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Four Seasons Commodities Corporation
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Steve DeCook is primarily responsible for the trading decisions and strategies employed by Four Seasons Commodities Corporation in the Hawkeye Spread Program. The Hawkeye Spread Program primarily trades in futures spreads or in futures and options spreads. The program seeks to potentially capture profits based on Four Season Commodities Corporation’s assessment of the relative value of two related agricultural futures or options contracts. The trading method is proprietary, and uses supply and demand analysis and seasonal trend analysis, among other strategies.
Malinda Goldsmith is primarily responsible for the trading decisions and strategies employed by Four Seasons Commodities Corporation in the Lone Star Program. The Lone Star Program seeks to potentially capture profits using futures and options in agricultural futures, is proprietary, and more directional in nature. Four Seasons Commodities Corporation utilizes flat price futures trading, spreads, and may either buy or sell outright positions in the options market.
Generally speaking, the time frame for trades in the Lone Star Program is likely to be shorter than for trades in the Hawkeye Spread Program. The absolute number of trades (not necessarily contracts per trade) is likely to be higher in the Lone Star Program, thus total margin requirement and commission generation is likely to be higher as well. Specific risk management principles may vary between the programs. Although trade selection in the programs may be similar or even occasionally exactly the same in the Hawkeye Spread Program and the Lone Star Program, actual entry or exit points or date of trade execution may differ between the programs.
Even though Steve DeCook is primarily responsible for the Hawkeye Spread Program and Malinda Goldsmith is primarily responsible for the Lone Star Program, both programs reflect the analysis, information sources and input of both persons. As a result, each program has certain basic common elements:
Primarily Agricultural Futures & Options
Each program trades primarily in the agricultural futures and options. Please note, however, that the markets in which Four Seasons Commodities Corporation will trade may grow and there are no restrictions on such growth. In fact, Four Seasons Commodities Corporation may, in the future, trade nonagricultural futures and options on occasion. The preference of a trade will depend upon which market Four Seasons Commodities Corporation determines will provide the best potential opportunities for profit.
Four Seasons Commodities Corporation will consider "fundamental" analysis. Four Seasons Commodities Corporation looks at fundamental factors that affect the supply and demand of a particular commodity in order to predict future prices. As an example, some of the fundamental factors that affect the supply of a commodity (e.g., corn) include the acreage planted, crop conditions such as drought, flood, and disease; strikes affecting the planting, harvesting, and distribution of the commodity; and the previous year's crop carryover. The demand for commodities such as corn consists of domestic consumption and exports and is a product of many things, including general world economic conditions, as well as the cost of corn in relation to the cost of competing products such as soybean meal. In addition, Four Seasons Commodities Corporation reviews historical and seasonal patterns which may indicate the direction the market may move in the future.
Four Seasons Commodities Corporation's analysis also looks at certain technical factors such as the price of a commodity in relation to its price during previous periods, open interest, and volume. These factors are generally used by Four Seasons Commodities Corporation to assist in determining when to liquidate positions.
Effective risk management is a crucial aspect of each trading program. With the goal of limiting potential loss, Four Seasons Commodities Corporation uses calculated risk assessment techniques. Account size, expectation, volatility of market traded and the nature of other positions taken are all factors in deciding whether to take a position and determining the amount of equity committed to that position. Protective stops may, on occasion, be used to control risks.
Steve DeCook, born in 1943, received a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in agricultural economics from Iowa State University. Since December 23, 1993 Steve DeCook has been an Associated Person with the commodity brokerage firm FCStone Group Inc and its successor, FCStone LLC (“FCStone”). He has also been a Forex Associated Person with FCStone since October 8, 2010. From July 1990, through January 1994, Steve DeCook was a sole proprietor of 20/20 Trading, an Introducing Broker with FCStone. Prior to that time, Steve DeCook was an Associated Person with another brokerage firm, Maduff & Sons, Inc., from April 1981 to February 1984, as well as its branch office manager from September 1977 to February 1984. Steve DeCook was a principal of Fundamental Futures, Inc., a Commodity Trading Advisor, from July 1984 to December 2002, an Associated Person from June 1987 to December 2002 and a branch office manager from May 1990 to December 2002. He was also an Associated Person (May 1992 to October 1997) and branch office manager (January 1993 to October 1997) of Nessler Futures Trading Co., a Commodity Trading Advisor. From June 1975 until July 1997 Steve DeCook was registered with the CFTC as a Commodity Pool Operator, a Commodity Trading Advisor from November 1983 to December 1992 and an Introducing Broker June 1984 to January 1994. Steve DeCook became a principal of Four Seasons Commodities Corporation on April 18, 2006, an AP on April 24, 2006 and a branch manager on May 19, 2006.
Malinda Goldsmith, born in 1954, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma University and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Malinda Goldsmith served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association from February 1993 until February 2002. She was an Associated Person (March 1984 to February 1986) and Principal (August 1984 to February 1986) of Commodity Correspondents Association Inc., a Commodity Trading Advisor. Malinda Goldsmith was also an Associated Person (February 1986 to January 1991) and branch office manager (May 1987 to July 1988) of Futures & Options Trading Group Inc., a Commodity Trading Advisor, Commodity Pool Operator and Introducing Broker, as well as an Associated Person (July 1991 to September 1992) and branch office manager (June 1992 to September 1992) of Risk Management Incorporated, an Introducing Broker. Malinda Goldsmith was also a Principal for Fundamental Futures, Inc., a Commodity Trading Advisor, from July 1984 to December 2002, as well as its Associated Person from June 1987 to December 2002. She was an Associated Person (May 1992 to October 1997) and branch office manager (January 1993 to October 1997) of Nessler Futures Trading Co., a Commodity Trading Advisor. Starting in January 2003, Malinda Goldsmith was a self-employed trader whereby she traded both her own money and that of other people. She became a registered Principal of Four Seasons Commodities Corporation on April 24, 2006 and Associated Person on June 28, 2006. Malinda Goldsmith's responsibilities with Four Seasons Commodities Corporation include the administrative functions of marketing, account operations, and accounting as well as legal compliance. She is also primarily responsible for the trading decisions and strategies employed by Four Seasons Commodities Corporation in the Lone Star Program.
The descriptions above are from the manager’s disclosure document.
THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING FUTURES AND
OPTIONS CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL. PAST RESULTS
ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE
RESULTS. THIS MATERIAL HAS BEEN PREPARED
BY A SALES OR TRADING EMPLOYEE OR AGENT
OF ALTAVRA AND IS, OR IS IN THE NATURE
OF A SOLICITATION. THIS MATERIAL IS NOT
A RESEARCH REPORT PREPARED BY AN ALTAVRA
RESEARCH DEPARTMENT. YOU AGREE THAT YOU
ARE AN EXPERIENCED USER OF THE FINANCIAL
MARKETS, CAPABLE OF MAKING INDEPENDENT
TRADING DECISIONS, AND AGREE THAT YOU
ARE NOT, AND WILL NOT RELY SOLELY ON
THIS DOCUMENT IN MAKING TRADING
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