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July Unemployment Claims Take a Nose-Dive

By | July 20, 2017

According the to the Labor Department, U.S. jobless claims dropped by 15K to 233K, vs an estimated 245K, its lowest level since February & tying a nearly 44-year low.Read More

Identify and Measure Futures Market Volatility

By | July 19, 2017

Volatility can be identified by both bullish (up) and bearish (down) extreme price action or fluctuations. Typically, extreme price action occurs when the market is biased towards the value of a financial instrument. This sentiment may result in an imbalanced number of traders selling or buying the financial instrument. Read More

Attention Crude Oil Traders – August Contract Roll Date

By | July 18, 2017

Thursday, July 20th is the last trade date for the August Crude Oil futures contract. CL traders can roll to the September contract before the open on Wednesday, July 19th. Read More

Natural Gas Futures Recover from 2017 Lows

By | July 17, 2017

Natural Gas futures kicked off the week strong as weather forecasts point to a warm remainder of July. With roughly 50% of homes in the U.S. relying on gas to beat the summer heat, weather forecasts can trigger both bullish and bearish runs for the volatile commodity.Read More

Trade Futures Using an Inter-Exchange Spread Strategy

By | July 13, 2017

An inter-exchange futures spread is executed by trading two contracts of similar financial instruments on two different exchanges. Inter-exchange spreads rely on both the differences and similarities of contract attributes. Read More

U.S. Treasury Bond Futures React to Fed Testimony

By | July 12, 2017

Intraday trading on Wednesday saw a Bond market rally based on Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s comments indicating we’re close to the “neutral rate”. During a neutral rate economy, fluctuations in the Fed’s benchmark rate neither bolster nor restrict the economy. Read More

Ignoring the Psychology of Futures Trading Could Spell Disaster

By | July 11, 2017

When a futures trading position starts to move against your original price action premise, it can be tough to resist the urge to exit the position for the flight to safety. A number of emotions are all too common to traders including fear, greed, anger and elation. Read More

June Employment Report Expectations

By | July 6, 2017

With the ADP report set to be released on Thursday, July 6th, there will be consecutive days of jobs data hitting the markets. The Labor Department will release their monthly nonfarm payroll assessment in the morning on Friday, July 7th. Experts are a bit divided this month based on the large expected range or 140k – 200k new jobs. Read More

Technical Analysis in Futures Trading: A Brief History

By | June 30, 2017

Technical analysis is commonplace in today’s electronic trading world. Indicators such as moving averages, RSI, MACD and many others have become household names among traders and market enthusiasts. But where did it all start? Who created the first chart? Who developed the first indicator? Where did all of the modern day technical analysis techniques originate? Read More

Trade Bullish Breakout Signals with Technical Indicators

By | June 29, 2017

Through the use of technical indicators, there are a number of futures market trading strategies you can implement to potentially benefit from bullish signals. For many traders, recognizing chart patterns is often the first step to building a futures trading strategy. This is followed by identifying buy and sell signals to help guide the execution of that strategy.Read More