John F. Carter

About John Carter

John Carter’s father was a Morgan Stanley stock broker. One day during high school, John came home from the mall where he was working at a store making cookies. He had saved up $1,000 over the course of a few months and his dad told him that he and some of his friends were going to buy “some call options on Intel” the next day. With his father’s direction, he bought 10 call options at $0.75, and sold them a few days later for $1.50, doubling his money. He was hooked and has been trading ever since—going on 25+ years now.

Carter studied at the University of Cambridge, England, and then graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with degrees in History and Economics.

Through college and beyond he focused mostly on testing various online trading strategies and became quite adept at making money. Yet the road was not always easy and he learned his lessons the hard way like many day traders often do.

Carter eventually found a trading system he was satisfied with. In 1998 he left “Corporate America” behind to pursue full-time professional trading. After a few years of trading on his own, he eventually grew tired of day trading by himself in his office and chatting with his Arrowana (a large fish). He started to seek out other traders and post information online which led to the launch of Simpler Trading, Simpler Options, and Simpler Stocks.

He is also a Commodity Trading Advisor with Razor Trading. His book, “Mastering the Trade” was released in January, 2006 and has since climbed the charts on Carter has also been featured on CNBC, CME Group, Bloomberg, Fox Business and Tasty Trade.

Trade Experience: 25+ Years Retail Trade

Specialties: Equities, Options, Futures, Currencies, Risk Management, Financial Modeling, Technical Analysis, Volatility and Derivative Pricing, and Market Making

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    Lessons From The Day After the Crash of 87

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    The Role Of Psychology In Trading

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