QuickScan: Commodity Trader's Almanac by Barbara Star
Both experienced and beginning traders looking for seasonal trading opportunities will find the 2012 edition of the Commodity Traderís Almanac published by John Wiley & Sons a welcome resource. Entering its sixth year of publication, coauthors Jeffrey Hirsch and John Person take this book beyond the realm of commodity trading. Even though it spotlights commodities, the Almanac links the underlying commodity to its closely related stock, index, currency, or sector counterpart. This unique perspective makes the Commodity Traderís Almanac equally valuable to stock, exchange traded fund (ETF), and forex traders.
The Almanac is hard-bound for durability but with an inner spiral binding that allows it to lie flat for a hands-free view of both pages. The book contains two major divisions. The first is a calendar section with its focus on the seasonal trade selections, while the second portion is given over to a historical databank and a directory of seasonal trading patterns.
The calendar section is formatted so that the page on the left provides analysis of the featured commodities. The page on the right displays a weekly calendar with reminders about entry and exit dates for seasonals soon to be, or already, in play, first notice day, last trading day, and option expirations, plus quotations from traders and others.