So, you are interested in trading futures, first things first…what is a futures market?
Futures are standardized contracts for the purchase and sale of financial instruments or physical commodities for future delivery on a regulated commodity futures exchange. Below are some examples of futures contracts:Read More
Pivot Points are a popular method for determining market trend & short-term support/resistance levels using numerical averages of an instrument’s high, low & close.
The term “pivot” is often thought of as reaching a pre-determined point (support & resistance) then reversing course.
Not only can day traders use Pivots as leading indicators to determine bullish or bearish trends, they are also utilized for entry & exit points and they can act as a guide for profit target & stop loss placement. Different from a number of indicators that update dynamically throughout the trading day, Pivot Points remain static on a chart. Read More
Major trend reversals can potentially be identified by recognizing double top patterns as detailed in ‘How to Identify Double Top and Bottom Patterns’. When conditions of double top patterns are identified, potential trading ideas may present themselves. Backtesting or using a simulator environment can be a logical next step to explore these trading opportunities. For NinjaTrader users, the Playback feature provides the ability to play, pause & rewind the market tick by tick using real market data.
Highly volatile futures markets can be characterized by dramatic swings in price action and spikes in trading volume. When two indicators of volatility react to unexpected ‘market moving’ news simultaneously, this could potentially mean market sentiment is changing. Read More
Automated trading tools allow traders to build their strategy in a computer-based system which will automatically execute trades based on predetermined market conditions. There are many advantages to automating your trades versus manual trade execution including the removal of emotion, time savings, and the potential to trade multiple markets simultaneously. Read More
There are a number of ways to indentify bullish markets signals and for many new traders, finding trading indicators they are comfortable with is an important first step. To help you get started, included below is an overview of a a few of these indicatators and charting patterns to look for in your backtesting.Read More
The Time & Sales (T&S) window provides a detailed view of trading activity for a particular instrument which can be of interest for day traders. It displays real-time data of the current bid/ask, price and volume as well as color coded last traded time, price & size.Read More
Periods of low volatility have historically been known to accompany rangebound markets. Developing a range trading strategy can potentially provide trading opportunities even with low volatility. Read More
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
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