During challenging economic times, the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED) is tasked with managing the chaos. The organization’s primary objective is clearly defined in its official mission statement:
Among the many advantages of futures trading is its utility in regard to risk management. Futures give market participants the ability to directly increase or decrease exposure to almost any asset class. This is possible because of three primary futures market characteristics: standardization, liquidity, and volatility. Given these benefits, traders may proactively limit risk by… Read more.
The 2020 outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) created a financial environment driven by angst and trepidation. COVID-19 panic swept the globe, placing the world’s capital structure under extreme pressure. The result was consistently high volatilities in the commodity, equity, currency, and debt markets.
Unlike other financial instruments, futures contracts allow traders to benefit from rising or falling asset prices. You’re not limited to the buy side of the market, which means that you can also generate profits from the sell side. By using bull spreads, bear spreads, and associated strategies, you can secure market share by being either… Read more.
Traditional financial theory suggests that a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth in a nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). The underpinnings of these types of economic downturns vary. Typically, a recession is attributed to commodity pricing instability, market crashes, inflation, or extraordinary events.
In the modern era, the global credit crunch of 2008 is the standard for financial crises. A product of toxic asset securitization and subprime mortgage lending, 2008 brought to light severe shortcomings in the world’s monetary system. Twelve years later, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has once again forced the hand of the U.S. Federal Reserve… Read more.
The 2020 outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has driven unprecedented participation in the global financial markets. Heavy daily traded volumes and extreme pricing volatility have become new norms. Although the risk profile is greatly enhanced, active traders are privy to rare opportunities.