The Encyclopedia of Commodity and Financial Spreads


Despite the widespread acceptance of spread trading, the availability of information needed to profitably utilize this concept has been limited—until now.

The Encyclopedia of Commodity and Financial Spreads is a well-researched, detailed examination of some of the more recently successful spreads in the futures market. Created by a team of experienced experts associated with Moore Research Center, Inc., a respected spread trading research firm, this valuable resource can potentially help you make more informed and profitable trading decisions.

The Encyclopedia of Commodity and Financial Spreads delves into eight futures market complexes—energy, grains, soybeans, meats, metals, softs, forex, and interest rates. Each section briefly discusses underlying dynamics that can give rise to spread trading opportunities in the complex. How those markets have tended to respond is illustrated by their seasonal patterns and quantified by 282 spread trading strategies proven reliable between specific dates over the last twenty years. Each strategy is replete with its own supporting detail of historical fact. Accompanying commentary is meant to help the reader analyze, interpret, and understand the trading ideas in order to better anticipate their potential recurrence in the future.

If you're looking to get more out of your trading endeavors, don't go into the markets without referring to this book first.

STEVE MOORE has been trading and researching the futures markets for more than thirty years. He formed Moore Research Center, Inc. (MRCI) in 1989 to provide traders with historical research and seasonal analysis to better trade the commodity markets. MRCI has grown into one of the most respected research firms in the industry and is the unquestioned research leader in the analysis of commodity spreads and seasonals. MRCI's Web page,, is a leading online resource for spread traders, providing a great deal of free information, as well as a variety of online subscription products.

JERRY TOEPKE began studying futures markets in 1977 and has since performed as a private trader and a retail broker. He is currently Editor at MRCI. Jerry considers himself a student of markets, fascinated by their behavior and the functions they perform. Since joining what is now MRCI in 1988, Jerry has learned to appreciate not only the power of seasonal study, but also how it integrates with fundamental and technical analysis. In 1997, he began writing the Weekly Spread Commentary, discussing two upcoming seasonal spread strategies each week as a way to help educate new spread traders and to breathe life into seasonal statistics and charts by adding depth and context.

NICK COLLEY has been programming computers for almost thirty years for private industry and the U.S. Air Force (USAF). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he worked his way through college writing accounting software for small businesses, before enlisting in the USAF. He was also on the development team for the worldwide release of flying hour and training management software. After leaving the USAF, he developed touch screen–based point of sale software and terrain analysis software. In 1987, he began working with Steve Moore, initially converting seasonal analysis software from mini-computer to micro-computer platforms. He and Steve have been continually enhancing this software for nearly eighteen years.

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Energy.

Chapter 3. Grains.

Chapter 4. Soybean Complex.

Chapter 5. Soybeans vs Grains.

Chapter 6. Meats.

Chapter 7. Metals.

Chapter 8. Softs.

Chapter 9. Forex.

Chapter 10. Interest Rates.

Chapter 11. Chronological Summary.