Futures For You

with Carley Garner

Carley Garner Portrait

Inside The Futures World
Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner responds to your questions about today’s futures markets. To submit a question, post your question at http://Message-Boards.Traders.com. Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C. Visit Garner at www.DeCarleyTrading.com. Her books Currency Trading In The Forex And Futures Markets; Commodity Options; and A Trader’s First Book On Commodities, are available from FT Press.

What are the advantages of trading forex and currency futures side by side?

If you’ve been a regular reader of this column or have had the opportunity to read my latest book Currency Trading In The Futures And Forex Markets, you might have gathered I favor currency speculation in the futures markets relative to forex. There are several arguments for and against each venue, but the safety of regulation and customer segregated funds offered to futures traders appeals to me. That said, there are certainly times in which having access to the forex markets can be beneficial.

Three instances in which traders can benefit from trading forex are when:

The optimal arrangement for traders is to use a brokerage firm capable of meeting its needs for both futures and forex trading within the same trading platform. Although funds are held in two separate accounts, once you are logged into the platform, everything is netted as if it were a single account. In addition, using the same broker for futures and forex opens the door to convenient transfers between the two accounts. Good luck!

Originally published in the July 2012 issue of Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2012, Technical Analysis, Inc.

Return to Contents