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Basics, building blocks & resources for new traders

What are Options on E-mini S&P 500 Futures?

By | September 29, 2020

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One of the most actively-traded equity index options on futures, E-mini S&P 500 options offer deep liquidity and round-the-clock market access for speculators of the S&P 500 index.

Traders utilize E-mini S&P 500 options for numerous trading strategies from basic to complex. These cash-based futures options offer disctinct flexibility and versatility, providing a variety of trading opportunities including hedging and spreading strategies as well as outright positions.Read More

Save & Load Custom Workspaces

By | September 23, 2020

NinjaTrader workspaces allow users to create, save and access personalized platform layouts quickly, creating an efficient environment to monitor, analyze and trade markets.

A workspace is a collection of windows in NinjaTrader which includes charts, settings, technical indicators and drawing objects. Workspaces can also include watchlists via the Market Analyzer, order entry interfaces and other features.Read More

Why Do Futures Traders Prefer Liquid Markets?

By | September 17, 2020

Futures traders measure liquidity in terms of how easy it is to buy and sell a futures contract. The higher the liquidity, the easier it is for buyers and sellers to get in and out of positions. This allows traders to focus on timing their entries & exits rather than wondering if there will be sufficient volume to trade.

As a result, liquidity is an important factor when selecting a futures instrument to trade, especially for new traders.

The spread, or the difference between the ask and bid price, is largely influenced by liquidity. The more liquid a contract, the smaller the difference between the bid price and the ask price. With fewer participants, less liquid markets might have a wider spread than highly liquid markets which usually have a spread of only 1 tick. Read More

What is a Volume-Weighted Moving Average (VWMA)?

By | September 14, 2020

Moving averages are a cornerstone of technical analysis, helping to smooth out short-term price fluctuations and highlight longer-term trends. While the simple moving average (SMA) and exponential moving average (EMA) take only price data into account, a volume-weighted moving average (VWMA) also incorporates volume data, revealing another important aspect of technical analysis.

The VWMA averages price data with an emphasis on volume, meaning areas with higher volume will have a greater weight. On heavy volume days, the VWMA will more closely follow price, and on lower volume days the VWMA will act similarly to a simple moving average.Read More

Use Volume Profile to Track Order Flow on Charts

By | August 26, 2020

Included in NinjaTrader’s Order Flow + premium suite of features, Volume Profile is an advanced order flow study displaying volume-at-price information. Plotted as a horizontal histogram behind price bars, Volume Profile is a powerful tool used to identify significant price levels. Read More

8 Reasons to Trade Futures vs Stocks

By | August 17, 2020

Highly liquid and tradeable nearly around the clock, equity index futures provide an alternative to the traditional stock market for both new & experienced traders. With trading volume at record highs and growing, here are 8 reasons traders may choose futures versus stocks. Read More

Automate Stops & Targets with Advanced Trade Management

By | August 12, 2020

Advanced Trade Management (ATM) is a key element of NinjaTrader’s powerful order entry features, providing semi-automated trade functionality to help keep traders focused on their trading goals.

ATM strategies manage positions automatically to reduce the impact of emotions on trading decisions. Within milliseconds of entering a position either long or short, stop-loss and take-profit orders are submitted based on predefined settings.Read More

Create Custom Alerts to Identify Trade Opportunities

By | August 4, 2020

NinjaTrader’s advanced alerting capabilities make it fast and easy to track market moves and trading opportunities. Whether you want to automate trades or receive a notification when price crosses a critical threshold, NinjaTrader’s versatile alerting system can be tailored to your market methodology.Read More

Use the FX Board for One-Click Forex Order Placement

By | July 30, 2020

NinjaTrader’s FX Board provides a fast and intuitive tool to monitor and trade your favorite forex markets. Use this dynamic interface to quickly submit and view orders while tracking other currency pairs for market moves and trading opportunities.Read More

Why Day Trade Futures Over Stocks?

By | July 20, 2020

The popularity of futures trading continues to grow driven by products such as Micro E-minis which allow traders to participate in the same markets as Wall Street at a fraction of the cost. When it comes to day trading specifically, futures markets offer several considerable advantages over trading individual stocks.Read More