Futures Brokers

Ian Bannon

Market Strategist

800-669-5354 312-373-4813 Series 3 Licensed

Ian’s interest in trading began with the stock market after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Economics and a focus in international business. A natural strength for numbers, trends, and pattern recognition, in conjunction with a curiosity to understand the big picture has enabled a desire to understand market behavior. Ian managed his own stock account before moving into the futures arena because of the wide scope of trade-able sectors and the ample amount of fundamental support behind these larger-scope markets.

Sector Focus

While Ian does track the trends and fundamentals behind all major markets, he specializes in trading the financial markets (currencies, stock indices, treasuries, and metals) because of the interrelationship between them and his understanding of economic policy.

Analysis Preference

<ol> <li>Macroeconomic analysis: Markets perform differently depending on which stage of the business cycle the economy fits into at any given time. The most influential factors in this model are the directions of growth and inflation. For example, equities and industrial commodities do well when growth and inflation are both on the rise, while energies and treasuries outperform when growth and inflation are decelerating.</li> <li>Fundamental analysis: This has everything to do with supply and demand. Government and central bank policy also dictate how these market-making factors are perceived.</li> <li>Technical analysis: Charting is most useful for the timing of entry and exit. Topping patterns like the “evening star” or the “head-and-shoulders” may indicate a market reversal is imminent and profits should be taken (or shorts should be considered). Breakout patterns like the “morning star” or the “cup-with-handle” indicate buying pressure may be mounting in the market. It is also important to consider volume and momentum studies when performing technical analysis.</li> </ol>

Strengths and Trading Philosophy

Obviously, nobody can navigate the markets with complete certainty. By performing detailed analysis, Ian can optimize probability before moving into a trade. If all 3 facets of analysis paint the same picture, he feels most comfortable about a trade whether it be with futures or option strategies. One of my preferred strategies is to buy (or sell) a futures contract and then sell an out-of-the-money call (or put) to protect the investment in the case of slight adverse price movement while simultaneously identifying a profit target if the option reaches in-the-money status.

Ian Bannon's Most Recent Futurescast Articles

Indices

Equity Futures Eye All-Time Highs Despite Developing Economic Issues

Ian Bannon
Currencies

Tug of War for U.S. Dollar Direction

Ian Bannon
Currencies

Investors Flea from Safe-Haven: USD in Topping Process

Ian Bannon
Currencies

Resumption of Trade Talks Causes Safe-Haven Liquidation

Ian Bannon
Currencies

Global Uncertainty Continues to Support the U.S. Dollar

Ian Bannon
Indices

Volatility Returns as Stocks Search for Direction

Ian Bannon
Currencies

Global Currency War: A Race to the Bottom

Ian Bannon
Currencies

U.S. Fed: Not Dovish Enough – Currencies Fluctuate to New Extremes

Ian Bannon
Indices

Investors Eye the FOMC as Strong Data Supports Strong Stocks

Ian Bannon
Currencies

Currency Devaluation: The New Global Trend

Ian Bannon