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Futures Spread Trading: The Complete Guide Hardcover – May 3, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0934380485 ISBN-10: 0934380481

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wasendorf & Associates Inc (May 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934380481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934380485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Courtney Smith is well qualified to write the definitive guide to futures spread trading. His rich, lengthy and varied background in many aspects of the investment business is virtually unparalleled among financial authors. He is currently President of Courtney Smith & Co., a company which has provided investment management services for individuals and institutions since 1990.

He is also President and Chief Investment Officer of Pinnacle Capital Strategies, Inc., which manages hedge funds. The flagship fund is the Macro Fund which has built a compound return of over 23% per year for almost five years with virtually no correlation with the stock market or other hedge funds.

Mr. Smith is a world renowned writer and columnist. He writes a weekly column for the world’s most popular financial website, CBSMarketWatch.com. He is the editor of Courtney Smith’s Wall Street Winners Newsletter, an investment advisory newsletter with a circulation of over 32,000.

Mr. Smith is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Commodity Traders Consumer Reports (CTCR). CTCR is the premier tracking service for the futures industry as well as the most prestigious publication for futures trading insights. CTCR has been providing insights to the futures community since 1983.

He was also the Chief Investment Strategist of Orbitex Management. Inc. Orbitex manages and administers over $5 billion in mutual funds and portfolios for institutions and individuals.

Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Financial Services Inc., a $100 million futures and stock brokerage firm. Mr. Smith was First Vice President and Treasurer of the New York branch of Banca della Svizzera Italiana (BSI), a Swiss bank. At BSI, Mr. Smith managed mutual funds, client accounts, and was responsible for the trading activities of the New York Branch as well as trading and marketing fixed income and foreign exchange derivatives for the entire bank.

Mr. Smith was formerly Group Vice President in charge of Financial Derivatives at the French bank Banque Paribas, New York, and was Vice President and a Director of Research and Commercial Services for Paine Webber, Inc. Mr. Smith managed client accounts prior to joining Paine Webber.

Mr. Smith is the author of six books, including "Profits Through Seasonal Trading," (John Wiley & Sons, 1980), "Commodity Spreads," (John Wiley & Sons, 1981, and Traders Press, 1989), "How to Make Money in Stock Index Futures," (McGraw-Hill, 1985), "Seasonal Charts for Futures Traders," (John Wiley & Sons, 1987), and "Options Strategies" (John Wiley & Sons, 1996). Mr. Smith is also the author of chapters in several books.

Mr. Smith has been a featured speaker at investment conferences throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared many times on such national television shows as Wall Street Journal Report, and Moneyline as well as other shows on CBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNN, and CNNfn. He is a featured guest on CNBC.


More About the Author

Courtney Smith is the Chairman of the Investment Mentoring Institute, an organization devoted to building great investors. The Investment Mentoring Institute provides training and mentoring for individual and institutional investors in stocks, futures, and foreign exchange.

Courtney Smith is also President and Chief Investment Officer of Courtney Smith & Co, Inc. which manages money for institutions, family offices, and high-net individuals.

He is also the CEO and Chairman of Greater China Technology, Inc. a company which outsources software development to China.

He was the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist of Orbitex Management, Inc. during the late 1990's. Orbitex manages mutual funds and portfolios for institutions and individuals.

He was the editor of Courtney Smith's Wall Street Winners newsletter. This popular investment advisory newsletter ranked number one in performance by the Hulbert Digest.

Mr. Smith is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Commodity Trading Consumer Research (CTCR). CTCR has been providing insights to the futures community since 1983.

Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Financial Services, Inc., a futures and stock brokerage firm. Mr. Smith was First Vice President and Treasurer of the New York branch of Banca della Svizzera Italiana (BSI), a Swiss bank. At BSI, Mr. Smith managed mutual funds, client accounts, and was responsible for the trading activities of the New York branch as well as trading and marketing fixed income and foreign exchange derivatives for the entire bank. He was also responsible for the funding and balance sheet of the branch.

Mr. Smith was previously Group Vice President in charge of Financial Derivatives at the French bank Banque Paribas, New York, and was Vice President and a Director of Research and Commercial Services for PaineWebber, Inc. Mr. Smith managed client accounts prior to joining PaineWebber.

Mr. Smith is the author of six books, including Profits Through Seasonal Trading, (John Wiley & Sons, 1980), Commodity Spreads (John Wiley & Sons, 1981 and Traders Press, 1989), How To Make Money In Stock Index Futures (McGraw-Hill, 1985, paperback edition 1988), Seasonal Charts For Futures Traders (John Wiley & Sons, 1987), and Option Strategies (John Wiley & Sons, 1987, 2nd Edition 1996). Mr. Smith is also the author of chapters in several books.

He is on the board of directors of several unaffiliated corporations.

Mr. Smith has been a featured speaker at investment conferences throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on over 1000 TV shows since on such national television shows as Wall Street Journal Report, and Moneyline as well as other shows on CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNN, and CNNfn.

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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By -oo0(GoldTrader)0oo- on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Courtney Smith's textbook is specifically and comprehensive about spreads.
His whole book is about spreads and nothing but spreads. Probably the most useful Spread book from the fundamental perspective.
He has a lot to teach there is a lot to learn. It is the kind of book you'll keep in your spread-trading library. But will not by itself excite you to get up and trade.
It is comprehensive in that it stays on the subject like a dog with a bone, unlike Schwager's books that are all over the futures game.
He has a lot of experience and is well known in the field of spreads. This book is in my top ten Spread Traders library.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Su on November 7, 2005
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This book is great for the beginner who knows nothing at all about spreads but who desires to learn and also for the intermediate trader who wants a greater depth of knowledge. The information is quite comprehensive, and presented in language that is very readable. This book help me get an understanding of the fundamentals behind markets. It belongs in the library of every trader.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CornHead on February 18, 2011
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This book provides little more than a pedestrian introduction to commodity spreads. The book includes quite a bit of information that would best be left to other tomes: introduction to least squares regression (you would do better to use a Statistics 101 book), development of a trading system (get a book on trading systems/methods...), etc. The only material that I thought carried unique insight was the brief portion on EuroDollar Futures. There was only shallow discussion on analysis of futures patterns, or market tendencies. This book would only be useful if you know NOTHING about spreads.
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