May 31st, the last trade date of the month, closes with a first notice for both Gold Futures & Interest Rates. Traders can roll to the new contract on Tuesday, May 30th, before the open. Read More
Slippage occurs when the actual execution price differs from the expected price of an order. As a result, the fill price of an order is different than the price at which it was submitted. It most commonly occurs with market orders during periods of heightened volatility but slippage can also occur in large orders & limit (stop) orders as well.Read More
The June contract for Natural Gas futures expires on Friday, May 26th. Traders can roll to next months contract on Wednesday, May 24th, before the open. Read More
Monday, May 22nd is the last trade date for June Crude Oil Futures. Traders can roll to the July contract before the open on Friday, May 19th. Read More
A futures contract is a forecast of what market participants project the prices of the products to be in the future at contract expiration. This price is known as the cash price which represents the current value of the underlying product. Understanding the relationship between the cash price and the futures contract front months can help traders form trading ideas to help guide their strategies. Read More
Excess margin can be defined as the amount of equity in a brokerage account above the minimum margin requirements.
Managing excess margin is an important concept in futures trading as failure to maintain sufficient levels of margin can result in possible liquidation and/or fines from the broker trade desk.Read More
Understanding the fundamentals behind the futures industry is an important component for every new and aspiring futures trader to grasp.
To paint a clear picture of how futures trading has evolved into its current state, it’s helpful to review the definition of a futures contract and the origins of trading.Read More
First notice for Metals & Agriculture falls on Friday, April 28th. Grains & Metals traders can roll to the next contract on Thursday, April 27. Read More
Whether its oil, gold, cash or even bonds, all futures contracts revolve around a tangible product.
New futures traders often wonder if the delivery of a commodity will come to fruition after a contract expires. Should one be prepared to securely store or deliver 100 Troy Ounces of Gold at contract maturity?Read More
Different from Intraday Margins specified by the broker, which represent the minimum balance an account must maintain, Exchange Margins are mandated by the exchanges. Read More