RJO Futures Learning Center - 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

 

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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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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The risk of trading futures and options can be substantial. Each investor must consider whether this is a suitable investment. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Trading advice is based on information taken from trades and statistical services and other sources that RJO Futures believes to be reliable. We do not guarantee that such information is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. Trading advice reflects our good faith judgement at a specific time and is subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that the advice we give will result in profitable trades.

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