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.
In economics, a price floor is defined as a minimum cost threshold put in place for a good or service. For agencies and governments, enacting a price floor can be a tricky business because it involves foregoing open market forces in favor of static valuations. Currency pegs, commodity prices, and minimum wage guidelines are historic… Read more.
As 2019 drew to a close, futures market participants began looking ahead to the busy calendar of 2020. A conclusion to impeachment proceedings against Donald J. Trump, a resolution to the U.S./China trade war, and a hotly contested presidential primary season highlighted early 2020’s docket. These three issues were perceived to be game changers, but… Read more.
No matter if you specialize in trading stocks, real estate, or artwork, you’ve certainly heard the phrase “buy low, sell high.” In futures, it is the inspiration for one of active trading’s favorite pastimes: buying market bottoms.
The new year brought a fundamental market driver seldom seen in the world of finance: a global viral outbreak. The onset of the novel coronavirus, officially labeled COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), sent a shockwave through the equity, commodity, currency, and debt markets. Although the immediate reaction to the novel coronavirus was muted,… Read more.
Since its inception circa 1957, the Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) has measured the performance of America’s largest companies. During times of boom and bust, investors from around the globe have looked to the S&P 500 for clues on the state of American prosperity.
According to the 2019 World Happiness Report, the United States ranks 19th internationally in terms of “happiness.” Six metrics were used to craft this ranking: income, freedom, generosity, life-expectancy, trust, and social support. Although the United States didn’t come in dead last, countries such as Finland, New Zealand, Iceland, and Canada ranked well ahead of… Read more.
The modern futures markets are innovation-driven, ever-evolving atmospheres. Business is conducted almost exclusively in cyberspace, courtesy of remote internet connectivity and advanced information systems. Make no mistake―if you are going to enter these environments, your futures trading software must be up to the task.
For active traders, knowing when and when not to trade is a key part of conducting business competently. Desirable market conditions, specifically those that feature robust liquidity, promote efficient trade. Without adequate market depth, the trade-related costs associated with slippage, wide bid/ask spreads, and choppy price action can destroy profitability. To avoid such pitfalls, it… Read more.
As any technical trader will tell you, futures trading charts are indispensable tools because they’re essential to the study of price action. One way to optimize their utility is with multiple time frame analysis. Let’s look at how combining charts with different periodicities can take your analytical game to the next level. Multiple Time Frame… Read more.