Stop orders can be used in futures trading as a great way to help manage risk and protect losses, lock in profits, or enter the market on a breakout. The downside to using stop orders, however, is slippage.
If I Enter on a Limit, Can I Place My Protective Stop at the Same Time?
A common question that new traders often ask is if it is acceptable to place a protective stop while simultaneously placing an order to enter on a limit. The trader who typically asks this question is primarily concerned with having a predefined risk parameter for his limit order. The answer to this question is…
The Bullish Hammer: Would You Know It If You Saw It?
Bullish Hammers, as the name suggests, is a signal on a chart that alerts you to be on the lookout for a market that is setting up to reverse and trade higher! I’ve highlighted in yellow this exciting candlestick set up in the chart below.
Do Gaps Matter?
Many traders pay attention to price gaps on a chart. Are gaps significant and should they be part of a trader’s strategy? Or are gaps merely a gap in price just because there was a gap in time between recorded trades at the exchange?
Tax Advantages of Futures Trading
As we are all aware, tax season is now upon us and I am sure everybody could use some relief from the tax man, so what better time to learn about the tax advantages of futures trading! Most experienced traders may understand the differences between trading stocks versus futures and the benefits each offers depending… Read more.
Do You Understand Option Expiration, Exercising, and Assignment? Now You Will.
It is essential to understand option expiration, exercising, and assignment as a commodity option trader. Know these principles, whether purchasing outright calls or puts, selling or “writing” option contracts, or using complex option spread strategies. Not only will you be better equipped for such events, but also having this acumen could potentially improve your trading performance.
Ag Apps for Smart Phones
The Van Trump Report is a great source for farmers, producers, end users and grains traders. Kevin Van Trump has made it his goal to help provide those in the Agricultural Business with the latest and most comprehensive news, information, commentary, and marketing strategies in the industry. If you find this information useful, we highly… Read more.
How To Avoid Top Trading Mistakes
In all my years of following the markets, I have found one methodology above all others that is the most effective for my day and swing trading. The Turner Breakout Reversal (TBR) method is designed to quickly scan a given market and determine if a particular market is heading for a breakout or reversal after… Read more.
5 Tips for the Option Buyer
Tip 1: Have an exit plan. It seems very elementary, but some traders will spend numerous hours looking for opportunities to enter a market, but put no thought into how and when they are going to exit. Whether you base your trading decisions technically or fundamentally, you will need to know when you are going… Read more.
The Number One Rule of Trading
If there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years in the financial markets, it is never add to a losing position. That means never “average down” a losing long position or “average up” a losing short position.
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