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Trader Alert Roll Dates: Equity Index & Currency Futures

By | March 9, 2016

Currency Futures: Includes 6E, 6B, 6A

  • Monday, March 14th is the last trade date for March Currency Futures. Please be aware that trading currencies on the last trade date are deliverable. Currency Futures volume is expected to roll to June quickly, and traders can roll to the June contract as early as Thursday, March 10th.

Equity Index: Includes ES, NQ, YM

  • Friday, March 18th is the last trade date for March Equity Indexes. Traders can roll to the June contract as early as Thursday, March 10th, prior to the expiration date.

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Managing Contract Rollover Dates

By | March 8, 2016

The Q2 2016 Equity Index Futures Contract Rollover is upon us, and if you ask 10 different traders “when is the best time to roll a Futures Contract”, you’ll likely get 10 different answers.

The official Equity Index transition, including the Emini-S&P, NASDAQ & DOW, takes place on March 10th 2016, as well as the 2nd Thursday’s of June, September and December going forward. Should you trade the contract that posts the largest volume? Or, roll on the date that marks the official rollover? Some argue that your rollover date should be depicted by your trading strategy such as the ever popular market profile or price dependent strategies. Read More

Break the Vicious Cycle: SIM Trading vs. Live Trading

By | March 4, 2016

For those new to trading, aligning expectations based on the SIM trading environment versus live trading often poses a significant challenge.

For many traders, the point of SIM trading should be to become mechanically-sound. Are you going to learn what it feels like to have a position on that’s going against you in a simulator? Well, you’ll get a taste of what that feels like, but in all honesty, it’s just that—a taste. To be perfectly honest, it’s nothing like what you feel when you’re trading live capital.Read More

Trader Alert Roll Date: Eurex Interest Rates Expiration

By | March 4, 2016

Tuesday, March 8th is the last trade date for March Eurex Interest rate products. Traders should roll to the June contract by Monday, March 7th, prior to the expiration date. Read More

Upcoming Employment Report Expectations

By | March 3, 2016

The impact of the employment situation has been high recently due to the implications on interest rate decisions from the Fed. Historically, February is one of the stronger months for job growth, but we think it would require an extremely strong report in all areas to push the Fed into raising rates in this upcoming meeting. Read More

Identify Reversals with the Fibonacci Drawing Tool

By | February 23, 2016

A popular tool commonly used by technical analysists is the Fibonacci Retracement. This the process of identifying potential retracements in price by using horizontal lines to indicate areas of probable support or resistance before the price continues in the direction of the prevailing trend. It is accomplished by drawing a trend line at a swing high, to a swing low (or vice versa), then dividing the trend line by key Fibonacci levels which are 23.6%, 38.2%, 50% and 61.8% and 100%. Read More

CME Insights: Sluggish 2016 Real GDP Growth Expectations

By | February 16, 2016

Multiple factors are playing into expectations for disappointing real GDP growth in 2016 according to a report released by CME Group. Read More

Presidents’ Day Holiday Trading Hours

By | February 11, 2016

Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 15th. Trading hours for many products and exchanges will change for these holidays.

Hours and changes for major products can be viewed here Read More

Harness the Power of Semi-Automated Trading

By | February 4, 2016

Automated Trading has taken the industry by storm over the last few years. Both discretionary and automated trading have their benefits depending on one’s trading style, risk capital and stomach for trusting a robot do the work for you. But what about a middle of the road approach that combines the best of both worlds?Read More

Mandatory Update for All NinjaTrader Users

By | February 2, 2016

NinjaTrader is required to change a SSL certificate that is used in validating your license resulting in a mandatory software update. All users must update to version 7.0.1000.31 prior to Saturday, February 27th. Failure to do so will result in disruption of service.Read More