A Senior Broker with Daniels Trading, Don DeBartolo’s professional career in the commodities industry began in 2004. Before joining the firm, Don was an arbitrage clerk in the S&P 500 futures pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Crediting his widespread experience and expertise of the future and option markets, he is able to offer his clients a vast array of trading strategies from Broker Execution and Online Trading Platforms to Managed Futures and Automated Trading Systems.
Don studied at Loyola University and joined the financial industry in 2001. He has worked at high-end Chicago firms including insurance brokerage and financial advising. Along the way, he achieved numerous accreditations and licenses including life & health insurance, property & casualty insurance, mutual funds, retirement planning and the Series 3.
When not in the office, Don can be found playing with the Chicago Griffins Rugby Club. The Griffins are a member of the Super League, the highest level of rugby competition in the United States.
Articles Written by Don Debartolo:
- Beyond the “Spotlight” Series
- Market Spotlight Series
- To Exercise, Or Not To Exercise (Options), That Is the Question
- Do You Understand Option Expiration,Exercising, and Assignment? Now You Will.
- Savvy Option Trading for Well-Capitalized Investors (II)
- Savvy Option Trading for Well-Capitalized Investors (I)
- Wheat’s the Difference?
- Size Does Matter When Trading Mini Agricultural Contracts
- Deep Out-Of-The-Money Options: A Calculated Risk
- Want to be an All-Star Technical Trader? Consider Fundamental Analysis
“Why I Chose DT” Responses from Don’s Clients:
“I’ve worked with several brokers over the years and Don is the best. Some of the reasons are that Don is available, responsive, gets orders placed and fills done quick. Don follows up and lets you know what’s happening. Don always seems to have the time to answer a question unlike a lot of brokers who are in a big rush and let you know it. Don is friendly and never gives you the impression he’s inconvenienced having to deal with a “small potatoes“ trader. All in all, Don makes it easy and enjoyable to do business with I appreciate working with him.”
-Dennis, San Diego
“I’ve been trading with Don for months now, and I’m continually impressed by his guidance, patience and expertise in the markets. As a new trader, he has been especially helpful in assisting me in selecting the best trade setups and helping me to properly manage those trades. I would recommend Don’s services to anyone who is looking for a quality broker who really cares about the success of his clients.”
“I have had Don as a broker for a number of years. The trades he places for me are always quick and accurate. He always finds time for me, a small trader, to answer my questions and give much needed advice. I have used numerous brokers in the past and Don is the best by far, I highly recommend him.”
“If you are a small or large investor and you plan on selling options as part or all of your strategy; then you need to use Don Debartolo and Daniels Trading. Investing should be treated like a business and every business has a learning curve. Don puts in the upfront time during this learning curve because he understands the long-term results. Sometime I forget that Don has other clients because Don treats me like a business partner. I honestly believe I would be out of business today if I didn’t have Don as my broker. Don approaches this business as if ever trade that you make, you are making with his money. Don has not let me make a trade without pleading my case first. Don is level headed and almost unemotional...which is exactly what you need when selling options. I don’t care who you are...some trades are going to go against you. This is where Don comes in handy because he watches ever trade like a hawk; and isn’t afraid to step in to nudge you in one direction or another. I look forward to long partnership with Don Debartolo and Daniels Trading.”
“Don is professional, knowledgeable, intelligent, efficient, conscientious and genuinely wants to help his clients be successful. As for his demeanor, it is an almost unheard of pleasure to have a broker who is always courteous and friendly. Don is very easy to work with despite the pressures he must be under with a position that requires precision and multi-tasking. Daniels Trading produces the least errors of any brokerage but when something does comes up Don is easily accessible, and takes care of them to my 100% satisfaction. 5 stars!”
-Jess, San Diego
“I have been working with Don now for several years. He was very helpful when I was first learning to trade and is always happy to assist me. He has recently been presenting seasonal trade opportunities that have worked out very well. Thanks Don.”
“Don is always very pleasant to talk to, never in a rush to hang up on me. Explains everything so I can understand as a new trader. He contacts me through e-mail, text, and twitter if a trade is about to take place. I did not want to recommend Don to anyone so I can preserve him for my piece of the pie. And (he did just that) in just a few months Don has doubled my account. Don goes above and beyond the standard of rationalization in his webinars, a necessity for me.”
-Gary, North Dakota
“I have found Don to be very knowledgeable in commodities trading. He is always professional and seeks to get the best trades available. He is also very patient with first time traders like myself.”
“I have been extremely pleased with ALL the assistance I’ve received. Since I was a broker back in the 80’s I know, full well, the daily rigors of the markets. In this day and age, I was shocked to find the combination of excellent executions, accurate information and still a very reasonable price (commission). You, and your firm, are indeed a very rare find.”
“My experience with Don has been both pleasant and profitable. Don handles my account at Daniel Trading and made me more money than any other broker has in the commodity markets. Don is a gentleman as well. He knows the business but respects you as a person.”
“Don has a lot of patience. He always goes out of his way to understand me so that we both are on the same page, so to speak, regarding a particular strategy, etc.”
-Mark, San Diego
“I’m very comfortable with Daniels Trading and specifically with your service. You are prompt, consistent and very professional in following up and providing information and trading guidance.”
-Wanda, British Columbia
“On NO other occasions have I recommended my broker to anyone else, however, I have recommended Don to many people. I have been pleased to receive quick attention, no matter how small my request, even (when possible) during busy market hours. When I need research for potential trades, I don’t get opinions (unless requested)… instead I get quick results. Never one time have I felt like my business was not appreciated or that I was a ‘small fish’. Don’s experience in the trading world, especially on the floor, has been very helpful, in that he knows the in’s and out’s and has the ‘jump-to-it’ attitude at all times. Normally I place my own trades, however, when ever I need assistance getting an order in, he is fast and accurate, never sloppy.”
“As a new trader Don has saved me from tragedy with options early on in my trading experience. I like to trade mainly from my own thinking. Don has provided me the proper amount of SUPPORT and RESISTANCE where needed and has taught me patience for profitable entries.”
“I can’t recommend Daniels Trading enough. Don has been an excellent broker, providing fast and accurate execution of orders. In the very rare instance that Don is not personally available, you can count on another member of the team taking care of you. Daniels Trading provides timely market information, trade alerts and managed accounts suited for varied trading styles from independent day traders to long term investors. Setting up and monitoring the account is quick and easy. Excellent customer service all around.”
-Dave, North Carolina
“Don DeBartolo is an excellent broker. He & I operate on the same GBE wavelength with an equal sense of urgency and understanding. My trading has always been subject to my propensity for hope and greed. Don mitigates my weakness into strength. Don is definitely about making sensible trades based on technical criteria, providing me with profits and preserving my capital, while accepting my assumption of risk. Also, sharing the GBE data analysis approach provides me a “like-minded“ comfort factor I’ve never enjoyed before. All my training and trading philosophy has come to fruition with Don. This is the way trading should be! I feel comfortable in sharing and executing approaches and analysis we agree on. I have finally found a brokerage and a broker I feel comfortable entrusting my futures business.”