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Product Details

  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Squantum Publishing Company (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965659305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965659307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent book for investors and non-investors alike." -- West Coast Review of Books

"Covers all the basics with wit and without excess jargon. The author neither encourages nor discourages trading in futures and doesn't have a 'system' to sell.

There is also an unbiased and excellent analysis of Hillary Clinton's success in trading commodities many years ago." -- Reader Comment

"Describes with simple detail in a language easy to understand the secrets of commodity investments and how they work." -- Rapport Magazine

"Especially recommended for potential commodity trading investors, students, and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in U.S. and global economic markets." -- Midwest Book Review

FUTURES 101 was named recipient of a 1998 Book of the Year Award by the North American Bookdealers Exchange. -- National book award

V.I.P Review: "FUTURES 101 is the most understandable book for explaining the basics about commodities that I've ever read." -- Welles Wilder

V.I.P. Review: "This is the most understandable book explaining the basics about futures I have ever read." -- Welles Wilder

From the Author

I am pleasantly surprised and gratified by the interest and sales of FUTURES 101. Too many people lose money when trading and the main reason may be ignorance of how the system works. And the dangers involved. I am not associated with any brokerage or anyone in the futures business other than as a client, and when I first traded commodities some years ago I could not find a beginners book that explained things comfortably to me. The very few available were too technical or too abrupt and left me confused or unsatisfied. Later after some years of trading with mixed results I remembered the difficulties encountered in the beginning and since I had learned a fair amount about trading by trial and error, I decided to write a short explanation booklet to benefit others. I also wanted to write it in a style that would not put the reader asleep. The more I wrote the more I found needed to be covered and the result was a full book that has found an international sales niche, much of it through referrals. In summary, it was fun to write and I hope it benefits those looking to understand futures trading.

Dick Waldron


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Customer Reviews

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Geoffrey Allan Plauché
The guy has a gift for explaining what could be confusing in a very straight forward manner that will also stick in your head.
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This book is a FANTASTIC first book to read about commodities trading.
Keith Vallely

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is for those who know nothing or virtually nothing about commodity futures. If you already know even a little about commodity futures, this book is not for you. It is just a foundation. You will not be ready to trade commodity futures after you read this book (and the author does not pretend that you will be), but you will be ready to go on to more in-depth research. The book is light, quick reading.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chang on December 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is:
1) ONLY for non-futures traders looking to understand the art of commodity trading,
2) illustrating step-by-step of when, what, who, and how of futures trading,
3) depicting how you can win or loss BIG from futures.
This book isn't:
1) an advice on how to WIN,
2) a tool on how to beat the system.
Since I am a bystander looking to investing in the futures, this is a great book to begin. A perfect Futures for Dummies.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
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A great book to start out with. The first few chapters were a bit basic, however the meat of the book is in the middle chapters. It offers great unbiased, factual information. While this book alone is not strong enough to start trading on, it lays the perfect foundation to build from. Definately recommeded for the beginning trader/speculator.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2004
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Neophytes will not find a better explanation of the futures market. How it works, what it is, terms and what they mean. The guy has a gift for explaining what could be confusing in a very straight forward manner that will also stick in your head. You learn more than you think.

I do find the typewriter look to the text annoying. Which is why it is only 4 stars.

And this is a book for someone knowing little or nothing about the futures or commodity markets. But it will get you up to speed very quickly and painlessly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
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This book is great for getting started in futures. It prepares the reader for more advanced books on derivatives. Never boring, with great examples and easy to understand. Before reading anything really sophisticated this book is a must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
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This book should have a subtitle: "Everything you wanted to know about futures but were afraid to ask". I received the book around noon, finished up work around five, and the book around ten that night. A delightful work that refreshed my understanding of the whys and wherefores of the futures markets. Written in a witty, wry style, it kept my interest all the way through. Truly broke down and explained in reasonable -- often humerous -- terms a number of mysteries that had never been satisfactorily answered in several other books I've read on the subject. In publishing parlance, a real page-turner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keith Vallely on March 30, 2007
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This book is a FANTASTIC first book to read about commodities trading. Will it show you how to develop a Chart? NO. Will it teach you how to feel a market? NO. Will it give you the skills to begin trading as a beginner, paper trading or otherwise? NO. But what it will do, and it is a fantastic book for this... It will give the reader, especially a novice/beginner or a person who is interested in exploring "commodities" trading a good base of knowledge, in a simple and uncomplicated way. It will make clear what trading is, what are the ground rules, how it works in theory, and what you will need to do and emulate, to see any success in this complex and interesting field. I have purchased this book 7 or 8 times for several of my friends who 'want to know' what commodities trading is. The explanation of leverage, the concepts of 'longs and shorts' the idea of selling something (going short) is complex to the everyday person. Most people cannot imagine you can sell something (going short) without actually having something, and then buying later to fill your short. My wife is very smart, but she had "never knew" you could do such a thing. So, if you want to 'get the idea' of what commodities trading is, buy this book. It will not overwhelm you, but will help you understand enough (like putting your toe in the water of the pool) to determine if you want to jump in, or just wade in, or if you would rather find something 'less risky'.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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As a trading novice, I was looking for a book that would clearly explain commodity trading. This book gives the reader exactly that. It was easy to understand. The writer used an interesting writing style that was easy to follow. This book was just what I was looking for. Thank you Mr. Waldron.
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