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How Can Paper Trading Prepare You for Live Trading?

By | September 26, 2019

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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

Gold Futures Roll Date – October 2019

By | September 24, 2019

Monday, September 30th marks the first notice for the October Gold Futures Contract. GC Traders can roll to the succeeding contract before the open on Wednesday, September 25th.Read More

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

By | September 23, 2019

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

Natural Gas Futures Roll Date – October 2019

By | September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 26th marks the Last Trade Date for the October 2019 Natural Gas futures contract. Active NG traders can roll to the November 2019 contract as early as Monday, September 23rd, before the open.Read More

Lessons from the World’s First Stock Bubble

By | September 19, 2019

Philosopher George Santayana once stated “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” When speculating in today’s financial markets, it is important to understand lessons from the past such as the Great Depression and Black Monday. One of history’s oldest and most dramatic financial calamities was the Mississippi Bubble.

The Mississippi Bubble was a disastrous economic scheme which took place in France during the early 18th century. The mastermind behind this scheme was Scottish financier John Law, renowned for being a royal adviser, banker, adventurer, gambler, murderer and exile, in addition to being a cunning economist. Read More

Fed Preview: Is a Rate Cut All but Assured?

By | September 17, 2019

The CME FedWatch is currently indicating a 61% likelihood that the FOMC will cut the federal funds rate at the conclusion of their two-day meeting Wednesday afternoon. If implemented, the new target interest rate would be between 175-200 basis points.

Assuming the Fed does indeed lower rates, the language used in their post-meeting press conference will be the focus of the market. Read More

Crude Oil Futures Surge More Than 15% After Drone Attack

By | September 16, 2019

Crude Oil futures (CL) rallied Monday morning as the markets digested news of a drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure yesterday which blocked 5% of global crude oil output.Read More

Crude Oil Roll Date – October 2019

By | September 16, 2019

Friday, September 20th marks the Last Trade Date for the October 2019 Crude Oil futures contract. Active CL traders can roll to the November 2019 contract as early as Tuesday, September 17th, before the open. Read More

What is a Limit Order in Futures Trading?

By | September 12, 2019

A limit order is a basic order type which enters an order to buy or sell a futures contract at a specific price or better. While limit orders do not guarantee a fill, they do allow the trader to specify a price to prevent negative slippage. Unlike market orders where a trader simply chooses to buy or sell at the best price available, limit orders require a limit price to be entered.Read More

Equity Index & Currency Futures Roll Date – September 2019

By | September 11, 2019

The last trade date for the June Equity Index contracts, including ES, NQ, YM & RTY, falls on Friday, September 20th. E-mini traders can roll to the December contract as early as Thursday, September 12th, before the open.

The last trade date for all currency futures falls on Monday, September 16th. Active currency futures traders can also roll to the succeeding contract as early as Thursday, September 12th.Read More