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Futures Trading

Whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran trader, staying informed is a prerequisite for success. To help ensure that you have the knowledge to seize advantages of market opportunities as they arise, below you’ll find an archive of our very best futures trading content. By delving deeply into this material, you’ll have the necessary information to make well-informed futures trades.

Futures Trading

Introduction to Futures Trading

Many of the savviest traders in the world trade futures. For starters, they appreciate the exposure to worldwide markets on regulated exchanges and regulated Counterparties. They also like increasing the efficiency of their trading capital via the leverage available in futures. And, finally, they know they can count on the futures markets’ liquidity to help them execute their ever-changing strategies.

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Trading E-mini S&P 500 Futures

In this piece, you will find out what E-mini futures are and why they are so enticing to traders. We will discuss the basics of E-mini futures such as: what they are, how to trade E-mini contracts, where to trade E-mini futures and much more.

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Basic Futures Trading Strategies

The most-often used trading strategies in the futures markets are pretty simple. You buy if you think prices are going up or sell if you think prices are going down. And, in futures trading, selling first is just as easy as buying first—the positions are treated equally from a regulatory point of view. The following two strategies are just a starting point.

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Futures vs. ETFs

Although ETFs and futures are often compared to each other, many investors will tell you that trading futures is the more favorable option. Before we get into why futures are a better option, we should first speak on what differentiates the two.

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How to Choose the Right Futures Broker

There are a few common elements to successful futures trading — and choosing the right broker is one of them. Finding a brokerage that offers the right combination of technology, service and features is imperative for traders seeking to maximize returns.

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If you’ve been trading in the market for awhile, you’ve likely considered the possibility of moving into futures. Because they offer myriad benefits that traditional equities trades can’t match — and the possibility of earning significant returns quickly — it’s natural to wonder if trading futures is right for you.

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How to trade futures for a living

If you’ve had a sustained run of success in the market, there’s a reasonable chance that the idea of trading futures for a living has crossed your mind. After all, the prospect of leaving the office behind — and prospering solely by one’s wits and market savvy — is a pretty attractive notion.

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5 Keys to Becoming a More Successful Futures Trader

If you’re a seasoned futures trader, you know that variance is part of the game. Everyone, no matter how skilled or unskilled, runs hot and cold.
Sometimes, however, if a cold streak seems to be lingering, a self-evaluation may be in order. The best traders are usually those who seek continual improvement and assess their progress at regular intervals.

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In the United States, futures trading began in the mid-1800’s as a way to bring together producers and users of grains and cotton. Today, the CME Group in Chicago is the largest futures exchange in the world; its stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Futures trading can be a hobby or side job; however it is not suitable for everyone. If futures trading is something you wish to pursue, it would be a good idea to take a step back to establish your trader profile before moving forward with opening a trading account. Below are trading profile styles to consider what kind of trader you’re going to be based on your time commitment, account size, trade position, and risk tolerance.

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Watch this RJOF Quick Tips: Buying a Futures Contract video presented by our Senior Market Strategist, Phillip Streible to learn how a futures contract works and all the things to consider when purchasing one.

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Watch this RJOF Quick Tips: Stocks to Futures video presented by our Senior Market Strategist, Phillip Streible to learn how trading stocks differs from trading futures and how to implement them in your futures trading plan.

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What is a hedge? A hedge is an investment to manage and lessen the risk of adverse price movements in an owned asset. Normally, a hedge consists of taking a counterbalance position in a related security, such as a futures contract.

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