Stocks & Commodities V. 26:13 (22-25): Tips & Tricks For Trading Commodities by Carley Garner

Stocks & Commodities V. 26:13 (22-25): Tips & Tricks For Trading Commodities by Carley Garner
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Tips & Tricks For Trading Commodities by Carley Garner

Discover some of the less talked about aspects of trading in this highly competitive market.

A quick trip through the finance aisle at your local bookstore will make you realize quickly that despite the fact that most Americans havenít been exposed to the world of futures trading, there is an abundance of material written on the subject. However, it seems as though a lot of what you read in those books or learn in seminars and courses donít apply in the real world. You can master each trading theory and memorize every technical formation, but turning that into live and profitable trades is a different story.

Sometimes the difference between success and failure lies in understanding how everything comes together to form the big picture. In this article, we are going to touch on some of the less talked about, but just as important, aspects of trading commodity options and futures. Without the basic knowledge of such things, you could be putting yourself and your trading account behind the eight ball.


One of my pet peeves is to hear people refer to trading commodities as an investment. Futures trading is not the same thing as investing; it is highly leveraged speculation on price movement. The risk is high, but so is the profit potential.

Some people argue that by properly funding an account to lessen the leverage aspect, futures trading becomes an investment. However, this can be misleading. Commodity prices fluctuate in a longterm price envelope; unlike the stock market, which has a long-term tendency to go up, commodities tend to trade in a range. Thus, a buy & hold technique doesnít infer success in commodities as it may in terms of stocks, and it creates a trading arena rather than an investment vehicle.

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