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

  • My Favorite Trade On the Last Day of the Year

    My Favorite Trade On the Last Day of the Year

    There are few times during the year when retail traders force a decision on their accounts. Although it took my own pain and suffering to realize and understand this phenomenon, now the last trading day of the year is also one of my favorite.
  • Simpler Sentiment - Weekly Wrap Up 8/26/16

    Simpler Sentiment - Weekly Wrap Up 8/26/16

    The market clearly didn’t like what Yellen had to say. Now we look at potential short positions and where the next level of support happens to be. John pointed out that we had sell signals on Wednesday and Thursday for the ES. He also pointed out the daily squeeze in the VIX.
  • Simpler Sentiment - Weekly Wrap Up 8/19/16

    Simpler Sentiment - Weekly Wrap Up 8/19/16

    If you are a stock trader, this can be a good time to consider stock replacement strategies. With volatilities so low, replacing long stock exposure with long in-the-money calls or call spreads can make a lot of sense. That gives you the upside exposure you want while greatly limiting your downside when that eventual pullback comes.