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First Notice for Gold Futures & Interest Rates

By | May 26, 2017

May 31st, the last trade date of the month, closes with a first notice for both Gold Futures & Interest Rates. Traders can roll to the new contract on Tuesday, May 30th, before the open. Read More

What is Slippage in Futures & Forex Trading?

By | May 24, 2017

Slippage occurs when the actual execution price differs from the expected price of an order. As a result, the fill price of an order is different than the price at which it was submitted. It most commonly occurs with market orders during periods of heightened volatility but slippage can also occur in large orders & limit (stop) orders as well.Read More

Attention Natural Gas Futures Traders – June Contract Expiration

By | May 23, 2017

The June contract for Natural Gas futures expires on Friday, May 26th. Traders can roll to next months contract on Wednesday, May 24th, before the open. Read More

Oil Futures on the Rise Ahead of OPEC Meeting

By | May 22, 2017

Crude Oil Futures climbed above 50.00 to end the week & have held steady just hours after the U.S. open Monday. This recent hike is backed on increased confidence that OPEC will continue its efforts to curb global production. Read More

May Crude Oil Futures Roll Date Notification

By | May 18, 2017

Monday, May 22nd is the last trade date for June Crude Oil Futures. Traders can roll to the July contract before the open on Friday, May 19th. Read More

Trade Futures Using a Simple Spread Strategy

By | May 17, 2017

A spread is a basic trading strategy in which a trader buys and sells two contracts, one each of a different but complementary financial instruments. This trade is designed to allow the trader to potentially benefit from the difference in price between the two financial instruments. Read More

Futures Pricing and Front Months

By | May 16, 2017

A futures contract is a forecast of what market participants project the prices of the products to be in the future at contract expiration. This price is known as the cash price which represents the current value of the underlying product. Understanding the relationship between the cash price and the futures contract front months can help traders form trading ideas to help guide their strategies. Read More

Use Stop/Loss Orders in Your Futures Trading Strategy

By | May 15, 2017

Stop/loss orders can potentially serve as tools to help traders manage their risk. They are implemented by the trader to automatically sell a long position or buy back a short position once a predetermined price threshold has been crossed. Read More

Managing Excess Margin

By | May 12, 2017

Excess margin can be defined as the amount of equity in a brokerage account above the minimum margin requirements.

Managing excess margin is an important concept in futures trading as failure to maintain sufficient levels of margin can result in possible liquidation and/or fines from the broker trade desk.Read More

Using the Donchian Channel to Measure Volatility

By | May 11, 2017

Developed by Richard Donchian, also known as the Father of Trend Following, the Donchian Channel is a moving average indicator that’s simple to use and packed with valuable information.

The Donchian Channel helps identify breakouts or overbought/oversold market conditions and measure overall market volatility. Read More