Recently, I had a number of clients involved in a futures spread in the live cattle market. The idea behind the trade was to get long the cattle market heading into the summer by buying in the front month and selling in the back month – specifically, they were buying June Live Cattle and simultaneously… Read more.
The U.S is the largest producer of grain fed beef in the world due to its abundance of pasture suitable for grazing and its large supply of feed grains. Live cattle prices have been rallying to all time high prices, presenting numerous trading opportunities. Whether one is a rancher needing risk management tools or a… Read more.
Friday saw cattle futures set record highs for the second time thus far this month, propelled by indications of increasing demand that will draw from limited supplies, according to Bloomberg. Ranchers were expected to draw down herd size, another factor that will pinch supplies. The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday that the production of… Read more.
A few months back, the CME Group launched weekly grain options for corn, wheat, and soybeans. On Sunday, September 25th, the CME Group will introduce Live Cattle and Soybean Oil/Meal weekly options. These options, short term in nature, will trade just like the monthly options that we all know. Each weekly option will have a… Read more.
There are some pretty significant differences between the futures markets and the equities markets. The first big difference is the trading hours: the futures markets trade 23 hours a day for most markets versus an 8:30 AM (central time) open and a 3:00 PM close in the equities markets. The second difference is the ease… Read more.
The History of Mini Contracts Rise of the E-Mini S&P Virtually everyone involved in the futures markets has heard of the iconic E-Mini S&P. Launched in September of 1997, it has had a stratospheric rise in popularity, and many new traders can’t even conceive what it must have been like before this popular contract. Even… Read more.
This morning, I got a call from a self-directed client. I generally do not offer unsolicited advice for do-it-yourself traders unless they are doing something blatantly dangerous, or if I am sure they are wrong.
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This post originally appeared in FutureSource’s Fast Break Newsletter on February 15, 2011, where Craig Turner is a regular contributor on various futures trading topics. Every position you’ve had in the past, currently hold, or hold in the future can be viewed as a spread trade. You might be saying to yourself, “I only trade… Read more.
The east coast of the United States may be blanketed in snow, but in corn, wheat and soyabean fields of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, the weather is scorching. A prolonged absence of rain is raising fears that harvests in these key agricultural nations will fall short of expectations, putting further pressure on a global commodity… Read more.