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Gold Futures Roll Date – October 2020

By | September 24, 2020

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Wednesday, September 30th marks the first notice for the October Gold Futures Contract. GC Traders can roll to the succeeding contract before the open on Friday, September 25th.Read More

Save & Load Custom Workspaces

By | September 23, 2020

NinjaTrader workspaces allow users to create, save and access personalized platform layouts quickly, creating an efficient environment to monitor, analyze and trade markets.

A workspace is a collection of windows in NinjaTrader which includes charts, settings, technical indicators and drawing objects. Workspaces can also include watchlists via the Market Analyzer, order entry interfaces and other features.Read More

Natural Gas Roll Date – October 2020

By | September 22, 2020

Monday, September 28th marks the Last Trade Date for the October 2020 Natural Gas futures contract. Active NG traders can roll to the November 2020 contract as early as Wednesday, September 23rd, before the open. Read More

Why Do Futures Traders Prefer Liquid Markets?

By | September 17, 2020

Futures traders measure liquidity in terms of how easy it is to buy and sell a futures contract. The higher the liquidity, the easier it is for buyers and sellers to get in and out of positions. This allows traders to focus on timing their entries & exits rather than wondering if there will be sufficient volume to trade.

As a result, liquidity is an important factor when selecting a futures instrument to trade, especially for new traders.

The spread, or the difference between the ask and bid price, is largely influenced by liquidity. The more liquid a contract, the smaller the difference between the bid price and the ask price. With fewer participants, less liquid markets might have a wider spread than highly liquid markets which usually have a spread of only 1 tick. Read More

Crude Oil Roll Date – October 2020

By | September 16, 2020

Tuesday, September 22nd marks the Last Trade Date for the October 2020 Crude Oil futures contract. Active CL traders can roll to the November 2020 contract as early as Thursday, September 17th, before the open. Read More

Fed to Roll Out Inflation Plans: FOMC Preview

By | September 15, 2020

At last month’s Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, the Federal Reserve unveiled their new policy objectives which included the introduction of ‘average inflation targeting’ (AIT) when considering interest rates. The general concept is to let inflation run above a 2% target for stretches of time to balance out the historic period below 2%. This would in turn lead to keeping the current rate around 2%.

It sounds simple in theory: Once inflation rates rise above 2%, the Fed can slowly increase interest rates to slow down the economy and curb inflation. However, in practice it will be far more difficult to manage as indicators used to discern inflation are backwards-looking. As a result, this will provide little insight into what is happening today. It will also be difficult to forecast when these actions will impact markets as it often takes several months for a Fed rate change to have a visible economic impact. Read More

What is a Volume-Weighted Moving Average (VWMA)?

By | September 14, 2020

Moving averages are a cornerstone of technical analysis, helping to smooth out short-term price fluctuations and highlight longer-term trends. While the simple moving average (SMA) and exponential moving average (EMA) take only price data into account, a volume-weighted moving average (VWMA) also incorporates volume data, revealing another important aspect of technical analysis.

The VWMA averages price data with an emphasis on volume, meaning areas with higher volume will have a greater weight. On heavy volume days, the VWMA will more closely follow price, and on lower volume days the VWMA will act similarly to a simple moving average.Read More

Equity Index & Currency Futures Roll Date – September 2020

By | September 9, 2020

The last trade date for all currency futures falls on Monday, September 14th, and the last trade date for the June equity index contracts, including ES, NQ, YM & RTY, falls on Friday, September 18th. Active currency futures & E-mini traders can roll to the succeeding contracts as early as Thursday, September 10th. Read More

Understanding Roll Dates in Futures Trading

By | September 8, 2020

Futures contracts are only active for a specific amount of time before they expire. Each market has its own specific expiration sequence throughout the year and often extending into the next year. Prior to a contract expiring, futures traders must either:

  1. Exit their active position or
  2. “Roll” their position to a later contract of the same underlying asset, extending the expiration period

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Eurex Interest Rates Roll Date – September 2020

By | September 2, 2020

Tuesday, September 8th is the last trade date for Eurex Interest Rates. Traders can roll to the succeeding contract as early as Friday, September 4th, before the open. Read More