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Back to the Futures: When Were Futures First Traded?

Futures are a cornerstone of financial trading across the globe. In today’s marketplace, futures are traded electronically via well-established exchanges providing convenient and easy access to futures instruments. But where did it all begin? Considering the accessibility of today’s markets, it is easy to lose sight of futures trading’s opportunistic beginnings. Read More

What are E-mini Dow (YM) Futures?

When it comes to well-known benchmarks of the US Economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, otherwise referred to as “the Dow,” comes to mind. As the world’s most closely followed stock index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is comprised of the 30 biggest and most dominant companies in the US. Read More

New Trading Indicators to Expand Your Technical Analysis

The award-winning NinjaTrader platform empowers traders with numerous FREE advanced technical analysis tools for futures, stocks, forex and cryptocurrencies. As traders search for new and innovative ways to evaluate the markets, the NinjaTrader development team continues to add powerful charting analysis tools.

In our ongoing effort to expand our comprehensive toolset, six new indicators were recently introduced and are available now! Read More

Use Open Interest to Measure Trend Strength

Open interest is defined as the total number of contracts for a particular futures instrument which are outstanding at a given time. According to David L. Scott in his book Wall Street Words, “A large open interest indicates more activity and liquidity for the contract.”

The term open interest most commonly refers to the futures and options markets, and is similar to the concept of outstanding shares in the stock market. Another way to think of open interest is the number of contracts held in open positions.Read More

Trading Systems: Find the Right Algo Strategies for You

Trading systems replace traditional discretionary trading with algorithms that automatically execute trades based on predetermined market conditions. Although systems are rigid in their execution, much like discretionary strategies, there are various approaches and methodologies utilized to trade the markets.Read More

Observe Market Depth with the Level II Window

Market data is essential to trading: it is the information that fuels charts, plots indicators and triggers alerts. Aside from the last traded price, market data can also include market depth, which provides additional insight as to what is going on beneath the surface.Read More