Build Your Trading IQ

Basics, building blocks & resources for new traders

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

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

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

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

5 Tips to Help New Futures Traders Get Started

By | June 22, 2017

1. Define Your Goals

Creating actionable goals as a new futures trader will help lay the foundation for what you intend to achieve. This may seem simple – ‘I want to be profitable’ – but adding some additional specifics will provide a framework and perspective to help guide your trading. Read More

Pinpoint When a Trend Will “Stop and Reverse”

By | June 20, 2017

Introduced in 1978 by one of the pioneers of technical analysis, Wells Wilder, the Parabolic SAR is an intuitive time and price based trend following indicator. The name of the indicator is derived from parabola’s that form from a series of plotted dots & SAR stands for “Stop and Reverse”…which is exactly what it’s designed to do! Read More

How to Manage Trading Around Political Events with Unexpected Results

By | June 12, 2017

Have you ever reacted to political related events when trading futures by suddenly exiting your position? Reacting due to fear could cause you to lose focus and stray from a carefully thought out plan. From Presidential and Congressional elections to laws passing through Congress, political events can affect in seconds what you spent hours thinking out. Avoiding knee-jerk reactions is key to avoiding an unplanned exit from your position or entering a new position.Read More

Futures Risk Management Strategy: ‘Punt’ Before Financial News or Events

By | June 8, 2017

For many new futures traders, protecting their account from substantial drawdowns is a key first step in developing as a trader. One risk management strategy that can help traders accomplish this is called ‘punting’.Read More

Avoid Paralysis by Analysis When Using Futures Trading Indicators

By | May 30, 2017

When trading futures, have you ever felt overloaded with data, news or indicators? With all the software, add-ons and platform based third party networks available today, ‘paralysis by analysis’ could potentially be an issue. Read More