Four Seasons Commodities Corporation (FSCC) was formed in 2006 by Steve DeCook and Malinda Goldsmith. These two industry professionals possess a collective 70 years of experience in agricultural commodity analysis and trading.
The firm has two distinct programs – the Hawkeye Spread Program traded by Steve DeCook, and the Lone Star Program traded by Malinda Goldsmith. Both programs trade exclusively in agricultural futures and options on domestic futures exchanges. The firm employs a fundamental discretionary trading style, drawing upon such considerations as supply/demand analysis, seasonal patterns, weather forecasts, and historical price/use ratios. FSCC attempts to control risk by utilizing spread trades, a low margin-to-equity ratio, option volatility calculations and other proprietary techniques. Trade duration may vary from a few days to several months, although most trades tend to be relatively long-term.
Steve DeCook, born in 1943, received a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in agricultural economics from Iowa State University and began his career in commodities in 1968. Since December 1993 Mr. DeCook has been an associated person with FCStone LLC (“FCStone”), a commodity brokerage firm. From July 1990, through January 1994, Mr. DeCook was a sole proprietor of 20/20 Trading, an introducing broker with FCStone. Prior to that time, Mr. DeCook was associated with other brokerage firms including Stotler & Co., Inc. and Maduff & Sons, Inc. (September 1977 to February 1984). From July 1984 until December 2002 Mr. DeCook was a principal, associated person (“AP”) and branch manager for Fundamental Futures, Inc., a commodity trading advisor. From June 1976 until July 1997 Mr. DeCook was registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator, a commodity trading advisor from November 1983 to December 1992 and an introducing broker June 1984 to January 1994. Mr. DeCook became a registered principal and AP of the Advisor in April 2006 and branch manager in May 2006. Mr. DeCook is primarily responsible for the trading decisions and strategies employed by the Advisor in the Hawkeye Spread Program.
Malinda Goldsmith, born in 1954, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma University and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Ms. Goldsmith began her career in commodities in September, 1980 and served in a variety of administrative and management positions with a number of firms. Ms. Goldsmith served as a member of the Board of Directors of the NFA from February 1993 until February 2002. From July 1984 until December 2002, Ms. Goldsmith was a principal, AP and branch manager for Fundamental Futures, Inc., a commodity trading advisor. Starting in January 2003, Ms. Goldsmith was a self-employed trader whereby she traded both her own money and that of other people. She became a registered principal of the Advisor in April 2006 and AP in June 2006. Ms. Goldsmith's responsibilities with the Advisor include the administrative functions of marketing, account operations, and accounting as well as legal compliance. She is also primarily responsible for the trading decisions and strategies employed by the Advisor in the Lone Star Program.
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<li>Q1 Agricultural Market Commentary