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Options on Futures: What is the Strike Price?

By | September 9, 2019

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Options on futures, or futures options, are unique derivative instruments with futures contracts as their underlying assets. Options on futures are available across all major asset classes including interest rates, equity indexes, energy, agriculture, forex and metals.

In addition to presenting trading opportunities in these liquid markets, options on futures can help traders mitigate risk and diversify their portfolios. The price at which a futures option can be bought or sold is known as the strike price.Read More

August Jobs Report Preview: Will the Fed Take Action?

By | September 5, 2019

In advance of the upcoming jobs report, economists expect slow job market growth in August with a traditional summer lull and the ongoing trade dispute with China as key contributors. The forecast for the September 6th non-farm payroll number are currently at 160,000 new jobs, a figure both in line with expectations as well as the gradual slowdown we have recently seen.

For roughly 4 months, forecasts have fallen steadily along with overall confidence in the economy and stock market. ADP reported 195,000 new jobs during August which is above the consensus estimate. If tomorrow’s report reveals a similar value, expect markets to have a mixed initial reaction due to its pending impact on the Fed’s decision. Read More

Eurex Interest Rates Roll Date – September 2019

By | September 3, 2019

Friday, September 6th is the last trade date for Eurex Interest Rates. Traders can roll to the succeeding contract as early as Wednesday, September 4th, before the open.Read More

Holiday Notice – Labor Day 2019

By | August 30, 2019

Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day. Trading times for many products will change in observance of the holiday. For details, please visit the CME Group Holiday Calendar.

For up-to-date information on contract expirations, roll dates, news announcements & more, visit and bookmark the NinjaTrader Trade Desk Calendar!

Industry-Leading Order Entry Options for Forex Traders

By | August 29, 2019

The award-winning NinjaTrader platform empowers forex traders with multiple order entry interfaces designed for fast order execution. Several intuitive interfaces can be used simultaneously including the FX board built specifically for forex traders.Read More

Over 32M Micro E-mini Contracts Traded in 3 Months

By | August 27, 2019

After seeing record-breaking volume in their first 30 days of trading, Micro E-mini equity index futures from the CME have racked up more than 32 million contracts traded since their launch on May 6th.

Micro E-mini futures provide futures traders the ability to trade American stock markets at a fraction of the cost & with significantly lower margins than full-size E-minis. These 1/10th-sized fungible contracts also offer added flexibility & position management for existing E-mini traders.

The first three months of trading for Micro E-mini futures has been nothing short of historic. The launch of these new contracts took the futures trading world by storm and brought a surge of new futures traders to these highly liquid equity index markets.Read More

Grains, Metals & Interest Rates Roll – September 2019

By | August 26, 2019

The first notice for September 2019 Metals, Agriculture & Interest Rate futures products falls on Friday, August 30th. Traders can roll to the succeeding contracts on Tuesday, August 27th, before the open.Read More

Natural Gas Roll Date – September 2019

By | August 23, 2019

Thursday, August 29th marks the Last Trade Date for the September 2019 Natural Gas futures contract. Active NG traders can roll to the October 2019 contract as early as Monday, August 26th, before the open.Read More

Trading Journal: Log Your Trades with NinjaTrader’s Journal Display

By | August 22, 2019

A trading journal or log is an important tool to help traders gain insight and build consistency. By tracking past trading activity, traders can review what has worked for them and also identify areas for improvement.

An ongoing assessment of trading activity is a useful way to:Read More

Moving Averages 101: Simple Moving Average vs. Exponential Moving Average

By | August 20, 2019

Technical analysis is the study of price, volume and chart activity to help predict future market moves. Traders who utilize technical analysis operate under the premise that history repeats itself.

In other words, the use of technical analysis approach assumes that price movements follow consistent historical patterns. As a result, finding such patterns may help to determine future price movements.Read More