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Use the Dollar Index (DX) as a Benchmark for Gold (GC)

By | April 12, 2016

Since Mid-December, Gold Futures (GC) has produced a solid bullish run gaining nearly 20% in under four months. The precious metal can attest this surge to a number of economic conditions including:

  • Interest rates at near zero levels with minimal rate hikes on the horizon
  • An expected sluggish corporate season
  • The International Monetary Fund cutting its growth forecast for 2016.

These adverse circumstances typically lead to a weak US dollar, which can be a principle bullish factor for Gold Futures. Read More

Add Indicators to the NinjaTrader 8 Beta SuperDOM!

By | April 7, 2016

One of the 500+ user driven enhancements featured in NinjaTrader 8 Beta is the ability to add price action indicators to visually display values in the SuperDOM!

Current NinjaTrader users familiar with adding an indicator to a chart will feel right at home when adding an indicator to a SuperDOM as the process is largely identical. Read More

Analyze Price Action on Multiple Timeframes with Global Drawing Objects

By | April 5, 2016

NinjaTrader is equipped with a number of native drawing tools to aid in your technical analysis.

Drawing Objects can be applied to a specific chart or to the chart of the same instrument. When a drawing object is applied to all charts of the same instrument, it is considered global.

When analyzing price action on multiple timeframes for a particular instrument, consider activating “Global Drawing Objects” which will allow you to keep your analysis consistent and prove to be a nice timesaver in the long run. Read More

March Employment Report Expectations

By | March 31, 2016

With Janet Yellen’s comments on Tuesday, which essentially wiped away the possibility of a rate hike before July, the March employment report may have less impact than normal.

While we expect job the payroll addition to be strong again, the Average Hourly Earnings could be something to keep an eye on. Positive numbers in all categories could move markets in either direction as participants try to gauge the level of impact a stable labor market will have on interest rates.Read More

What You Need to Know to Get Started in Futures Trading

By | March 30, 2016

Traders new to the industry can often be overwhelmed by industry jargon and terminology. Thus, as aspiring traders do their due diligence to get educated and familiarize themselves with industry norms, it’s important to focus on the fundamentals. Below you’ll find some rudimentary information that all Futures traders must know. Read More

Trader Alert Roll Date: Gold Expiration (GC)

By | March 28, 2016

Thursday, March 31st is the first notice date for April Gold. Traders can roll to the May contract as early as Wednesday, March 30th before the open.

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

Crude Oil: Bullish or Bearish?

By | March 28, 2016

The recent rally in Crude Oil prices has caught the attention of many investors. Following the bullish run to round off August 2015 after the CL hit a low of roughly $45, many thought the CL had finally met its foe. However, the bearish trend prevailed triggering the unbelievable lows dipping into the $20 range in February.

Over the last 5 weeks, Crude Oil prices have rallied roughly 50% off their lows, but will this bullish trend continue? Or, will record high inventories reported by the U.S. Government put a damper on the run?Read More

Trader Alert Roll Date: Natural Gas Expiration (NG)

By | March 24, 2016

Tuesday, March 29th is the last trade date for April Natural Gas. Traders can roll to the May contract as early as Monday, March 28th before the open.

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

Holiday Reminder: Good Friday – March 25th

By | March 22, 2016

On March 25th, 2016, trading hours for many products and exchanges will change in observance of Good Friday.

Click here for full details on trading hours & exchange closures.

Additional information about Holiday Trading hours can be found at the following exchange websites.

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Practice, Practice, Practice with Market Replay!

By | March 17, 2016

Malcom Gladwell, staff writer at The New Yorker & author of bestseller, Outliers, popularized the theory that it requires 10,000 hours of practice for one to become a master of a particular skill.

Just like any other skillset, if you want to master trading, it requires practice. However, with the markets only producing a limited amount of live data per day, reaching that 10,000 hour threshold can appear daunting at best. Read More