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Pursuant to a Trading Advisory Agreement, clients will grant Bocken Trading sole discretionary authority to direct, without the prior approval of the client, utilization of the assets and funds of the client’s account in the purchase and sale of commodity futures contracts. Brokerage commissions arising from the trading of the clients account will be charged to the account at such rate or rates as the commodity broker publishes and charges for nonmember speculative accounts, or such lower rates as may be agreed upon between the client and the commodity broker. The current minimum for new accounts is 100,000 USD.
Megan Bocken focuses primarily on agricultural commodity markets with emphasis on Chicago wheat, Kansas City wheat, Minneapolis wheat, corn, soybean, soybean meal, and soybean oil futures and options, but on occasion trades other Ag related markets. Megan Bocken gained a thorough understanding of the grain trade by helping to service commercial grain accounts including both users and producers, and by studying the fundamentals of the grain markets as a research analyst. Megan Bocken currently maintains her own research focusing on wheat, corn, and soybeans with special emphasis on relationships among the different classes of wheat. This includes forecasting both US and world supply and demand of each particular commodity in order to determine “value” and price trends based on ever-changing market conditions. It also involves a careful and constant monitoring of US and world weather, geopolitical issues, and currency relationships. By combining the above, Megan Bocken is able to make trading decisions that integrate flat price, intra and inter market spreads as well as options strategies. Both long and short positions are utilized, and trades may vary from day-trades to longer term trades depending on the nature of each market. Her focus is fundamental analysis, but technical analysis is also used to pick entry levels, risk levels, and objectives.
Description of Interests Traded
Bocken Trading may trade any variety of commodity interest on regulated exchanges that may be included, but are not limited to grains, meats, metals, minerals, currencies, financial market indices, energy related materials and other items of food and fiber, money market instruments, and items that are now, or may hereinafter be, the subject of futures contract trading, options contracts, or physical commodities trading or derivatives or other contracts on such items or instruments (collectively “commodity interests”). The markets available for inclusion in the portfolio will normally be limited to sufficiently liquid commodity interests and may evolve over time as the requirements for portfolio balance and liquidity change. Markets traded by Megan Bocken prior to her association with Bocken Trading, and those which are to be traded by Bocken Trading include, but are not limited to the following.
Megan Bocken is President of Bocken Trading and is responsible for the trading decisions of Bocken Trading. Megan Bocken maintains an office at 1422 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501, where she trades accounts. This office became a branch office of the Advisor on July 1, 2011, and Megan Bocken became a Branch Manager of the office on the same date. Megan Bocken joined the LaSalle Group of Refco LLC as a floor runner on the Chicago Board of Trade in August, 1995. She transitioned into a phone clerk, handling customer orders and performing a number of back office duties. Bocken became registered with the CFTC as an Associated Person on August 23, 2000 and as an NFA Associate Member on the same day with Refco, LLC. In her capacity as an Associated Person, Megan Bocken handled research duties in the area of U.S. and world wheat supply and demand.
Brian Leith became a Listed Principal of the Advisor on July 19th, 2011. On this same day, Brian Leith’s application with the CFTC to become an Associated Person was accepted, and he was approved by the NFA as an Associate Member of Bocken Trading. As Listed Principal of Bocken Trading, Brian Leith is responsible for secretarial duties as it relates to the Commodity Trading Advisor.
On December 2, 2010, Brian Leith became a Listed Principal of Global Ag, LLC, a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. On September 5, 2011, Brian Leith’s application with the CFTC to become an Associated Person was accepted, and he was approved by the NFA as an Associate Member of Global Ag, LLC. As a Listed Principal of Global Ag, LLC, Brian Leith is responsible for secretarial duties of the Commodity Trading Advisor.
On May 3, 2011, Brian Leith became a Listed Principal of Opus Futures, LLC, a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. On this same day, Brian Leith became registered as an Associate Person and he was approved by the NFA as an Associate Member. As a Listed Principal of the Advisor, Brian Leith is responsible for secretarial duties as it relates to Bocken Trading.
On May 5, 2003, the application of Brian Leith with the CFTC to become an Associated Person of Refco, LLC (a registered Futures Commission Merchant) became effective. Brian Leith became a Branch Manager of Refco, LLC on August 23, 2005. Refco LLC was later acquired by Man Financial (a registered Futures Commission Merchant), and Brian Leith’s Associated Person status with Man Financial became effective November 28, 2005. Brian Leith’s application as a Branch Manager of Man Financial was approved December 6, 2005. Man Financial was later renamed to MF Global, Inc (a registered Futures Commission Merchant), and Brian Leith’s registration as an Associated Person and Branch Manager with MF Global became effective on January 1, 2008. As an Associated Person of Refco, LLC, Man Financial, Inc, and MF Global, INC, Brian Leith handled customer service duties for various customer commodity accounts. In his capacity as a Branch Manager, Brian Leith was also responsible for supervision and compliance with NFA Rules and other laws and regulations pertinent to the commodity futures business. Brian Leith’s registration as an Associated Person and Branch Manager of MF Global Inc was withdrawn on August 1, 2008.
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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