My name is David Duty and I am the author of Common Sense Commodities Courses for both the Futures and Options markets. I was a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) registered with the NFA (National Futures Association) before "retiring" to Panama in 2007. I've been teaching people to trade commodities and options since 1997 and my first course, Common Sense Commodities was rated the #1 course on the market to learn to trade.
How I got started in Commodities Trading Within a few weeks of buying my first mail order commodity trading course back in 1995, I got really excited about the potential that trading futures offered. I started out with a course that sold for $200 that promised it was everything I needed to know to learn to trade commodities. Then when I got the course it was grade school level at best. With the course came all these offers to buy other courses and videos that he had done. I ended up buying his complete package for about $5,000. I went through all the videos, audios, booklets, etc. that came with his course many times over the next few weeks. I felt invincible; like I could conquer the world. Sorry to say it; I was not prepared to trade at all, but I sure thought that I was ready.
An Expensive Lesson from the Commodity Market I opened up a small account with $10,000 and started trading. I thought I was so good and that this was so easy, that I didn’t even take the time to learn how to paper trade. You can probably guess what happened! Right, I lost it all in less than 60 days. I didn't have a clue about how to trade. What I did have was an expensive lesson. Over $15,000 if you include the "course material".
With great persistence (my wife calls it stubbornness), I decided to learn to trade correctly. Heck, I looked at it this way, if someone else can learn to trade profitably, then so can I. I was determined to do it. One reason I was so determined was that I hated what I was doing. I wanted out, I wanted a change, I wanted to do something fun and I wanted to work from home.
Simply put, I was burned out! Ever been there?
Then I remembered something that Zig Ziglar said:
"If you can't get 100% into what you are doing, then you'd better get 100% out of what you are doing."
Right then, I made a decision that changed my life. I decided to learn how to trade. I didn't care how long it took or what I had to do.
Learning to Trade Commodities - FOR REAL
I guess you could say that I went back to school; at least it felt like school. I read everything I could lay my hands on. I ordered so many courses, videos, audios, etc. that I had a hard time keeping up with all of it. I studied for hours on end for well over a year.
What was most confusing was all the conflicting information in the courses and books I was studying. One person said, do this, another said, don't do that, do this. I was getting frustrated. If all these authors we suppose to be experts, who should I listen to? Who should I trust? This was one of the most frustrating times of my life.
What I finally discovered was that almost all of them had some good information, something that I could learn from. Then I started compiling all this information into something useful. I paper-traded for months on end to see what worked, and just as important, what didn’t work. I then started narrowing all this down into something that made sense; at least to me anyway.
What I found was that I, and many others, tried to make trading too difficult. Once you know what you are doing, it's not that hard. As a matter of fact, all it takes is a little common sense and some practice.
Teaching Others How to Trade
Soon afterwards I rented a classroom and started teaching a class at the local college in Denver a couple of nights a week. What I found was that I loved teaching people how to trade. My students loved the class and were actually learning how to trade in just a few weeks of taking the course. They told me that I had a knack for this and should look at doing full-time.
The most amazing part of all of this was to see the students taking what I taught them in class and using it to trade profitably. I'll never forget the night that one of my students came to class and told me that he made $1,700 in the last four days because he traded a method that he learned my class the previous week. I knew right then that what I was teaching could be used by the average person.
It was then that I decided to expand my horizon and start teaching this course on a larger scale. I love doing this and I have to admit, I learn more by teaching than I ever dreamed possible.
Expect the Best with Common Sense Commodities
I know there are many people that write books, produce courses, give seminars besides me, and some of them have something worthwhile to say too. However the Internet seems to try and draw in people who see it as a way to just sell products, not to really help people. So, just be aware that not everything you read at some of these other sites is true. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are able to communicate with the author via email and phone when you want to. Drop them an email and see if they even reply. Matter of fact, drop me an email and see if I reply (I will). firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the CSC Futures Course What I have done is to compile information that I learned into one simple to understand 450 page printed "course". I call it "Common $ense Commodities" for a reason. I truly believe that I can teach you to trade using a little common sense and the methods outlined in the course. The course also comes with over ten hours of videos that you watch on your PC. The videos were done to show you step by step everything I teach you in the printed course. I discuss each step just like you were sitting next to me. My students often tell me that it's the best part of the course.
Common Sense Commodities written in a simple to understand format that I feel anyone can understand. I tell my students that it's the very foundation of trading. Where you take it from here is your choice. Look at learning to trade like you're building a house. Without a good foundation your house will not survive, and without a good trading foundation, your trading account won't survive. Take it from someone who knows first-hand.
If you are looking for a get rich quick "system" then I suggest that you look to someone else for your education. But I can tell you that there is no one "system" that you will find that will consistently work. How do I know? Because I've seen almost all the courses that are on the market and I hate to say it, but most of them are "bunk" and are being sold by people who have probably never even traded. They are out to just make a quick buck and then go on to something else that's "hot" at the moment. I've seen dozens and dozens to people that have done just that.
I'm into the Commodity Market for the Long Haul I've been teaching people to trade since 1997 and I'll probably be doing it for another ten years. Someone else did a survey of people who had purchased trading courses either off the Internet or at a seminar. They ask them to rate the courses in several categories like easy of understanding, useful information, quality of content, would you recommend it to a friend, etc. Common Sense Commodities was rated #1 in EVERY category and I'm proud of that. I spent over two years writing my first course and I'm very excited that people are learning how to trade, many fulltime, from what I teach.
Drop me an email if you have any questions and I will reply to it personally. I hope you enjoy my course and this web-site as much as I enjoyed doing it. I truly hope that someday I'll get to meet you in person and that you will share some of your successes.
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* Testimonials are not a guarantee of future success. All information is for educational use only and is not investment advice. Trading financial instruments, including Stocks, Futures, Forex or Options on margin, carries a high level of risk and is not suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you. Before deciding to invest in any of these financial instruments you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. Only risk capital should be used for trading and only those with sufficient risk capital should consider trading. The possibility exists that you could sustain losses exceeding your initial investment. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading and seek advice from an independent financial adviser if you have any doubts. Past performance, whether actual or hypothetical, is not necessarily indicative of future results. All depictions of trades whether by video or image are for illustrative purposes only and not a recommendation to buy or sell any particular financial instrument and do not factor in trading costs in trading examples due to varying commission and fees among traders. The impact on market prices due to seasonal, market cycles or news events may already be reflected in the price. See full risk disclosure. See full risk disclosure.