Understanding how futures spreads are priced is the first step to trading this strategy. Learn how to price the spread and what a futures spread looks like on a chart.
Futures Spread Trading
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This is a sample entry from Craig Turner’s weekly market analysis newsletter, Turner’s Take, published on January 8, 2013. On Friday, January 11th at 11:00 am central time, the USDA will release the January WASDE, Annual Crop Production for Corn & Soybeans, December 2012 stocks, and Winter Wheat seedings. The January 11th USDA report is… Read More.
This is a sample entry from Craig Turner’s weekly market analysis newsletter, Turner’s Take, published on August 29, 2012. We have an interesting opportunity in a Corn futures butterfly spread this morning. For those of you who are not up to speed on futures butterfly spreads, please read this Daniels Trading blog article written by… Read More.
Recently, I had a number of clients involved in a futures spread in the live cattle market. The idea behind the trade was to get long the cattle market heading into the summer by buying in the front month and selling in the back month – specifically, they were buying June Live Cattle and simultaneously… Read More.
Savvy traders, who understand the term structures of futures markets, often use the butterfly futures spread to isolate certain contracts in which they feel demand or supply will be the strongest or weakest. Some people are only aware of the options version of this trade (read the past article). While the futures version of the… Read More.
Traders with bearish views of the economy need to tread lightly while commodities are at current prices. Due to easy money, algorithmic trading programs, a shrinking world and massive geopolitical risk, playing any market with an easy defined “buy” or “sell” stamp on it can be a difficult trade to sit through. In a market… Read More.
The sayings go, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it”. We get it â€“ we will leave the old dogs alone. Then again, how come no one ever talks about teaching new dogs old tricks? There is a trading style, as old as the exchanges themselves,… Read More.
Readers of this blog should be very familiar with option spreads. We have written in the past (Option Spreads Examined Further: Measured Ways to Play Your Market Hunch, Bear Put Spreads: An Alternative to Purchasing Puts, and Bull Call Spreads: An Alternative to Purchasing Calls) about the different ways traders can participate in leveraged markets… Read More.
New option traders tend to overlook the strategy of combining two options to form spreads, which allow different degrees of market optimism or pessimism. Option spreading is different than futures because a straight futures play only portrays one degree of bullishness/bearishness. If one is long the futures, he better be very sure the market is… Read More.