Pete Nessler, CEO of FCStone Group, was raised in Chicago but earned his stripes in the grain fields of Iowa. Working with elevators and farmers, he helped turn Farmers Commodities Corp. from a group of co-ops into the international brokerage firm INTLFCStone that it is today.
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November Editor's Note from Ginger Szala.
How can I take advantage of a market that’s going to move, but I just don’t know which way? Trade movement using a strangle or a straddle.
Plentiful bounty may mean lower prices in many grains, but tight carry over and potential weather and transport issues globally could mean volatility. And then there’s the government shutdown.
Much as the Federal Reserve relies on “communication” and “forward guidance,” the task of clearly signalling its intentions to financial markets is not getting any easier in wake of the FOMC's surprise decision not to reduce asset purchases on Sept. 18.
Options strategies can be used to take advantage of fundamentally and seasonally driven price changes in the agricultural markets.
Hidden Markov models are making inroads into institutional trading. Their applications are broad. One, forecasting future indicator values, can give you an edge trading the currency and commodity markets.
W.D. Gann is well-known among trading gurus. However, we know little about the thought process behind his approach. Some believe Gann’s 1920s science-fiction novel, “The Tunnel Thru the Air,” contains the hints we seek.
At any given time, a sector or stock can experience a huge trend. Successful traders must not only identify these moves early on but also have a disciplined approach to trading them.
Options pricing models are one of trading’s most important tools. We examine the performance of two popular models in the modern softs market.
The past couple of years have been rough on experienced traders, not to mention emerging managers. In our annual review of new talent, here are three managers who successfully have ridden out the post-2008 aftershocks still affecting the business and markets.
Chad Burlet and Bob Otter became friends when Burlet directed the cash/futures convergence trade for Cargill and Otter executed Cargill’s soybean trades on the floor of the CBOT. More than 30 years later that friendship turned into a partnership leading to the creation of Third Street Ag in 2012.
Book review of "Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader: My Road, Valleys, and Peaks to Final Trading Victory" by Patrick Kelly
Book review of "The Trading Methodologies of W. D. Gann: A Guide to Building Your Technical Analysis Toolbox" by Leslie N. Masonson