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Direct updates on critical contract expirations, roll dates & more

Natural Gas Roll Date – November 2020

By | October 22, 2020

Wednesday, October 28th marks the Last Trade Date for the November 2020 Natural Gas futures contract. Active NG traders can roll to the December 2020 contract as early as Thursday, October 22nd, before the open. Read More

Understanding Risk in Futures Trading

By | October 21, 2020

Understanding the risks involved in futures trading is important for traders when managing exposure in highly leveraged markets. First and foremost, since trading futures and other financial vehicles is inherently risky, only risk capital should be used for futures trading. Read More

Crude Oil Roll Date – November 2020

By | October 14, 2020

Tuesday, October 20th marks the Last Trade Date for the November 2020 Crude Oil futures contract. Active CL traders can roll to the December 2020 contract as early as Thursday, October 15th, before the open.Read More

Tips When Trading Physical Commodity Futures

By | October 6, 2020

When trading futures contracts derived from physical assets such as oil, gold, cotton or soybeans, there are number of unique concepts to be familiar with versus trading cash settled contracts. Read More

Gold Futures Roll Date – October 2020

By | September 24, 2020

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

Natural Gas Roll Date – October 2020

By | September 22, 2020

Monday, September 28th marks the Last Trade Date for the October 2020 Natural Gas futures contract. Active NG traders can roll to the November 2020 contract as early as Wednesday, September 23rd, before the open. Read More

Crude Oil Roll Date – October 2020

By | September 16, 2020

Tuesday, September 22nd marks the Last Trade Date for the October 2020 Crude Oil futures contract. Active CL traders can roll to the November 2020 contract as early as Thursday, September 17th, before the open. Read More

Fed to Roll Out Inflation Plans: FOMC Preview

By | September 15, 2020

At last month’s Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, the Federal Reserve unveiled their new policy objectives which included the introduction of ‘average inflation targeting’ (AIT) when considering interest rates. The general concept is to let inflation run above a 2% target for stretches of time to balance out the historic period below 2%. This would in turn lead to keeping the current rate around 2%.

It sounds simple in theory: Once inflation rates rise above 2%, the Fed can slowly increase interest rates to slow down the economy and curb inflation. However, in practice it will be far more difficult to manage as indicators used to discern inflation are backwards-looking. As a result, this will provide little insight into what is happening today. It will also be difficult to forecast when these actions will impact markets as it often takes several months for a Fed rate change to have a visible economic impact. Read More

Equity Index & Currency Futures Roll Date – September 2020

By | September 9, 2020

The last trade date for all currency futures falls on Monday, September 14th, and the last trade date for the June equity index contracts, including ES, NQ, YM & RTY, falls on Friday, September 18th. Active currency futures & E-mini traders can roll to the succeeding contracts as early as Thursday, September 10th. Read More

Understanding Roll Dates in Futures Trading

By | September 8, 2020

Futures contracts are only active for a specific amount of time before they expire. Each market has its own specific expiration sequence throughout the year and often extending into the next year. Prior to a contract expiring, futures traders must either:

  1. Exit their active position or
  2. “Roll” their position to a later contract of the same underlying asset, extending the expiration period

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