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Save & Load Custom Workspaces

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

Why Do Futures Traders Prefer Liquid Markets?

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

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

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

Understanding Roll Dates in Futures Trading

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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How to Manage Positions When Trading Futures

For futures traders, proper position management involves understanding margin requirements and handling market exposure accordingly. Being aware of intraday & initial margin requirements, as well as understanding the particular specifications of the contracts you trade, can prevent unwanted position liquidations and potential fees. Read More

Understanding Margin in Futures Trading

Margin is a critical concept for new futures traders to understand. When trading futures, margin is essentially a good-faith deposit required to control a futures contract.

Futures margin is the amount of money you must have in your brokerage account to protect both the trader and broker against possible losses on an open trade. It generally represents a much smaller percentage of the contract, typically 3-12% of the notional futures contract value.

With this deposit, futures traders are able to trade instruments with a much greater value than the margin price. This is known as leverage.Read More

Monitor Your Available Margin with Excess Margin Columns

Futures traders are responsible for keeping their account balances within the margin guidelines specified by their broker. Fortunately for NinjaTrader users, NinjaTrader 8 provides direct visibility to your available excess margin helping you manage your positions to meet margin requirements. Read More

S&P 500 Closes at New All-Time High

The benchmark S&P 500 index closed at a record high on Tuesday, marking a complete recovery from the coronavirus selloff which began in late February. The Nasdaq, which was the first of the 3 major indexes to fully recover from February’s highs, also closed at an all-time high Tuesday.

A recent rally in tech-related companies has helped fuel the recovery of the S&P 500, accompanied by trillions of dollars in economic support including stimulus payments.Read More

8 Reasons to Trade Futures vs Stocks

Highly liquid and tradeable nearly around the clock, equity index futures provide an alternative to the traditional stock market for both new & experienced traders. With trading volume at record highs and growing, here are 8 reasons traders may choose futures versus stocks. Read More