With a second Fed tapering event recently, the reality of less accommodative US monetary conditions was mostly realized in the marketplace, and not surprisingly, equities suffered the brunt of the reality check.
Over the course of 175 years, the city of Chicago has defied the odds and emerged as a major player in the global market. From Al Capone to the current President of The United States, from the 1893 Chicago World Fair to this past summer’s NATO convention, Chicago is a global city of past, present… Read more.
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.
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.