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Carley Garner

Senior Market Analyst and Broker, Stocks & Commodities Magazine Columnist and Author.

Carley is the author of "A Trader's First Book on Commodities" and “Commodity Options” published by FT Press, a division of Prentice Hall.  Her e-newsletters, The Stock Index Report and the Bond Bulletin, are widely distributed by DeCarley Trading and have garnered a loyal following; she is also proactive in providing free trading education, for details visit

Carley Garner 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.


Throughout her fast paced career, Carley has been featured in the likes of Stocks and Commodities, Futures, Active Trader, Option Trader, Your Trading Edge, and Pitnews Magazine.  Carley is often interviewed by news services such as Reuters and Dow Jones Newswire, and has been quoted by the Investor’s Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal.  She has also been known to participate in Radio interviews. 


How to create a Synthetic Put by Carley Garner

The term synthetic is often used to describe a manmade object designed to imitate or replicate some other object.  Futures and options traders can do the same thing by creating a trading vehicle through a combination of futures and options to replicate another trading instrument... READ MORE

How to Calculate Profit and Loss in Agricultural Futures by Carley Garner 

One of the most frustrating aspects of trading commodities is getting comfortable with how each contract is quoted, what the point value or multiplier of each contract is and most importantly how to calculate the profit, loss and risk of a trade... READ MORE 

How to Swing Trade with Options by Carley Garner

Being privy to the options and futures markets along with trial and error has nurtured a respect and an in depth understanding of the markets.  I hope that our readers will allow themselves to step out of the box when it comes to option trading and look toward the potential of trading aggressive option spreads... READ MORE

How to Place an Order with your Commodity Broker by Carley Garner

Before calling your broker you should have a good idea of what you would like to do.  Naturally, if you are paying for her service you will be able to ask questions and request opinions in regards to the strategy and market speculation... READ MORE

Day trading: Risk Averse need not Apply by Carley Garner

Traders are often lured to into the futures markets with a fascination for day trading.  The thought of trading leveraged contracts without overnight risk is appealing to many, but underestimated by most.  As a retail broker I have had the pleasure, and the pain, of watching day traders attempt to profit through strategies ranging from scalping to "position" intra-day trading which spans several hours... READ MORE

What you need to Know about Choosing a Broker by Carley Garner

Aside from charting tools and market research, there are two important but often overlooked decisions for a trader to make; choosing a brokerage firm and a specific broker.  Each of these decisions are capable in having a profound impact in your overall trading results and you owe it to yourself to take the time to make an educated judgment... READ MORE

Introduction to Option Selling by Carley Garner

Options offer traders an unlimited number of strategies with various levels of risk and reward.  Unfortunately, many retail traders are stuck in a long option only "rut" and may not be aware of the potential flexibility offered by alternative option strategies... READ MORE