It is impossible to highlight all the standout articles, the authors who contributed them and the personalities who appeared in the 500 issues of Commodities/Futures over the years, but a few might be considered groundbreaking. We point those out throughout the story and have digitized most so you can read them online at futuresmag.com.
Larry Williams’ first article, “Measuring Market Momentum” (October 1972), was a great one. His articles on seasonal trading, Commitments of Traders, his %R indicator and other topics introduced new ideas. He was also the thinly-veiled source for an anonymous interview in the Market Millionaires series that appeared in October 1974 after the release of his book, How I Made a Million Dollars Trading Commodities – Last Year.
Oster Communications had conducted Pro Farmer seminars that drew about 100 people, but when Williams appeared at a Commodities seminar in 1976, he packed the house with more than 230 attendees. He has been a sure-thing seminar draw for all the years of Commodities/Futures’ existence and remains probably the most widely known individual trader worldwide.
Welles Wilder Jr. wrote an article on his Relative Strength Index in the June 1978 issue. Wilder was author of New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems, a book that is probably the greatest source for innovative technical analysis concepts.
William Degler’s article, “19 options strategies and when to use them,” in the June 1984 issue. His format for showing strategies became sort of the Cliff Notes Bible of options trading. Degler followed up with more than 20 articles that clearly elaborated the options strategies in a Futures series that ran through 1988.
Steve Nison introduced candlestick charts to the western world with his article in the December 1989 issue, before his book on candles was published. He added other articles later as candles became, perhaps, the most widely used chart style.
So many other names should be mentioned for their contributions: Jack Schwager, Mark Powers and Leon Rose. From the earlier days: Bob Prechter, Phil Tiger, Hal Bressert, Jake Bernstein, Ray Dalio, Richard Donchian, Tom DeMark, Robert L. (Bucky) Isaacson, Ed and Phil Gotthelf, John Murphy and Alexander Elder.
Other names will undoubtedly come along in the next 500 issues whether you read the print or online versions of the magazine.
Darrell Jobman contributed to Futures for more than 20 years and is a former Editor-in-Chief of Commodities/Futures. He is now a senior analyst for TraderPlanet.com.