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How to Trade Futures Using a Calendar Spread

By | October 19, 2017

A calendar spread is a trading strategy in that the trader buys and sells two contracts with different expiration dates of the same financial instrument at the same time. This trade is designed to allow the trader to potentially benefit from the difference in price between the two expiration dates.Read More

Attention Crude Oil Futures Traders!

By | October 18, 2017

The last trade date for the November Crude Oil contract is Friday, October 20th. Active CL traders can roll to the December contract as early as Thursday, October 19th. Read More

Palladium Surpasses Platinum for First Time Since 2001

By | October 17, 2017

Palladium has won the precious metals race in 2017 gaining roughly 50% this year which is its highest intraday level in over 16 years. While it did not hold strong above the $1K threshold yesterday, the outlook for the precious metal could support future gains. Read More

Manage Risk with Percentage Based Trading

By | October 12, 2017

Whether it’s trading systems and strategies, market analysis or the holy grail of indicators, the amount of information at our fingertips surrounding futures and forex trading is insurmountable. However, one topic that is often overlooked is how to manage a futures or forex trading account.

Topics related to trade management and risk mitigation are far from attention-getters, however they are vital components to help new and experienced traders alike improve the odds of maintaining their accounts. Read More

The October Effect – When Will the Bullish Bubble Pop?

By | October 11, 2017

The U.S. stock market has been on a bullish run for the better part of 8 years. Since 2009, the S&P 500 & DOW have more than tripled while the NASDAQ has increased fivefold.

Although the market has seen its setbacks throughout the last 8 years, the long-term trend points to all things bullish. As we round out the last quarter in 2017, the markets continue to record higher highs so often that it’s often no longer a newsworthy event. Let’s not forget the 20K DOW milestone was only just hit in January 2017. Now, 23K is in site! Read More

Analyzing Crude Oil (CL) Futures Market Patterns

By | October 10, 2017

Technical indicators and chart patterns can provide analytical insight into the Crude Oil futures (CL) market by measuring price action, volume and volatility. The results of the market analytics can potentially serve as entry and exit signals, and identifying overall trend direction.Read More

Hurricanes Disrupt September Job Growth

By | October 5, 2017

According to ADP, 135K private sector jobs were added in September, a far cry from the 228K additions in August.Read More

U.S. Dollar Index Futures Stall Ahead of September Employment Report

By | October 4, 2017

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to speak on Wednesday and many investors are watching from the sidelines to gain more clues on Yellen’s dovish or hawkish sentiment surrounding an additional interest rate hike in the fourth quarter. Read More

The Big [Onion] Short

By | October 3, 2017

Futures instruments are far ranging, from wheat, coffee and cocoa, to gold, oil, and market indices. However, there is one futures commodity you won’t be able to add to your watch list: onions.

Here is the tale of how onion futures came to be banned by US Federal law.Read More

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise – Influenced by Hurricanes

By | September 28, 2017

The number of unemployment benefit filings exceeded expectations last week rising by 12K to a seasonally adjusted 272K. Last week’s increase pushed the 4-week moving average to 277K, a high not seen since early 2016. According to the Labor Department, hurricane’s Harvey & Irma were the main culprit for the bump in claims. Read More