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A Trader's First Book on Commodities: An Introduction to The World's Fastest Growing Market Hardcover – January 17, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0137015450 ISBN-10: 0137015453 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (January 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137015453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137015450
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carley Garner is Senior Market Analyst and Broker with DeCarley Trading and a columnist for Stocks & Commodities. The author of Commodity Options, Garner writes two widely distributed e-newsletters, The Stock Index Report and The Bond Bulletin.


Her work has been featured in Stocks & Commodities, Futures, Active Trader, Option Trader, Your Trading Edge, and PitNews Magazine. She has been quoted in media ranging from Reuters to Investor’s Business Daily and The Wall Street Journal. Garner provides free trading education to investors at www.decarleyrading.com.


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Senior Market Strategist and Broker, Stocks & Commodities Magazine Columnist and Author

Carley Garner is an experienced futures and options broker with DeCarley Trading, a division of Zaner, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also the author of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" (two editions) , "Currency Trading in the FOREX and Futures Markets", and "Commodity Options" published by FT Press, a division of Prentice Hall. Her e-newsletters, The DeCarley Perspective, and the Financial Futures Report, have garnered a loyal following; she is also proactive in providing free trading education.

Carley is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, from which she earned dual bachelor's degrees in both Finance and Accounting. Carley jumped into the options and futures industry with both feet in early 2004 and has become one of the most recognized names in the business.

Her fast paced career began in early 2004; since then, Carley has been featured in the likes of Stocks & Commodities, Futures, Active Trader, Option Trader, Your Trading Edge, Equities, Expiring Monthly and Pitnews Magazine. Carley is often interviewed by news services such as Reuters and Dow Jones Newswire, she has been quoted by the Investor's Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal, and her market analysis is often referenced on Jim Cramer's Mad Money on CNBC. She has also been known to participate in Radio interviews and can be found on the speaking circuit.

Visit www.DeCarleyTrading.com or www.CarleyGarnerTrading.com for more details.

Carley is looking forward to your feedback, she can be reached at 1-866-790-TRADE (8723)or cgarner@decarleytrading.com!

Customer Reviews

It appears evident that the author just rushed through this book.
This and her presenting the subject matter in a very readable prose makes the book a useful read and a good read.
A. Dent
This is a great first book for new traders that want to begin trading commodities.
Steve Burns

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. Brennan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2010
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On a 1-10 scale I would give my own knowledge of stocks a 7, bonds a 5 and commodities a 3. I am in the steel business, but steel is not traded like a commodity (though there have long been efforts to change that). I understand the general theory of how the commodities markets are supposed to work, but I ordered this book because I wanted to get a deeper understanding of how they function on a day to day basis. I was very pleased with the scope of this book and would recommend it to people who are considering getting involved, in a modest way, with commodities.

Please note though that one book, no matter the author's skill or breadth of knowledge, is NOT capable of turning anyone in to a professional commodities trader. Some of the negative reviews are both amusing and scary because they seem to be written by people who figured that they would just buy X commodity and suddenly become millionaires. I guess every market (and poker) relies to some extent on Darwinism - it's the amateurs that end up making the pros rich.

I think that Ms. Garner manages to successfully steer a course down the middle in terms of providing enough broad, general, information for newbies, while still including some actionable technical information which would allow you to start trading immediately (if unsuccessfully).

At the end of the day, commodities trading isn't for me. Between a full-time job and other activities, I don't have the time left to devote hours and hours to do the research that might possibly allow me to be a successful dabbler in commodities. Nor do I have the ability to constantly watch the markets to catch the rapid rise and falls that provide brief trading opportunities. This book helped to convince me that commodities trading is best left to others. It is this conclusion that perhaps is worth far more than the purchase price of this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Finkel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2010
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"A Trader's First Book on Commodities" is an overarching introduction to the US commodities futures market. Everything from contract size and pricing to choosing a broker is covered. Unfortunately the author covers each topic in such poor depth that I would only recommend this book to someone completely unfamiliar with commodities and futures contracts.

I approached the book expecting to be firmly within the target audience, given the title. However any trader, even one without experience in commodities, would find little of value in this book. Furthermore, I cannot imagine this book helping anyone make money trading commdities. The author makes no attempt to discuss research, data, analytics, mathematics, stochastics, etc. Some of the 'facts' brought up are even dismissed by the author as mere guesses. For example, the author mentions that the top 20% of brokers bring in 80% of the commissions, with the caveat that this estimation has absolutey no basis. Isn't it the role of the author to do research and present information that is both relevant and accurate?

On the positive side, the book is exceedingly approachable. The author makes a great effort to organize the book sensibly and to spell out every detail. I've seen similar books that gloss over too much terminology and get bogged down in too many ill-conceived attempts at explaining the technical aspects of trading. "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" proves a quick and easy read. I imagine it could be a great introduction into the world of commodities or finance in general for the completely uninitiated. Still, the shallow depth (even for an introductory text) is a major negative.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By XNOR VINE VOICE on April 14, 2010
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Just like stocks - you can trade on fundamentals or on technicals & psychology
- Fundamentals as in What affects cotton prices ? Which are the international markets, consumers, producers, plant diseases, climatic conditions... how to sense the demand ... Can be a huge thesis in itself.
- Technicals as in Charts, moving averages, Candle stick charting (Infact Candle stick charting first originated from Rice trading in Japan in the 1800s)

Well, that is not what this book is about - this book is exactly what it says in the title - it is an introduction to what you are getting into, what you need to be cautious about and what are the different terminology, futures, options, hedging.

The book starts off on a cautious note on the rise of Commodity prices in 2007-2008 and the crash there after - the F&O market led the oil prices spike to $147 in mid of '08 and came crashing to $31 in less than an year. Nobody could have predicted this and traders whom we see on CNBC are probably who have just caught this by a streak of luck rather than intelligent predictions - so for most of us, it is better to be conservative and hedge our risks and play by emotional discipline rather than moving with bold predictions.

Then the book gets into details of hedging risks, 5-year, 10-year notes, bit on the technical analysis, then about individual commodities.

Overall, if you are starting off on commodity trading - this is definitely a book to begin with and you will end this book with a thirst to read more
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