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Equity Futures Rise on Earnings Beats

Major US equity index futures rose Tuesday morning as markets digested several stronger-than-expected earnings reports. At the same time, investors are closely monitoring the trade situation between the US and China which could weigh down markets.Read More

Why are Opening & Closing Prices Significant for Traders?

Opening and closing prices are often regarded as the two most important price points within a given trading session. As a result, these data points are followed closely by market participants and analysts alike.

Also known as the “open” and “close,” these price levels provide significant reference points to gauge strength & identify important price levels to help confirm trading ideas or biases.Read More

What is a Doji Candle Chart Pattern?

A doji is a traditional chart pattern which looks like a cross or plus sign and occurs when a candle’s open and close price are very close or equal. Doji candles are interpreted to signify indecision in the market.Read More

Why Trade Bitcoin Futures (BTC)?

Launched by the CME Group in December 2017, Bitcoin futures have changed the landscape of the cryptocurrency market. Allowing investors to participate in the Bitcoin market without actually owning the coin, Bitcoin futures (BTC) traders speculate on its price via a regulated futures exchange.Read More

Paper Trading Using Historical & Simulated Data

The NinjaTrader platform provides an immersive simulated trading experience for futures and forex traders. A fundamental component of the learning process for new traders, paper trading or sim trading is a fantastic way to become familiar with using the platform and test trade ideas.

Trading in a simulated environment allows you to not only explore market approaches and methodologies with zero monetary risk, but also to gain familiarity with NinjaTrader’s award-winning software. Read More

What is a Stop Order in Futures Trading?

A stop order, or stop-market order, is a basic order type which issues a market order once a specified price has been reached. This price level is known as the stop price, and when it is touched or surpassed, the stop order becomes a market order.

Stop orders provide a greater probabability of achieving a trade at a predetermined entry or exit price. In other words, stop orders are not used solely for exiting positions and can be beneficial for entries as well. When entering a position, traders use stop orders to determine where a market order should be triggered. Conversely, traders also use stop orders for exiting trades to help limit losses or lock in profits.Read More

How Can Paper Trading Prepare You for Live Trading?

The term “paper trading” is often used interchangeably with simulated trading or demo trading. All refer to practice trading in a simulated environment as a way for prospective traders to test the waters before putting real money on the line in live markets.

Paper trading provides an opportunity for traders to test their strategies and market analysis to see how trades might have played out. While live, real-time market data is often used for paper trading, it is conducted in a simulated account so there is zero monetary risk.Read More

Options on Futures: In the Money & Out of the Money

Options on futures are powerful derivative instruments which offer a unique way to speculate futures markets. Futures options can be an effective way to broaden and balance market exposure while diversifying a trader’s portfolio.

Similar to stock options, futures options have distinct vocabulary and concepts to understand. Commonly used in options trading, the terms in the money and out of the money are important to understand in relation to what type of option is being bought or sold.Read More