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Basics, building blocks & resources for new traders

What is a Golden Cross in Futures Trading?

By | February 25, 2020

One of the classic candlestick patterns, the golden cross is a bullish breakout signal which occurs when a faster moving average crosses above a slower moving average.

The 50 and 200-period simple moving averages (SMAs) are the most commonly used to calculate a golden cross, but other combinations can be used for various trading approaches, time frames and other individual preferences. Read More

Trailing Stops: Why Use a Trailing Stop?

By | February 18, 2020

Trailing stops are dynamic exit orders which combine risk management with trade automation. This advanced order type automatically follows your position as the market advances in your favor, helping to minimize losses.

A main difference between a standard stop loss order and a trailing stop is that the trailing stop has the potential to move, or trail, as price moves in your favor. Read More

Automate Forex Trade Execution with NinjaTrader

By | February 11, 2020

NinjaTrader is an industry-leading trading platform free to use for advanced charting, strategy backtesting and trade simulation. Additionally, the software includes semi-automated and automated trade functionality to help reduce stress and help you stay focused on your favorite forex markets! -automated trade functionality!Read More

Use Instrument Lists to Quickly Track Your Favorite Markets

By | January 30, 2020

The award-winning NinjaTrader platform enables traders to quickly and efficiently monitor multiple markets simultaneously to stay on top of market moves. Create custom instrument lists to enhance your ability to react when opportunity arises!Read More

Track Paper Trading Results with Trade Performance Window

By | January 22, 2020

NinjaTraders’s paper trading environment gives traders the opportunity to test trade ideas and market approaches with zero monetary risk. Also known as simulated or “sim” trading, this is an ideal way for new traders to practice before putting real capital on the line.

Tracking progress is an important part of the paper trading process and helps traders determine when they are ready to make the transition to live trading.

The Trade Performance window in NinjaTrader provides a comprehensive look at trading results and can be used for both simulated and live accounts. With visibility to what is working and what is not, traders can use this insight to help fine-tune their trading approach.Read More

What are Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures (NG)?

By | January 21, 2020

Henry Hub Natural Gas futures from the CME Group empower traders with an efficient way to speculate today’s global natural gas market. The benchmark for natural gas trading, NG futures provide a cost-effective way to participate in this highly volatile market.

Natural Gas futures trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) which was acquired by the CME Group in 2008, adding an extensive selection of energy products to their product offering. This benchmark energy contract is based on the future value of natural gas as determined by global supply & demand along with speculation of the underlying physical commodity.Read More

Increase Trade Flexibility & Control with Micro E-mini Futures

By | January 13, 2020

Micro E-mini futures took the trading world by storm when they launched in May of 2019. These small-but-mighty contracts offer exposure to 4 major US stock indexes with reduced costs and with greater trade flexibility. This allows new traders to start small and increase trade volume as they gain experience in the markets. Read More

Stop Loss Orders: Which Order Type to Use?

By | January 6, 2020

Stop loss orders can help to protect trading capital by closing a position when the market turns unfavorable. There are 3 distinct order types used when implementing stop loss orders into your trading as a risk management technique.

Stop loss refers to a category of orders, not one specific order type. Understanding both basic and advanced order types will help you determine which type of stop loss order to use in each particular situation.Read More

Why Do Traders Use Simulated Stop Orders?

By | December 18, 2019

A simulated stop is a type of conditional trade order which is simulated locally on a trader’s personal computer until certain market conditions are met. Once these user-defined conditions are satisfied, the simulated stop order becomes a market or limit order.Read More

Trade Futures with Less Capital: Micro E-mini Futures

By | December 9, 2019

Micro E-mini equity index futures from the CME Group provide all the benefits of futures trading at a reduced cost. At 1/10th the size of full-sized E-minis, the smaller contract sizes provide the opportunity to leverage and trade the most popular futures markets with less risk capital.

With Micro E-mini futures, participants can now trade micro-sized contracts of the 4 most liquid equity index futures:Read More