Baseball players are well-advised to take a pair of cleats, glove, and bat with them to the diamond. For the modern futures trader, the list of must-haves is a bit more extensive. Akin to the glove and bat are an internet connection and computing power ― two infrastructural requirements to trade futures. In addition to… Read more.
In this post, we’ll cover the essential tenets of the futures markets by examining two fundamental questions: “What are futures?” and “Why trade futures?” If you’re just starting to learn about futures trading basics, don’t worry ― the answers to these questions will help get you up to speed.
By a wide margin, the single greatest benefit of futures is the diversity of alternatives. Products facing a multitude of asset classes stand at the ready to help market participants achieve a variety of goals. When futures trading US markets, there are two primary venues: the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options… Read more.
The learning curve involved with becoming an active futures trader can be brutal. Sudden, seemingly random, swings in asset pricing often leave novice traders on tilt and talking to themselves. The results can be devastating ― capital loss and chronic stress head up the list of ill effects. However, gaining an education in futures doesn’t have… Read more.
The futures market is a common destination for traders who aim to make a living at their craft. Whether it’s through the currency, equity, debt, or commodity asset classes, futures markets give professional traders a variety of advantages not found anywhere else in finance. Aside from such obvious benefits as robust liquidity, reduced tax liabilities, and… Read more.
When it comes to active trading, the learning curve is steep, and time is money. Getting up to speed as quickly as possible may be the most important task that those new to the markets face. However, there’s good news ― technology has streamlined the process of trader education. In decades past, a prospective trader’s… Read more.
Update – this post was written before the launch of CME’s newest product – the Micro E-Mini. Here’s a link to a Micro E-mini resources page. Financial leverage is the use of debt to secure additional assets. Businesses and individuals both implement leverage. For example, if you have a car loan or a mortgage, then… Read more.
Update – this post was written before the launch of CME’s newest product – the Micro E-Mini. Here’s a link to a Micro E-mini resources page. Whether you’re a veteran of the markets or just getting your feet wet, the question of “how to trade futures” is a crucial one. Strategy, resources, and goals all… Read more.
Active trading is mentally, physically, and financially taxing. In order to have a legitimate shot at success, it’s imperative that you align your resources, goals, and strategy. If not, the odds of achieving long-term profitability become slight. Finding the best futures to trade is one of the key steps in maximizing the potential of your… Read more.
Gold has been a standard of wealth for centuries. Prosperous nations dating back to 3000 B.C. have viewed it as a source of riches or form of currency. So, what makes gold valuable? On the surface, this question appears elementary, yet finding a succinct answer can be a challenge. First, value is a relative term,… Read more.