that every trader or investor should read. I have read well over 100 books on trading and investing and a few stand out as highly educational and they stand the test of time. Anyone interested in the commodity and futures markets should find these books very beneficial.
The Most Actively Traded Commodities
Liquidity is very important to active commodity traders. The higher the volume of a futures contract on a commodity, the easier it is to get in an out of a market at the truest price – less slippage. Commodities with high volume are the often the choice for day traders and many large traders. Low volume commodity markets are often prone to wild price swings.
How to Pay Taxes on Commodity Trades
How to calculate and file taxes on Commodities Trading using IRS Form 6781 – Gains and Losses From Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles.
Myths of Investing in Commodities
Many investors don't utilize commodities as an investment because of many misconceptions people have of commodities.
Commodity Brokers - Searching For A Commodity...
You will need to search for a commodity broker once you decide to start trading commodities. I have outlined the best places to search for commodities brokers and what to look for.
Commodity ETF - Investing in Commodities With a...
A commodity ETF is an exchange traded fund that invests in commodities through exchange traded futures contracts. The commodity ETF is a basket of commodities that is a simplified way to diversify your investment portfolio by investing in commodities.
Pros and Cons of Day Trading Futures
What is Day Trading in the Futures Markets? There are advantages and disadvantages to day trading futures. We also list the best markets for day trading futures; including t-notes, soybeans, crude oil, japanese yen and the euro fx.
What's the Right Time to Buy a Call Option?
This article explains the strategy of buying a call option in the futures and commodity markets, when to use this option, and the risks and benefits.
Buying a Put Option
The strategy of buying a put option in the futures and commodity markets. When to use this option strategy, the risks and benefits compared to buying a futures contract.
How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Trade...
I often get asked - how long does it take to learn how to trade commodities? That is a tough question to answer. The short answer is that a diligent person can learn the basics of trading commodities in a couple months. The long answer is that it can take a lifetime to master.
What is a Commodity Broker
A commodity broker typically refers to the person who places commodity trades on behalf of his clients. The term commodity broker is also synonymous with the brokerage firm that handles commodity trades. For registration purposes, the brokerage firms are designated as Introducing Brokers(IB) or Futures Commission Merchants(FCM). The individuals are designated as Associated Persons (AP).
Margin Call
A margin call usually occurs when a client with a commodity trading account doesn't have sufficent funds in their account to cover the required margin to hold their positions.
Gold Futures Profile
Profile of Gold futures including contract specs, gold fundamentals, gold reports and trading ideas for gold futures.
Soybean Futures Profile
Fundamental research of soybean futures, including contract specs, USDA reports and tips on how to trade soybeans in the commodities markets.
Which Commodities Should You Trade?
One of the first steps in trading commodities is finding out which commodities you should be trading.
What are Commodities
The simplest answer to the question what are commodities is - commodities are the raw ingredients or components of almost everything we consume or use in our everyday life. Some of the most common commodities are corn, wheat, gold, silver, copper, oil, gas, cattle, sugar, coffee and cotton.
Why Are There Multiple Quotes for Sugar Markets?
The two sugar futures markets that are traded include world sugar #11 and U.S. sugar #16. You may be surprised to find out that the U.S. sugar price is substantially higher that the world sugar prices – sometimes twice as much. I would like to say that the U.S. produces the Rolls Royce of sugar, but all the sugar is virtually the same around the world. The discrepancy in prices is due to fat subsidies and a tariff program that supports U.S. sugar farmers.
What is an Introducing Broker
An Introducing Broker (IB) is an industry term for a commodity broker or futures broker. In essence, an introducing broker is a brokerage firm that deals directly with the client, while the trade execution and back office work is left to the Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) - commonly known as a clearing firm.
Researching the USDA Crop Progress Reports
The USDA releases weekly crop progress reports during the growing season on the current status of crops in the U.S. These reports reveal vital information for commodity investors as they get an unbiased view of how well crops are developing during the growing season. Commodity investors tend to focus mainly on corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton when they analyze the USDA weekly crop reports, which are released every Monday.
How To Research Commodities
Researching commodities is a very broad topic and there is no simple procedure that works for every commodity trader. In fact, do not expect to become an expert and sift through mounds of data when researching commodities. You just want enough information to make rational trading decisions.
Should You Trade Futures Contracts or Options?
Futures and options both have their pros and cons. Experienced traders often use both futures and options, depending on the situation. Some traders like to focus one or the other. It is best to fully understand the characteristics of each in order to decide how to trade commodities.
Selling Options in the Futures and Commodities...
An explanation of selling options in the futures and commodities markets. Selling futures options is an option strategy used by many professional commodity traders.
Copper Stocks - Investing In Copper Mining Stocks
Copper mining stocks are a good way to invest in the copper market. They can be more conservative than copper futures and copper etfs. A list of the largest publicly traded copper mining stocks is included.
Grain opportunities for the future- Wheat
Wheat is one of the most political commodities in the world. Given that the price of wheat is currently less than half the level it was in 2008 there are opportunities.
Commodity Risk- Counterparty concentration and...
There are a myriad of risks in the world of commodities. In this article I look at counter party concentration and counter party default risk.
Corn Futures
Fundamental research of corn futures, including contract specs, USDA reports and tips on how to trade corn in the commodity markets.
Where do Commodities Trade?
Commodities trade on regulated futures exchanges including the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange and ICE Futures US.
Creating a Commodity Trading Plan
A Trading Plan is an essential component that must be in place before you begin trading commodities. We will go over the main features of a trading plan and how to create a commodity trading plan.
Copper Futures
Profile of copper futures; covering copper futures contract specs, copper reports, copper fundamentals and trading ideas for copper futures.
Gas Futures Profile
Profile of RBOB Gasoline futures including contract specs, gas fundamentals, gas reports and trading ideas for gas futures.
Benefits and Dangers of Online Commodities...
Online commodities trading has many benefits to commodity traders, but it also has many dangers to the novice trader.
Working as a Commodity Broker or Opening a...
Most commodity brokers and traders who have reached some type of success often think about opening their own brokerage firm at some point in their career. The pay is usually much better, but there is also a lot more work and responsibility. Each person has to realize their strengths and weaknesses and weather opening a commodities brokerage firm is the right choice.
The Good and Bad Types of Commodity Brokerage...
There are good and bad types of commodity brokers to work for. We examine how you can determine whether you are looking at a good or bad brokerage firm.
Review of Secrets of Traders by Larry Levin
Secrets of Traders by Larry Levin provides a futures trading course to help traders learn how to trade the e-mini S&P and commodities. The trading program includes a Futures Trading Manual, several DVDs, a mental trading course and one on one trading help with Larry Levin.
USDA Grain Stocks Report
Read and understand the key components of the USDA grain stocks report.
Stop Limit Orders – The Good And The Bad...
A stop limit order is a combination of a stop market order and a limit order. It is activated when the price touches your designated price. A stop limit to buy is placed above the market and a stop limit to sell is placed below the current market price.
The Short Side Of Commodities - How To Sell...
Selling a commodity is just as simple as buying a commodity. Here is a simple explanation of why and how commodity traders can make money selling commodities.
The Best Time to Buy Commodities
Commodity prices tend to move higher during periods of inflation. Sometimes the economy exhibits high levels of inflation, as the late 1970’s is a prime example. Interest rates approached 18 percent to combat the high levels of inflation and commodity prices reached record highs during this period. Not all periods of inflation are this extreme, but commodities can perform well during periods of mild inflation.
Commodities and Risk
The main reason why commodities are considered risky is that commodities are traded in futures contracts and they are highly leveraged. A commodity trader normally only has to put up 5 to 20 percent of the contract value to control the commodity investment.
Crude Oil: Brent versus WTI
The price differential between Brent and WTI crude oil can be volatile. This article explains the difference and price volatility between them.
What is an Online Trading Platform
Learn about online trading platforms for commodity and futures traders. A trading platform allows commodity traders to place trades electronically from their own computer. The software program allows trades exection, account monitioring, quotes and charts, and other features for traders.
Review of Online Futures Broker Generic Trade
Review of Online Futures Broker - Generic Trade. This is an online futures broker that offers very low rates with no contingencies. That means there are no account minimums and you don't have to make a certain amount of trades to get their stated commission rate.
Lean Hogs Profile
Fundamental research of lean hog futures, including contract specs, USDA reports and tips on how to trade lean hogs in the commodity markets.
Different Ways to Invest in Commodities
Commodities have become a more mainstream investment class in the last decade, primarily due to the fact the commodities have performed much better than other investments. Today, investors have many new sources to invest in commodities.
Commodities Trading and Technical Analysis
Technical analysis is often used among commodity traders. It is first important to understand the basics of technical analysis before trading commodities and then you can move on to more advanced technical methods.
Types of Commodity Trading Strategies
Commodity trading strategies are simply the basis for why and when you will buy and sell commodities. You should have some well thought out strategies before you begin trading commodities.
Sugar Futures Profile
Profile of Sugar futures including contract specs, sugar supply and demand fundamentals, and trading ideas for sugar futures.
Natural Gas Futures
Profile of Natural Gas futures including contract specs, natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, and trading ideas for natural gas futures.
Trading Commodity Spreads
Many professional commodity traders focus on trading spreads. A spread involves the simultaneous buying of one commodity and the selling of the same or similar commodity. Using spreads often cuts down on the risk of buying a straight commodity position.
Keys to Trading Corn Futures
Trading corn futures can be fairly subdued during the winter months, while the summer months are not for the faint of heart. Corn is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. This growing season is when most of the action in corn prices take place. The winter months usually deal with demand and how much of the harvested crop is sold on a weekly basis. The summer months often have a barrage of weather problems that can keep corn traders on edge with every updated weather report.
What Size of Account Should You Use?
What size of account should you start with to trade commodities? They can range from $2,000 and up.
Put Option
Put option definition and uses in trading commodities and futures.
Is it Possible to Trade Commodities for a Living?
Trading commodities for a living is a dream for most new traders, but a dream is a far thing from reality. We will discuss some of the things you can do to prepare for a full time trading career and decide if you are prepared for such a venture.
Review of At The Open - An E-Mini S&P 500...
DayTradeToWin.com offers an e-course or trading methodology for trading the e-mini s&p; 500 futures contract. At The Open tends to get you into the market in the direction of the daily trend without chasing the market.
Understanding Limit Orders
Explanation of the when, how and why to use a limit order in trading commodity futures and options.
Becoming a Successful Commodity Broker
Learn the steps that it takes to become a successful commodity broker. You have to open accounts, trade the commodities markets and service your clients.
Commodity Risk- Country default and cross-asset...
There are a myriad of risks in the world of commodities. In this article we examine country default and cross-asset market risk.
Paper Trading - Learn How To Paper Trade...
Paper trading commodities and futures may be one of the best ways to learn how to trade without putting any money at risk. Paper trading may not be completely realsitic since no money is at risk, but paper trading is is one of the best tools to learn how to trade commodities and futures.
TradeStation Securities
Review of TradeStation Securities, which is an online futures broker that executes trades on futures, stocks and options.
What Commodities Can You Trade
There are developing political, economic and weather issues occurring everyday around the world that causes prices of commodities to move higher and lower. While opportunities seem endless to make money in commodities, only select commodities are available for direct investment.
Moving Averages for Trading Commodities
Moving averages are one of the most popular technical studies used in commodity and stock trading. The most commonly used technique of moving averages is for purposes of determining the trend of the market as well as finding support and resistance levels.
Books On Day Trading Futures
There are several good books out there on day trading the commodities and futures markets. There are also many bad and misleading books that cause traders more trouble than they are worth. Below are some of the best books that I have read on day trading futures. Some of the books include a complete day trading plan, while others mainly discuss specific trading strategies.
Commodities and a Futures Contract – How...
What are the differences between commodities and a futures contract?
Cotton Futures Profile and Cotton Futures Trading
Profile of cotton futures, including contract specs, cotton fundamentals, cotton trading ideas and cotton market reports.
Livestock: Cattle
The article examines the history of cattle, trading in live cattle futures and how various events impact the price of beef.
Larry Williams - How I Made One Million Dollars...
Book review of How I Made One Million Dollars Trading Commodities Last Year by Larry Williams. He discuses the strategies he used in his commodity trading as well as other helpful advice on trading commodities.
Crude Oil- Processing Spreads
This article describes how crude oil is refined into many different oil products including gasoline, heating oil as well as other products that are used every day. Crack spreads- the economics of refining oil into products, is explained.
Trading Energy Futures
The energy commodities are some of the most active and popular commodities to trade. Crude oil is the most popular contract, but unleaded gas, heating oil and natural gas are also very popular. They all offer great trading opportunities throughout the year, especially during certain seasonal times.
Wheat Futures Profile
Wheat futures fundamental research including contract specs, types of wheat, commodity exchanges traded and trading tips on wheat futures.
Grain opportunities for the future- Soybeans
There was a big soybean crop in the past two years. The price has dropped but this year's crop is not certain therefore soybeans now offer upside opportunity.
Where To Find Futures Options Quotes
Futures Option Quotes is often more difficult than one might expect. Here is one online source that offers free online futures quotes on most commodity and futures markets.
Trading Commodities with RSI and Momentum...
Momentum indicators are widely used by commodity traders to measure when a market is overbought or oversold. For traders who live by the old adage of buying low and selling high, momentum indicators are often a critical part of their trading arsenal.
How To Begin Learning About Commodities
Someone who has never invested in commodities and has little understanding of the investment opportunities available must start somewhere to begin an education on the commodity markets. Commodities are very simple by nature, but the investment process can be more complicated. The first thing to learn is to begin with the basics of what a commodity is.
Commodities - Buy Low and Sell High
Buying low and selling high seems like a fairly simple concept when it comes to trading commodities, but the lines can be blurry on whether the price of a commodity is low or high.
How Much of Your Portfolio Should be Invested...
Commodities have become more of a mainstream investment since the turn of the century and it makes sense to allocate more of an investment portfolio into commodities. Commodities don’t pay dividends, but they also don’t go bankrupt. Commodities help diversify an overall investment portfolio, but the allocation really depends on how you plan on investing in commodities.
Futures Option Straddle – Option Strategy...
An option straddle is the simultaneous purchase of a call and put option normally at the same strike price. If you were ever expecting a big move in a commodity but didn’t know which direction, the option straddle might be the right strategy to use.
Futures and Option Quotes Plus Commodity Charts
Quote and charts page for all actively traded commodity futures markets. You will find all the direct links to quotes on futures and option pages as well as charts on all commodity markets.
Would You Rather Be A Commodity Broker Or Stock...
There is no doubt that the term stockbroker is much more familiar to most people than the term commodity broker. There are also about ten times more licensed stockbrokers than there are commodity brokers. Both brokers do similar jobs, but the commodity broker has a much more specialized profession.
Understanding Stop Orders
Stop order can be used to limit losses when trading commodities or to initiate positions on momentum.
Where to Find Commodities Research
Looking for information to research commodities to make trading decisions is not always an easy task. Commodities are not as mainstream an investment as stocks, so you have to look a little deeper to find the latest news and research. The good news is that there is plenty of research on commodities, but you just have to know where to find it.
Making a Living as a Commodity Broker
The fact is that many new commodity brokers struggle to make a living. Most new brokers work on a commission basis and some receive a token salary just to pay the basic bills. Getting through the first six months can be painful, but it will take some hard work and talent to make a career as a commodity broker.
List of Most Current Futures Margin Rates
This is the most recent listing of futures margin rates for trading commodity futures. It should be used as an example, since many futures brokers will have different futures margins and they do change with market conditions.
Commodity Risk- Accounting, Compliance and...
There are so many risks present in the world of commodities. This article describes accounting, Compliance and Correlation Risks
Opportunities for the future- Sugar
The price of sugar is close to multi-year lows. Demographics and a strong El Nino this year could cause a recovery in the price of the sweet commodity.
Commodities in Brazil
Brazil has become a major player in commodities during the last couple decades. The country is a major producer of coffee, soybeans, corn, sugar, and orange juice. The rapid increase in agriculture production in the last few decades from Brazil has probably prevented massive shortages to world inventories.
Coffee Futures Profile
Profile of Coffee futures including contract specs, coffee supply and demand fundamentals, and trading ideas for coffee futures.
Trading Coffee Futures
Coffee is one of the more interesting commodities to trade. It is also usually one of the more volatile. Coffee is a member of the softs complex and most of these commodities are prone to wild swings in price.
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin...
Book Review of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre. The book covers the trading exploites of legendary trader Jesse Livermore. He was one of the best traders in stocks and commodities in the early 1900s.
Stop Loss Orders Help Manage Risk in Commoditie...
Stop loss orders are a key component to your success in trading commodities and futures. Stop losses help to limit your risk and keep you disciplined when trading.
Commodity Brokers - Online or Full Service?
Commodity brokers have the option of focusing on an online trading business or a full service business. The margins are much smaller when it comes to online trading, but there is less work and stress. When it comes to full service, the commissions are much higher but a broker has to offer a useful service.
Silver Futures Profile
Profile of Silver futures including contract specs, silver fundamentals, silver reports and trading ideas for silver futures.
Platinum versus Gold: Both precious metals but...
Platinum and gold are both precious metals. Due to its rare nature, platinum is historcially more expensive than gold. However, there are times when the opposite is true.
Trading Commodities As A Commodity Broker
Trading commodities is a major part of being a commodity broker. Online commodity trading has become increasingly popular with investors making their own decisions, but demand by new commodity investors to have someone manage their trades will never go away. Therefore, it is important to learn everything you can about the commodity markets and trading if you want to be a commodity broker.
Trend Following in Commodities Trading
Trend Following is a very effective trading strategy in the commodity and futures markets.
Avoid the High Pressure Sales Pitch From a...
Some commodity brokers will use a high pressure sales pitch to get prospective commodity traders to open an account. You should recognize the signs and avoid these commodity brokers.
Precious Metals- Gold
The article examines gold's role as a commodity and as a financial asset.
Trading Futures with Options
With the combination of futures and options, a trader is able to come up with just about any type of strategy for trading a market. Utilizing options with futures usually makes a trade more conservative, but sometimes you can actually make more profits than using just one instrument.
USDA Prospective Plantings Report
The USDA releases the Prospective Plantings report at the end of March each year. The report tells us how many acres are expected to be planted of each crop for the upcoming season.
Commodity Trading Strategy Beats Buy and Hold...
Commodity trading has produced superior returns over history compared to a buy and hold strategy for commodities.
Online Commodity Broker Or Full Service...
Does a full service commodity broker have an advantage over an online commodity broker? Or, are the lower commission rates with an online commodity broker such a large factor that the savings on commissions far outweigh the benefits of using a full service commodity broker?
Electronic Trading Versus Pit Trading
Commodity traders still have the option of using pit trading or electronic trading in several commodity markets. The ICE futures exchange has increased its presence in recent years and it is completely electronic - no pit trading. The old school thought is that pit trading is the most efficient form of price discovery, but it is hard to deny the benefits of electronic trading. So, which is better?
Trading Commodity Seasonal Trends
Seasonality often plays a part in determining prices for commodities in regular cycles throughout the year. Normal increases and decreases in supply and demand for particular commodities seem to occur every year in fairly consistent patterns.
Cocoa Futures Profile
Profile of Cocoa futures including contract specs, cocoa crops, cocoa supply and demand fundamentals, and trading tips for cocoa futures.
Investing in Silver Eagle Coins
One of the best ways to actually get your hands on silver is to buy silver coins or bullion. There are better and more efficient ways to invest in silver, but many people like to have the physical asset in their possession. Actually, many people purchase silver for financial protection against runaway inflation or an economic catastrophe.
The Pros and Cons of Ethanol
At first glance, ethanol seems to make sense. It is a clean burning fuel and it is better for the environment than gasoline, but things aren’t always what they seem. Ethanol solves one problem but it might be creating several larger and unintended problems.
National Futures Association - Regulating the...
The National Futures Association is a self regulating organization for the futures industry. The NFA creates and enforces rules and regulations on commodity and futures brokers and other futures professionals who deal with the public.
Nadex - Another Way to Trade Commodities
Nadex is a commodity exchange regulated by the CFTC, which trades binary options on commodities like gold, silver, oil corn and soybeans. The contract are an all or nothing outcome, similiar to a bet where you either win it all or lose it all.
Interactive Brokers Review and Profile
A review of Interactive Brokers where the focus is on the online futures broker part of their business. We are looking for low commission rates, trading platform, research and overall quality of this futures broker to report to our readers.
Dr Alexander Elder - Come Into My Trading Room...
Book review of Come Into My Trading Room - A Complete Guide to Trading by Dr. Alexander Elder. The psychology of trading is discussed as well as his Triple Screen System and the techniques he uses to trade futures and stocks.
Calendar Spreads
The article describes intra-commodity spreads or calendar spreads in commodities. These spreads are the favorite tool of many professional traders who watch and trade them as they spotlight changes in market fundamentals.
Fibonacci Trading by Carolyn Boroden
Book review of Fibonacci Trading – How to Master the Time and Price Advantage by Carolyn Boroden. The book details an explanation of Fibonacci ratios and how to use them in trading commodities.
Grain opportunities for the future- Corn
After two straight years of bumper corn crops the price of corn is far below the levels seen in 2012. A third year of a bumper crop is not a guaranty.
Understanding the Continuous Commodity Index
What is the Continuous Commodity Index (CCI) and what commodities make up the index? The CCI dates back to 1957 and was formerly known as the CRB Index.
Specializing in Trading One Commodity
Some commodity traders make a good living from focusing on trading a single commodity. There are about 30 commodities that are fairly actively traded, but it is difficult to keep up with all the commodities and trade them. Some traders like the expanded range of opportunities if they follow many commodities, but a good case can be made for specializing in one commodity.
Copper
This article describes the copper market and how the price of copper can be viewed as an indicator of global economic growth or contraction.
Knowing When To Take Profits in Commodities
Many commodity traders often fall into the trap of not knowing when to take profits on their commodity trades. Sometimes they take profits too quickly and other times they hold out for a big move and their quick profit turns into a loss. Knowing when to get out of a trade can often be very difficult, but there are some easy steps to take that will help alleviate this problem.
Coffee: A volatile year-to-year commodity
This article looks at coffee, where it trades and two types of coffee Arabica and Robusta.
Listing of all the Agriculture Commodity ETFs
This is a listing and description of all the agriculture commodity exchange traded funds. The ETFs include crops and livestock. The most common agriculture products in the funds are the grains: corn, soybeans and wheat.
The Logical Trader by Mark Fisher
Book review of The Logical Trader by Mark Fisher. The book details the ACD Trading Method that Mark Fisher has been using as a professional commodity trader.
How To Trade A Bull Call Option Spread
The Bull Call Spread is one of the most common futures option spreads. It is fairly easy to understand how the option spread works and to place this option trade.
Customer Segregated Funds - Protection for Your...
Customer segregated funds are held in seperate accounts from your broker for your protection. These funds are not to be comingled with the broker's accounts, but we recently saw a case with MF Global where regulations were broken.

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