Last year proved to be a historic year in the markets. In 2018, budding U.S.-China trade war, an active Federal Reserve, and a Black Swan event in natural gas gave market participants an abundance of food for thought. At times, even the best futures broker had to chalk up a loss as a hard lesson… Read more.
Tips & Strategies
When it comes to the various hidden costs of futures trading, slippage is the undisputed king of the hill. When a market or stop-market order is filled at an inopportune moment, it can be a drain on both your trading account and patience. Aside from detailed plans governing position management and market entry and exit, some… Read more.
The global energy futures marketplace facilitates the trade of a diverse array of participants. No matter if a producer is hedging systemic production risks or a trader is aiming to capitalize upon rapid pricing fluctuations, energy products are opportune vehicles for achieving a broad spectrum of market-related goals.
In the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme song, it’s called “Black Gold” and “Texas Tea,” but in the world of futures it’s commonly known by its benchmarks: WTI and Brent. We’re talking about crude oil, and it’s the most commonly traded physical commodity in the world. Crude lies at the core of a large energy trading complex… Read more.
The futures markets are dynamic arenas defined by the robust participation of traders and investors alike. Whether a trader crafts trading decisions based on technical or fundamental analysis, futures can be an opportune venue for success.
Perhaps the oldest standardized mode of trade involves the swapping of foreign currencies. Exchanging one form of money for another has long been an unavoidable aspect of travel, as well as a speculative endeavor. Whether you’re a professional arbitrager or simply striking out abroad, the currency trade is an indispensable component of international commerce.
The U.S. equities market is the largest in the world, boasting more than $25 trillion in value. Led by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ, U.S. markets are the global benchmark for liquidity and stability. Although U.S. equities are an attractive alternative for high-net-worth and long-term investors, they present several challenges to… Read more.
The contemporary futures marketplace is a fast-moving, ultra-competitive environment. Orders are sent to the market remotely via internet connectivity and executed at near-light speeds. From sophisticated institutional participants to live futures trading newbies, low latency trading within the marketplace is a key determinant of profitability. Before the markets went digital, the time it took to… 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. The E-mini futures products are some of the most popular avenues by which traders engage the world’s leading markets. If it’s a well-known asset class, then chances are it… Read more.
Live futures trading is a taxing endeavor that requires extensive preparation and analysis. Dedicating adequate time to the discipline of active trading, and all it entails, is essential to approaching the market from a position of strength. Modern futures markets exist as digital venues, open for business 23 hours a day, five days a week.… Read more.