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.
Granularity is defined as “the state or quality of being composed of many individual pieces or elements.” In the world of fund managers, the term is used in reference to diversification. For active futures traders, granularity is all about managing exposure.
Traders and investors from every corner of the globe consider the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) as an ideal way of engaging the broader U.S. equities market. In response to the public interest, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) offers S&P Emini futures to individuals wanting to take their shot at one of the premier… Read more.
We won’t suggest that the recent lows in many commodities are solid, but value-hunt buying of copper assets by Carl Icahn, a $4.00 single-day rise in crude oil prices, and a 1,000-point, 2-day bounce in the Dow suggest that sentiment was overdone on a number of fronts.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is often viewed as a strong indicator of the success of the U.S. stock market and the U.S. economy overall. The DJIA represents nine economic sectors including financial services, technology, retail, entertainment and consumer goods. The DJIA is one of the most widely quoted measures of the U.S. stock market due to its extremely high correlation to broader U.S. indexes, such as the S&P 500.
As we are all aware, tax season is now upon us and I am sure everybody could use some relief from the tax man, so what better time to learn about the tax advantages of futures trading! Most experienced traders may understand the differences between trading stocks versus futures and the benefits each offers depending… Read more.
Stock futures around the world responded favorably on Thursday to reports that first-time unemployment claims fell more than expected this week. The news on the labor front was encouraging because only a week ago, investors were dismayed when unemployment claims shot up far more than expected to around 500,000. This week, 473,000 workers filed for… Read more.