Regardless of experience level, size, or style, every futures trader must have the bare essentials to achieve longevity in the marketplace. Ultimately, your success will rely on having the four Cs: computing power, connectivity, confidence, and cash. If any of these elements are missing from your trading operation, then the odds of generating consistent returns… Read more.
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.
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.
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.